Literature Review Presentation on Current Research

Typically, the literature review assignment has two parts: a written part, and a presentation part. These directions, however, only cover the presentation. It is possible that you will need a written literature review later in the semester, e.g. for a final project report. But for this assignment, you do not turn in a written part.

Pick a topic appropriate to the class, such as "wavelet usage in compression", "controlling an assembly line with a Z80 CPU", "using pass transistors in an ALU", etc. Find at least 10 references on it.

In this assignment, you will read and summarize current research papers. The papers should come from established conferences and journals, such as the IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS) and the IEEE Transactions on Computers. By "current", I mean that the majority of the papers should have been published in the last 4 years. If there is an established reference (i.e. all the papers you read also refer to it) then you should use it, too. Examples include Ingrid Daubechies' 1990 paper "The wavelet transform, time-frequency localization and signal analysis" from the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and Stephane Mallat's 1989 paper, "A Theory for Multiresolution Signal Decomposition: The Wavelet Representation," from IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. You can use books too, but they books will not count towards the 10 minimum.

Web pages do not count, and should not be used! One exception to this is if you include a graph, picture, or other figure that you found on-line that supports what you say. In this case, you must include where the figure came from. If you find a figure in electronic format that is included in one of the papers, cite the paper as the source. The reason to cite the paper is that web-pages come and go, but papers are archived. That is, in 10 years, there is a good chance that the on-line version will not be in the same location, but a good library will have the published paper. Another way to think of this is that you want to document where someone else can find the source (i.e., author, title, journal name, volume, number, and page), not how you specifically got it (e.g., I saw my roommate reading it and he gave me a copy).

Your goal is to present a literature survey about what has been done already, and what open problems remain in the topic. Discuss the different papers in relation to each other, in your own words. Do they agree with each other? Do they disagree? Does one disprove another? Does one improve upon another? Do they make conflicting claims? Which one is correct? Do not omit a reference because it disagrees with the others, however you can dismiss one if you have a good reason, such as a flaw in methodology. You must clearly state what the open problems are. Your introduction should give a brief overview of what has been done, then the following paragraphs should go into more detail. Be sure to use citations, and as many as are appropriate (if 3 papers talk about the same thing, cite all 3).

Your presentation should flow, meaning that you will have to link different sources together in your explanation. That is, do not say: "Topic A is important because is explains wavelets. The FFT has many uses as paper B mentions." (Are you talking about wavelets, or the FFT?) Here is a better example of a proper transition: "Topic A is important because is explains wavelets. Both the wavelet transform and the FFT are used for signal analysis. Paper B discusses several other uses for the FFT."

Your job is to explain the papers in your own words. You will present your summary to the class.

The papers must be cited in your review. You may do this by placing the reference number in square brackets. Be sure to have the references included in a "reference" slide.

If you include a graph/figure, cite its source. Even if you made the graph yourself, be sure to say so, i.e. "figure 1 - spectrum [made by MCW]".

The following pages contain information needed for this assignment.

See how to quote a reference.

See project write-up for information about the style of references.

See comments from previous classes for examples of comments that I wrote on previous summaries and other technical writing assignments. If I have to write a comment, I also deduct points.

I do not want you to use ANY acronyms in your presentation, no matter how obvious they are. For example, if you want to mention HyperText Markup Language, spell out HyperText Markup Language, do not abbreviate it as HTML, at least the first time.

Both IEEE and ACM publish good conference proceedings and journals. Use your best judgement on other sources (i.e. an encyclopedia would not be appropriate, a webpage is not appropriate, most newspapers and popular magazines are not likely to contain good information for this assignment, etc.).