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Welcome to the 2016 Edition of 6.034

Recitation request form

If you missed the 5pm deadline, we would still appreciate if you could fill out the recitation request form as soon as possible. We will be finalizing recitation assignments tomorrow (Thursday) morning. You can also use the form to indicate your interest in Professor Berwick's 3-unit add-on.

New opportunity in 2016

The 2016 edition of 6.034 will offer an optional 3-unit add-on set of lectures given by Professor Robert C. Berwick. This addition will supplement the main lectures and recitations because it will focus on the science side of 6.034, addressing long-standing scientific questions and biological intelligence, rather than existing tools for building applications. Evolution and human language will be emphasized.

The add on is scheduled to meet on Fridays, either 2-3pm or 3-4pm, in room 36-372. You can express interest via the recitation request form.

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

Logistical stuff:

Reference stuff:

  • Labs (also known as "problem sets")

Note that the current staff mailing list is 6.034-2016-staff at


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 of note, Fall

Instructor Number Title
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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