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Programmatically Ranking Research Articles for Reviews - COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.

Supervisor's Name: Jérôme Waldispühl

Supervisor's Email: jerome [dot] waldispuhl [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 1-514-398-5018

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Computer Science

Course number: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Summer 2014

Project start date: June 16, 2014

Project end date: August 28, 2014

Project title: Programmatically Ranking Research Articles for Reviews

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Systematic reviews have been used in clinical research since 1987. Formal guidelines for the process of constructing these reviews have been set and refined since 1996. Most recently, the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items of Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses) set of guidelines were established in 2009 and have become a gold standard by which many reviews are produced. In practice, the process involves at least a double-blind sorting of articles in order to reach conclusions on a specific topic. With many irrelevant articles, researches need to put in multiple unnecessary hours in order to read and assess articles which will clearly be discarded. With ideal implementation, the ORACLE project will be able to rank the articles that are on deck to be read by the researchers. As such, articles which are clearly irrelevant can be disregarded without the researchers reading these articles and more time can be spent on drawing conclusions from the proper choices. The aim of this project is to evaluate the efficiency and efficacy of developing a programmatic article sorting software. In general, the most important factors behind searching for proper articles will be identified. Afterwards, these will be implemented pending a comparison between pre-sorting articles and all articles being read by the researchers.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% Final Report; 30% Final Software Product; 20% Milestones.

Other project information: This project is also co-supervised by Stella DASKALOPOULOU from the Faculty of Medicine.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: