2018 UW-Madison CS Welcome Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Time Event Comment
8:00 - 8:30am Check-in and continental Breakfast Union South
8:30am - 12:00pm Department Overview & Faculty Research Presentations

Presentations include an introduction from our department chair Guri Sohi and presentations from faculty members in databases, operating systems, optimization, architecture, networking, artificial intelligence, programming languages, security, theory, human-computer interactions, and graphics.
Union South
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch - prospective students and faculty Union South
1:15pm - 4:15pm Meetings with Professors

We will set up meetings for every student with a few professors.

If you have meetings with professors in the MSC building, WID, or the Biotechnology Center, there will be a couple current graduate students available in the CS lobby to guide you.

If you decide to go it alone to the MSC building, be aware that the MSC building can be *very* tricky to find one's way around, so enter on the east side (Charter St.) entrance (labeled 420 N Charter over the entrance), turn right at the first intersection and go to elevator.
Professors' Offices
1:15pm - 4:15pm Snacks and Mingle with Current Graduate Students

Enjoy some afternoon snacks in between meetings with professors.
Computer Sciences, room 2310
4:15pm - 5:00pm Meet the Research Groups/Lab Tours

Meet with various labs and research groups and ask any questions. Meeting locations for various groups are described below:
  • Meet the Graphics Lab
    Located by the ramp to the lobby on the first floor, stop by the Visual Computing Lab to chat with current graduate students! See computer graphics research in action with live demos of physical simulation of character skinning and fluid simulation, realistic animation techniques, as well as data visualization exploring data across domains such as literature/the humanities, biology, and cognition.
          Stop by anytime between 1-5pm!
    Location: CS 1347, Visual Computing Lab (first floor)

  • Meet the Robotics Group
    A collaboration between the Visual Computing Lab and Human Computer Interaction Lab, we are a new group exploring natural and robust ways of communicating with robots about physical interactions. Come and interact with our robots and graduate students! The robot room is located on the same corridor as the instructional labs.
          Stop by anytime between 3-5pm!
    Location: CS 1359 (first floor)

  • Meet the Architecture Group
    For prospective students interested in the design and analysis of computer architectures.
    Location: CS 7331

  • Meet the Database Group
    For prospective students interested in database systems research. We are considered one of the best database groups in the country. We work on a variety of research topics including building next generation database systems, data integration, data science and database theory.
    Location: CS 4331

  • Meet the Systems and Networking Groups
    For prospective students interested in networking, mobile and wireless systems, distributed systems, storage systems, and security. Learn more about the ADSL Lab, Cloudlab, the Paradyn Project, the SONAR research group, SCI, and the WISR research group.
    Location: CS 2310

  • Meet the Theory Group
    For prospective students interested in fields within theoretical computer science such as algorithmic game theory, computational complexity theory, cryptography, learning theory, and algorithms.
    Location: CS 5331

  • Meet the Programming Languages and Security Group
    For prospective students interested in programming languages, compilers, and related topics.
    Location: CS 3331

  • Meet the Optimization Group
    For prospective students interested in optimization, mathematical programming, operations research, and decision theory.
    Location: CS 3310

  • Meet the AI Group
    For prospective students interested in AI, machine learning, computer vision, biomedical informatics, and computational biology.
    Location: CS 1240

  • Meet the HCI Lab
    At the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, we're interested in designing and developing interactive systems — particularly social agents and robots — and understanding their relationships with people.
          Stop by anytime between 1-5pm!
    Location: HCI Lab, third floor CS

Computer Sciences
5:30pm - 6:30pm Happy Hour

Conversation, Hors D'oeuvres, and Beverages
University Club - 803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
6:30pm - 8:30pm Dinner University Club - 803 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Time Event Comment
9:00am - 11:00am Women in Computer Science Breakfast

The female grad students are gathering for breakfast in Madison! We would like all of the women visiting Madison to join us.

Email Jayapradha Rangarajan (jayapradhavr@cs.wisc.edu) if you have questions or need a ride.
10:00am - 11:00am Breakfast

If you are not attending the Women in Computer Science Breakfast, feel free to come by the Sett for coffee/breakfast. Current grad students will be there to chat.
Meet us at The Sett
11:00am - 11:45am Q&A Sessions Computer Sciences, room 1240
12:00pm - 1:00pm Campus Tour

We will tour the campus and the city of Madison on our way towards lunch.
Depart from CS lobby
1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch in Downtown Madison Location: The Great Dane 123 E Doty St, Madison, WI 53703
3:00pm - 4:00pm Capitol Tour Location: Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703
4:00pm - 6:00pm Explore Madison

There's a lot to see in Downtown Madison and along State Street, which connects the capitol to the UW Madison campus including hundreds of retail stores and restaurants.
6:00pm - 8:00pm Pizza and Board Games
We'll provide good pizza, drinks, and games.
Computer Sciences, lobby