The course objective is to ensure that students become acquainted
with problems from the field of practice through two short projects,
which require the development of non-trivial methods, concepts and
solutions. After this course, students should be able to:
Transform a roughly outlined problem into a carefully defined
research question, supported by some level of reading up on the
Establish a feasible project schedule for answering the
Conduct autonomous research to answer the question at hand,
using literature searches, studying, experimentation and/or the
development of software and hardware.
Present solutions to a diverse audience (experts as well as
Defend solutions in debates.
Provide an appropriate report
Some simple rules for selecting and completing RP's:
You can select a RP from the entire list. In case of RP1
choose subjects that relate to courses already followed.
When you are choosing your RP2 subject you can have no more
than 2 re-sits from block 1 - 4 pending.
Part time students have to do their RP2 in their 2nd year,
preferably in June.
Preferably not the same supervising organization for RP1 and
Preferably your RP project can not be related to or supervised
by your employer.
RP proposal & Ethical issues
You have to submit a detailed research workplan (proposal) no
later than the Friday of the first rp week.
That proposal must contain an ethical issues section that will
be accessed by the ECOS3 team.
In case your proposal if flagged green the rp can proceed. Any
other color needs to be discussed with the ECOS3 and cleared.
The workings of the ECOS3 can be found in the OS3 website and
in this published article:
In case that sensitive research (not labelled green) on behalf
of an external organisation is performed using OS3 or UvA
infrastructure, a daily supervisor from the OS3 staff must be
Working alone or in pairs
Preference for pairs because:
students can help each other when one gets stuck in a
investigate more solutions in parallel
learn to collaborate
contribution of each student must be clear in report and
However, doing an RP alone is also allowed.
Students working in pairs must be at same level (both RP1 or
Not the same pairs for RP1 and RP2, choose a different
At the presentations teams get 25 minutes for presentation
You must spend 4 consecutive weeks full-time on the project
without other SNE or work obligations in that period.
You must make arrangements with your supervisor that you will
be full-time present at their location or, if that is not
possible, here at our SNE/UvA site (10:00-16:00).
You will notify the SNE core team about any absence
You are not allowed to receive any financial compensation from
the company you conduct your research at.
Feedback during RP
During both RP1 as RP2 a voluntarily group meeting on the
third Monday afternoon 16h00.
If that Monday is a holiday, that meeting will be on the third
Purpose is to exchange progress information and discuss
potential or real encountered problems.
Presentation will be on Wednesday, Thursday and or Friday of
Report must be submitted by Friday of the fifth week.
Extension in delivering a report is possible, ask for it.
Optionally week 5 of the RP in June is available to continue
and finish research.
A student must successfully complete RP1 before starting RP2.
RP1 and RP2 can be done arbitrarily in January or June.
If failed for RP2, it is allowed to redo a RP2 at any time.
The grade depends on a weighted average of four sub-grades
40% the research on the subject
20% the report structure and layout
20% the presentation
20% the work at the location, the attitude, etc.
A student has passed if:
the grade is equal or higher than 6.0 and
none of the sub-grades is less than 4 and
the average, not rounded, grade for report and for
research must be 6.0 or higher.
the end grade averages resulting in 5.5 are always
rounded to 6.0
The grade for work is obtained from the supervisor, advise of
grade on research, presentation and report from supervisor is
very much appreciated.
This information must be delivered by supervisor preferably
before end of fifth week.
The research, report and presentation are evaluated by the OS3
team and members of the SNE research group and, sometimes, os3
The sub-grades are typically averages and are not rounded at
Marks for presentation are determined before end of fifth
week, typically on the day of presentation.
Evaluation and if needed corrections of report can take up to
6 weeks (pending holidays in july).
If the other sub-grades are 6.0 or more but the research
and/or report is less than 6.0, then you may be offered an
opportunity to correct the report. Correcting the report and
better description of the research may also change the research
sub-grade. The decision for that depends on if the staff
considers is possible given the reviews to revise the report
such that research and report grades become passable.
Here is a document
describing the entire evaluation criteria.
We expect the report roughly to contain the following
Problem statement, research question
Experiment(s), implementation, data gathering
Analysis, evaluation, results, comparison to model,
Suggestions for future work.
Appendices with source code, raw tables, etc.
Obviously this can vary depending on type of research,
Publication of results
the marks will be emailed to the students and reported to the
All communication happens using email addresses from either
OS3 or UVA. This is to avoid trigger happy gmail sensitive spam
Students are responsible of checking if mail arrived at team
E.G. you can not assume the supervisor or coordinator
received the email because you did send it.
If important request a confirmation and check if that does
We aim to schedule colloquia about research in computer
science to give more context for the RP's.
When applying for a bachelor or master certificate the student must
submit an approved copy (with a mark 6 or higher) of the student's
bachelor or master thesis. Students are requested to submit their
thesis for two reasons:
The Faculty is obliged to register all theses in order to be -
among others - accountable for the standard and assessment
of its theses to the visiting Quality Assessment Committees of
The theses can be a source of information to students and
These rules and regulations are applicable to all bachelor- and
master theses submitted to the archives of the Faculty of Science.
The student hands in the thesis at the Education Office when
applying for a certificate. The supervisor of the bachelor- or
master final research project (and/or the Board of Examiners) may
demand that the student hands over one or more hard copies of the
thesis. This will be agreed on at the start of the final research
project. When applying for the certificate the student submits a
digital copy of the thesis of the final research project. The
student has to take care that this copy is either in PDF or Word
(and not a mix of both for e.g. separate parts of the thesis, cover,
The supervisor of the final research project must take care of two
The supervisor has to indicate whether the copy that is
submitted is the true version that has been concluded with a
The supervisor has to indicate (in agreement with the student)
whether the thesis contains confidential information, and
therefore must not be submitted to the - public catalogue of the
library. These theses will only be registered confidentially.
The Education Office only provides diplomas to students who have
submitted a Thesis. Please note the role of the supervisor. The
Education Office sees to it that the approved document will be filed
by the library of the Faculty of Science. The thesis will be stored
on the faculty's server, which also takes care of a back-up. The
library transfers the thesis to the on-line catalogue (UvA-DARE),
unless the supervisor has indicated that there are strong objections
against it because of its confidential character. A student may
decide not to actively contribute to publication on the internet.
For that reason the student may request the Education Office not to
publish the thesis, and the thesis will only be registered in the
Faculty's archives. This procedure will be published on the program
Make a formal scientific report front page (not: This is a
Check English spelling
use of comma:
it is always: "bla bla, which" or "bla bla that", so not
"bla bla which" or "bla bla, that"
it is always "However,"
do not add several sentences together separated with
be careful when using it's, it is, etc. It is the cat that was
castrated. Its balls are on the table.
when using it's or their or which or this, make sure it is
clear to what it points.
make complete sentences.
use formal language: "one can" in stead of "you can"