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1 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview Natural Computation Practicalities and Course Overview

2 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 2 Toilets  1st Floor by main entrance,  opposite CS122  2 nd floor, in corridor close to lift  Ground floor, opposite main doors Fire Alarm = continuous siren - tested Monday 10am Assembly areas- car park if upstairs - by library snack bar if downstairs Car Parking Outside the building BUT Don ’ t park in “ staff only ” car parks, disabled bays etc.  security are enthusiastic clampers “ Pay and Display ” at machines Practicalities 1

3 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 3 Drinks Library snack bar Vending machines downstairs in foyer Food (lunch) See next slide for lunch options Mobile phones Do not use in atrium (upstairs is open plan) Switch off in lectures! Practicalities 2

4 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 4 Computer Science Library snack bar (drinks and sandwiches) Alcuin (B’Henry’s) (hot bar food and drinks) Seebohm Rowntree Building (drinks and snacks) Charles 12th (hot bar food and drinks - warning - SLOW!) Brown’s (sandwiches) College cafeterias (Vanbrugh, Langwith, Derwent, Goodricke) (hot and cold food) Where to eat

5 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 5 Organisation of Week 1 Monday Introduction, supervisors, photographs, library tour Tuesday “ Taster ” lectures, International Student orientation Wednesday More taster lectures, empirical methods session Thursday CSW lectures, MATLAB session, empirical methods session Friday CSW lecture, MATLAB session

6 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 6 More about today … Meet your supervisor Some supervisors are available today, others tomorrow or later in the week Photographs In the ground floor foyer Library tour Meet at CS reception desk Reception In the staff common room, for all new students (undergrad and postgrad) and staff

7 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview Course Overview

8 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 8 University of York Founded in 1963 Collegiate based  Departments mapped over Colleges (not 1:1) Campus contains  supermarket, sports centre, travel agent, library, bars, cashpoints, bookshop Heslington contains  2 pubs, post office, newsagent, main 4 banks, sandwich shop Being a student You ’ re entitled to an NUS card  available from Graduate Student Association (GSA) University ID card Automatic membership: SU, GSA

9 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 9 The Department Computer Science Department people over 40 academics about 180 research students (RSs) and research associates (RAs) assorted support staff about 500 students  BSc, BEng, MEng  MSc NC, MSc IT, MSc SCSE, MSc SWE, Cert SSE, MSc GTC

10 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 10 Useful Contacts Academic Simon O ’ Keefe - course co-ordinator –  Supervisors  Simon O ’ Keefe:  Sam Braunstein:  Susan Stepney:  Jim Austin: Administrative staff  Keith Maynard:  Louise Earnshaw:

11 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 11 Course Overview MSc in Natural Computation Purpose a grounding in techniques of natural computation  to provide a broad education in applicable areas of natural computation and associated technologies  to provide more specialised knowledge in natural computation technology via the project. Organisation 9 modules to be taken  1 module mandatory – Computer Science Writing  8 options chosen from 10 six month project

12 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 12 Option Selection You need to take 8 optional modules out of 10 on offer Option choices for this term should be regarded as final … Option choices for next term may be revised Option selection forms should be completed by Thursday this week There are some constraints on which modules you can choose together To balance your load, we suggest either Autumn 3 options (plus CSW), Spring 5 options Autumn 4 options (plus CSW), Spring 4 options

13 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 13 Optional Modules CODENameTermFormal Pre-req. Modules NEUNeural computingAut EVOEvolutionary computingAut DSADynamical systemsAut QIPQuantum Information ProcessingAut CBACooperative Bioinspired AlgorithmsAut CBCComputing with Biology & ChemistrySpr ALAAdaptive & Learning AgentsSpr SCBSimulating Complex BiosystemsSpr EMEEngineering EmergenceSpr EHWEvolable HardwareSprEVO

14 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 14 Option information Module descriptions are on the website: From the Department student page select “ courses ” then “ module descriptions ” To help you make informed choices, there will be 15 minute “ taster ” lectures on Tuesday and Wednesday this week

15 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 15 Course structure

16 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 16 Timetable Timetables available online Discuss your timetable with your supervisor Make sure you know where you should be and when! Lecture attendance is “ optional ” Practical and seminar attendance is mandatory See your Handbook for more details See your supervisor if you have a problem EVO CS/006 {RW} PRAC wks7au-10au Clark J, Stepney S CBA AEW/105 {W} LECT wks2au-5au Timmis J Timetable entries look like this

17 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 17 Organisation of Week 1 (again) Monday Introduction, supervisors, photographs, library tour Tuesday “ Taster ” lectures, International Student orientation Wednesday More taster lectures, empirical methods session Thursday CSW lectures, MATLAB session, empirical methods session Friday CSW lecture, MATLAB session

18 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 18 MATLAB and Empirical Methods … MATLAB is used by more than one module. If you haven ’ t used MATLAB before, there is a tutorial session in the software lab CS006 with assistance on Thursday and Friday mornings The sessions on empirical methods are to reinforce experimental and statistical techniques that will be useful to you in doing the assessments for a number of modules. Some of the teaching will be illustrated with MATLAB examples.

19 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 19 Assessment formats Open assessments for most modules Done in your own time over about 4-6 weeks Typically 20+ hours work (approx. 3+ working days)  Note it is assumed that you read around and understand the material as well  We find people do take a considerable amount of time over their assessments to get to the depth of answer we expect Typically a mixture of Specific questions designed to test your ability to absorb and present knowledge Open questions, designed to test your ability to think constructively and critically when presented with a problem

20 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 20 Projects Take place from April/May 90 credits worth Works out to be same amount of work as 9 modules Subject from one listed in the project database or one you create in collusion with a member of staff - discuss with your supervisor in first instance Create and maintain a web page to show project progress Update each time you correspond with supervisor, do anything  Add to at least once a week even if to say “ nothing done this week ” Project Allocation: Phase 1: Spr/7/Mon - Spr/8/Thur – Descriptions online, select projects Phase 2: Spr/8/Fri - Spr/9/Fri – Allocation based on selections

21 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 21 Asessments Project report Major piece of writing – up to 50,000 words More details about how to approach this in CSW More about assessments on Wednesday Approaches to question answering Depth of answers required

22 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 22 Passing the course For award of a Masters degree Average at least 50% on modules No more than two module failures At least 50% on project No retakes Distinction recommendation for MSc all taught modules passed overall mark > 70% (project mark > 75% taught module average > 65%)

23 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 23 Students ’ Handbook Paper copy issued to each student On-line copy available at: Should be visible off-site, with userid + password MSc-specific information in Chapter 21 (pp136+ ) Information on projects – pages Module descriptions do not appear in the Handbook, but are available online at:

24 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 24 Supervisors All registered students have a Supervisor get to know yours Advice on academic matters and progress choosing options, reviewing progress Advice on accommodation, finance, welfare; or help in enlisting the help of others Stay in touch with your Supervisor they are there to help advise them of (personal, academic) difficulties (illness) sooner rather than later If you have problems with your Supervisor other staff in the team, HoD, Welfare...

25 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview Any questions?

26 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 26 Computing Facilities: hardware 1 Departmental Network Ethernet; fully switched 100 Mb/s to desktop PCs student laptop/PDA connections  b wireless network  RJ45 style plug-in connections in CS002  power supplies must be safety-tested by hardware staff if used in the department   connected to campus network, and through campus firewall to YHMAN, SuperJANET and the Internet Servers provide file, compute, mail, WWW and FTP services

27 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 27 Computing facilities: Hardware - 2 PC Classrooms CS006/7 (48 PCs in each)  Note: Strictly no food or drink is permitted in these rooms PCs dual boot Windows XP and Slackware Linux (NB. See posters in classrooms for how to switch between them safely) minimum specification: 2 GHz AMD Athlon, 512 Mb RAM, mix of Zip 100/250 and CD-RW drives PCs on side benches have DVD/CD-RW drives and scanners (Note: These PCs run only Linux)

28 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 28 User Accounts - 1 Username of the form abc123 Computer Science and Computing Service usernames are the same, but accounts (and passwords) are separate Passwords separate passwords for:  Solaris/Linux (change using the command passwd)  Windows XP (CTRL-ALT-DEL, click on Change Password)  Computing Service (initial password is your library number) passwords are case-sensitive NOTE: Dept is moving to Kerberos so this may change!

29 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 29 User Accounts - 2 Home Directories/Folders are held on Fileservers save all important files under these areas /usr/username (Solaris/Linux)  quota 80 MB (check using the command quota – v) H: drive (Windows)  quota 80 MB (right click on H: drive, select Properties)  roaming profile (allows you to log in to any PC) stored here Web Directory (quota 5 MB) for study-related personal WWW pages URL is /n/www/student/username (Solaris/Linux) map drive to \\Hercules\www (Windows)

30 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 30 Services -1 Compute Servers Hercules (Solaris); milan (Linux)  can connect to these servers from outside Department using ssh  SFTP Servers (for external file transfer) Hercules.cs.york.ac.uk (Solaris/Linux files) milan.cs.york.ac.uk (Solaris/Linux files) aurora.cs.york.ac.uk (Windows files)

31 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 31 Services - 2 Mail your address is: mailbox quota is 20 MB recommended mail clients:  Thunderbird (Linux + Windows) for external read access use the address:  imap-student.cs.york.ac.uk for external read and send access via the Web:  https://www.cs.york.ac.uk/swebmail https://www.cs.york.ac.uk/swebmail virus and “ spam ” filtering of mail are in operation  Can set up forwarding at own risk

32 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 32 Services - 3 Printing pp02s (CS006) and pp03s (CS007)  black & white, A3/A4, duplex (pp01s: A4 only)  cost is 4p per side first £ 12 worth of printing is free, after which you must pre- pay using coinbox on the side bench in CS006  Computing Service printers are charged separately Photocopying photocopier in corridor outside CS006 purchase photocopier card from General Office

33 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 33 Useful Web Pages Departmental home page Computer Science student handbook Departmental Web forums University home page York Extra University library

34 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 34 Getting Help First consult the various guides etc on the Support Web pages: By to these addresses: faults – for printer and hardware problems  recover – to request the recovery of deleted files  support – all other problems and requests  Squint – Web-based query tracking system  Only visit the Support office if you cannot use and there is no information about system problems on the “ System Status ” whiteboard opposite CS002

35 October 07Practicalities and Course Overview - 35 Next … You should have your usernames and passwords, so … [15 minute break, then] … off to the lab to make sure you can login in, change your password, and read your .


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