Department of Computer Science
Pomona College
CS 190, Section 1 - CS Senior Seminar
Fall 2014

instructor: Dave Kauchak
e-mail: [first_initial][last_name]
office hours: Edmunds 224
  Mon. 10:30am-12
  Thu. 11am-12
  Fri. 1:30-3:00pm
  and by appointment

time: Tue. 11am-12:15
location: Edmunds 251
web page:

general information:
This course is the first step for tackling your senior work. We will read and present research papers as well as walk you through laying the groundwork for your thesis work in the spring.

General CS 190 information:



Note: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change
DatePaperCitationsReading notesPresenters
9/2Introduction. Lillian Lee. "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that": Linguistics Statistics, and Natural Language Processing circa 2001. In Computer Science: Reflections on the Field, Reflections from the Field .31  
9/9Reid Swanson and Andrew S. Gordon. 2008. Say Anything: A Massively Collaborative Open Domain Story Writing Companion. In Proceedings of International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling.36 Michael, Pooja
9/16Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern. 2004. Natural Language Understanding in Facade: Surface-text Processing. In Proceedings of Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling.59 Garrett, Matthew
9/23Rada Mihalcea and Carlo Strapparava. 2006. Learning to laugh (Automatically): Computational Models for Humor Recognition. In Journal of Computational Intelligence.66 Ellie, Olufemi, Xiaoyin
9/30Adam Lopez. 2008. Statistical Machine Translation. In Journal of ACM Computing Surveys.204Sections 1+2James, Shannon
10/7Presentation of proposed projects   
10/14 Kishore Papineni, Salim Roukos, Todd Ward, and Wei-Jing Zhu. 2002. BLEU: a method for automatic evaluation of machine translation. In Proceedings of Association for Computational Linguistics. 4,414  Pooja, Xiaoyin
10/21NO CLASS   
10/28 David K. Elson, Nicholas Dames and Kathleen R. McKeown. 2010. Social Networks for Literary Fiction. In Proceedings of Association for Computational Linguistics. 80  Bryan, Matthew, Michael
11/4 Regina Barzilay and Kathleen R. McKeown. 2005. Sentence Fusion for Multidocument News Summarization. In Journal of Computational Linguistics. 171 Sections 1-3Ellie, James
11/11David Ferrucci et al. 2010. Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project. In AI Magazine. 393  Bryan, Garrett
11/18Project progress reports   
11/25NO CLASS   
12/2 Sravana Reddy and Kevin Knight. 2011. What We Know About the Voynich Manuscript. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities.. 8  Olufemi, Shannon
12/9NO CLASS  

Important Deadlines

9/31:00pmSubmit paper preferences here.
9/94:15pmMeeting to discuss project ideas (Edmunds 114)
9/165:00pmRanked list of three possible senior project topic/advisor pairs. Submit here.
9/285:00pmInitial project description to project advisor
10/265:00pmAnnotated bibliography to project advisor
11/175:00pmExtended abstract and literature review to project advisor
12/105:00pmRevised literature review to project advisor

See a more detailed list of all deadlines for your senior project on the General CS 190 information page.