General Information and Course Objective

This is a seminar series that will cover a wide breadth of current research topics in computing. Each week, you are expected to attend and review the talk. A sign-in sheet will be available for you to confirm your attendance.



Each review report should simply include bullet points of what you took away from the talk, the things you liked and you did not, as well as the questions that you have asked from the speaker in Q&A\; you are required to interact with the speaker. You need to submit the review by the end of the talk in electronically in dropbox (the report will not be accepted after an hour when the talk has been finished). For online students, the cut off time is 3 hours after the talk and the review is considered as an attendance.


Late Submissions

Any late submissions will be recorded as zeros. Note that reviews of talks that you did not attend are NOT accepted.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at 803-777-6142 to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.


* Week 1: Pooyan Jamshidi, Course Overview, Innovation 1400, 8/23/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 2: Bryant Smith, From Trusted Technologies to Trustworthy Companies, Innovation 1400, 8/30/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 3: Homayoun Valafar, Computational Biology, Innovation 1400, 9/6/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 4: Duncan A. Buell, Is Technology the Answer? Software Quality Issues in Electronic Voting Systems, Innovation 1400, 9/13/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 5: Xenia Mountrouidou, Internet of Things Security Evaluation: Models, Metrics, and Experimentation, Innovation 1400, 9/20/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 6: Dariusz Kowalski, On the Complexity of Fault-tolerant Consensus, Innovation 1400, 9/27/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 7: Shuang Qiu, Referring Image Segmentation, Innovation 1400, 10/4/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 8: Fall Break
* Week 9: Pratap Tokekar, Algorithms for Autonomous Near Earth Sensing with Robot Teams, Innovation 1400, 10/18/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 10: Marco Valtorta, My Journay in AI, Innovation 1400, 10/25/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 11: Venkat Kaushik, Neurons, Perceptron and Deep Learning: Milestones toward Artificial General Intelligence, Innovation 1400, 11/1/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 12: Trevor Olsen, Triangles and Squares on Spheres, Innovation 1400, 11/8/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 13: Prunthaban Kanthakumar, Dynamo: Low latency data distribution from database to servers, Innovation 1400, 11/15/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 14: Chris Rorden, Neuroscience and AI, Innovation 1400, 11/22/2019 2:20-3:10pm
* Week 15: Thanksgiving,
* Week 16: Ying Meng, Jianhai Su, Defending Deep Neural Networks Against Adversarial Attacks, Innovation 1400, 12/6/2019 2:20-3:10pm