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We'll be focusing on topics in algorithm theory with special emphasis given towards the end of the sessions to currently active areas of algorithms research.

Except for the first meeting, which will be on a Wednesday because of a scheduling conflict, we meet every other week on Mondays, from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. in Lindley Hall, room 101. See the calendar for details on each meeting (topic, presenter, etc.). The meetings are open to all, please feel free to drop by any time. We usually have cookies and tea.

If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for the group, drop me a line:


If you'd like to receive an independent study credit for group participation, there are the following requirements:

  1. You must attend each meeting.
  2. You must give at least one presentation.
  3. Your presentation must include some kind of supplementary material for the audience (like a reference, summary, etc.)
  4. Be prepared for Q&A.

If this is something you'd be interested in, let me know so we can get you set up:


This is our schedule of speakers for Fall 2010 (although it is, like all things in life, subject to change). We still have openings, so if you'd like to speak on a given date, send me an e-mail:

Date Topic Topic Resources Presenter
Aug. 31 Preliminary Meeting: Discussion of topics and presenters N/A N/A
Sept. 8 Probabilistic Reasoning
  1. PowerPoint (1.3MB)
  2. Presentation video (110.1MB)
Jeff Johnson
Sept. 20 Control Flow Analysis
  1. Presentation video (173.3MB)
Michael Adams
Oct. 4 Roundtable
  1. Grid Cell Occupancy Algorithm
Jeff Johnson
Oct. 18 Power and Limitations of Models of Data and Computation
  1. Brewer's Conjecture and the Feasibility of Consistent, Available, Partition-Tolerant Web Services
  2. An Impossibility Theorem for Clustering
Prof. Van Gucht
Nov. 1 (1/2) Image Segmentation
  1. What is a Good Image Segment? A Unified Approach to Segment Extraction
Weiran Li
Nov. 1 (2/2) Optical Recognition of Music Symbols
  1. Optical Recognition of Music Symbols
Rong Jin
Nov. 15 Fast Multiresolution Image Querying
  1. Fast Multiresolution Image Querying
Bingjing Zhang
Nov. 30 Reconstructing the World from Social Photo-sharing Websites
  1. Presentation video (181.9MB)
Prof. David Crandall


In no particular order, these are the current members of the group: