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Csci8001: Introduction to Research in Computer Science
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CSci 8002: Schedule (still tentative and subject to change)

 Date

Topic

Readings or other Preparation

Items Due

Jan 24

Re-Intro; Internships
and Summer Experiences to Get; Networking: Building a Professional Network
Read:  Networking on the Network and Demystifying Networking While in Graduate School

"Re-introduction" Lecture Notes  (and Lectures on "Networking on the Net")

 

Jan 31

Guest Lecture on AR/VR by Prof. Evan Suma Rosenberg


Tentative Title: Making Small Spaces Feel Large: Practical Illusions in Virtual Reality

 

Feb 7

 
 Research Questions
  Please read the article "Choosing a Computer Science research problem" and "Research Methods in Computer Science: The Challenges and Issues" by Hossein Hassani

Please also re-read "How to have a bad career in research/academia"

 Lecture Notes on "Research Questions"
 Research Question v.1

Feb 14


  Guest Lecture on Mobile Computing by Prof. Feng Qian
 An Overview of Mobile Computing and System Research

 

Feb 21

  Feedback on Literature Survey

  Lecture Notes on "Literature Survey Feedback"

Research Question v.2

Feb 28

 Writing a Proposal

Some useful readings (more for writing proposals to funding agencies, but similar messages apply to your "research proposal"  and the last one provides general writing advice on writing for computer science):
  "Sample Organization for a Non-discipline-specific Research Proposal"
  "Template or Master Plan for Your Proposal"
   "On the Art of Writing Proposals"
   "How to Fail in Grant Writing"
  "A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing"
   "Writing Winning Grants"
 "WRITING FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE: A TAXONOMY OF WRITING TASKS AND GENERAL ADVICE"

 Lecture Notes on "Writing a Proposal"  (also "Elements of a Grant Proposal")

 

Mar 6

 
 Guest Lecture by Prof. Dan Knights

Lecture Title "Applications of Computing in Metagenomics"


Mar 13

 
Spring Break (No Class): Enjoy!


 Research Proposal  v.1 (up to 5 pages)

Mar 20


  Session with CS Ph.D Students (or Guest Lecture)


 

Mar 27
  Session with Past Graduate Students or   Guest Lecture


Apr 3


  How to Give a Talk



Apr 10

  Feedback on Proposal


 

Apr 17

  Guest Lecture by Prof. Junaed Sattar

 Talk Title "Perception, Learning, and Systems for Underwater Human-Robot Collaboration"

 
 

Apr 24  
  No Class: finalizing your research proposal and preparing for your class   presentation in the following week


Research Proposal v.2 (up to 8 pages)

Apr 30/ May 1

  Proposal Presentations (we'll need to add an extra class on Thursday Apr 30 or May 1 (and a new venue) for class presentation