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This is an informal seminar class. There are three basic types of classes. First, On March 31st and April 7th, it will be me lecturing. Also on April 14th and April 28th there will be guest lectures. On April 21st and May 5th, we will take a field trip into actual research labs and demonstrations of actual experiments in alternative computing models take place. On May 12th, the class transitions into the phase where your role will be more active. We will play the "you be the expert". On the first day of class we will divide up into three groups. Each group will be responsible for reading a large body of literature on a particular topic, writing a short 5 page summary of the field, and preparing and giving a 1 hour presentation on it, and a panel discussion.
NOTE We will move our June 2nd class to some other time. I've put May 15th and 16th up there in the schedule, but we will discuss it the first day of class. No matter what, this class ends on May 19th
For Dataflow, quantum computing, and synthetic biology, approximately 1-3 papers will be assigned as preparatory reading.
Please write a short synopsis of the papers and send it to Mark and Steve before class.
Each team will produce a 5 page summary of their particular technology for the rest of the class. They will lead the class and each team member is expected to participate in the panel of experts.