Graduate level course offerings: Computer Science & Software Engineering

CSSE 404 Compiler Construction 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 232, CSSE 304, and CSSE/MA 474
Theory and practice of programming language translation. Lexical analysis, syntax analysis, parser generators, abstract syntax, symbol tables, semantic analysis, intermediate languages, code generation, code optimization, run-time storage management, error handling. Students will construct a complete compiler for a small language.

CSSE 413 Artificial Intelligence 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 220
Students investigate how to model and implement intelligent behavior using computers. Topics are chosen from how machines can: solve problems; reason and use knowledge; learn from experience; and perceive and act. Students explore these topics by implementing many of the ideas in software. Readings are drawn both from a textbook and from technical papers in recent conferences and journals.

CSSE 432 Computer Networks 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 220 or CSSE 231
Organization, design, and implementation of computer networks, especially the Internet. Network protocols, protocol layering, flow control, congestion control, error control, packet organization, routing, gateways, connection establishment and maintenance, machine and domain naming, security. Each of the top four layers of the Internet protocol stack: application (FTP, HTTP, SMTP), transport (TCP, UDP), network (IP), link (Ethernet).

CSSE 433 Advanced Database Systems 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 333
Topics selected from object-oriented databases, object-relational databases, query processing, transactions, transaction logging, concurrency control, database recovery, parallel and distributed databases, security and integrity, data mining and data warehousing.

CSSE 442 Computer Security 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisite: CSSE 332 and MA 275
This course introduces ethical, theoretical, and practical issues of information security in computing systems. Implications of relevant professional codes of ethics are a recurring theme of the course. Foundational topics include access control matrices and standard system models, as well as policies for security, confidentiality, and integrity. Implementation issues include key management, cipher techniques, authentication, principles of secure design, representation of identity, access control mechanisms, information flow, life cycle issues, and formal evaluation and certification techniques. Additional topics include malicious logic, vulnerability analysis, and auditing. Computer network attack techniques are discussed and explored in a closed environment to motivate and inform discussion and exploration of computer network defense techniques.

CSSE 451 Advanced Computer Graphics 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 351
Advanced topics in computer graphics. Topics will be drawn from current graphics research and will vary, but generally will include ray tracing, radiosity, physically-based modeling, animation, and stereoscopic viewing. Programming assignments and a research project are required.

CSSE 453 Topics in Artificial Intelligence 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 413
Advanced topics in artificial intelligence. Topics will vary. Past topics have included machine game playing and machine learning. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

CSSE 461 Computer Vision 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 220 or CSSE 231 and MA 221, MA 371 or MA 370 recommended
An introduction to 3D computer vision techniques. Both theory and practical applications will be covered. Major topics include image features, camera calibration, stereopsis, motion, shape from x, and recognition.

CSSE 463 Image Recognition 4R-0L-4CW
Prerequisite: Junior standing, MA221 and programming experience
Introduces statistical pattern recognition of visual data; low-level visual feature extraction (color, shape, edges); clustering and classification techniques. Applies knowledge to various application domains through exercises, large programming projects in Matlab, and an independent research project. Familiarity with probability distributions will be helpful, but not required.

CSSE 473 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 230 and MA 375
Students study techniques for designing algorithms and for analyzing the time and space efficiency of algorithms. The algorithm design techniques include divide-and-conquer, greedy algorithms, dynamic programming, randomized algorithms and parallel algorithms. The algorithm analysis includes computational models, best/average/worst case analysis, and computational complexity (including lower bounds and NP-completeness). Same as MA 473.

CSSE 474 Theory of Computation 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 230 and MA 375
Students study mathematical models by which to answer three questions: What is a computer? What limits exist on what problems computers can solve? What does it mean for a problem to be hard? Topics include models of computation (including Turing machines), undecidability (including the Halting Problem) and computational complexity (including NP-completeness). Same as MA 474.

CSSE 479 Cryptography 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 220 and MA 275
Introduction to basic ideas of modern cryptography with emphasis on mathematical background and practical implementation. Topics include: the history of cryptography and cryptanalysis, public and private key cryptography, digital signatures, and limitations of modern cryptography. Touches upon some of the societal issues of cryptography. Same as MA 479.

CSSE 481 Web-Based Information Systems 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisite: CSSE 230
In this course, students learn about several aspects of research: thinking creatively about interesting research problems, researching existing work in a chosen area, and keeping current in a field. Students are exposed to the process of research by writing a pre-proposal for a project that advances the web. Projects either develop new web-technologies or applications or investigate a topic of importance. Based on feedback received, groups of students write a research proposal which goes through a formal peer review process. Approved projects are pursued for the remainder of the quarter. Students present current research as well as give a final presentation of their group project. Selected web-technologies are introduced; in the past, these have included CGI programming and XML technologies.

CSSE 490 Special Topics in Computer Science 4C Arranged
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Selected topics of current interest. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

CSSE 491 Directed Independent Studies 4C Arranged
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department head
Independent study of an advanced subject not included in regularly offered courses. May be repeated for credit if topic or level is different.