- Write a research proposal that combines two or more ideas and/or topics from the previous lectures. You are to write a 5-page research proposal consisting of an introduction placing your idea in context, a problem statement, motivation, research questions, and a proposed idea for tackling the problem. Look up other research proposals online for examples. The proposals will be made available prior to the lecture and subjected to peer review. Submission deadline research proposals: Friday 7 December 23:59 CET. Submit to Easychair.
- Create a research poster (in PDF format) to accompany your idea if you were to present your idea to fellow students. The posters will be made available prior to the lecture and subjected to peer review. Check out the research posters in the corridors of the VU to see what such a poster can look like. Submission deadline for posters: Friday 7 December 23:59 CET. Append your poster to your proposal as our easychair setup only accepts a single submission file.
- Your proposal and poster will be peer reviewed, this means that you are going to review each other’s proposals. We will make available review forms for this, but the questions you can expect are the following (adapted from the LREC2012 review form):
- Relevance (1-5) where 1 is not relevant and 5 is highly relevant.
- Knowledge of the field (1-5), where 1 is little if any knowledge of the field and 5 is highly knowledgeable
- Writing (1-5) where 1 is “the proposal is badly written and its structure is nigh unintelligible” and 5 is “clear and well-written”
- Originality of the approach (1-5), where 1 is “unoriginal” and 5 is “highly original”
- Significance of the expected results (1-5) where 1 is “insignificant” and 5 is “highly significant”
- Overall Assessment (1-5), where 1 is “Poor”, “2” is “Marginal”, 3 is “OK”, 4 is “Good”, and 5 is “Excellent”
- Reviewer confidence (1-5), where 1 is “do not know the area that well” and 5 “I work in the area, and know it well” (be honest, you will be graded for this too)
- Detailed comments
- Submit your review before Friday 14 December 23:59 CET.
- Take the review reports into account when preparing your revised version (which is what reseachers have to do too when we get a paper accepted that needs to be revised for the camera-ready version). Your revised proposal should be accompanied by a response letter in which you state how you dealt with the reviewers’ comments. Submit your revised proposal + poster before Sunday 23 December 23:59 CET.
- Create a single slide for your lightning talk during the lecture where you will explain your idea in 1 minute. You will also receive a grade for your lightning talk, so think carefully about the core of your idea and the main message you want to get across and practice your talk! Submission deadline for slides: Friday 7 December 23:59 CET to the Dropbox. Name your pdf file as follows: <LASTNAME>_slide.pdf. Check the slides of Lecture 10 for further details.
This is an individual assignment! You will be graded separately for your peer review, your proposal, and your presentation on Monday 10 December where you present your idea in a lightning talk of 1 minute.
Reading materials for Research Proposals:
- Shane Bergsma and Benjamin Van Durme (2011) Learning Bilingual Lexicons using the Visual Similarity of Labeled Web Images. Proceedings of the Twenty Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011). Barcelona, Spain, July 16-22
- Christophe Guéret, Stefan Schlobach, Victor de Boer, Anna Bon and Hans Akkermans (2011). Is Data Sharing the Privilege of a Few? Bringing Linked Data to those without the Web.Proceedings of the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011). Bonn, Germany, 24-27 October 2011.
Here’s a template for a research proposal (adapted from NWO Veni subsidy proposal form)
1a. Details of applicant
Just your name here will do
1b. Title of research proposal
1c. Summary of research proposal
This is the ‘elevator pitch’
This is where you say which topics you have combined
2a. Scientific/Scholarly quality
– Overall aim, key objectives, scientific/scholarly background
– Problem Statement and Research Questions
– Originality and/or innovative elements of the topic
– Research plan (optional: practical timetable)
– Experimental techniques and/or methodology
– Originality and/or innovative elements of the approach
2b. Any other important remarks with regard to this application
2c. Literature references
This is not the only way to structure a research proposal. If you want to see some examples, you can look at some research proposals of master’s students here and here. These are also very much in line of the proposals that you will need to write for your thesis, although your proposals will include a more in-depth literature study.