Hey everyone! Welcome to the final blog post of my Senior Project Experience! This week I’ll be giving a review of everything that has happened over the past 12
At the very least, I definitely would say that the senior project was a journey that had its highs and lows. Academically this project had an extremely dense amount of work. I had to cover a large amount of content in such a short amount of time (12 weeks), including learning some linear algebra and machine learning concepts, which are both very technical fields. Thankfully I got through it! However, I believe I overestimated my ability to understand these topics, because even after the experience I still don’t completely understand some of the concepts I had to deal with, primarily the principal component analysis. I feel that I may have been too ambitious with the scope of my project; I think I should have only worked with one type of classifier instead of two that have completely different architectures, as understanding how each one works took a lot of time that I would rather have had studying principal component analysis.
At first, the project was going without a hitch. I was going at a faster pace than the schedule on my syllabus. However, once I got to the very dense topics, primarily generating adversarial examples and implementing PCA, I saw that my progress slowed down as I had to study up on these topics, as they required a lot of mathematics and coding. However, the major obstacle I had was that implementing PCA in the convolutional neural network turned out to be extremely difficult, because I didn’t know how to reflect the processing of the algorithm in the classifier. I lost the most time trying to fix this issue, and I had to cut out a portion of the project involving implementing PCA in the adversarial image generator.
Overall, though, I did enjoy my Senior Project Experience, and provided me a great learning experience, both personally and academically. My final product is going to be an article that will be detailing my findings of this project. I will also be presenting about my Senior Project Experience on May 23rd at the DoubleTree Hotel near San Jose International Airport. Hope to see some of you there!
Special thanks to Ms. Jefferson, my BASIS Advisor, Ms. Belcher, my Senior Project Coordinator, Dr. Mitra, my external advisor, and my friends and familiy!
Until next time!