Masters Student Selection Process

As you have probably noticed, the AI Master's program here at IDI has become quite competitive: not every student who wants to do AI has that opportunity. Much of this problem stems from limited total thesis-advising capacity within the Data and Artificial Intelligence (DART) section. Unfortunately, this problem resurfaces when we professors choose students for projects: we cannot always take them all, and in some years an individual professor must reject more students than (s)he accepts. Today, there is no standard policy across IDI (or DART) for how professors manage these project requests, although we all use DAIM to post our projects and to accept/reject student requests. In the past few years, I have tried to standardize my own approach to the process, and what follows is hopefully useful information for any student who applies to any of my projects.