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Course Title
Informatics 209S
Seminar in Informatics
Fall 2006

André van der Hoek
Office: ICS2 207
Phone: +1 949-824-6326

Location: CS 253 (first hour) and ICS2 136 (second hour)
Day and time: Friday, 14:00-16:00

Catalogue Description
209S Seminar in Informatics (2). Current research and research trends in Informatics. Forum for presentation and criticism by students of research work in progress. May be repeated for credit. Formerly ICS 229.

Course Structure
This particular incarnation of the seminar will focus on ideas. Specifically, each week everyone is expected to bring to the table a new idea that pertains to Informatics research. Each week, we will hear brief synopses of all ideas and choose one or two for extensive discussion. The goal is to hone our abilities to critically examine ideas, to learn to be supportive even if we are skeptical, to gain an understanding of what we consider good and bad research ideas, and to illustrate the role of a group in furthering ideas.

All students are expected to attend all seminars (attendance will be taken). During the first hour of our weekly meeting we will proceed per the above. During the second hour we will join the rest of the Informatics Department in the Friday Research Hour. That hour will be devoted to faculty research talks, open discussions, panels, and other activities still to be determined.

All students enrolled in the course will earn a grade based upon: (a) a weekly one-page write-up of their idea, (b) class attendance, and (c) class participation.

Course Mailing List
To send mail: 36910-F06@classes.uci.edu
To view the archive: http://eee.uci.edu/toolbox/mla/message_list.php?ccode=36910&quarter=F06

Students with Disabilities
Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss his or her specific needs. Also contact the Disability Services Center at (949) 824-7494 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.


Week Date Topic
1 September 22 No lecture (Andre in Tokyo, ASE 2006).
You should attend the Informatics research hour nonetheless.
2 September 29 Introduction
3 October 6 No lecture (Andre in San Diego, Grace Hopper 2006).
You should attend the Informatics research hour nonetheless.
4 October 13 No lecture (Andre in Florianopolis, ICGSE 2006).
You should attend the Informatics research hour nonetheless.
5 October 20 No lecture (Andre in Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ).
You should attend the Informatics research hour nonetheless.
6 October 27 Idea Discussion
7 November 3 Idea Discussion
8 November 10 No lecture (Veteran's Day Holiday)
9 November 17 Idea Discussion and Wrap-up
10 November 24 No lecture (Thanksgiving)
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