Computer Science Courses

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  • CAS CS530: Analysis of Algorithms. Studies the design and efficiency of algorithms in several areas of computer science. Topics are chosen from graph algorithms, sorting and searching, NP-complete problems, pattern matching, parallel algorithms, and dynamic programming.
  • CAS CS 535: Complexity Theory. Covers topics of current interest in the theory of computation chosen from computational models, games and hierarchies of problems, abstract complexity theory, informational complexity theory, time-space trade-offs, probabilistic computation, and recent work on particular combinatorial problems.
  • CAS CS 537: Randomness in Computing. Survey of probabilistic ideas of the theory of computation. Topics may include Monte Carlo and Las Vegas probabilistic computations; average case complexity and analysis; random and pseudorandom strings; games and cryptographic protocol; information; inductive inference; reliability;others. (Offered alternate years.)
  • CAS CS 538: Fundamentals of Cryptography. Basic Algorithms to guarantee confidentiality and authenticity of data. Definitions and proofs of security for practical constructions. Topics include perfectly secure encryption, pseudorandom generators, RSA and Elgamal encryption, Diffie-Hellman key agreement, RSA signatures, secret sharing, block and stream ciphers.
  • CAS CS 542: Machine Learning. Introduction to modern machine learning concepts, techniques, and algorithms. Topics include regression, kernels, support vector machines, feature selection, boosting, clustering, hidden Markov models, and Bayesian networks. Programming assignments emphasize taking theory into practice, through applications on real-world data sets.
  • CAS CS 548: Advanced Cryptography. Continuation of CAS CS 538. Advanced techniques to preserve confidentiality and authenticity against active attacks, zero-knowledge proofs; Fiat-Shamir signature schemes; non-malleable public-key encryption; authenticated symmetric encryption; secure multiparty protocols for tasks ranging from Byzantine agreement to mental poker to threshold cryptography.
  • CAS CS 558: Computer Networks Security. Theory and practice of computer network security. Cryptographic tools: shared and public key cryptography, encryption, key exchange, and signature. Applying these tools in protocols and systems: confidentiality, authentication, data integrity (Kerberos; SSL/TLS, ISPEC; VPNs; certificates, PK). Firewalls, intrusions, viruses.
  • CAS CS 565: Data Mining. Introduction to data mining concepts and techniques. Topics include association and correlation discovery, classification and clustering of large datasets, outlier detection. Emphasis on the algorithmic aspects as well as the application of mining in real-world problems.
  • CAS CS 585: Image and Video Computing. Introduction to images and video as multimedia data types and algorithms for image and video understanding based on color, shading, stereo, and motion. Topics include face recognition, human-computer interfaces, animal and vehicle tracking, and medical image analysis.