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Questions tagged [computer-science]

On standards or conventions specific to computer science as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Can a university claim patent rights for inventions performed on my own time?

I'm working for a university as a research programmer (prof staff, exempt) on an external grant ("soft money"), and there is a clear understanding between me and my immediate supervisor/PI, and at ...
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What can I do after giving GRE and TOEFL exams?

I just gave my GRE and TOEFL examination this month. I am willing to apply for MS in Computer Science in the USA for the fall of 2014 course. The problem is that I don't seem to understand how to go ...
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Detailed navigator for UK Computer Science Master's?

I'm trying to choose the best university in the UK for a computer science master's course, leaning in a more theoretical direction. But sites like prospects.ac.uk are too broad, I don't want to filter ...
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What should an undergrad CS student know to publish to a conference?

I'm a junior looking for insights on intro to academia. My GPA is considered low (~3.2), but I believe I have a reasonable understanding and experience in the field I'd like to study and would like to ...
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Why conferences are the main venue for CS research?

Based on @JeffE's suggestion here, I see many CS researchers care mostly about conferences deadlines. Even when they want to read papers, usually they check the recent proceedings of different ...
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What is the status/reputation of the University of South Africa (UNISA)?

I would like to follow PhD studies in my field of Computer Science. The problem is that I have to work in my native country. I have read that this university, UNISA, is known because of their online ...
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Official abbreviations for CS conferences

Some journals like to abbreviate journal names in the papers they publish, and the AMS maintains a list of abbreviated journal names for those who need them. Is there a similar resource for ...
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What does “principled approach” mean in papers?

I encounter this term "principled approach" in some papers of computer science. Since I' m not a native speaker, I don' t quite understand what this means. And I didn' t find any results online. I' m ...
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How can a senior undergraduate find academic journals in math and computer science?

I am going to be a senior undergraduate and am looking to really find the area of research that I would like to be engaged in during graduate-school/senior year. I have submitted one conference paper ...
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General structure of Research Statement (applying for faculty position)

I'm going to apply for assistant professor positions (in theoretical computer science) soon, and I'm trying to get a feeling for how to write a good research statement. Should it contain a detailed ...
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Prolonging undergraduate school to do research

I am an electrical engineering (communications) undergraduate student. But my main interest is physics ( and/or CS, esp. it's common fields with physics - but it doesn't affect my question here ), and ...
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How much value do papers without new scientific information have, i.e. seminar papers such as overviews of or examples for current methods in CS?

So I wrote a seminar paper in grad school (MSc) with examples on how companies use method x to improve their security. It includes zero original research, no new methods and it would never ever be ...
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Do graduate school admissions appreciate individual “free time” study?

I am a year away from completing an undergrad degree in Computer Science and I find myself increasingly interested in more advanced subjects from pure mathematics that sometimes lie outside the scope ...
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PhD Admissions Importance: Research vs. Grades

I have read and been told that research is the single most important factor for applying for PhD programs in STEM fields. But, I also hear that GPA and GRE scores are the first cutting point for ...
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Will lack of teaching experience be a major hindrance for a faculty position?

I'm currently a post doc (in theoretical computer science) and the only teaching experience I had so far was to teach some tutorial classes for undergraduate courses and giving some "guest lectures" ...
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Alphabetical Order for Authors in Computer Science

I was wondering, in the field of Computer Science, if there is a convention for acknowledging that author ordering for an academic paper is by alphabetical order, not contribution. I know that in CS, ...
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Going for PhD or MS in research right after under graduation?

I have a bachelors degree in computer science and am going for PhD or research MS, but I do not have research experience. Can I expect to successfully obtain a PhD? What are the major problems faced ...
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What's the expected level of paper for top conferences in Computer Science

What's the expected level of paper to be submitted to top level conferences in theoretical computer science (FOCS/SODA/STOC)? I think there should be four main concern: Is it a novel results? How ...
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Can I write an article in a reputable CS journal not with results but conjecture?

I work in industry and some interesting idea has struck me. This is a conjecture which will take a year or two of full time research work to confirm it although it looks very realistic. Unfortunately ...
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After my employment ends, can I keep working without pay at my current research center, on independent research?

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. I worked as a Research Engineer in a Research Center. It was a fully paid Engineering position funded by European projects. However, my contract ...
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Can we send our research paper to multiple journals at once? [duplicate]

I have heard that if someone sends his paper to two different conferences and is somehow caught, then there would be severe consequences for the researcher.I did not know that before but I heard two ...
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Expected undergraduate semesters and requirements for graduate students

I have been wondering recently about how graduate schools and in general anyone who reviews my academic record views coops. By coop, I mean a semester taken off from undergraduate studies to work in a ...
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What level of knowledge and expertise is usually expected from someone just entering a PhD in computer science? [closed]

If someone has bad grades and limited programming experience, can they afford to rely on their first year of coursework to come up to speed with the field? Or is it a better idea to take some time off ...
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Taking into account courses from another university

I think about starting studies towards Master Degree in Computer Science abroad, I finished my bachelor studies few years ago, but I didn't stop studying, during these years I finished few courses of ...
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Doing upper division pre-requisites for a second master's degree - need advice

I have a BA and an MA in biological anthropology/bioarchaeology (as well as all my PhD coursework done, go me). I left that field and academia in general several years ago and ended up landing a job ...
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Difficulty in admission to online software engineering graduate programs

I am currently in my junior year of undergraduate work at Creighton University and have found out that my employer may possibly pay for me to work towards a Master's degree. I don't know all the ...
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Are researchers for big digital companies experienced researchers/scientists or just experienced industry programmers?

Are people doing research for Microsoft, Apple, Intel experienced researchers/scientists or just experienced programmers using other people's research? Do they hire full time researchers for their ...
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How to evaluate undergrad CS programs when eventually aiming for PhD?

My daughter has a strong interest in theoretical computer science, and she has just been admitted to several different universities as a freshman. She is just a bright student, not a genius, with a ...
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Awards when applying for faculty jobs

Is there any significance of having received multiple "best paper awards" (in the field of theoretical computer science) when applying for faculty positions after a postdoc? Do the hiring committees ...
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What are good resources on how to carry oneself on a PhD course?

I just started a PhD and I was looking for some guidance on what I could expect in the following years, more specifically, what is the recommended way to progress, how should I allocate my research ...
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Summer plans for first year computer science grad student?

I've worked at the same place for the past two summers doing software development, and very much enjoyed the work and practical experience. I was recently asked if I would consider a 1-2 year ...
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Why is the admission process centralized, when the professor who is actually funding may not be in the committee?

This question is based on some observations which could be wrong (in that case, let me know). I am applying to PhD program in various universities in US in theoretical computer science (TCS). Some of ...
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How hard is it for a graduate from Canada to find an employment in the US?

I'm an international PhD student currently at a university in the US (F1 visa). My professor is moving to the University of Toronto, and has invited me to move as a part of his research group. While I ...
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CS PhD Addmission: Contacting prof about unpublished work

I have applied to PhD programs in US in the area of TCS for FALL 13. I have two unpublished work in the area of theory which was part of my master thesis. I have other published work but they are not ...
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Is a general GRE test required if I have already passed a GRE Subject Test?

Disclaimer: The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test If I have already passed a GRE Subject Test for Computer Science, do I still need to pass the general GRE test? Which test should I ...
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Failed entrepreneur applying for master oversea

I have BSc in computer science and entrepreneurship background with strong technical skills (software) but low GPA and no publication. I have bean away from university for few years and have not been ...
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Where does Computer Science background students fit in Theoretical Physics

I am basically an Electronics student - background in Computer Science (that's where I want to work). I applied for an internship in USA in a research institute where the group is focused in ...
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How important is age in CS PhD admissions?

I just entered a MS in Computer Science in a mid tier state school. I'm interested in taking things to the next level, but I just turned 30. By the time I do the math and everything, I'll probably ...
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Feasibility and procedure for getting graduate admission in CS with non-CS-related engineering background?

It is often said that branch change is possible while going for MS/ PhD in USA. But almost all examples (as seen on university sites and various blogs) are of someone completing undergraduate studies (...
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How to formulate good problem statements in CS research

Short background: I started my PhD last November and now I am helping a master student writing his MSc thesis. I still have problems when I need to formulate a concise research question and even, at ...
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After my PhD how much salary should I expect as a professor of computer science?

It's easy for me to find out salaries for tech-jobs but it seems Professor salaries are quite hush-hush. I really love to teach and would be more than willing to join academia. However, I may choose ...
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What is the advantage of being a Math/CS double major in graduate admissions for someone who wants to work in TCS?

Doing original research in Theoretical Computer Science requires a quite good understanding of almost all areas of Mathematics. I think double majoring in Mathematics and Computer science for someone ...
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How to transition into computer science

I currently hold a BA in Middle Eastern History, which was a pretty good fit for my last job in the Army. I'm getting ready to move on to the civillian world now, and computer science/programming has ...
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Any chance for an overseas student to pursue online courses and get a degree?

I am planning to take courses in Mathematics, Computer Science from a US University. I am not in the USA. How should I generally go about it? Is it an online degree that I am looking for? And I ...
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Why don't researchers publish failed experiments?

The following might be a slight generalization for all fields but something I've noticed especially in the field of Scientific Computing: Why don't people publish failures? I mean, if they tried some ...