CIS 515, Fall 2014
Fundamentals of Linear Algebra and Optimization

Course Information
May 7, 2015


Moore 212, Tuesday-Thursday, 1:30-3:00pm


Jean H. Gallier, GRW 476, 8-4405,


Joao Cedoc,; Shivam Dalal,; Surabhi Ramachandra,

Office Hours:

Jean: Mon 4:30-5:30pm, Th 4:30-5:30pm, fourth floor Lounge, GRW
Joao: Tu-Th, 9:00-10:00am, fourth floor Lounge, GRW
Shivam, Wed 11:00-12:00, fourth floor Lounge, GRW
Surabhi, Th 9:00-10:00am, fourth floor Lounge, GRW


Shivam Dalal, Surabhi Ramachandra

** HW6 and Project 5 are available online **

Since there is too much material to be covered in one semester, this academic year (2014-2015) I will offer a second part of this course in CIS610 (Spring 2015). Roughly 6-8 weeks of CIS610 will be devoted to finishing up the core material. For the rest of the Spring semester, I will cover more advanced topics (for details, see the syllabus below).

Whenever possible and relevant, I will make connections with topics covered in CIS520 (Machine Learning) and CIS581 (Computer vision and computational photography)


There will be no official textbook(s) but I will use material from several sources; see Slides and Notes

Latex Help:


[   Grade (Homeworks, Exams)   |  Additional Resources   |  Syllabus   |  Slides and Notes   ]

A Word of Advice :

Expect to be held to high standards, and conversely! In addition to transparencies, I will distribute lecture notes. Please, read the course notes regularly, and start working early on the problems sets. They will be hard! Take pride in your work. Be clear, rigorous, neat, and concise. Preferably, use a good text processor, such as LATEX, to write up your solutions.

Due to the difficulty of the homework problems and in order to give you an opportunity to learn how to collaborate more effectively (I do not mean "copy"), I will allow you to work in small groups. A group consists of AT MOST THREE students.

You are allowed to collaborate with the same person(s) an unrestricted number of times.
Only one homework submission per group. All members of a group will get the SAME grade on a homework or a project (please, list all names in a group).

It is forbidden to use solutions of problems posted on the internet. If you use resources other than the textbook (or the recommended textbooks) or the class notes, you must cite these references.

Plagiarism Policy

I assume that you are all responsible adults.
Copying old solutions verbatim or blatantly isomorphic solutions are easily detectable.
DO NOT copy solutions from old solution sheets, from books, from solutions posted on the internet, or from friend!
Either credit will be split among the perpetrators, or worse!

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