Handout 3: 9/18/97
Term Project Specification
The assignment is very broad: choose a topic of interest within the domain of
Human-Computer Interaction and carry out a cohesive, complete project based
around it. The topics can range from the theoretical to the practical.
However, I think the most interesting problems will be ones in which you
identify and work with some "client" to develop a solution to one of their
problems. Below I will describe potential projects associated with one "client"
as example of what you might want to do along these lines. Some suggestions of
general areas include:
- A survey paper describing an issue of interest and what's being done about
- A research paper describing an issue and a convincing solution.
- An instructional module, explaining some system or process using electronic
- A comprehensive design of an interface, including problem statement.
- An evaluation project, evaluating one or more current or proposed
- An implementation project, generating a complete prototype.
You may work individually or in teams. A team can be as large as you want it
to be, but correspondingly larger results will be expected from larger teams.
All members of a team will receive the same grade for a group project. You will
need to present a project proposal to the instructor and will be expected to
prepare a final report (written) and an oral presentation (in class).
The following deadlines are relevant.
- Project proposal: target date for completion of October 9,
1997. Indicate problem and participants. There is no specific due date for
the proposal but since it needs to be approved you should do it as soon as
- Project report (written): Due Thursday, December 4.
- Project report (oral): These will be scheduled in the last two class
sessions of the term (December 4rd and 9th). Presentations will be
short--10 or so minutes in length.
As example, I will now discuss one of our lab's projects that has some
specific needs. This is the Cervantes project, dealing with the works of the
author of Don Quijote (see http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/cervantes). Some
possible areas for Web-based projects, appropriate most likely for a group,
Contact the instructor if you are interested in working on these. Other
projects may be possible for some of the lab's other topic areas as well (e.g.,
TAMU Herbaria, K-12 Web use).
- Create a "book" interface suitable for reading and browsing a manuscript
represented in image form. The project has page images (GIF) of one of the
original texts; how can these be presented to a reader to permit the kinds of
operations that we carry out normally with books?
- Create an interface that integrates the representation of a book as page
images (as in the previous project) but also makes use of an ASCII version of
the same text. Consider issues of searching, etc.
- Starting with videotape television productions, capture images from those
productions and create appropriate Web presentations from them. Possible topic
areas include virtual tours of La Mancha, overviews of dramatizations of
Cervantes' works. etc.