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Welcome to the 2018 Edition of 6.034

Logistical stuff:

Reference stuff:

Note that the current staff mailing list is 6.034-2018-staff@.

Special 2018 opportunity for graduate credit

The 2018 edition of 6.034 will offer an optional, experimental, graduate-credit version, for graduate students only, by Professor Randall Davis.

You sign up only for 6.S899, but note that you go to all 6.034 lectures and recitations and you do all 6.034 homework and quizzes.

In addition, you participate in extra class with Professor Davis and do extra work.

You can read the prospectus here.

The class meets on Fridays, 11am-12noon, in 32-144.

When registering, you may need to explicitly register for 12 units; the registration software may try to default to 1 unit.

New subject fall 2018 for 6.034 vetarans

6.S081, Human Computational Intelligence, Professor Robert C. Berwick.

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it: animals can be intelligent. But how do they do it? This new course looks into this question from a computational point of view. Can chimpanzees learn language? Can border collies learn the names for objects? Do songbirds have language? Do the same methods that make modern computers intelligent also make animals intelligent? Does “big data” help or hurt animal learning? What about deep learning? How can we combine classical symbolic computation with modern statistical methods? Come find out. The course will be run in the style of Winston’s 6.803, emphasizing weekly critical readings and short communication-oriented written assignments. Enrollment limited to 40 students. See:

MW 1-2:30, 56-154,


September 2018

Thursday, September 20: Quiz 1 Locations

Quiz 1 (covering rule-based systems, search, and games) will be held on Friday, September 28 at 10am. Half of you will take the quiz in 10-250, and half in 10-250, enabling less crowded conditions. Locations:

  • Family name A-M: 10-250
  • Family name N-Z: Walker, 3rd floor

Thursday, September 20: Lab 3

Lab 3 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 9/26 at 10pm.

Sunday, September 9: Recitations are now assigned

Recitations have been assigned! To view or change your recitation, please visit the 6.034 Recitation Self-Service page. Recitations begin on Monday 9/10 (tomorrow) and Tuesday 9/11. We'll see you there!

Sunday, September 9: Lab 1

Lab 1 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 9/18 at 10pm.

Wednesday, September 5: Recitation Sign-Up

Recitations will start next Monday 9/10 and Tuesday 9/11. Please fill out the recitation request form by 5pm tomorrow (Thursday, 9/6) to indicate your recitation preferences. Recitation assignments will be sent out by Sunday afternoon.

If you are not yet registered for the class, please fill out the recitation request form anyway, and register for 6.034 as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 5: Lab 0

Lab 0 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 9/11 at 10pm.

Weekly office hours will be scheduled soon. In the meantime, temporary office hours are scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week. Please see the "Office Hours" link under "Logistics" on the main page. Alternatively, see here.

Wednesday, September 5: Jewish High Holidays

If you have any concerns about balancing 6.034 and the Jewish High Holidays, please contact Suri Bandler (

Summer 2018

About 6.034, Fall 2018 Edition

In the fall semester of 2018, 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.

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.

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