I need to choose a name for my masters thesis (computer science degree). My current name proposal is following:

Computer Vision Application in a Driver Assistance System

What I am not sure of is whether parts of name should be in singular or plural. I consider also following:

Computer Vision Application in Driver Assistance Systems

Computer Vision Applications in Driver Assistance Systems

And less so this:

Computer Vision Applications in a Driver Assistance System

The plan is to design a single "assistance system" (probably Froward Collision Warning) but the name may allow some maneuvering space in case more will be done (a more complex system than only FCW or even multiple systems - although multiple is rather unlikely). The means will be mainly stereo vision (but could be more again, I am not sure now).

May I ask for a hint on my naming issue? Are there any "naming conventions" for grammatical numbers? I am also not sure about the preposition ("in") - would a "for" be more appropriate?

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I would say that the stakes here are not grammatical, but to do with your perceived "humility". The convention in scientific academic writing is always to let others decide to what extent your results can be generalized. If you've been dealing with just one application and one DAS, then restrict yourself to talking about your own experience and keep everything in the singular. As for whether or not to use the indefinite article a, the initial article can be omitted (like in a newspaper headline) for reasons of concision, but I would retain "a Driver Assistance System", because with two missing articles the title of the thesis starts to look too much like ungrammatical English.

  • Thanks for an answer. I forgot that "a" in "Computer Vision Applications in Driver Assistance System" - it was not an intention to leave it out - thanks for spotting that too though! I made a correction.
    – Kozuch
    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:41
  • What is your opinion on the in/for prepositions?
    – Kozuch
    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:53
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    You could use either. If the application is designed for use in a DAS and could not conceivably be used in any other context, then go with for. Feb 23, 2015 at 10:00
  • Regarding the "Application" - do you think that is appropriate? Or would you suggest anything better?
    – Kozuch
    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:29
  • To give you my considered answer I'd need to read the thesis. I'm sure it's an absolute belter, but .. not today! Application seems fine to me. However, if whatever it is incorporates both software and hardware elements, you might prefer a more general term such as component. Feb 23, 2015 at 10:53

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