Patrice Koehl
Department of Computer Science
Genome Center
Room 4319, Genome Center, GBSF
451 East Health Sciences Drive
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 754 5121

Research in Computer Science: Fall 2013

General information

Lecture Time and Location:

Mon 1:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m.; 148 Phys/Geo


Prof. Patrice Koehl
koehl at
This is the only email address that will be answered.
Your subject line MUST include “ECS293A″.

Course homepage:

Office Hours:

Weds, 11:00 - 11:50pm, 3106 Kemper



Information sheet:

Word document or PDF file



Study of important research topics in computer science, PhD level research methodologies (experimental, applied and theoretical), presenting research results for the computer science community. Study skills necessary to successfully find/solve significant research problems.

My goals are to help you to:
  • Understand what makes a good research topic
  • Know how to do research
  • Know how to read, write, analyze, and review a research paper
  • Know how to give a good presentation
  • Know how to write a research proposal or application for a fellowship
  • Understand how to be a good teaching assistant
  • Understand the ethics of graduate study and research

Academic Conduct

The rules for conduct in UC Davis classes can be summarized with three principles:

  • Be polite.
  • Don’t cheat.
  • Don’t lie.

Be polite

As adults meeting in a professional context, we should all behave professionally: this means being polite and respectful to everyone we deal with.

As the instructor, it is my responsibility to teach as well as I can and to be available, polite and respectful to you.

You are responsible for treating me and your fellow students politely and with respect.

Don’t cheat

As the instructor, it is my responsiblity to make tests and assignments that are fair, to grade fairly, to look for cheating, and to refer students who cheat to Student Judicial Affairs for possible sanctions. The English department made the largest number of referrals to SJA last year, but Computer Science was in the top 10.

As students, it is your responsibility to avoid cheating and to discourage other students from cheating.

Don’t lie

Cheating is one form of lies, but there are other. Manipulating data, false claim of ownership of an assignment/idea, plagiarism are all forms of lies. Do not lie to the instructor, and even more importantly, do not lie to yourself!


The lecture materials are partially derived from related courses by Matt Bishop, Matt Franklin, and Phil Rogaway

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