ECE 695D: Introduction to Visual Analytics (Fall 2018)


Grades will be assigned on the following:
  • Paper summaries (reading and evaluation) - 20%
  • Analytical exercise - 10%
  • Paper presentations and class participation - 10%
  • Midterm exam - 10%
  • Class project - 50%
Submissions may be turned in up to one week after the due date with a 30% grade penalty. Phases will not be accepted more than a week late. If you have a research deadline or other permissible excuse, please speak with the instructor ASAP to resolve late and missed submissions.


This course has five types of assignments: an introductory visualization assignment, weekly paper critiques, paper presentations, and the course project. More details on these are given below:
  • Analytical Exercise: To get a firsthand experience of some of the problems that our potential end users face, you will perform an analytical reasoning exercise to find a hidden threat in collection of police and intelligence reports. The exercise will not involve any programming and can be done entirely by hand on paper.
    • Released: Tuesday, Aug 20 (Week 1)
    • Deadline (Phase 1): Thursday, Aug 29 (Week 2)
    • Deadline (Phase 2): Thursday, Sep 5 (Week 3)
  • Paper Summaries: Each student taking this course for credit must write a summary of a research paper every week (see the PaperSummaries document).
    • Deadline: every Sunday at midnight (with some exceptions)
  • Paper Presentations: Students must present two (2) research papers in-class during the course. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes.
  • Course Project:
    • Released: Wed Aug 22 (Week 1)
    • Deadlines: several milestones
      • Wed, Sep 5 (Week 3) - Project Proposal
      • Sunday, Sep 23 (Week 5) - Literature Review
There is no final exam in this course. There is, however, a take-home midterm exam that will be administered halfway through the course.

Academic Integrity

Students must conform to Purdue's policy on academic integrity. More specifically, Purdue prohibits "dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty." [University Regulations, Part 5, Section III, B, 2, a] Please see the detailed page on AcademicIntegrity. Note that you are responsible for knowing this information---ignorance is not a valid excuse.

Campus Emergencies

In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. Information about changes in this course can be received from the course website, or the Blackboard site, or by contacting the instructor by email ( or office phone (765-494-9064).

Please see the detailed page on Campus Emergencies for more information.

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