The course consists of a mixture of mostly lectures by instructor and some presentations by students. There will be frequent short written assignments and some exploratory assignments. There will be a 75-minute midterm exam to be given in the middle or slightly after the middle of the semester at the class. Each student is also required to finish a research project to do an in-depth study of a topic, aiming at producing a publication/submission or developing a novel useful system. Group work is allowed and encouraged.
Attendance is mandatory, but use common sense if you are sick or run into any emergency situation.
In case you cannot go to a class, you must send (or ask some one to send) an explanation message to the instructor
no later than 24 hours after the class. For example, if you cannot go to a class on Tuesday, you need to send a
message before 2:00pm the next day (i.e., Wednesday).
The assignments are designed to ensure that every student has a deep and precise understanding of the major core topics, thus the students are generally required to complete them independently. Discussion with others is allowed to the extent of helping understand the material. The purpose of student collaboration is to facilitate learning, not to circumvent it. The actual solution must be done by each student alone, and the student should be ready to reproduce their solution upon request. If any substantial discussion happens, every one involved must write down the names of the people that he/she has discussed with and the nature or topic of discussion. In any case, you must exercise academic integrity. Make sure that you have read the University Policy on Academic Integrity, especially the section on plagiarism.
Late submission of an assignment would result in a reduced grade for the assignment, unless an extension has been granted by the instructor. An assignment is worth full credit at the beginning of class on the due date (later if an extension has been granted). It is worth at most 90% credit for the next 24 hours. It is worth 75% credit for the following 24 hours. It is worth 50% credit after that. If you need an extension, please ask for it (by sending email to the instructor) as soon as the need for it is known. Extensions that are requested promptly will be granted more liberally. You must turn in all assignments.
Students should submit all assignments (only excluding the first one) via Compass in PDF files, preferably generated by LaTeX.
The scores of all assignments are also released in Compass.
The purpose of the course project is to provide students an opportunity to study and work on
a topic in-depth so as to obtain experience with research in IR or application of advanced
IR technologies to develop an interesting novel application system.
Group projects are allowed and encouraged.
You will be asked to do a presentation of your course project and submit
a written project report at the end of the semester. More details to be posted later.
Grading will be based on the following weighting scheme: