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What should I take next?


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.


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 TA mailing list is 6.034-2015-support at mit.edu.


News

10 December 2015

Final review sessions are tomorrow. Quizzes can be picked up between sessions, on the hour.

7 December 2015

We have released the promised grade calculator. See reference stuff above.

3 December 2015

Quiz 4 will be returned in the final recitations, next Monday and Tuesday. After Tuesday, 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: Adaboost ≥ 44 ≥ 39 ≥ 33
Problem 2: Bayes Nets ≥ 44 ≥ 37 ≥ 30
Total ≥ 88 ≥ 76 ≥ 63


Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / needs work
Spiritual and right-now ≥ 5 ≥ 4 ≥ 3

1 December 2015

Quiz 4 is tomorrow during class time (10 AM). Locations are the same as for Quiz 2:

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

18 November 2015

Quiz 3 will be returned in recitations next Monday and Tuesday. After Tuesday, 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: Neural Nets ≥ 44 ≥ 39 ≥ 32
Problem 2: Support Vector Machines ≥ 45 ≥ 41 ≥ 34
Total ≥ 89 ≥ 80 ≥ 66


Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / needs work
Spiritual and right-now ≥ 5 ≥ 4 ≥ 3

17 November 2015

Quiz 3 is tomorrow during class time (10 AM). Locations are the same as for Quiz 1:

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

23 October 2015

Quiz 2 will be returned in recitations next Monday and Tuesday. After Tuesday, you may pick up your quiz from Prof. Winston's office 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: Constraint Satisfaction Problems ≥ 44 ≥ 40 ≥ 35
Problem 2: ID Trees & k-Nearest Neighbors ≥ 45 ≥ 40 ≥ 35
Total ≥ 89 ≥ 80 ≥ 70


Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / needs work
Spiritual and right-now ≥ 5 ≥ 4 ≥ 3

20 October 2015

Quiz 2 is tomorrow during class time (10 AM). If you were in Walker for the first quiz, you will be in 10-250, and vice versa. Thus, locations are:

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

30 September 2015

Quiz 1 will be returned in recitations next Monday and Tuesday. After Tuesday, you may pick up your quiz from Prof. Winston's office when he is in. Thresholds are:

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / needs work
Problem 1: Rule-Based Systems ≥ 35 ≥ 31 ≥ 26
Problem 2: Search ≥ 26 ≥ 22 ≥ 18
Problem 3: Games ≥ 27 ≥ 23 ≥ 20
Total ≥ 88 ≥ 76 ≥ 64

29 September 2015

Quiz 1 is tomorrow during class time (10 AM). Half of you will take the quiz in Walker, half in 10-250, enabling less crowded conditions. Locations:

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

24 September 2015

Final has been scheduled for Wednesday, 16 December, 9am-12pm, Johnson.

23 September 2015

Good news! If you have been unable to submit labs through Windows, we have found a solution. The source of the problem is Python versions 2.6.5 through 2.7.3. The recommended solution is to install a version of Python >= 2.7.4 or <= 2.6.4; we recommend the latest stable release, Python 2.7.10.

19 September 2015

The online tester for Lab 2 is now live! If you have already downloaded the files for Lab 2, you will need to add a patch to lab2.py. Simply copy all the lines from patch.txt and paste them at the bottom of your lab2.py file. (If you have not yet downloaded Lab 2, the files in lab2.zip and online are already up-to-date as of 4pm today, so no need to patch.)

Second, we are trying to understand our tester's incompatibility with certain combinations of Windows and Python versions. If you have successfully or unsuccessfully submitted a lab on Windows, you can help us by telling us your Windows and Python versions using this form, or by e-mail to jmn@.

16 September 2015

If you wish to try out the Genesis story understanding system, you can load it using Java's Webstart feature.

13 September 2015

We have finished assigning recitation sections based on your preferences and have sent welcome e-mails to each section. If you have not received an e-mail, or if you would like to view/switch your recitation at any time, you can visit http://ai6034.mit.edu/recitation (certificates required).

You are welcome to attend multiple recitations if you like; in any case, we'll use your official recitation to return quizzes to you.

June 2015

In the fall semester of 2015, 6.034 will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 11. 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, 9 September 2014.

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