Course Project

Previous Projects

Update: Winter Quater 2015 projects have now been posted!


The Course Project is an opportunity for you to apply what you have learned in class to a problem of your interest. There are two project options you can pick from:

Option 1: Your own project (Encouraged)

Your are encouraged to select a topic and work on your own project. Potential projects usually fall into these two tracks:

One restriction to note is that this is a Computer Vision class, so your project should involve pixels of visual data in some form somewhere. E.g. a pure NLP project is not a good choice, even if your approach involves ConvNets.

To inspire ideas, you might look at recent deep learning publications from top-tier vision conferences, as well as other resources below.

For applications, this type of projects would involve careful data preparation, an appropriate loss function, details of training and cross-validation and good test set evaluations and model comparisons. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box. Some successful examples can be found below:

ConvNets also run in real time on mobile phones and Raspberry Pi's - feel free to go the embedded way. You may find DeepBeliefSDK helpful. This particular project might be slightly out of date, but it may help you find more like it.

For models, ConvNets have been successfully used in a variety of computer vision tasks. This type of projects would involve understanding the state-of-the-art vision models, and building new models or improving existing models for a vision task. The list below presents some papers on recent advances of ConvNets in the computer vision community.

You are welcome to come to our office hours to brainstorm and suggest your project ideas. We also provide a list of popular computer vision datasets:

Option 2: Tiny ImageNet Challenge

If you are unable to come up with a project idea, you can fall back to working on the Tiny ImageNet Challenge which we will run similar to the ImageNet challenge. The goal of the challenge will be for you to do as well as possible on the Image Classification problem. You will submit your final predictions on a test set to our evaluation server and we will maintain a class leaderboard.

Important Dates

Course project proposal: due January 30.
Course project milestone: due February 17.
The poter session will be held 2-5pm at Gates (AT&T patio) on March 9.
Final course project: due March 13 (11:59pm).

Grading Policy

  Final Project: 40%
  milestone: 5%
  write-up: 10%
   •  clarity, structure, language, references: 3%
   •  background literature survey, good understanding of the problem: 3%
   •  good insights and discussions of methodology, analysis, results, etc.: 4%
  technical: 12%
   •  correctness: 4%
   •  depth: 4%
   •  innovation: 4%
  evaluation and results: 10%
   •  sound evaluation metric: 3%
   •  thoroughness in analysis and experimentation: 3%
   •  results and performance: 4%
  poster: 3% (+2% bonus for best few posters)

Project Proposal

The project proposal should be one paragraph (200-400 words). If you work on your own project, your proposal should contain:

If you choose to work on Tiny ImageNet Challenge, emphasize the last three bullet points on the list above. Each group should send a plain-text email (subject: [cs231n] project proposal + your SUNet Ids) of your project proposal to Don't attach any files (such as Word, PDF, etc.). Please have your teammate cc'ed if any. If your proposed project is joint with another class' project (with the consent of the other class' instructor), make this clear in the proposal.

Project Milestone

Your project milestone report should be between 2 - 3 pages using the provided template. The following is a suggested structure for your report:

Submission: Please upload a PDF file named <your SUNet ID>_milestone.pdf to the assignments tab on coursework. Note that, each individual in a team is required to make submission (i.e. the same PDF) for grading purpose. The late days are counted by the timestamp of the last submission in the team.

Final Submission

Your final write-up should be between 6 - 8 pages using the provided template. After the class, we will post all the final reports online so that you can read about each others' work. If you do not want your writeup to be posted online, then please let us know at least a week in advance of the final writeup submission deadline.

Submit your final submission through CourseWork. You will submit one or two files:
  1. A pdf file of your final report
  2. (OPTIONAL) zip file (or pdf file) with Supplementary Materials

Report. The following is a suggested structure for the report:
Supplementary Material is not counted toward your 6-8 page limit.
Examples of things to put in your supplementary material: Examples of things to not put in your supplementary material:

Poster Session

We will hold a poster session in which you will present the results of your projects is form of a poster. The poster session will happen on March 9th, 2:00-5:00pm, at AT&T patio (the lawn behind Gates building). Poster boards and easels will be provided.

Example Project Reports

Your project reports should structure like a computer vision conference paper (CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, etc.). You can find publications from Stanford Vision Lab from here. In addition, you may also take a look at some previous projects from other Stanford CS classes, such as CS221, CS229 and CS224W

Collaboration Policy

You can work in teams of up to 3 people (note: in 2015 this was 2, we're changing this to 3 in 2016). We do expect that projects done with 3 people have more impressive writeup and results than projects done with 2 people. To get a sense for the scope and expectations for 2-people projects have a look at project reports from the last year.

Honor Code

You may consult any papers, books, online references, or publicly available implementations for ideas and code that you may want to incorporate into your strategy or algorithm, so long as you clearly cite your sources in your code and your writeup. However, under no circumstances may you look at another group’s code or incorporate their code into your project.

If you are doing a similar project for another class, you must make this clear and write down the exact portion of the project that is being counted for CS231n.