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== '''Welcome to the 2017 Edition of 6.034'''==
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== '''Welcome to the 2018 Edition of 6.034'''==
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* [[Frequently Asked Questions | Frequently asked questions]]
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* [[6.S899 Info]]
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===Special 2018 opportunity for graduate credit===
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The 2018 edition of 6.034 will offer an optional, experimental, graduate-credit version, for graduate students only, by Professor Randall Davis.
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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.
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In addition, you participate in extra class with Professor Davis and do extra work. 
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[[Media:S899.pdf| You can read the prospectus here.]]
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The class meets on Fridays, 11am-12noon, in 32-144. 
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6.S081, Human Computational Intelligence, Professor Robert C. Berwick.
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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:
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We'll be returning Quiz 4 during recitations this week. Beginning Wednesday, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office ([http://web.mit.edu/6.034/www/32-251.jpg 32-251]) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. The Quiz 4 thresholds are:
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 2: Boosting (50) || ≥ 46 || ≥ 41 || ≥ 35
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| style="text-align:left;" | '''Total''' || '''≥ 90''' || '''≥ 80''' || '''≥ 68'''
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Quiz 4 will take place on Wednesday, December 6. Locations will be the same as for Quiz 2. That is,
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* Family name A-M in Walker, 3rd floor
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* Family name N-Z in 10-250
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By popular request, you can now order a limited-edition 6.034 2017 T-shirt, featuring our class motto as coined by Dr. Vikash Mansinghka, former 6.034 student and Head TA.
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This year's T-shirt will be available in sapphire blue, available at cost in both crew-neck ($8) and v-neck ($9). If you would like to buy one, [https://www.customink.com/g/fhs0-00b8-7wfk please order here] by '''Tuesday morning, November 28'''.
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We hope you've had a pleasant long weekend!
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We'll be returning Quiz 3 during recitations tomorrow and Tuesday. Beginning Wednesday, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office ([http://web.mit.edu/6.034/www/32-251.jpg 32-251]) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. The Quiz 3 thresholds are:
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 1: SVMs (50) || ≥ 45 || ≥ 39 || ≥ 33
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 2: Neural Networks (50) || ≥ 45 || ≥ 40 || ≥ 33
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Quiz 3, covering neural networks and support vector machines, will be held during class time on November 8. You will be in the same location as you were for Quiz 1: in other words,
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We will be returning Quiz 2 during recitations on Monday and Tuesday. Beginning Wednesday, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office ([http://web.mit.edu/6.034/www/32-251.jpg 32-251]) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 2: k-Nearest Neighbors (30) || ≥ 26 || ≥ 22 || ≥ 16
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 3: Constraint Propagation (40) || ≥ 33 || ≥ 26 || ≥ 20
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Quiz 2 (covering constraint propagation, k-nearest neighbors, and identification trees) will be held on October 18 at 10am. If you were in Walker for quiz 1, you will be in 10-250 for quiz 2, and vice versa. Hence,
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Quiz 1 will be returned in recitations on Monday and Tuesday. Beginning Wednesday, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office ([http://web.mit.edu/6.034/www/32-251.jpg 32-251]) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:
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==== Monday, December 10: Quiz 4 thresholds====
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We'll be returning Quiz 4 during recitations this week. Beginning Wednesday, contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. The Quiz 4 thresholds are:
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 1: Boosting (56) || ≥ 50 || ≥ 46 || ≥ 39
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 2: Bayes (44) || ≥ 40 || ≥ 37 || ≥ 31
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| style="text-align:left;" | '''Total''' || '''≥ 90''' || '''≥ 83''' || '''≥ 70'''
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Quiz 4 will take place next Wednesday, December 5 during class time. Locations will be the same as for Quiz 2. In other words,
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*Family name A-M in Walker
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*Family name N-Z in 10-250.
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The core topics are Bayesian inference and boosting (Adaboost). The spiritual/right now topics are listed as "4srn" on the Reference material page.
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We will be hosting a review session on Monday December 3 (12/03/18) from 7:30-9:30pm in room 32-123 in which we will go over example problem and answer questions. Please note that TAs will not be able to stay past 9:30, so if you have questions about particular exams or labs please plan on attending office hours or post on Piazza.
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====Tuesday, November 20: Lab 9====
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Lab 9 has been released under "labs" and is due Sunday, 12/2 at 10pm.
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==== Monday, November 19: 6.034 T-Shirts! ====
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We have exciting news. 6.034 T-shirts are ready to be ordered! The shirt can be ordered in either v-neck or crew neck style, and examples can be seen on the order form. Please use the following link to place your order: https://www.customink.com/g/wcd0-00bn-9kg9.
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The order form will close in one week, on Monday November 26, so please order as soon as possible! We plan on handing out the shirts on the last day of classes.
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==== Tuesday, November 13: Lab 8 ====
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Lab 8 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 11/27 at 10pm.
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==== Friday, November 9: Quiz 3 thresholds====
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Quizzes are being handed back today, from 11am-5pm in front of Professor Winston's office. If you are unable to pick up your quiz today, you may contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 1: Support Vector Machines (45) || ≥ 42 || ≥ 38 || ≥ 34
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| style="text-align:left;" | Problem 2: Neural Networks (55) || ≥ 50 || ≥ 46 || ≥ 36
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Congratulations on finishing Quiz 3!
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*We will be handing back quizzes this Friday November 9th (11/9) from immediately after lecture at 11am until 5pm near Professor Winston's office (32-251). If you can't pick up your quiz during that time, please email your TA directly about setting up a time to pick up your quiz. Before Friday, thresholds will be posted on the course website. In order to facilitate this, Victoria will be holding her office hours this Friday near Professor Winston's office at her usual time of 4-6pm. If you arrive after 5pm, please email Victoria so that she can let you in as the door locks post 5pm. This is also noted on the office hour page.
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Quiz 3 (covering neural networks and support vector machines) will be held on November 5 at 10am. You will be in the same location as you were in for Quiz 1. Hence,
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* Family name A-M will be in '''10-250'''
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We will also be hosting a review session for Quiz 3 on Thursday, November 1 (11/1) at 7pm in 34-101. We will go over a problem from each topic and answer any questions that you might have along the way.
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Lab 6 has been released under "labs" and is due Friday, 10/26 at 10pm.
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Quiz 2 (covering constraint propagation, k-nearest neighbors, and identification trees) will be held on October 19 at 10am. Note, Quiz 2 will also have an SRN section. The topics can be found on the  6.034 Reference Material page.
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If you were in Walker for quiz 1, you will be in 10-250 for quiz 2, and vice versa. Hence,
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====Sunday, October 7: Lab 5====
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Lab 5 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 10/17 at 10pm.
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Quiz 1 will be returned today from 11am - 5pm from the Genesis area near Professor Winston's office ([http://web.mit.edu/6.034/www/32-251.jpg 32-251]). If you are unable to pick up your quiz during this time, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office ([http://web.mit.edu/6.034/www/32-251.jpg 32-251]) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:
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Congratulations on completing Quiz 1! Regretfully, we will not be returning Quiz 1 in recitations this week. Instead, students can stop by the Genesis area by Professor Winston's office on Friday anytime after lecture (11am) until 5pm to get their quizzes.
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Lab 4 has been released under "labs" and is due Thursday, 10/11 at 10pm.
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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 Walker, enabling less crowded conditions. Locations:
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Lab 3 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 9/26 at 10pm.
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====Sunday, September 9: Recitations are now assigned====
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Recitations have been assigned! To view or change your recitation, please visit the [https://ai6034.mit.edu:444/recitation/ 6.034 Recitation Self-Service page]. Recitations begin on Monday 9/10 (tomorrow) and Tuesday 9/11. We'll see you there!
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====Sunday, September 9: Lab 1====
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Lab 1 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 9/18 at 10pm.
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====Wednesday, September 5: Recitation Sign-Up====
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Recitations will start next Monday 9/10 and Tuesday 9/11. Please fill out the [https://goo.gl/forms/3iWT5KiDh417TZSm1 recitation request form] by 5pm tomorrow (Thursday, 9/6) to indicate your recitation preferences. Recitation assignments will be sent out by Sunday afternoon.
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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.
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====Wednesday, September 5: Lab 0====
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Lab 0 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 9/11 at 10pm.
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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 [https://ai6034.mit.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Office_Hours#Temporary_Office_Hour_Schedule here].
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Contents

Welcome to the 2018 Edition of 6.034

Logistical stuff:

Reference stuff:

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


News

November 2018

Wednesday, December 12

Today's slides

Monday, December 10: Quiz 4 thresholds

We'll be returning Quiz 4 during recitations this week. Beginning Wednesday, contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. The Quiz 4 thresholds are:

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / Needs work
Problem 1: Boosting (56) ≥ 50 ≥ 46 ≥ 39
Problem 2: Bayes (44) ≥ 40 ≥ 37 ≥ 31
Total ≥ 90 ≥ 83 ≥ 70

Friday, November 30: Quiz 4 Logistics and Review Session

Quiz 4 will take place next Wednesday, December 5 during class time. Locations will be the same as for Quiz 2. In other words,

  • Family name A-M in Walker
  • Family name N-Z in 10-250.

The core topics are Bayesian inference and boosting (Adaboost). The spiritual/right now topics are listed as "4srn" on the Reference material page.

We will be hosting a review session on Monday December 3 (12/03/18) from 7:30-9:30pm in room 32-123 in which we will go over example problem and answer questions. Please note that TAs will not be able to stay past 9:30, so if you have questions about particular exams or labs please plan on attending office hours or post on Piazza.


Tuesday, November 20: Lab 9

Lab 9 has been released under "labs" and is due Sunday, 12/2 at 10pm.

Monday, November 19: 6.034 T-Shirts!

We have exciting news. 6.034 T-shirts are ready to be ordered! The shirt can be ordered in either v-neck or crew neck style, and examples can be seen on the order form. Please use the following link to place your order: https://www.customink.com/g/wcd0-00bn-9kg9.

The order form will close in one week, on Monday November 26, so please order as soon as possible! We plan on handing out the shirts on the last day of classes.

Tuesday, November 13: Lab 8

Lab 8 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 11/27 at 10pm.

Friday, November 9: Quiz 3 thresholds

Quizzes are being handed back today, from 11am-5pm in front of Professor Winston's office. If you are unable to pick up your quiz today, you may contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / Needs work
Problem 1: Support Vector Machines (45) ≥ 42 ≥ 38 ≥ 34
Problem 2: Neural Networks (55) ≥ 50 ≥ 46 ≥ 36
Total ≥ 92 ≥ 84 ≥ 70


Monday, November 5: Quiz 3 and Recitation 11/12 + 11/13

Congratulations on finishing Quiz 3!

  • We will be handing back quizzes this Friday November 9th (11/9) from immediately after lecture at 11am until 5pm near Professor Winston's office (32-251). If you can't pick up your quiz during that time, please email your TA directly about setting up a time to pick up your quiz. Before Friday, thresholds will be posted on the course website. In order to facilitate this, Victoria will be holding her office hours this Friday near Professor Winston's office at her usual time of 4-6pm. If you arrive after 5pm, please email Victoria so that she can let you in as the door locks post 5pm. This is also noted on the office hour page.
  • Due to Veterans Day observance, we will not be holding recitation next week on either Monday (11/12) or Tuesday (11/13).

October 2018

Monday, October 29: Quiz 3 Locations

Quiz 3 (covering neural networks and support vector machines) will be held on November 5 at 10am. You will be in the same location as you were in for Quiz 1. Hence,

  • Family name A-M will be in 10-250
  • Family name N-Z will be in Walker, 3rd floor

Monday, October 29: Quiz 3 Review Session

We will also be hosting a review session for Quiz 3 on Thursday, November 1 (11/1) at 7pm in 34-101. We will go over a problem from each topic and answer any questions that you might have along the way.

Friday, October 26: Lab 7

Lab 7 has been released under "labs" and is due Friday, 11/2 at 10pm.

Monday, October 22: Quiz 2 thresholds

We will be returning Quiz 2 during recitations on Monday and Tuesday. If you are unable to attend recitation this week, you may contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / Needs work
Problem 1: k-Nearest Neighbors (27) ≥ 23 ≥ 19 ≥ 16
Problem 2: ID Trees (33) ≥ 31 ≥ 28 ≥ 24
Problem 3: Constraint Propagation (40) ≥ 33 ≥ 28 ≥ 24
Total ≥ 87 ≥ 75 ≥ 64

Friday, October 19: Lab 6

Lab 6 has been released under "labs" and is due Friday, 10/26 at 10pm.

Sunday, October 14: Quiz 2

Quiz 2 (covering constraint propagation, k-nearest neighbors, and identification trees) will be held on October 19 at 10am. Note, Quiz 2 will also have an SRN section. The topics can be found on the 6.034 Reference Material page.

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

  • Family name A-M will be in Walker, 3rd floor
  • Family name N-Z will be in 10-250

Sunday, October 7: Lab 5

Lab 5 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 10/17 at 10pm.

Friday, October 5: Quiz 1 thresholds

Quiz 1 will be returned today from 11am - 5pm from the Genesis area near Professor Winston's office (32-251). If you are unable to pick up your quiz during this time, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office (32-251) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / Needs work
Problem 1: Search (34) ≥ 29 ≥ 24 ≥ 19
Problem 2: Games (32) ≥ 28 ≥ 24 ≥ 20
Problem 3: Rules (34) ≥ 28 ≥ 23 ≥ 19
Total ≥ 85 ≥ 71 ≥ 58

September 2018

Sunday, September 30: Returning Quizzes

Congratulations on completing Quiz 1! Regretfully, we will not be returning Quiz 1 in recitations this week. Instead, students can stop by the Genesis area by Professor Winston's office on Friday anytime after lecture (11am) until 5pm to get their quizzes.

Sunday, September 30: Lab 4

Lab 4 has been released under "labs" and is due Thursday, 10/11 at 10pm.

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 Walker, 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 (scb@mit.edu).

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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