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1. your name: Soumya Ghosh

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

3. most important reason for you personally to get a PhD: I like being at the cutting edge end of things.

4. name three computer scientists which YOU consider most important for the field and what you consider their contribution
4.1. Alan Turing
4.2. George Dantzig
4.3. Vladimir Vapnik

5. name the three most important, professionally relevant books which you have read
5.1. Thomas Corman, Charles Leiserson, Ronald Rivest, Clifford Stein: Introduction to Algorithms.
5.2. Richard O. Duda,Peter E. Hart,David G. Stork: Pattern Classification.
5.3. Brian W. Kernighan: The C Programming Language.

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. Statisitics
6.2. Mathematics
6.3. Neuroscience

7. briefly characterize your own digital literacy:

7.1. which programming languages do you know (mention them in an order of decreasing familiarity)


7.2. describe the top three projects (problem, programming language used, for what) which you have done in the past
1. automatic interpretation of topographic images of mars, mostly Matlab and Java, research.
2. road detection for robot navigation, Matlab, research.
3. developed a data capture system for capturing telescope housekeeping data, Python,SQL, summer work.

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

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8. List your three favorite topics that you would like to see discussed in this course!
8.1. What is in store after a PhD ( how competitive are research lab positions,post doc and other academia positions)
8.2. Proposal writing.
8.3. Departmental PhD requirements.

Last modified 4 September 2007 at 9:46 am by Soumya