CMSC 724 Spring 2014

CMSC 724 Spring 2014


This course covers advanced topics in Database Management systems, with a blend of influential and ongoing research. We will cover some of the seminal papers in the area and more recent work. The load of the course is mostly on reading (~60 papers in total or 2-3 papers per class). Students are expected to read and have a good understanding of the presented papers ahead of the lecture time. After the first 2 or 3 weeks, two or three students will carry out the lecture and lead the paper presentation in class on slides that will be provided to the whole class ahead of time. Students will be welcomed to modify and/or extend the provided slides with their own material. The students who will be doing the presentation will be randomly selected at the beginning of the class. Thus, all students will have to be prepared for the material of the day for each and every lecture of the semester. This novel method will help in the discussion and evaluation of the covered material.
PREREQUISITES
CMSC 424 or equivalent.
CLASS & OFFICE HOURS
Class meets TuTh 3:30pm - 4:45pm,   Room CSI 2107  
Professor: Nick Roussopoulos Email:
Office hours: Wed 1-2 pm or by appointment
Office AVW 3235, Tel. 405-2687

TAs: Udayan Khurana Email: udayankhurana@gmail.com
Office hours: Udayan: TBA
Office: TBA
SYLLABUS & SCHEDULE
Papers and Slides to be covered '
Possible Project Topics

REQUIREMENTS & GRADING
Class Preparation & Attendance 40%, Project 30%, and Final exam 30%. Details and project topics will be found in this link
TEXT BOOK
There is no text for the course. All the material required for the class will be made available on the class web page.
EXCUSED ABSENSES DUE TO ILLNESS
Students claiming a excused absence must apply in writing and furnish documentary support (such as from a health care professional who treated the student) for any assertion that the absence qualifies as an excused absence. The support should explicitly indicate the dates or times the student was incapacitated due to illness. Self-documentation of illness is not itself sufficient support to excuse the absence. An instructor is not under obligation to offer a substitute assignment or to give a student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to an excused absence. An excused absence for an individual typically does not translate into an extension for team deliverables on a project.
DISABILITY
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) within the first two weeks of the semester.
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