6.851: Advanced Data Structures (Spring'12)
Prof. Erik Demaine
TAs: Tom Morgan, Justin Zhang
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The project is the most imporant component of the course. It can take several
Bring a theoretical contribution to the field (solve a problem, formulate an
interesting open problem or conjecture, etc).
Implement a data structure, and describe a set of experiments, and/or how to
tune its practical efficiency.
Survey a few papers on a related topic.
Substantially improve the Wikipedia articles for several advanced data structures
You are encouraged to relate the final project to your research interests, and
you will not be limited to the topics discussed in class.
You must submit a project proposal by Tuesday, April 10. You should email
your proposal to 6851-staff#at#csail.mit.edu. The proposal
should be about one page long (not more than two). It should discuss the
problem you chose in a clear and specific way.
We decide whether to approve your project's theme based on the proposal, so it
is imperative that you do some serious thinking about the project before
writing the proposal. Even though you should not change the topic of the
project after submitting a proposal, you may change the form of the project
(such as writing a survey if you fail in bringing a theoretical contribution).
The project write-up may be done individually or in groups, though for groups we
expect proportionally larger projects. As always in
research, you are allowed and encouraged to consult with anybody, including the
You must submit a paper on the last day of classes (May 17, 2012), which should be
on the order of 10 pages. Send your paper via email to
6851-staff#at#csail.mit.edu. If you are writing Wikipedia articles,
instead of a paper you should email links to the versions of the articles before and
after your contributions.
You are also required to do a presentation during the last few lectures.