CS 708 Computer Science Seminar
Official Course Description. None.
Prerequisites. None. (But see the presentation requirement
Location and Times. TBA.
Instructor. Alexis Maciel. Science Center 379, 268-2385,
Office Hours. M 10:00-11:30, Tu 10:00-11:00, W 2:30-4:00, Th
Required Text. None.
Demonstrable outcomes. By the end of the semester,
- To get wider exposure to computer science research activity.
- To learn what makes a presentation effective by witnessing
talks given by a wide range of presenters.
- To gain experience in giving your own presentations.
You will be able to give a decent presentation on your thesis work.
Evaluation. This course is offered for one credit on a
pass/no credit basis. To pass the course, you must satisfy the
following two requirements:
Note that the presentation requirement of the seminar implies that you
must have a thesis topic and thesis advisor and that your advisor must
be willing to assist in the preparation and evaluation of your
- Attend at least 80% of all CS research talks. This includes
colloquiums, thesis defenses, student presentations made as part of
the CS Seminar, and possibly other talks identified by the instructor
as the semester progresses. Some of these talks may be hosted by
other departments on campus. Some additional details:
- You will not be required to attend more than three talks in any
given week, except during those weeks when we have three student
presentations. During those weeks, you may be asked to attend four
- Excuses will be given in case of conflicts with classes or TA
duties, of for other serious reasons. You need to ask for an excuse
in advance of the talk, if possible. Excused talks will not be
counted. In other words, you will still be required to attend 80% of
the remaining talks. A talk you give does not count as a talk you
- In case 80% of the total is not an integer, that number will be
rounded to the nearest integer.
- Give a presentation on your thesis work or thesis topic. This
could be on new results you have obtained or on background material.
The presentation must be approved in advance by your thesis advisor
and then judged to have been of satisfactory quality by the advisor
and the instructor in charge of the CS Seminar. In case your
presentation is judged to be unsatisfactory, you will have the
opportunity to repeat it once, if time permits. Your presentation
should be brand new or at least a significant update of any other
presentation done for credit or as a thesis defense. You'll need to
hand in a printout of your slides.