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Welcome to the 2019 Edition of 6.034

Logistical stuff

Reference stuff

Note that the current staff mailing list is


October 2018

Thursday, October 10: Updated OH over holiday weekend

Due to the institute holidays, we will be making the following changes to Monday (10/14) and Tuesday (10/15) office hours:

1. There will be no OH on Monday (10/14).

2. There will be OH on Tuesday (10/15) from 3-7pm in 32-155 staffed by multiple TAs.

Note: The final hour (6-7pm) of Tuesday's OH will be reserved solely for quiz questions/quiz review so we will not be answer any lab/debugging questions. You can ask any questions---whether class, lab, or quiz related--- in the first three hours (3-6pm).

Thursday, October 10: Quiz 2 Locations

Quiz 2 (covering constraint propagation, k-nearest neighbors, and identification trees) will be held on Wednesday, October 16 at 10am. Note: Quiz 2 will also have an SRN section. The topics covered can be found on the 6.034 Reference Material page.

If you were in 10-250 for Quiz 1, you will be in Walker for Quiz 2, and vice versa. Hence, for Quiz 2:

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

Listeners and nonregistered students who would like to take the quiz, please go to 10-250.

Sunday, October 6: Lab 5

Lab 5 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 10/16 at 10pm.

Tuesday, October 1: Final Exam

The 6.034 final exam will be Tuesday, December 17, 1:30pm-4:30pm, at the Johnson Track.

Conflict exam times will be announced after drop date.

September 2018

Sunday, September 29: Quiz 1 Thresholds

Congratulations on completing Quiz 1! Quizzes will be handed back during recitation this week (Monday and Tuesday). You must attend your assigned recitation to receive your quiz. (Check your assigned section on the Recitations page.)

  • If you are not signed up for a recitation do so ASAP because in recitation is where we will be handing back quizzes for the entirety of the term.
  • If you are a listener/non-registered student who took the quiz, you can pick yours up at Jennifer Madiedo's Office Hours (Tuesday 10am-12pm).

NOTE: All regrade requests are handled through your assigned TA.

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / Needs work
Problem 1: Search (33) ≥ 28 ≥ 23 ≥ 18
Problem 2: Rules (34) ≥ 29 ≥ 24 ≥ 19
Problem 3: Games (33) ≥ 27 ≥ 22 ≥ 17
Total ≥ 84 ≥ 69 ≥ 54

Sunday, September 29: Lab 4 Released

Lab 4 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 10/08 at 10pm.

Thursday, September 19: Quiz 1 Locations

Quiz 1 (covering rule-based systems, search, and games) will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 10am. Half of you will take the quiz in 10-250 and half in Walker, enabling less crowded conditions. Locations:

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

Listeners and nonregistered students who would like to take the quiz, please go to 10-250.

Note: For Quiz 2, you'll go to the other room (i.e., A-L will go to Walker, M-Z will go to 10-250).

Thursday, September 19: Lab 3 Released and Extra OH

Lab 3 has been released under "Labs" and is due Friday, 9/27 at 10pm.

Due to the cancelled OH tomorrow (for student holiday), we have decided to hold one-time temporary OH tonight from 5-9pm in 24-307.

Friday, September 13: Lab 2 Released

Lab 2 has been released under "Labs" link and is due Friday, 9/20 at 10pm.

Monday, September 9: Lab 1 Released

Lab 1 has been released under "Labs" link and is due Tuesday, 9/17 at 10pm.

Sunday, September 8: Recitations assigned and Office Hours

Recitations have been assigned and can be viewed on the Recitations page (hint: use ctrl-f to search for your kerberos id)! Recitations begin on Monday 9/9 (tomorrow) and Tuesday 9/10. We'll see you there!

Office hours have been announced and can be found on the Office Hours page. All office hours will temporarily be held in 32-258 until we get permanent rooms.

Thursday, September 5: Temporary Office Hours for Lab 0

We will be holding temporary office hours for lab 0 this Friday from 12-3pm and 4-5pm in the Genesis group area (in front of 32-258) in CSAIL. Permanent office hours with assigned rooms for the rest of the semester will be announced this weekend and will begin on Monday 9/9.

How to get to the area:

The Genesis group area is on the second floor of Stata on the Gates side, in front of 32-258. Below is a visualization of the following instructions:

1. Go to the Gates elevators in the Stata Center (building 32). These are the elevators next to the Cafe area.

2. Go up the stairs by the elevators and through the door that says CSAIL on it. You're now on the 2nd floor.

3. Make two rights, and then go all the way down the hallway to get to the Genesis group area.


Wednesday, September 4: Recitation Sign-Up

Recitations will start next Monday 9/9 and Tuesday 9/10. Please fill out the recitation request form by 12pm Friday (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, but plan to, please fill out the recitation request form anyway, and register for 6.034 or 6.844 as soon as possible.

Note: Due to the small discussion-like nature of recitation, listeners and nonregistered students can not attend recitation.

If you are not planning to register for 6.034, but will instead just attend lectures, please fill out the nonregistered listener form instead so we can keep you up to date with class announcements.

Summer 2019

6.034 Lab 0 Released

Many students interested in taking 6.034 for credit wonder if their Python skills are adequate for the 6.034 laboratory assignments, especially those who have not taken 6.0001 or equivalent. The answer is to be found in Lab 0, which in past years we have released at the beginning of the semester.

You can look over Lab 0 now, before the semester begins, so that you can determine if you should review Python for a day or two before the semester begins. You can find Lab 0 here. Note however that you cannot actually submit the lab until the semester begins.

Here are some helpful links if you need to brush up on your Python:

If you have any questions, email the 6.034 staff at 6.034-2019-staff@.

Introducing 6.844, the graduate version of 6.034

6.844 was created in response to requests from grad students who wanted to take 6.034, but needed graduate level credit.

It is a supplement to 6.034---you will take 6.034 as usual and do all of that work (lectures, labs, quizzes), and in addition attend the 6.844 session and do the work required there. That session will meet every Friday 11am-12pm in 32-155. Each week there will be a reading assignment focusing on one or more of the foundational, provocative, or intriguing papers from the research literature. You will be expected to do the reading, write up a one page response to a set of questions that will be provided with the reading, and come to class prepared to discuss your (and others') answers to those questions.

The papers will help you learn how to read original research papers in the field and will focus on the science side of AI, addressing the larger scientific questions, rather than existing tools for building applications.

The class is heavy on interaction; you will not be able to just sit back and listen. To keep the class size manageable and to encourage active class participation, we do not allow listeners.

More information can be found here.

About 6.034, Fall 2019 Edition

In the fall semester of 2019, 6.034 will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 11am in 10-250 (second floor lecture hall in building 10). The lectures, in which we introduce material and talk about the "big picture", usually 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 lectures as well as the right-now talks. It will be extremely difficult to answer questions on the right-now material if you do not attend the right-now talks because the material is not yet in textbooks or, in many cases, published papers.

Recitations will meet weekly on Monday and Tuesday and provide you with a venue in which you can review lecture material, work practice problems, and have small-group discussions. On the first day of class, we will make a link available to a form you will fill out that will enable us to assign you to a recitation.

Labs are programming assignments, released approximately every 7 to 10 days, in which you'll practice your newly acquired skills.

More details will emerge during the first lecture.

6.034 is no longer offered in the spring term.

We are pleased to note that Bloomberg has listed 6.034 as among "Five of the Best Computer Science Classes in the U.S."

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