Junior Seminar (CMPSC 580)

Spring 2020

Discussion and Group Work Session: Alden 109, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am to 10:45am

Laboratory Session: Alden 109, Wednesday 2:30pm to 4:20pm

Course Resources:

  • Course Syllabus

  • Course Schedule and Activities


  • LABS

  • Course Slack channel for questions, discussions and other communication

  • GitHub Organization, a cloud-based course organization for obtaining the latest course materials from the instructor and for submitting assignments.

  • Sakai page for viewing course grades

  • Instructor Office Hours

    • Recommended Textbooks:

      "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research". Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

      "BUGS in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose". Lyn Dupre. Addison-Wesley Professional.

      "Writing for Computer Science" (Second Edition). Justin Zobel.

      Recommended Textbook: "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach." Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig. Third Edition, 2016.

      In this course, you will be required to read research articles from a wide variety of conference proceedings, journals, and the popular press.

      The description of the course:

      A team-based investigation of select topics in computer science, preparing students for the proposal and completion of a senior project. Working in teams to complete hands-on activities, students learn how to read research papers, state and motivate research questions, design and conduct experiments, and collect and organize evidence for evaluating scientific hypotheses. During a weekly laboratory session students use state-of-the-art technology to gain practical skills in scientific and technical writing, the presentation of computational and mathematical concepts, and the visualization of experimental data. Prerequisite: CMPSC 101 and at least one of the Fundamentals courses.