CPSC 681: Seminar

Section 600

Spring 2005


Announcements:  

01/13/2005      The first 681 seminar will be Wednesday, January 19, 2005, in HRBB 124, 4:10-5:25pm. No technical paper is available.

01/24/2005      Shlomi Dolev will speak Wednesday, January 26, 2005, in HRBB 124, 4:10-5:25pm. The title, abstract and bio will be posted. The paper “Self-Stabilizing Microprocessors: Analyzing and Overcoming Soft Errors” is available here.

01/26/2005      I will speak on Monday, January 31, 2005 , in HRBB 124, 4:10-5:25pm using these slides.  The paper I will use for my talk “How To Have a Bad Career in Research/Academia” on Monday will be Langley, P., Heuristics for Scientific Discovery: The Legacy of Herbert Simon. In M. E. Augier & J. G. March (Eds.), Models of a Man: Essays in Memory of Herbert A. Simon. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. (Use that as your citation on your summary cover page). Pat Langley and I were graduate students together at Carnegie Mellon. Herb Simon was his advisor. Herb was a Nobel Laureate and one of the four founding fathers of Artificial Intelligence (can you name the other three?). This paper is written from the viewpoint of cognitive psychology, but its lessons are equally valid to computer science and computer engineer.

01/27/2005      The CS Graduate Student Association will present a panel on how to have a good career on Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 4:10-5:25pm.

01/27/2005      Neil J. A. Sloane will speak Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 4:10-5:25pm on “From Packing Planes in 4-Space to Quantum Error-Correcting Codes.” The paper for this talk, “Packing Planes in Four Dimensions and Other Mysteries” is now available (ps, pdf). More general information can be found at http://www.research.att.com/~njas/grass/index.html. That Web site also includes the citation information you must use in your summary cover page.

01/28/2005      Geoffrey Hunter of York University will speak Monday, February 7, 2005, 4:10-5:25pm on “The Turing Machine's Implications for Hardware and Language Design.” The paper will appear in The Computer Journal. It is located here.

02/09/2005      Jarek Rossignac of Georgia Tech will speak Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 4:10-5:25pm on “Compressing Surfaces, Volumes, and Animations.” An overview chapter from a book on this topic is here. The citation can be found at his Web site http://www.gvu.gatech.edu/~jarek.

02/10/2005      Prasun Dewan will speak on Monday, March 28, 2005, 4:10-5:25pm on “Architectures of Distributed Collaborative Applications.” The paper for this talk is: G. Chung and P. Dewan, “Computer Supported Collaborative Work,” ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 1-10, 2004. It is located here.

02/15/2005      Bjarne Stroustrup will speak on Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 4:10-5:25pm on “Abstraction and the C++ Machine Model.” The paper for this talk is located here. Read the executive summary and sections 1, 2 and 4. You can also look at his Web site http://www.research.att.com/~bs for citation and other information.

03/02/2005      I forgot to post J. L. Landsberg’s paper for his talk on 3/2/2005. The talk was listed on the CS Seminar page as well as posters. Hopefully you all showed up for his talk. The paper is here. You can turn in research summaries of it at our next seminar, which will be Dewan’s seminar on 3/28 described above. Please don’t turn it in early as I will lose track of it. We will NOT have a seminar for the weeks of 3/7 or 3/21, since we had extra seminars previously.

03/21/2005      William Dembski of Baylor University will speak on “Searching Large Spaces: Displacement and the No Free Lunch Regress” on Monday, 4/4/2005, 4:10-5:25pm. This is part of the Trotter Prize lecture series at Texas A&M. Two recipients are selected each year to receive the Trotter Prize and to present an invited lecture focusing on "Recognizing Seminal Contributions in Complexity, Information and Inference," the overarching theme of the Trotter Lecture Series. The prize was established by Ide P. Trotter Jr. and Luella H. Trotter, with a matching contribution from ExxonMobil Corp., in 2001 to honor Ide P. Trotter Sr., former dean of Texas A&M University's graduate school. Dembski’s paper is given in the title link. Due to the difficulty of this paper, a summary of it will count for two research summaries.

03/30/2005      IMPORTANT: The 4/4 CPSC 681 Seminar by William Dembski has been changed. The seminar is now OPTIONAL and will be held in HRBB 302, not HRBB 124. You can still turn the research summary in to me for double credit without attending the talk. You can attend the talk for credit if you wish, to make up an absence.

04/04/2005      The 4/11 CPSC 681 Seminar by Frank Shipman will be on hypervideo. The paper for the talk is “Generation of Interactive Multi-Level Video Summaries”, by Frank Shipman, Andreas Girgensoh, and Lynn Wilcox, published in ACM Multimedia 1993.

04/15/2005      The 4/20 CPSC 681 Seminar by Mike Kistler of the IBM Austin Research Laboratory will be “Cell Processor”, about the new IBM-Sony-Toshiba Cell processor. This processor will be used in the PlayStation 3. A Microprocessor Report overview of the architecture and first implementation is here. I have included two ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) papers with more technical details on the overall chip and streaming processor, for those who are interested.

04/15/2005      Remember that you have to complete 7 paper summaries, and additional paper summaries for each lecture you miss. The Dembski summary counted double due to its difficulty. I am behind in grading, but so far nearly everyone has done an acceptable job in their summaries. After the IBM seminar on 4/20, Dmitri Loguinov will give the last seminar of the semester on 4/25 on networking.

4/18/2005        The Monday 4/25 seminar will be “Lifetime-Based Node Failure and Stochastic Resilience of Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Networks” by Dmitri Loguinov. The SIGMETRICS 2005 paper is here.


Instructor

Duncan M (Hank) Walker

Email: walker@cs.tamu.edu

Tel: 979-862-4387
Office: HRBB 527B

Office hours:  MWF 12:20-1:30pm and by appointment.

Course Home:                  http://courses.cs.tamu.edu/cpsc681/walker  

Course Description:         Reports and discussion of current research and selected published technical articles.  May not be taken for credit more than once for the master’s degree program or twice for the doctoral program.

Course Location:             HRBB 124

Class Schedule:                http://www.cs.tamu.edu/research/seminars/681seminar

Meeting Times:               The course is scheduled MW 4:10-5:25pm.  The course will meet an average of once per week in one of the two scheduled time slots each week, for a total of 14-16 seminars.

Talk Summaries:              Students will pick up a presentation summary form at the beginning of class, complete it, and return it at the end of class. Students who are excessively late will not be able to pick up a form and will be marked absent.

Paper Summaries:            For as many presentations as possible we will also have a related technical paper available prior to the class. If a paper is available, it will be announced with the speaker. A one-page summary of this technical paper is due at the beginning of class. The goal of the one-page summaries is to allow students to become familiar with the topic of the presentation prior to the presentation.  Students are encouraged to discuss a given paper with other students in the course for better understanding of the paper content; each student, however, is required to write an independent paper summary.  The paper summary should include the following sections in addition to the completed cover page (word, pdf):

·        PROBLEM STATEMENT:  in your own words identify the problem addressed in the paper and why the problem is significant.

·        PROPOSED SOLUTION:  describe the solution method proposed by the author(s) or the analysis completed by the author(s).

·        RESULTS:  summarize the major results of the paper.

·        OPEN ISSUES:  identify open issues that relate to the problem area, but are not addressed in the paper.

Each paper summary will receive a grade of 1, 2 or 3.  You must receive a grade of 2 or 3 on the paper summary for it to count towards your grade.

Grading:                           Pass/Fail. To receive a passing grade, you must complete 7 paper summaries.  You are welcome to complete additional summaries.  Attendance at all presentations and completion of all presentation summaries is expected. Paper summary grades, attendance and final grades will be listed on WebCT Vista.


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