Applied Computation 298r

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Computational Science & Engineering

Fall 2014


Location: Maxwell Dworkin 119

Meeting Time: Friday 12-3PM

Instructors: Daniel Weinstock (Northwest B154.30,


Course Overview

This course, centered on the Institute for Applied Computation Science (IACS) seminar series, will provide broad exposure to cutting-edge topics, applications, and unifying concepts in Computational Science & Engineering. Students will read, present and discuss journal articles related to IACS talks, attend the seminars and meet with visiting speakers. Possible topics to be covered include scientific visualization, data science, computational approaches to disease, mathematical neuroscience, computational archeology, and computational finance.


Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how topics from IACS courses are applied to cutting edge research projects.
  2. Gain experience communicating about computational science with students from other disciplinary backgrounds.
  3. Develop critical reading, scientific writing, and presentation skills
  4. Gain experience actively engaging with researchers on topics beyond one’s own area of expertise.
  5. Develop the ability to think about how topics presented in seminar talks can be applied to one’s own research interests.

Class Organization

In weeks in which an IACS seminar is scheduled, the class will meet at 12PM in MD 119 to have a presentation and discussion about the work of that week’s speaker. We will then attend the seminar at 1PM in MD G115. Following the seminar, we will reconvene in 119 to meet with the speaker.


Assignments and Grading

Students will be graded on: 1) class participation; 2) summaries of IACS seminars; 3) pre-seminar presentations and 4) a final presentation.


All students are responsible for assigned class readings and are expected to actively participate in class discussion.


Short (approximately one page) wrrite-ups about each IACS seminar are due by 10 AM the Friday after the seminar. These write-ups should be part summary part reaction to the seminars and should be emailed as pdf files to by 10 AM on the Friday following the seminar.


Each student will be responsible for at least one pre-seminar presentation to the class on papers related to that that week’s IACS seminar topic. The instructors will provide a list of suggested readings, chosen with input from the visiting speaker, but students will also be encouraged to suggest relevant papers not written by the speaker.


Each student will also be responsible for a final presentation at the end of the semester. The final presentation should be on a topic inspired by one of this semester’s IACS seminar talks. Your pre-seminar and final presentations do not need to be on the work of the same speaker.


            Pre-seminar Presentation        30%

            Seminar write-ups                   30%

            Class Participation                  20%

            Final Presentation                   20%


Accommodations for students with disabilities

Students needing academic adjustments or accommodations because of a documented disability must present their Faculty Letter from the Accessible Education Office (AEO) and speak with the instructor by the end of the second week of the term. Failure to do so may result in an inability to respond in a timely manner. All discussion will remain confidential, although we may contact AEO to discuss appropriate implementation.