INFORMATION Paper Format: Number of pages: Number of slides: Number of questions: Number of problems: Academic Level: Type of work: Type of paper: Abstract page: Sources needed Harvard 4Single spaced 0 0 0 Undergraduate Writing from scratch Report No 5 Subject Technology Topic Project Proposal – The Evolution of elderly and disabled individuals being assisted using a voice controlled Home Automation System Paper details Background Write a Background to the research problem, summarizing and if necessary adding to the Literature-Based Report (Assessment 2) prepared earlier. The purpose of the Background is to provide a rationale/justification for the research proposed. You will critically synthesize and evaluate existing knowledge and relevant facts with reference to sources of high quality information, such as reports from government, NGOs, industry or market research companies; ICT industry or business magazines and journals; white papers; books and book chapters. You may also include academic journal articles and conference papers. Cite sources of information using UTS Harvard style. Research Significance and Innovation ú Firstly, explain the significance of the research and the importance of the problem, with justification from the Background. Identify how the research will improve ICT knowledge, technical capability and/or practice. ú Secondly, highlight the benefits to society or industry from your proposal research. From a social or business perspective, why is it important to solve the problem you have identified? ú Thirdly, describe the innovation of your proposed research project. How is it new? How will it contribute in some novel way to the operations of a company or to ICT knowledge generally? Will it improve existing technologies or approaches? Justify your claims with reference to the Background Research Methods Describe research method(s) appropriate to investigate your topic and throw light on the research problem. Justify your choices in relation to your research problem: ú Define the activities your team will undertake. ú Is your research exploratory, descriptive or explanatory? ú Is your research design fixed or flexible? ú Are your research techniques going to yield qualitative or quantitative data? ú What overall approach would you use to carry out your project (e.g., case study, field study, design research, field experiment, laboratory experiment, action research)? ú What specific techniques would you use (e.g., survey, interviews, focus groups, measurements of performance, website hits, log file analysis). ú How will you measure progress and what constitutes success, i.e., how will you know when you have succeeded in achieving the research objectives?