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1. your name: Michael Otte

2. the intended topic area for your PhD: Machine Learning

3. most important reason for you personally to get a PhD: Develop ideas and pursue research interests.

4. name three computer scientist which YOU consider most important for the field and what you consider their contribution
4.1. Alan Turing: one of the fathers of computer science, he also suggested the Turing test–something that people without any background in the field can use to help understand the idea of artificial intelligence.
4.2. Edsger Dijkstra: I like the shortest path algorithm that he created.
4.3. Thomas Bayes: Bayes' Theorem.

5. name the three most important, professionally relevant books which you have read
5.1. Brian W. Kernighan: The C Programming Language.
5.2. Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig: Artificial Intelligence, a Modern Approach.
5.3. Thomas Corman, Charles Leiserson, Ronald Rivest, Clifford Stein: Introduction to Algorithms.

6. assuming you will collaborate with researchers and explore ideas outside of CS during your PhD studies which domains are the most likely candidates for this effort
6.1. Neuroscience.
6.2. Statistics.
6.3. Mathematics.

7. briefly characterize your own digital literacy:
7.1. which programming language do you know (mention them in an order of decreasing familiarity)
C/C++, Matlab, PHP, Scheme, Java, Prolog

7.2. describe the top three projects (problem, programming language used, for what) which you have done in the past
Autonomous Robot Navigation, C/C++ and Matlab, for research.
Hardware Phase Detection, Matlab, for research.
3D Tank Game, C/C++, for class project.

7.3. which are the top three applications that you are familiar with (e.g. Photoshop, Canvas, Dreamweaver, iMovie, .)?
Matlab, Photoshop, VRTools

8. List your three favorite topics that you would like to see discussed in this course!
8.1. Grant writing.
8.2. Patent application process.
8.3. LaTex.

Last modified 29 August 2007 at 2:08 pm by MOtte