There will be a final course project. This can either be a survey of existing work on a crisply outlined topic, or on original research. While a survey might seem easier, it might be worthwhile to pursue an original research project; the bar for such a research project will be lower.
The project deliverables will consist of an initial project milestone report, due Oct 31 (tentatively), and a final project report and presentation, due final day of class (tentatively). You can either work individually, or in a team of two. Watch this space for a list of candidate projects. We will also discuss this in class.