Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take this course on credit/no credit basis?
Yes. We give credit to those who would have otherwise earned a C- (C minus) or above
Can I audit or sit in?
In general we are happy to have participants sit in class if you are a member of the Stanford community (registered student, staff, and/or faculty). Out of courtesy, we appreciate that you first email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or talk to the instructor after the first class you attend. If the class is too full and we're running out of space, we would request that you please allow registered students to attend. Note often in-class participation changes during the term, and if it is too busy the first few class periods, there may be open space later on.
Can I do my final project in a group?
Yes, final projects can be done in groups of up to three people.
I have a question about the class. What is the best way to reach the course staff?
Please ask almost all questions on Piazza. This allows you to be responded to most quickly. If you have a sensitive issue you can post a private Piazza post or email the instructors directly at email@example.com
Can I combine the Final Project with another course?
Yes, you may; however before doing so you must receive permission from the instructors of both courses.
Frequently Asked Questions for the Poster Session
I can only attend part of the poster session. Is that okay? Poster session grade consists of 75% presentation and 25% Q&A, if you don't attend the poster session, you may submit a video presenting your work; however you will miss the 25% Q&A grade. Your team's scores will be unaffected. We will be taking attendance and TAs/graders/instructors may visit your poster at any time. We believe that it is an excellent opportunity to both get feedback on your work from the course staff and your peers, and it also can be a chance to learn about other new directions in reinforcement learning that are being lead by your peers, and give them feedback.
At the event, am I allowed to leave my poster and walk around? Yes. We think it is great for you to visit other posters and discuss other projects at the frontiers of RL. Please be sure to periodically return to your poster in case a member of the course staff needs to grade your poster or has questions.
I am a local SCPD student, is attendance required? No. However, the poster session is a great opportunity to network with on-campus students, the course staff, and other interested members of the community. We recommend you attend if possible.
I am a non-local SCPD student and cannot attend. Do I have to make a poster? Yes. You should submit your poster as a PDF to Gradescope and also include in your upload to gradescope a link to a short 5-10 minute video of yourself presenting an overview of your poster. This is due at the start of the in person poster session.
Am I allowed to print my poster on 8.5"x11" pieces of paper and tape it together?Yes and we won’t deduct points if you choose to do this. However, if possible we recommend you to print a full-sized poster since such posters are often more visually appealing and may make it easier to contain more information, and may stimulate further discussion.
Will you be reimbursing for poster printing costs?Unfortunately we will not be reimbursing for poster printing. There are multiple Stanford departments that give discounted or free poster printing to students in those departments. Many local businesses (e.g., Staples, FedEx, etc.) offer same-day printing services at reasonable prices. Lathrop Library offers on-campus poster printing services.
I'm part of an organization and we'd like to help sponsor or facilitate the poster event. How can we get involved?Please contact the course staff with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.