Rhonda's Questionnaire

1. Rhonda Hoenigman
2. Pattern recognition, machine learning

3. most important reason for you personally to get a PhD

After 10 years in industry, I finally came to the conclusion that industry and I are not a good fit.

4. name three computer scientists which YOU consider most important for the field and what you consider their contribution

4.1. Microsoft. Yes, I know Microsoft is not a computer scientist, but it's hard to deny the impact the company has had on the field, for better or worse. Sorry Mac users.
4.2. Douglas Reynolds. He is a researcher at MIT in speech recognition
4.3. Tom Mitchell. He is a professor at CMU in the machine learning field.

5. name the three most important, professionally relevant books which you have read
5.1. Any number of c/c++ programming books

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

Anything related to the natural sciences, such as biology, medicine, climatology, or zoology.

7. briefly characterize your own digital literacy:
7.1. which programming language do you know (mention them in an order of decreasing familiarity)

Matlab, c/c++, visual basic, sql, python.

7.2. describe the top three projects (problem, programming language used, for what) which you have done in the past

Before coming to graduate school, I was a software engineer for a large healthcare company in San Diego, California. I worked on a number of proprietary business applications. All applications were written in visual basic, vbscript, or C#, with an SQL backend.

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

My artistic abilities are severely lacking, so I've avoided any software application that could highlight this personal shortcoming, such as Photoshop, Canvas, or Dreamweaver. I am familiar with Matlab, but I still don't know if that's a programming language or an application. Perhaps it's both. I'm also familiar with Visual Studio .NET.

8. List your three favorite topics that you would like to see discussed in this course!
8.1. How to write a dissertation proposal
8.2. How to design/conceive of a dissertation proposal
8.3. Sources of funding.