Professor: Michael Erdmann (me at -nospam- cmu.edu)
Teaching Assistants: Greydon Foil (gfoil at -nospam- andrew.cmu.edu)
Ada Zhang (ajzhang at -nospam- andrew.cmu.edu)
Location: Wean Hall 5403
Time: TR 3:00-4:20
Michael Erdmann's Office Hours: After class or by appointment (office is GHC 9203).
Greydon Foil's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3pm, NSH 2209
Ada Zhang's Office Hours: Tuesdays, 5-6pm, Smith 208
This is a graduate course. You are thus expected to pursue ideas and topics discussed in this course on your own beyond the level of the lectures. My aim is to cover some of the easy early material quickly, then spend more detailed time on the later material. My goal throughout the course is to acquaint you with fundamental algorithms and mathematical reasoning, as well as give you some implementation experience.
The course grade will be determined by performance on assignments, participation in class, and a class project. Class assignments will entail solving some problems on paper or implementing some of the algorithms discussed in the course.
The term project should take about a month of work (40 hours). It should pursue a mathematical topic (such as a robotics project with a strong mathematical component) that is not otherwise covered in detail in the course. Ideally, the project should be connected to your research. If you are a first year graduate student, you should view the project as a springboard to research involvement. Project writeups should be 5 pages long. Projects are due the last day of class. Project presentations will occur during the final exam period.
In order to pass this course you must do all the work required. That entails coming to class, submitting solutions for the assignments, and doing the project. You must submit a solution for every problem on an assignment by that assignment's due date. Assignments are graded on a "minus, check, plus" scale. You must receive a "check" or a "plus" on every assignment in order to pass the course. If you obtain a "minus" on an assignment, you may and must submit correct solutions by the resubmission deadline for that assignment, in order to try to raise your assignment grade to a "check". (The resubmission deadline is not an alternate deadline for the original assignment; you need to attempt every problem by the original deadline.) For the project, you should submit a project proposal, a project writeup, and present your project in front of the class (during the final exam period).