CS501: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Computer Science I Fall, 1998

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo

Index: •Assignments •Class Meeting Times and Place •Course is Required •Course Schedule •Grading •Instructor •News Group •Registration Number •Texts

Prof. Stuart C. Shapiro, 226 Bell Hall, 645-3180 ext. 125, shapiro@cse.buffalo.edu,

Office Hours: See my schedule. If I'm in my office, and not talking to someone else, I'll be happy to talk with you. Or make an appointment via Gloria Koontz, koontz@cse.buffalo.edu, 716-645-3180 Ext. 103

Class Meetings: Wed Fri 11:00 - 11:50 AM, 210 Natural Sciences Building

Registration Number: 234057

Texts (Buy from Book Store):
  • Leslie Lamport, LaTeX: A Document Preparation System User's Guide and Reference Manual, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1994.
  • Richard Stallman, GNU Emacs Manual, 13th Edition, Free Software Foundation, 1997.
  • Mary-Claire van Leunen, A Handbook for Scholars, Revised Edition Oxford University Press, New York, 1992.
These are all reference books you will be using for several years, at least.

CS501/502/700 Requirement:
As the document, New Qualifying Process at CS Department, says, "For both MS and Ph.D. students, 501 is required. (502-700 are no longer required.)" In fact, CS502 will no longer be offered. CS700, however, is still available by individual arrangement with a faculty member.

News Group: The news group for this course is sunyab.cs.501. Post questions and general information of interest to this class.

CS 501, WF 11:00 - 11:50 AM, ROOM 210 Natural Sciences Building
September2Prof. Shapiro
Dr. Davin Milun
Computer Accounts

Prof. Raj Acharya 
Assigment 1 due
Graduate Studies in CSE at UB
 9Dr. Milun UB CSE Computing Environment
Prof. Shapiro
Drop/Add Deadline
Begin Emacs
 16Prof. ShapiroFinish Emacs
 18Prof. ShapiroLaTeX
 23Prof. ShapiroHTML
 25 Prof. Chunming QiaoAdvanced Networking Design, Evaluation, and Research
 30No classYom Kippur
October2 Prof. Zhongfei Zhang Image Understanding Research and Its Application in Multimedia Indexing and Retrieval
Prof. Jin-Yi Cai
WWW Home Page due
Complexity Theory Research
 9 Prof. Kenneth Regan Have All the Answers Already Been Computed?
 14 Prof. Peter ScottFoveal Vision and Learning-Based Gaze Control
 16Prof. Shambhu UpadhyayaDependable Computing
 21Prof. AcharyaNetworked Multimedia and Visualization Research
Prof. Venugopal Govindaraju
R Deadline
Efficient Classification Techniques using Entropy Models
 28 Prof. Ashim Garg Information Visualization
 30Prof. Shapiro Knowledge Representation & Reasoning
November4Prof. Sargur SrihariTBA
 6Prof. William RapaportA Computational Theory of Vocabulary Acquisition
 11 Prof. Rohini Srihari Multimedia Information Retrieval
 13 Prof. Ramalingam Sridhar High-Performance (high speed, low power) VLSI Systems
 18Prof. Aidong Zhang Multimedia and Database Research
 20Prof. Deborah WaltersTBA
Follow Wednesday Schedule
 25No classFall Recess
 27No classFall Recess
December2 Prof. Russ Miller What Miller's Up To: Reasearch in Algorithms and Computational Crystallography and the Center for Computational Research
 4 Prof. Nihar MahapatraParallel & Distributed Computing and Computer Architecture Research
 9Prof. Bharat JayaramanProgramming Language Research
Prof. Xin (Roger) He
Last class
Combinatorial Algorithms

Grading is on an S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) basis. Registrants are responsible for attending all class meetings and handing in all assignments on time. Excessive absences from class, or excessive missed or late assignments will be result in a grade of "U". A grade of "S" in this course is required for any graduate degree in this department.

Due Friday, September 4, 1998:
Email answers to the following questions to Prof. Shapiro
  1. (If you are a non-U.S. student) Why did you choose to do your graduate work in the U.S.?
  2. Why did you decide to do your graduate work in this department and in this university?
  3. What is the final degree you plan/hope to earn in this department, M.S. or Ph.D.?
  4. What area of computer science are you interested in?

Due Wednesday, October 7, 1998:
Create a Home Page on the World-Wide Web. Find instructions and useful information in the Department's Information on building a home page. You might also find helpful information from Prof. Miller's WWW Seminar. Note that your page is on the Web as soon as you create it and make it publicly, but your assignment will not be considered finished until your page is accessible from the Department's list of Graduate Student Home Pages.

Due every Wednesday following a departmental colloquium:
Write a short review of the talk. Include:
  • The name and affiliation of the speaker.
  • The title of the talk.
  • The date of the talk.
  • A short summary of the main points of the talk in your own words, to the best of your ability.
  • Give your reaction to/impression of the contents of the talk.
  • Comment on the positive and negative aspects of the speaker's speaking/presentation style.
Here is a LaTeX template you may copy and use, and here is what it looks like after processing.

Due every class meeting following a research presentation by member of the department graduate faculty:
Write a short review of the talk. Include
  • The name of the speaker.
  • The title of the presentation.
  • The date of the presentation.
  • A short summary of the presentation in your own words, to the best of your ability.
  • Your reaction to/impression of the presentation. How interesting do you find the research area as a potential area for your own future work?
On a separate page, provide anonymous comments on the presentation as feedback for the speaker. Include:
  • A critique of the contents;
  • A critique of the presentation style.
Here is a LaTeX template you may copy and use, and here is what it looks like after processing.

Stuart C. Shapiro <shapiro@cse.buffalo.edu>