Fall 2011»CITA 295495 Homework 2

CITA 295495 Homework 2

Assigned: Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
Due Date: Tuesday, Sep. 13
Due Time: 1:30pm

Last modified on September 06, 2011, at 03:50 PM (see updates)


This assignment focuses on:

  • developing knowledge-gathering techniques and research skills;
  • utilizing library resources and information technology to discover useful information;
  • beginning to form the artistic concept of your final project; and
  • seeding your final report.

This is an individual assignment. You must work on your own (but you may talk to the instructor and/or a librarian).


  • Find a journal article related to your CITA project / interests. It should have a reference/bibliography section at the end.
  • Write a summary of how this article relates to your CITA project / interests, and what have you learned from reading it (200-400 words). You do not have to fully understand the article, as long as you understand enough of it to move forward with your project. This article needs to bring substantial value to your work - and you need to explain what that value is.
  • Write 3-4 questions you have from reading the article. This questions need to be derived from reading the article and move you forward in interesting directions, directions you are willing to explore (as opposed to "What does it mean - I don't understand it.").
  • Create a bibliography with six items.
    • The first item should be the original article.
    • Look at the references at the end this article, and highlight two references that you find interesting and think that they may help you better understand what the article is about. Add those two references to your bibliography.
    • Add three more references related to this topic, which you think may help you better understand what the article is about. Those articles should not be listed in the references of the original article.
    • Here is an example of such a bibliography (use this format):
      1. Corey Manders and Steve Mann (2006), "Handheld Electronic Camera Flash Lamp as a Tangible User-Interface for Creating Expressive Visual Art Works", Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, pages 509-518.
      2. Steve Mann (2001), Intelligent Image Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      3. Ernest Edmonds, et al. (2004), "Audio-Visual Interfaces in Digital Art", Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGCHI International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Singapore, pages: 331-336.
      4. Joseph Nalven, et al. (2005), Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists, Course Technology.
      5. Subrata Dasgupta (1994), Creativity in Invention and Design : Computational and Cognitive Explorations of Technological Originality, Cambridge University Press.
      6. Peter Maning (2004), Electronic and Computer Music, Oxford University Press.
  • Make a printout of the original article, and highlight interesting passages. Write comments and substantial questions on the margins. Also, highlight the two references you selected to include in your bibliography.


  1. You will submit a printout of your assignment at the beginning of class on the due date.
  2. You should use MS Word or Google docs to type up your document and format it appropriately.
  3. Submit a printout of your document. The document should contain:
    • Your name, class, date, etc. at the top
    • The title of the article you found.
    • The summary of why you thought this article was important and what have you learned from reading it.
    • The questions you have from reading the article.
    • The bibliography with six items (as described above).
    • Attach a printout of the original article (highlighted as described above).
  4. Also, post your assignment as an entry in your blog. Attach the article as PDF (actually, a URL).


Your grade will be based on how well you followed the above instructions and the depth/quality of your work (e.g., explanation, questions, etc.).

Relevant Quote

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely." ~ E.O. Wilson