CPSC 681: Graduate Seminar
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Fall 2002

Monday or Wednesday 4:10 pm – 5:25pm

124 Harvey R. Bright Bldg

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Riccardo Bettati

509 C. H.R. Bright Building

e-mail: bettati@cs.tamu.edu

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Course Goals: The purpose of the course is to expose you to a broad range of current research topics in computer science and related fields.

Course Content and Schedule: This course consists of seminars which will be presented roughly once a week, on a Monday and/or a Wednesday. Generally, after the speaker is finished, there will be a question and answer period where the audience can ask any questions they might have that were not answered during the seminar. This is often quite interesting and is considered part of the seminar.

You are responsible for checking the seminar schedule on the web ( http://www.cs.tamu.edu/seminars/681seminar) and your email (announcements will be sent to csgrads@cs.tamu.edu) for up to date information (be sure to check each Monday and Wednesday as sometimes seminars will be announced at the last moment).

Mechanics and Grading: All registered students are required to attend all seminars. If students miss one or more seminars, they can make up for the missing seminars the next semester. (This means that they receive an “incomplete” for the current semester.) Please talk to the instructor if this arrangement should cause problems.

To receive credit for attending a seminar, students must prepare a short summary of the seminar on a form that will be provided. For seminars presented in this course, the completed forms are due at the conclusion of the seminar and will be collected in HRBB 124. (Note that we will not be accepting forms after the conclusion of the seminar.)

Although you should reserve the entire scheduled timeslot (4:10-5:25), in most cases the seminars will finish around 5:00pm. If the speaker is not finished, or if the question and answer period is ongoing, you are expected to stay until the end, or until 5:25pm, whichever comes first. If this is a problem for you, please see the instructor. If you are in the seminar, you are expected to pay attention and refrain from activities such as doing other work, reading the newspaper, or sleeping. Behavior such as this gives speakers a bad impression of our graduate program and students. Students noticed exhibiting such behavior will not receive credit for attending that seminar. Thus, if you are not interested in a particular seminar, then don't attend - and attend a make-up seminar instead.