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We are pleased to note ...

...that Bloomberg has listed 6.034 as among "Five of the Best Computer Science Classes in the U.S."

What they meant to say is that 6.034 has had outstanding TAs. Among them is head-TA Jessica Noss, the 2016 winner of the EECS Carlton E. Tucker Award for outstanding teaching as a graduate-student teaching assistant.

Road map:

To see how 6.034 outcomes relate to the outcomes of other subjects in the Course 6 curriculum, see the graphical display in the 6.034 Curricular Goals Map

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June 2016

In the fall semester of 2016, 6.034 will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 11 in 10-250. Most, but not all of Professor Winston's lectures will be on Monday and Wednesday. On many, but not all Fridays, you will learn about what is happening in the field right now from someone who is doing work right now in an area related to the Monday and Wednesday lectures.

Examinations will cover material from the traditional lectures as well as the right-now lectures. It will be extremely difficult to field questions on the right-now material if you do not attend the right-now lectures because the material is not yet in textbooks or, in many cases, published papers.

Recitations (previously known as "tutorials") will meet weekly on Monday and Tuesday. On the first day of class, you will fill out a form that will enable us to assign you to a recitation.

6.034 is no longer offered in the spring term.

More details will emerge during the first lecture on Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

What should I take after 6.034?

For 6.034 alums looking for related subjects, we recommend the following, as of 31 January 2016. There may be additions through registration day.

Subjects by Right Now Lecturers, Spring

Instructor Right Now Talk Number Title
Gerald Sussman Propagator networks 6.945 Large-scale symbolic systems
Ed Boyden Enlarging brain tissue 20.309 Biological instrumentation and software
Julie Shah Getting people on the same page 16.35 Real time systems and software
Pawan Sinha et al. The vision of the newly sighted 9.012 Cognitive science
Patrick Winston Understanding stories 6.803/6.833 The Human Intelligence Enterprise

Note that 6.803/6.833 is a lotteried subject, oversubscribed. See 6.803/6.833 home page.

Other subjects of note, Spring

Instructor Number Title
Brian Williams 6.834J/16.412J Cognitive Robotics
Barzilay-Jaakkola-Kaelbling 6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning
Berwick and Bartel 6.049J Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models and Computation

6.036 could be called Computational Statistics. It is not about perception, cognition, or action, but it is a valuable subject that everyone should take.

Other subjects of note, Fall

Instructor Number Title
Robert Berwick 6.863 Natural Language and the Computer Representation of Knowledge
Brian Williams 16.410J/16.413J Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making
Gerald Sussman 6.946 Classical mechanics: a computational approach

Subjects associated with the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines

Many subjects are taught, Spring and Fall, by faculty associated with the Center for Brains Minds and Machines.

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