CS 707 Seminar in Computer Science
Official Course Description. None.
Location and Times. Science Center 348, Tu 9:30-10:45.
Instructor. Alexis Maciel. Science Center 379, 268-2385,
Office Hours. M 1:30-3:30, W 9:30-11:30, Th 9:30-10:30.
Required Text. None.
Demonstrable outcomes. By the end of the
- To get wider exposure to computer science research activity.
- To learn what makes a presentation effective by witnessing talks given by
a range of presenters.
- To gain experience in giving your own presentations. (If you follow the
requirements for students with an advisor.)
- To learn about possible thesis topics. (If you follow the requirements for
- You will be able to give a decent presentation on your thesis work. (If
you follow the requirements for students with an advisor.)
Evaluation. This course is offered for one credit on a pass/no credit
basis. All students are required to attend at least 80% of the departmental CS
talks. This includes CS colloquiums, CS student thesis defenses, student
presentations made as part of the CS Seminar, and possibly other talks
identified by the instructor as the semester progresses. Students will not be
required to attend more than two talks in any given week. Excuses will be given
in case of conflicts with classes or TA duties.
Students must also fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Students who already have a thesis advisor can make a presentation on
their thesis work. This could be on results obtained or on background
material. The presentation must be approved in advance by the student's
advisor and then judged to have been of satisfactory quality by the advisor.
- First-year students can choose instead to attend a series of presentations
given by the computer science and computer engineering faculty on possible
thesis topics. An attendance rate of at least 80% will be required.