CSC2431: Topics in Computational Biology
Computational Methods in Medicine
Classes: F 10-12 in Rosebrugh 310
Instructor: Michael Brudno
Office: Pratt (PT) 286C
Office Hours: By appointment
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Course Description: coming soon
The prerequisite is an undergraduate-level understanding of Computer Science. While I do not expect that you would have familiarity with all computational concepts we discuss, you should be able
to quickly "catch up" on the relevant topics. Solid understanding
of artificial intelligence (especially machine learning), algorithms, and basic statistical concepts (e.g. p-values, multiple testing correction) will be needed for for multiple parts of the course
The basic requirements for the class will be a course project (60% of the
grade), paper presentations and participation (20% of the grade) and written
paper summaries (20% of the grade).
Each person taking the class for credit is responsible for submitting a one page summary
of the assigned papers before every class. The system for grading them will be
a simple check-off, so no need to sweat too much. From the writeup I am looking for evidence that
you read the papers and thought about them. Some evidence of this would be, for example, talking about the
weaknesses of the paper (the strengths are in the abstract).
The writeup need not be long. It is supposed to be evidence that you've done the work, not work in itself.
If you are presenting a paper, you do not have to do a writeup for that paper, but should do the writeups for other papers being discussed that week.
The whole point of the paper summaries is to make sure that you've read the papers before coming to class, so no late summaries will be accepted.
The class will satisfy group 4 (Human-Centric and Interdisciplinary Computing) breadth, as well as the Computational Biology group breadth.