6.454 - Graduate Seminar in Area I - Fall 2007
Course Information Guidelines Topics Schedule



6.454 is a graduate seminar exploring advanced topics in Area I, including communication, control, signal processing, and optimization. Relationships to related fields, including computer science and machine learning, are also considered. The class meets once a week, Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, in 32-D707.

A set of topics is initially proposed. At the first meeting, participants divide into small groups, each of which chooses a topic to present, via a series of relevant papers. Each subsequent week a different student leads a recitation-like presentation of his/her chosen paper(s). Prior to the presentation, the student is required to review the literature, with faculty assistance as required, and produce a written summary suitable for distribution.


Organizers for Fall 2007

  • Students:
    • Urs Niesen (uniesen@mit)
    • Mesrob I. Ohannessian (mesrob@mit)
  • Faculty:
    • Prof. Devavrat Shah (devavrat@mit)
    • Prof. Lizhong Zheng (lizhong@mit)



This course was originally proposed in 2000. It has been developed and maintained since by students in Area I, mainly from the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), with the guidance of several members of the faculty.

Websites and presentation materials from previous terms are kept available online: