CPSC 9500.008 - (New) PhD Student Seminar - Fall 2015

Instructor: Joshua A. Levine
Meets: T 5:00-6:00pm, 226 McAdams Hall



This seminar focuses on developing skills for incoming PhD/CS students. We will combine weekly discussions on various reading topics, some minor exercises, and presentations from SoC faculty on research topics of interest.


Schedule (tentative, subject to change)


Week Date Tuesday
1 8/18 -- No Class --
2 8/25 Introduction
3 9/1 Why a PhD? / Finding a Topic
4 9/8 Fellowships and Funding
5 9/15 Time/Advisor Management
6 9/22 Identifying/Generating Ideas
7 9/29 Guest Speaker
8 10/6 Reading/Reviewing Research
9 10/13 -- Fall Break --
10 10/20 Reading/Reviewing Research, Pt.2
11 10/27 Communicating Research
12 11/3 Communicating Research
13 11/10 Guest Speakers
14 11/17 Guest Speakers
15 11/24 Guest Speakers + Ethics
16 12/1 Guest Speakers




Seminars

Seminar 01 - Introduction

Slides: sem01.pdf

Recommended Reading:


Seminar 02 - Why a PhD? / Finding a Topic

Slides: sem02.pdf

Recommended Reading:


Seminar 03 - Fellowships and Funding

Required Reading: Recommended Reading:


Seminar 04 - Time/Advisor Management

Required Reading: Recommended Reading:


Seminar 05 - Identifying/Generating Ideas

Slides: sem05.pdf

Recommended Reading:


Seminar 06 - Guest Speaker: Brian Dean

Exercise (take home):
  • Time Log
    Start time: Wed., Sept. 30, 9am
    End time: Tues., Oct. 6, 5pm


Seminar 07,08 - Reading/Reviewing Research

Recommended Reading:


Seminar 09,10 - Communicating Research

Slides: HowToReadWrite.pdf

Recommended Reading (Writing): Recommended Reading (Presenting): Recommended Reading (Posters): Exercise (take home):
  • Elevator Pitch
    Variant: please complete 3 pitches:
    • A 30-second summary to a computer science expert
    • A 100-word / 3-min summary to a computer scientist
    • A 100-word / 3-min summary to a non-computer scientist


Seminar 11 - Guest Speakers

  • Hongxin Hu
  • John McGregor


Seminar 12 - Guest Speakers

  • Bart Knijnenburg
  • Sab Babu
  • Sekou Remy


Seminar 13 - Guest Speakers + Ethics

  • Rong Ge
Recommended Reading:


Seminar 14 - Guest Speakers

  • Sophie Joerg
  • Victor Zordan






Resources

Recommended Books

Additional References





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