Class Project


Each student will define and complete a project, which will count for 20% of the class grade.  The student-defined projects may involve a conceptual aspect of spatiotemporal analysis, or a case study involving a field-based TGIS application.  These fields describe natural, epidemiological, economic, and social phenomena distributed across space and time.  The student is responsible for defining the central research question and a proposal for finding the solution.  The final report should be written as a paper submitted to a peer-reviewed conference proceeding (12 pages maximum including figures).  The steps for completing the project include the following:


  1. Select a dataset, perform an exploratory data analysis, and define the research question (homework 3)
  2. Analysis of the space/time variability of the data, and modeling of the covariance (homework 5)
  3. BME mapping estimation providing maps of the BME estimate and associated mapping uncertainty across space for selected estimation times (homework 6)
  4. Preliminary project report (8 pages max) and preliminary presentation powerpoint (3 slides / 3 min) (homework 7 parts 3 and 4)
  5. In-class preliminary presentation (3 min) on 11/30
  6. Final project report (12 pages max) and final presentation powerpoint (3 slides / 3 min) due on 12/2 at noon
  7. Final exam consists in an in class final presentation (3 min) on 12/3 at 12:00p (in the usual room, i.e. Wilson Hall room 128)


Submit electronically to the TA and to the instructor the final report (12 page max) and the final presentation (3 slides / 3 min) by noon of 12/2. The report should describe the research question, the dataset (include its source), the (succinct) exploratory analysis and space/time variability analysis (with the equation for your s/t covariance model), the BME estimation analysis (with plots of the results), and a discussion/interpretation of your results and their relevance. The 12 page limit forces you to be selective in the figures you present, and focus on creating good/representative plots of the results.


If you have researched and found a conference where you plan to submit this paper for a talk or poster, include information about the status of submission in the email, including co-authors and title (it is ok to have co-authors from the class).  The status of submission may be at the planning stage (specify who are co-authors you are planning of contacting or have contacted, and possible title), in preparation (co-authors and title are known), or submitted, or accepted.  The goal of the final paper is to be submit-able to a conference proceeding, so documented efforts to submit it to a conference will positively affect your grade.