GSoC: Multiple students working on an idea

Hi GNU Radio discussers,

I’m the mentor for the signal analysis tool on the GNU Radio GSoC ideas
page. I was contacted by two students interested in working on the
project. They know each other, go to the same school, and are in my home
town – a very nice setup! A recent message on this list asked if
multiple students could receive a GSoC stipend for working on a single
idea/project. The answer is apparently “no” according to the GSoC FAQ.
However, there’s this answer on the FAQ as well:

“11. What happens if two students are accepted to work on the same
project, e.g. from an organization’s Ideas list?”

“That’s fine, a little duplication is par for the course in open
source.”

I take this to mean I should have both students submit proposals, and
that there’s a possibility both of them will be selected to work on the
project. Does that sound right? I’m guessing my project idea is so
obscure there’s very little chance of Google wanting to dedicate two
students to it. But it seems like that’s the only way both students will
be able to receive a stipend. Bummer…

  • Jared

Hi Jared,

Am 09.03.2014 19:30, schrieb Jared B.:

obscure there’s very little chance of Google wanting to dedicate
two
students to it. But it seems like that’s the only way both students
will be able to receive a stipend. Bummer…

Google only tells us how many slots for students we get, they don’t
care about
how we allocate them to projects. I was a mentor for two LDPC-related
projects
last year. The projects covered the same area and we decided to split
the work
along the lines of different encoding/decoding algorithms. I think your
proposal could be handled in a similar way.

Jens

Hi All,

I am a Masters computing student (software focused) from Edinburgh,
Scotland. I am looking to take part in GSoC this year. I am particularly
interested in the Radar Toolbox idea. I am also looking to do my masters
thesis on SDR in Maritime Search and Rescue and have experience in this
area as a Lifeboat helmsman here in the UK.

In addition to the idea I’d like to investigate:

  1. Whether there is a way of implementing an algorithm to reduce the
    noise
    of radar response in order to assist with target finding (thinking about
    noise from waves at sea).

  2. Implementation on mobile device (Android).

Hope you can put me in touch with relevant mentor.

Best Wishes,
Niall

On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM, Jared B. [email protected]
wrote:

"11. What happens if two students are accepted to work on the same

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On 03/09/2014 07:51 PM, Jens E. wrote:

projects
last year. The projects covered the same area and we decided to split
the work
along the lines of different encoding/decoding algorithms. I think your
proposal could be handled in a similar way.

Exactly – provided that:

  • You are willing to mentor two students
  • They both individually apply and are among the best applicants
  • You can find different milestones for each student, that are each
    verifiable by any outsider

In theory, the proposals can overlap a lot, since, in theory, both
students might not know of each other’s. However, in this case, I
recommend some prior splitting up of tasks.

Martin

On 03/09/2014 07:54 PM, Niall Grant wrote:

I am a Masters computing student (software focused) from Edinburgh,
Scotland. I am looking to take part in GSoC this year. I am particularly
interested in the Radar Toolbox idea. I am also looking to do my masters
thesis on SDR in Maritime Search and Rescue and have experience in this
area as a Lifeboat helmsman here in the UK.

That is probably the first time any GSoC applicant has cited that as a
skill :slight_smile:

In addition to the idea I’d like to investigate:

  1. Whether there is a way of implementing an algorithm to reduce the
    noise of radar response in order to assist with target finding (thinking
    about noise from waves at sea).

Do you already have an algorithm, or do you want to come up with one?
(See the comment on this not being the “summer of research”).

  1. Implementation on mobile device (Android).

That’s a tall order on top of what you already plan to do.

Hope you can put me in touch with relevant mentor.

That would be me. That said, wait for the next GSoC announcement I will
be putting out (soon).

M

On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 5:53 AM, Martin B. [email protected]
wrote:

In addition to the idea I’d like to investigate:
That’s a tall order on top of what you already plan to do.
Yes. There is interest in the community for this, but I think it’s
outside the range of a GSoC project unless it was /the/ goal of the
GSoC project. I think by next year we can have more interesting
Android-based projects to discuss.

Tom

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