Individual Project Topics


These are individual library studies that culminate in term paper, an 8-10 page double column paper formatted per the technical paper instructions (basically a 20-page single-column paper). Those choosing one of these studies will limit their project grade to a maximum of B.

Possible Individual Studies

  1. Library study 1 - Visual System Simulations with Line and Edge Detectors. Find, describe, and compare all simulations of mammalian visual systems and focus on Hubel-Wiesel-like line and edge detectors. A beginning of this investigation can be found in the Research Day paper, a link to which is in the description of your project.
  2. Library study 2 - Visual System Simulations with Saccades. The eyes make small movements called saccades between roughly second fixations that retrieve information. This eye movement allows humans (and other mammals) to build up the scene and to move the important portion of the image into the higher-resolution central part of the retina (the fovea). Find, describe, and compare all simulations of mammalian visual systems that model the saccade process.
  3. Library study 3 - Rosenblatt-Minsky Neural Network Debates. During the 1960s Dr. Frank Rosenblatt of Cornell University debated with Dr. Marvin Minsky of M.I.T. the value of perceptron neural networks. Describe these debates and related issues, and discuss their influence on the development of neural networks.
  4. Library study 4 - Genealogy Systems. Find, describe, and compare the existing commercial genealogy systems and the Pace University Genealogy System, see Genealogy Project. Also, test trial versions of the commercial products.
  5. Library study 5 - Keystroke Biometric System Enhancements. Our recent work on the keystroke biometric focuses on the user authentication application of verifying the identity of students taking online tests, an application becoming more important with the student enrollment in online classes increasing and universities becoming concerned about evaluation security and academic integrity. Another motivation for this work is the recent federal legislation of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) that requires institutions of higher learning to make greater access control efforts for the purposes of assuring that students of record are those actually accessing the systems and taking exams in on-line courses. We are currently exploring the possibility of enhancing the Pace University Keystroke System (PKS) by the addition of stylometry, and we previously explored the mouse-movement biometric as another possible extension. Describe and contrast these (stylometry and mouse movement) and other potential methods of enhancing the keystroke biometric work for this online-test-taker authentication application.