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Fall 2022

Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Machine Learning for Health Care
Machine learning is quickly becoming a powerful tool in healthcare, to analyze and personalize treatments, assist in diagnoses, understand the underlying biology of disease, and support decision making and medical interventions. In this seminar, we read papers on the topic of ML for health care and discuss these papers in class, focusing on the models and methods, and adaptions necessary to apply these methods to health care data.
Instructors: Barbara Engelhardt
Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Computational Methods for Single-cell and Spatial Biology
This seminar explores algorithmic, statistical, and machine learning challenges emerging from new technologies for measuring DNA, RNA, and molecular interactions from single cells and tissues. Topics include: clustering, dimensionality reduction and manifold learning for single-cell RNA sequencing and spatial transcriptomics data; inference of molecular interaction networks; temporal modeling of developmental processes; and phylogenetic tree reconstruction from single-cell DNA sequencing data. Seminar will include lectures and reading/discussion of recent research papers. Students complete a final project.
Instructors: Ben Raphael
Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Verification and Synthesis
This seminar explores research advances in automated reasoning with applications in formal verification and synthesis. We study recent papers from a variety of application domains - networks, distributed systems, systems-on-chip, machine learning. Students are expected to lead some class discussions and do a class project of their choice.
Instructors: Aarti Gupta
Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Understanding Large Language Models
Large pre-trained language models have utterly transformed the field of natural language processing in the last 3-4 years. They form the basis of state-of-art systems and become ubiquitous in solving a wide range of language understanding and generation tasks. This course aims to cover cutting-edge research topics centering around large language models. We discuss their technical foundations, emerging capabilities, fine-tuning and adaptation, theoretical understanding, system design, as well as security and ethics. Students are expected to routinely read and present research papers and complete a research project at the end.
Instructors: Danqi Chen
Special Topics in Creative Writing: Writing Political Fiction
In traditional workshops content and context come second to craft. Here we will explore writing political fiction, the politics of fiction and writing as political engagement. We'll read widely, from the most realistic depictions of the American political process and the varieties of immigrant experience to the work of afrofuturists and feminists. The personal is the political and our frame will range from the global to the domestic. We will write stories that inhabit experiences other than our own. This course will allow students to make interdisciplinary connections between courses on history, politics and identity and creative writing.
Instructors: A.M. Homes
The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora
A studio course introducing students to African dance practices and aesthetics, with a focus on how its evolution has influenced American and African American culture, choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African Diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet. Studio work will be complemented by readings, video viewings, guest speakers, and dance studies.
Instructors: Dyane Harvey Salaam
Introduction to Dance Across Cultures
Bharatanatyam, butoh, hip hop, and salsa are some of the dances that will have us travel from temples and courtyards to clubs, streets, and stages around the world. Through studio sessions, readings and viewings, field research, and discussions, this seminar will introduce students to dance across cultures with special attention to issues of migration, cultural appropriation, gender and sexuality, and spiritual and religious expression. Students will also learn basic elements of participant observation research. Guest artists will teach different dance forms. No prior dance experience is necessary.
Instructors: Judith Hamera
Contemporary Logic Design
Introduction to the basic concepts in logic design that form the basis of computation and communication circuits. Logic gates and memeory elements. Timing methodologies. Finite state systems. Programmable logic. Basic computer organization.
Instructors: Sharad Malik, Hossein Valavi
Introduction to Quantum Computing
This course will introduce the matrix form of quantum mechanics and discuss the concepts underlying the theory of quantum information. Some of the important algorithms will be discussed, as well as physical systems which have been suggested for quantum computing.
Instructors: Hakan Türeci
Design of Very Large-Scale Integrated (VLSI) Systems
Analysis and design of digital integrated circuits using deep sub-micron CMOS technologies as well as emerging and post-CMOS technologies (Si finFETs, III-V, carbon). Emphasis on design, including synthesis, simulation, layout and post-layout verification.Analysis of energy, power, performance, area of logic-gates, interconnect and signaling structures.
Instructors: Hossein Valavi

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