2016 Immigration Course
Computer Science Department | Carnegie Mellon University
WELCOME

The Immigration Course (IC) is an introduction to the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University organized for the incoming Ph.D. students. Held during the beginning of the Fall Semester, the IC includes research area overviews, a series of short research presentations by CSD faculty, introductions to computing facilities and other department resources, and several parties and activities that allow students, staff and faculty to get to know each other socially. It is an intense and fun introduction to the science, culture, values, and people that make Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon unique.

This year's IC is organized by:

In addition to the CSD IC events, incoming students are also invited to:

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2016 Immigration Course SCHEDULE

Schedule Subject to Change
All talks (faculty & informational) are held in GHC 4303, unless otherwise indicated!

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WEEK 0

Tue

Aug 16th

4:00 - 8:30GSA BBQ
Wed

Aug 17th

2:30 - 4:30GSA Ice Cream Social
Sun

Aug 21st

10am and 1pmGSA whitewater rafting on Youghiogheny River - Reservation and tickets required, signup between Aug 15-17

WEEK 1

Mon

Aug 22nd

9:00 - 9:30Breakfast, GHC 4300 lobby
9:30 - 9:45 IC Welcome Zico Kolter
9:45 - 10:15 CSD Overview Frank Pfenning
10:15 - 10:45 CSD PhD Program Overview, Part I Todd Mowry
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 CSD PhD Program Overview, Part II Todd Mowry
12:00 - 1:30Lunch - (NSH 3305)
1:30 - 2:00SCS OverviewAndrew Moore
2:00 - 2:20 Srinivasan Seshan
2:20 - 2:40 Bryan Parno
2:40 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 3:20Nathan Beckmann
3:20 - 3:40 Jan Hoffmann
3:40 - 4:00 Zico Kolter
4:00 Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches - GHC 3rd Fl. patio
Tue Aug 23rd
9:40-10:00 Ariel Procaccia
10:00 - 10:20 Venkatesan Guruswami
10:20 - 10:40 Andre Platzer
10:40 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 11:20Seth Goldstein
11:20 - 11:40 Tuomas Sandholm
11:40 - 12:00 Ryan O'Donnell
12:00 - 1:30Lunch - (NSH 3305)
1:30 - 1:50 Roger Dannenberg
1:50 - 2:10 Greg Ganger
2:10 - 2:30 Karl Crary
2:30 - 2:50Break
2:50 - 3:20 Matt Fredrikson
3:20 - 3:40 Peter Steenkiste
3:40 - 4:00 Emma Brunskill
6:00 - 9:00
Grad Student Picnic
Location: 5563 Pocusset St. (map)
Wed Aug 24th
9:40 - 10:00Mahadev Satyanarayanan
10:00 - 10:20Nancy Pollard
10:20 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 11:20 Kayvon Fatahalian
11:20 - 11:40Anupam Datta
11:40 - 12:00Stelian Coros
12:00 - 1:30Lunch - "Case Study: Kayvon's Up and Down Graduate Career" - Kayvon Fatahalian (NSH 3305)
1:30 - 2:00New Student Photos - 3202 Newell Simon Hall (NSH)
2:00 - 2:20 Keenan Crane
2:20 - 2:40 Todd Mowry
2:40 - 3:00 Scott Fahlman
3:00 - 3:20Break
3:20 - 3:40 Gary Miller
3:40 - 4:00 Frank Pfenning
4:00 - 4:20 Dave Andersen
4:20 - 5:00Open Time (self-scheduled faculty/student meetings, explore GHC, campus, etc.)
Thu Aug 25th
9:30 - 10:00Dept. Overview Robotics InstituteMartial Hebert
10:00 - 10:20Matt Mason
10:20 - 10:40Jian Ma
10:40 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 11:20SCS Teaching Assistant (TA) Overview Charlie Garrod
11:20 - 11:40 Jean Yang
11:40 - 12:00Iliano Cervesato
12:00 - 1:30Lunch: Grad Student Panel (NO FACULTY - NSH 1507)
1:30 - 1:50Tai Sing Lee
1:50 - 2:10Christian Kaestner
2:10 - 2:30Claire Le Goues
2:30 - 2:50Break
2:50 - 3:10 Guy Blelloch
3:10 - 3:30Mor Harchol-Balter
Fri Aug 26th
9:30 - 10:00Dept. Overview: Language Technologies Inst.Jamie Callan
10:00 - 10:20David Garlan
10:20 - 10:40Jonathan Aldrich
10:40 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 11:20Yuvraj Agarwal
11:20 - 11:40Mayank Goel
11:40 - 12:00Swarun Kumar
12:00 - 1:30Lunch - GHC 8102
1:30 - 1:50 Limin Jia
1:50 - 2:10Vyas Sekar
2:10 - 2:30 Dave Touretzky
2:30 - 2:40Sol Boucher & Charlie McGuffey
6:00 - 9:00
Picnic at Mor's House, 5801 Northumberland St., 15217, (map)
(at Northumberland and Murray Ave, reachable by all 61 buses)
Sat Aug 27th
9:00 - Midday
Kayaking at the point
Meet up at 9:10am at the Forbes and Morewood bus stop.
For those arriving on their own, the Kayaking Pittsburgh North Shore center is located under the 6th Street Bridge, in front of PNC Park.
Sun Aug 28th
7:00 - 3:00Join Sol Boucher for a PedalPgh event ($35 for non-members, $40 at the gate)
6:30 - 10:00
Trip up the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines and dinner at Kavsar in the South Side. Please RSVP by Wednesday, 3pm.
(Meet at the Forbes and Morewood bus stop at 6:30pm)
WEEK 2
Mon Aug 29th
9:30 - 10:00Dept. Overview: Human Comuter InteractionAnind Dey
10:00 - 10:20 Dan Siewiorek
10:20 - 10:40R Ravi
10:40 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 11:20Phil Gibbons
11:20 - 11:40Robert Harper
12:00 - 1:30Area Lunch: PL (GHC 6115)
1:30 - 1:50Manuela Veloso
1:50 - 2:10 Pradeep Ravikumar
2:10 - 2:30William Cohen
2:30 - 2:50Break
2:30 - 3:10Bogdan Vasilescu
3:10 - 3:30Andy Pavlo
3:30 - 5:00CSD Tea, 7th fl. atrium, GHC
6:00 - 9:00
FreeCSD Grad Night at Sharp Edge Emporium
Tue Aug 30th
9:40 - 10:00Career & Professional Development Center (CPCD)Kevin Collins
10:00 - 10:30Business and travel expense policies AnnMarie Zanger and Elizabeth Auld
10:30 - 11:00Dept. Overview: Machine Learning Manuela Veloso
11:00 - 11:20Break
11:20 - 11:30Global Communication Center (GCC)Nisha Shanmugaraj
11:30 - 12:00SCS Computing Facilities Overview (Help)Brie Carranza
12:00 - 1:30AI Seminar: Explaining AI at CMU to the rest of the world GHC 6115Andrew Moore
1:30 - 1:50Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational InnovationJessica Harrell
1:50 - 2:10Public Communication for Researchers(PCR)Jesse Dunietz
2:10 - 2:40Dept. Overview: Computational BiologyBob Murphy
2:40 - 3:00Graduate Student Association (GSA) (GHC 6115)Amanda Willard
3:00 - 3:20Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS) (GHC 6115)Rebecca Cura, M.S.W.
3:20 - 3:40LGBTQ+ Resources (GHC 6115)Ashley Grice
7:00 - 9:00
FreeCSD Game Night & Ping Pong, GHC 7th fl. Atrium (dinner from Mad Mex will be provided)
Wed Aug 31st
9:00 - 10:45Open Time (self-scheduled faculty/student meetings, explore GHC, campus, etc.)
10:45 - 11:15Dept. Overview: Human-Computer Interaction InstituteAnind Dey
11:15 - 11:45Dept. Overview: Inst. for Software ResearchBill Scherlis
12:00 - 1:00Area Lunch: Systems & Graphics GHC 6115
1:30 - 3:00
Tour of the Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms
Meet at 1:00 outside of GHC 4405
Thu Sep 1st
9:00 - 12:00Open Time (self-scheduled faculty/student meetings, explore GHC, campus, etc.)
12:00Area Lunch: AI - GHC 6115
12:00 - 5:00Open Time (self-scheduled faculty/student meetings, explore GHC, campus, etc.)
5:00 - 7:00Dinner Party - GHC 6115
Fri Sep 2nd
9:00 - 12:00Open Time (faculty/student meetings, explore GHC, campus, etc.)
12:00 - 1:30Area Lunch: Theory - GHC 6115
1:30 - 4:00Open Time (self-scheduled faculty/student meetings, explore GHC, campus, etc.)
4:30 - 5:00
Pretty Good Race
The race starts on the trail in Schenley Park, underneath Panther Hollow Bridge
For any questions contact Dirk Kalp - kalp@cs.cmu.edu
5:15 - 7:00
Pretty Good Race TG, NSH Atrium
(Organized by Dec5)
Sat Sep 3rd
1:00 - 3:00 pmBike Tour of Pittsburgh - Meet at Morewood bus stop to go to downtown bike rental
9:00 pmIC Closing Party
Sun Sep 4th
4:00 - 8:00Cooking Class at Gaynor's School of Cooking (omnivore and herbivore options, no vegan.)

WEEK +1 (after IC)

Wed Sep 7th
6:00 - 9:00Women@SCS PotluckCarol Frieze, invitation by email