Soft question, so I hope this is still in the right place. I have applied for a PhD position at the university I have just finished my undergrad degree at. I have to write a research proposal in the area of pattern analysis. It is suggested that I use research papers to critique existing research and outline my approach and why my approach might be novel.
I am completely new to this being my first application, and I'm also not very familiar with the area of pattern analysis (although I'm confident I can certainly be on top of this before the position starts in September). Any guidance would be greatly appreciated; I am not too sure where I am looking for research papers, or if there is a standard length/structure/template this must follow. I have attached the information sheet with which I am to base the proposal on. Many thanks.