Computer Science Research

CS 197 · Fall 2021 · Section 01

This section offers a team-based introduction to Computer Science research experiences. Students form teams within a desired research area (AI, HCI, CompBio), then are matched with a quarter-long research project under direct mentorship of a Ph.D. student, with the goal of producing a publishable work-in-progress (e.g., poster) by the end of the quarter. Classes will be organized into a once-weekly lecture and a one-weekly section meeting. Research areas meet regularly as sections led by a Ph.D. student in the area, sharing progress and challenges. Lecture components of the course teach research concepts in computer science.

Lecture Section Assignment
Wednesday 9/22

What is research?

Application due 1 hour after lecture ends

Area Overview

HCI Slides

AI Slides

CompBio Slides

Assignment 1: Reading a Paper

Due: Wednesday 9/29 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 9/29

Literature Search

Form Teams and Align with Projects

Assignment 2: Related Work

Due: Wednesday 10/6 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 10/6

Arguing a Research Project

Begin Weekly Progress Reports and Advising
ML/Pytorch Crash Course
TBD: AI tutorial

Assignment 3: Introduction

Due: Wednesday 10/13 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 10/13

Vectoring in Research

Progress Reports and Advising

Assignment 4: Progress Report

Due: Wednesday 10/20 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 10/20

Velocity in Research

Progress Reports and Advising

Assignment 5: Progress Report II

Due: Wednesday 10/27 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 10/27


Progress Reports and Advising

Assignment 6: Progress Report III

Due: Wednesday 11/3 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 11/3

Writing and Paper & Research Career Paths

Progress Reports and Advising

Assignment 7: Evaluation & Progress Report IV

Due: Wednesday 11/10 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 11/10

Guest Lecture: Tips for Giving Clear Talks

Progress Reports and Advising

Assignment 8: Draft Paper

Due: Wednesday 11/17 at 2:00pm
Wednesday 11/17

Publication Culture & Peer Review

Peer Review Draft Papers

Assignment 9: Final Presentation

Due: Wednesday 12/1 (in-class)

Assignment 10: Final Paper

Due: Tuesday 12/7 at 11:59pm
Wednesday 12/1

Final Presentations and Future Opportunities

Optional Section: Project Help

    Section 01 Lecture
  • Wednesday 2:45pm-3:45pm PT McCullough 126
  • AI: Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm PT TBD
  • CompBio: Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm PT TBD
  • Alex Tamkin Office hours Tues. 3:00-4:00pm PT
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