CS 5353 Topics in Emerging Computing Paradigms
Topic: Trust and Uncertainty in Cyberinfrastructure
Fall 2008

Class times: TR 4:30-5:50 pm, COMP 321

Instructor: Vladik Kreinovich, office COMP 215, email vladik@utep.edu, phone 747-6951

Office hours: TR 8:30-9 am, 10:30-11 am, 4-4:30 pm, 6-6:30 pm, or by appointment

Prerequisite: no special pre-requisites; graduate level standing is sufficient

Main objective: to learn theoretical and applied aspects of trust and uncertainty in cyberinfrastructure.

No textbook: this is a new material, there are no good textbooks yet, we will use handouts.

Project. After learning the basic techniques, students will start working on an (individual or group) project. Ideally, a project should be related to the main topic of student research (we can help with that) and help the student in working on his or her dissertation, thesis, or project.

For those who have not yet selected a topic, or who are interested in making interval computations their research topic, there are many interesting open research problems in which they can help.

Additional possibility: transforming your class project into a research publication. In September 2008, a major international biannual conference on interval computations will come to El Paso, Texas. With extra work, an interesting class project can become a good paper to submit and present at this conference.

Several students succeeded in having their papers accepted a few years ago. We will be glad to help if you are interested in this option.

Tests and grades: There will be two tests (tentatively on September 30 and on November 13) and the final exam. Each topic means home assignments (mainly on the sheets of paper, but some on the real computer). Some of them may be graded. Maximum number of points:

(smart projects with ideas that can turn into a serious scientific publication get up to 40 points).

A good project can help but it cannot completely cover possible deficiencies of knowledge as shown on the test and on the homeworks. In general, up to 80 points come from tests and home assignments. So:

Standards of conduct: Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner, as prescribed by the Standards of Conduct. Students may discuss programming exercises in a general way with other students, but the solutions must be done independently. Similarly, groups may discuss project assignments with other groups, but the solutions must be done by the group itself. Graded work should be unmistakably your own. You may not transcribe or copy a solution taken from another person, book, or other source, e.g., a web page). Professors are required to - and will - report academic dishonesty and any other violation of the Standards of Conduct to the Dean of Students.

If you feel you may have a disability that requires accommodation, contact the Disabled Student Services Office at 747-5148, go to Room 106 E. Union, or e-mail to dss@utep.edu.

See you in the class!