CS 708 Computer Science Seminar
Spring 2008

Official Course Description. None.

Prerequisites. None. (But see the presentation requirement below.)

Location and Times. TBA.

Instructor. Alexis Maciel. Science Center 379, 268-2385, alexis@clarkson.edu.

Office Hours. M 10:00-11:30, Tu 10:00-11:00, W 2:30-4:00, Th 10:00-11:00.

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. Some additional details:

    1. 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 talks.

    2. 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 attend.

    3. In case 80% of the total is not an integer, that number will be rounded to the nearest integer.

  2. 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.
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 presentation.