Research Seminar

This is the weekly seminar course for graduate students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. This seminar will meet weekly and will host speakers from around the university and from across the world. The goal of the seminar is to introduce graduate students (both new and experienced) to life at Notre Dame and in South Bend, to the expectations of graduate school, and to a wide variety of topics that span the computing discipline.


Enrollment in the PhD program in CSE at Notre Dame.


Class Information

Thursday 3:30pm – 4:45pm

DeBartolo Hall 138


Dr. Tim Weninger (

Office Hours

Wed 10:00am in 380 Fitzpatrick Hall or by appointment


1Aug 25GSB – Senior PhD Students
2Sept 01All Hands Meeting – Welcome Party
3Sept 08
4Sept 15Karla Badillo-Urquiola and Diego Gomez Zara
5Sept 22David Crandall
6Sept 29Roman V. Yampolskiy
7Oct 6Karl Ricanek
8Oct 13Jucain Butler
10Oct 27Ted Underwood
11Nov 03Peter Clark
12Nov 10Kevin Munger
13Nov 17Yuzhe Tang
15Dec 01Alka Roy 
16Dec 08Deisy Morselli Gysi

Writing Reflections

For each visiting lecture you are asked to write a short reflection that answers, briefly, the following questions:

  1. What was this talk about?
  2. What did you think about the presentation style?
  3. What do you think was the single most interesting part of this work?
  4. In today’s research culture, interdisciplinary work is strongly encouraged because it often leads to innovative thinking and potential breakthroughs. Can you think of one take-away from this talk that you could apply to your own research? If so, what is it?



Attendance is compulsory.


This course will have Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades reported.


Effective lectures rely on students’ participation to raise questions and contribute in discussions. We will strive to maintain interactive class discussions if possible.

Lecture capture

Lecture capture is enabled for this class and many presentation will be made with Zoom. This system allows us to record and distribute lectures and other audio and video recordings to you in a secure environment. Because we will be recording in the classroom, your questions or comments may be recorded.

Academic Integrity

Notre Dame Students are expected to abide by Academic Code of Honor Pledge:

As a member of the Notre Dame community, I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to learn and abide by principles of intellectual honesty and academic integrity, and therefore I will not participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty.

All course work that you submit must be efforts of your own (if it is an individual assignment) or of your approved team (if it is a group assignment). Discussion of homework problems is encouraged, but writing solutions together or looking at other students’ solutions is not allowed. Much of the material in this class can be found online. You may look to online sources for guidance, but you must always cite your source(s).