Spring 2013»CITA 295495 Homework 1

CITA 295495 Homework 1

Assigned Date: Thu, Jan. 17, 2013
Due Date: Tue, Jan. 22, 2013
Due Time: 10:40am

Last modified on January 17, 2013, at 03:20 PM (see updates)


This assignment focuses on:

  • defining your general CITA research area
  • providing 3 representative (related) examples
  • describing your particular contribution to this area


  1. Identify and describe your general CITA research area. There are many possibilites for synthesizing computing and the arts, so you need to concentrate on a specific CITA area.
  2. Provide 3 examples of related works (e.g., videos, project web sites, etc.). These examples should capture (span, reflect, or communicate) the artistic and technical aspects of the specific CITA area.
  3. Describe your particular contribution and how it differs (hopefully, substantially) from these example. Your contribution should be original.

CITA 295: Although you may not have all the pieces yet, you should have a good idea what your interests are, and where you are heading. This will allow me to provide formative feedback.

CITA 495: At this point, you should have a clear picture of where you are heading, and should have already made significant progress in that direction (this is your last semester of the year-long capstone project). Accordingly, your ideas should be much clearer, and more precise that those of 295 students. This will allow me to provide (more fine-grained) formative feedback.


  • Your project area should be related to your CITA concentration.
    • It is OK if there are more than one CITA areas represented (e.g., visual art and music).
  • There should be synthesis between computing and art.
  • Art and computing should be equal partners (more of less) - none subservient to, or dominating the other. This means an interesting artistic result or outcome is made possible through a code base and/or technology that you develop.
  • It is OK to (re)use open source software.
    • You should explain what open source software you (plan to) use, and get permission.
    • This (most probably) is OK, especially if there is significant original code - check with me.
  • You should NOT focus on a purely technical project that has artistic elements only on its periphery (e.g., developing a database management system of some sort). Similarly, you should NOT focus on an art project, that uses technology only as a tool (e.g., Photoshop).


Submit the following:

  1. CITA 295: A typed, one-page paper (PDF) containing the following:
    • Your name, course, assignment no., date.
    • Tentative name of your project.
    • Idea/objective/concept of the project (1-3 sentences providing a high-level, yet complete description of your idea).
    • Three representative examples - for each provide:
      • Title (and URL),
      • A short description (1-3 sentences).
    • A short description explaining how your idea departs from these examples, and how it creates something related, original, and possibly transformative.
    • Feel free to include a photograph, image, or diagram, as long as this provides substantive information (e.g., a visual example) - not something just for decoration, or visual appeal.
    • Aim for simplicity and elegance.
  2. CITA 495: A typed, two-page paper (PDF), where the first page is same as above. The second page describes:
  • How much you have accomplished towards your vision.
  • What remains to be accomplished. Feel free to identify problem areas (roadblocks you may have run into, or anticipate you might run into), or related concerns. If you do not include anything along those lines, I will asume you are making good progress towards your objective.
  • Your ideas should be much clearer, and more precise that those of 295 students.

Submit your paper via OAKS by the due date - no late days.


Your grade will be based on how well you followed the above instructions, and the depth/quality of your work.