CS 708 Computer Science Seminar
Spring 2005

Official Course Description. None.

Prerequisites. None.

Location and Times. TBA.

Instructor. Chris Lynch. Science Center 377, 268-2384, clynch@clarkson.edu.

Office Hours. TTh 2:30-5:00

Required Text. None.

Course Objectives.

  1. To get wider exposure to computer science research activity.

  2. To learn what makes a presentation effective by witnessing talks given by a wide range of presenters.

  3. To gain experience in giving your own presentations.
Demonstrable outcomes. By the end of the semester,

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:

  1. 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. You will not be required to attend more than three talks in any given week. Excuses will be given in case of conflicts with classes or TA duties.

  2. Make a presentation on your thesis work or thesis topic. This could be on new results you 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.
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 evaluation of your presentation.