CMS 273, Winter 2021

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Frontiers in Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Winter 2021
  • Organizers: Richard Murray (, E. Schmidt, S. Feldman
  • Organizational meeting: TBD, but most likely 4 or 6 Jan (Mon, Wed), 12 pm via Zoom

The purpose of this course is to explore applications of tools from Computing and Mathematical Sciences to new problem domains. The course is organized around small teams consisting of CMS and non-CMS students who will work on projects of mutual interest in some faculty member's research area. Our main goals are for the participating CMS and science/engineering faculty to become more familiar with each other's work and expertise, and to get our graduate students interacting with one another.

The output of the course will be a short paper of the sort that could be sent to a conference. The paper should consist of a short description of the problem under study and the relevant CDS tools, followed by a preliminary set of results and a description of next steps to be pursued.

Course Schedule

14 of 6 JanOrganizational meeting, 12 pm via Zoom
8 or 11 JanFirst team meeting, 12 pm via Zoom
2-4Work in teams; define problem to be studied + approaches
51-5 FebMidterm presentations, time TBD via Zoom
6-8Work in teams
98-12 MarFinal presentations, time TBD via Zoom
1117 MarFinal reports due (by 5 pm)


  • Michael Dickinson (BBE): Modeling and control of the effects of bilateral asymmetries in insect flight
  • Frederick Eberhardt (HSS): Novel causal discovery algorithm for an application in cognitive neuroscience
  • Bethany Ehlmann (GPS): Extracting maximum compositional information from hyperspectral Images for Earth and planetary exploration
  • Christian Frankenberg (GPS): Trace gas plume detection and flux estimation from 2D imagery
  • Matt Thomson (BBE): Real-time machine learning with self-organized neural networks
  • Magda Zernicka-Goetz (BBE): Migration of the of the anterior signaling centre to specify location of the head / Building a developmental atlas of mammalian gastrulation - a dynamic molecular colouring book


Units and Grading

CMS 273 is a 9 unit course, offered either graded or pass/fail. Each team is expected to complete the following:

  • Project presentation: each team will make short (15-20 min) presentations in the middle and toward the end of the term, describing the focus of their project. Comments on these presentations will be provided to the team for incorporation in the final report.
  • Final report: each team will prepare a paper describing their work during the term. This should build on the midterm report by including some preliminary results and/or case studies.

In order to complete the work for the term, each team should plan on meeting at least once per week. The first team meeting will be on Friday, 10 Jan, at 12 pm in 107 Annenberg (at which time a regular meeting time can be established by the team).

Frequenty Asked Questions

  1. Q: Can I propose my own project to work on?
    A: Not at the present time. Because we need to find projects that have the right CMS content and that have a faculty sponsor and subject matter experts available, we line up the projects prior to the start of class. If you have an idea for a project that we might offer next year, send e-mail to Richard and he'll put it on his list.

  2. Q: How will the project work during COVID?
    A: Most activities will happen remotely, but project teams can use Caltech's outdoor meeting spaces to meet in person if everyone is n the Pasadena area (and subject to the limitations around the use of those areas).

  3. Q: Can I still participate if I can't make it to the first class?
    Yes! Just make sure to send e-mail to Richard so that you get the link for the preferences survey and that you submit it on time.