Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT 6.978: Biologically Motivated Programming Technology
for Robust Systems
Calendar, Announcements and Assignments for Fall 02
Week 1: Sept 10 Talk by Hal Abelson; Request for proposals sent
Week 2: Sept 17 Talk by Radhika Nagpal; 1-page pre-proposals
Week 3: Sept 24 Talk by Tom Knight; Proposal with biweekly
Week 4: Oct 1 Talk by Jeremy Gunawardena, James McLurkin
Week 5: Oct 8 Talk by Feng Zhao; Assignment: 2 minute oral
report on First Milestone.
Week 6: Oct 15 HOLIDAY; Progress report due wed by email
Week 7: Oct 22 Milestone; Oral presentations and discussions
start (see schedule below)
Week 8: Oct 29 presentations
Week 9: Nov 5 presentations
Week 10: Nov 12 Talk by Gerry Sussman
Week 11: Nov 19 Assignment: report on Last Milestone,
discussion of project paper
Week 12: Nov 26 Class cancelled
Week 13: Dec 3 Project work must be complete. Final draft of
paper due; Final Presentations begin
Week 14: Dec 10 Final Presentations. Final Paper Due
Final Presentations Dec 3rd and
10th: We will have final presentations at the next two
classes. The focus of your talk should be the results and progress
made on the problem you chose. You will have 10 minutes to present and
5 minutes for questions.
Dec 3rd: Lauren Clement,
Yuri Brun, Justin Werfel, Manu Prakash, John Golar, Joshua
Dec 10: Josh Lifton, Saul Griffith, Jake
Beal & Ryan Newton, James McLurkin, Jonathan Bachrach, Attila Kondacs
& Catie Chang & Rebecca, Jacky Mallett.
October 16: Assignment for next week
Starting next Tuesday we will have oral presentations by people in
the class. You will have 15 minutes to present, and 5 minutes for
questions. The goal at this stage is to give a clear idea of the
problem you are trying to solve and your project goal, prior art in
the area and a brief account/demonstration of your progress to date.
It takes some practice to be able to fit all that into 15 minutes and
we will hold you to 15 minutes.
You should aim to give a polished talk, in that the problem is clear,
your approach is clear, and your goal is clear. The quality of your
delivery (as well as the content) will be part of the evaluation of
You will get written feedback from each
person in the class; I've included the feedback form at the end of
this message which should also help you structure your talk.
The schedule is :
- Week 7: OCT 22: Josh Lifton, Lauren Clement, Yuri Brun, Saul
Griffith, Jake Beal, Ryan Newton
- Week 8: OCT 29: Joshua Growchow, Justin Werfel, Attila
Kondacs, Catie, Rebecca, Manu Prakash, Chijioke Emenike
- Week 9: NOV 5: James McLurkin, Jonathan Bachrach, Jacky Mallett,
October 8: Assignment for next week
No Class Next Week because of Columbus Day. However there is Written Assignment due via
October 1: Assignment for next week
Report on first Milestone.
TALK Announcement: Oct 7, 4pm, NE43-518, John Doyle from CalTech,
"Robustness and the Internet: Design, Evolution, and Theoretical
September 10: Assignment for next week
Anyone who plans to register for the class should show up next week
with a brief (one- or two-page) preliminary proposal for the research
you plan to do this semester. You can propose an individual project,
or choose to work in a group of two or three.
September 27: Swarm robotics
The Journal of Autonomous Robots is putting together a
special issue on Swarm Robotics and looking for papers in
this area. Several people in the class are doing projects in this
area. You should consider working up your paper for inclusion here.
See the information on the special issue for details.
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Last modified: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 21:10:38 -0400