2014 Talks
Here is the list of courses that were offered at cSplash 2014.
Icons indicate difficulty rating, in ascending order. Description of the icon system.

The first part of the talk will be a general introduction to Prerequisites: I will structure the talk so that all but the last few Teacher info: Matthew Kleban (kleban [at] nyu [dot] edu), Physics Department, Associate Professor Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 26) 
Machine learning is used all around us: in Microsoft's Prerequisites: No prerequisites. Teacher info: David Sontag (dsontag [at] cs.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, Professor Class Size: 70 (enrolled: 35) 
Throw a stick at a circle. What is the length of the In this class we'll talk about this paradox, do an Prerequisites: A bit of exposure to probability will help, but is not Teacher info: Miranda HolmesCerfon (holmes [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant, Math, Assistant professor Class Size: 15 (enrolled: 15) 
In this course, we will explore the basic yet ubiquitous Prerequisites: familiarity with basic functions, algebra, and precalculus. Teacher info: Scott Yang (yangs [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 2nd Year PhD Class Size: 10 (enrolled: 10) 
Knowing how to use Git is essential to being a modern Prerequisites: Basic programming ability would be very helpful. Teacher info: Tyler Palsulich (tpalsulich [at] nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, First Year Master's Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 3) 
How does Google Maps plan your road trip? The shortest Prerequisites: None. Teacher info: Loretta Au (loretta.au [at] stonybrook [dot] edu), Stony Brook University, Department of Applied Mathematics Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 26) 
Graph theory is an important branch of Mathematics today. Note: the title is dedicated to N. Hartsfield and G. Prerequisites: We won't be using anything beyond high school algebra, but Teacher info: Junichi Koganemaru (jk3967 [at] nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 2nd Year Undergrad Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 12) 
Edge detection is a basic yet fundamental problem in image If time permits, we will also take a brief high level look Prerequisites: If you know what a derivative is and have some programming Teacher info: Vyassa Baratham (vyassa.baratham [at] stonybrook [dot] edu), Stony Brook University Physics, 2nd year undergrad Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 12) 

It may have started with sending secret instructions to Prerequisites: I'll try to make it as selfcontained as possible  and make Teacher info: Siddharth Krishna (siddharth [at] cs.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, 1st Year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 35) 
In this course, we will explore some fundamental concepts in Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic functions. Precalculus would be Teacher info: Olivia Chu (olivia.chu [at] nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 3rd Year Undergrad Class Size: 10 (enrolled: 10) 
Beams of light can exert forces on illuminated objects. How to Prerequisites: Highschool algebra will be very helpful for understanding the Teacher info: David Grier (david.grier [at] nyu [dot] edu), FAS Physics, Professor Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 11) 
An Intel Core i7 980 XE processor can run 100 billion Prerequisites: Some programming knowledge (small amounts of pseudocode will Teacher info: Vyassa Baratham (vyassa.baratham [at] stonybrook [dot] edu), Stony Brook Physics, 2nd year undergrad Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 4) 
The Fibonacci numbers are a famous sequence of numbers where In this talk, we will use algebra to tackle this problem and Prerequisites: Basic algebra and manipulating algebraic expressions. Teacher info: Mihai Nica (nica [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 3rd year PhD Class Size: 70 (enrolled: 21) 
Time is money, but information is priceless! Or is it? In Information theory clarifies what it means to communicate Though widely accessible, this course will require deep Prerequisites: Familiarity with logarithms and basic probability Teacher info: Thomas Fai (tfai [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 6th Year PhD Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 25) 
New quantum technologies are bringing us face to face with Prerequisites: algebra, basic probability Teacher info: Seth Cottrell (cottrell [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant, venerable PhD student Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 31) 

I will derive and solve the equations pertaining to driven Prerequisites: single variable calculus, basic knowledge of E&M. Teacher info: Arya Tafvizi (arya [at] math.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 1st year PhD Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 8) 
In this lecture, you will learn a simple puzzle game called Prerequisites: basic algebra; induction Teacher info: Thomas Wies (wies [at] cs.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, Assistant Professor Class Size: 70 (enrolled: 16) 
You've learned by now that the length of the circumference Prerequisites: Highschool geometry and trigonometry. Teacher info: James Fennell (fennell [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Mathematics, 1st year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 3) 
The projective plane is an amazing place. Every pair of This lecture will give an introduction to projective Pappus' theorem: Draw two lines L and L'. Choose three Prerequisites: Geometry and algebra Teacher info: Ernest Davis (davise [at] cs.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, Professor Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 12) 
It turns out that if we allow computers to have access to Prerequisites: Basic probability. Experience with algorithms, graph Teacher info: Shravas Rao (rao [at] cs.nyu [dot] edu), Courant, Computer Science, 1st Year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 10) 

We will introduce Vision, the amazing abilities needed to Prerequisites: basic algebra Teacher info: Davi Geiger (geiger [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Computer Science and Neural Science, professor Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 15) 
I will discuss how neurons in the dopaminergic system in the Prerequisites: Basic algebra Teacher info: Stephen Keeley (stephenlkeeley [at] gmail [dot] com), Computational Biology at Courant, Home Dept: Center for Class Size: 70 (enrolled: 19) 
In a world where the scope of electronic surveillance is Prerequisites: Standard algebra is necessary. Basic knowledge of Teacher info: George Wong (gwong [at] nyu [dot] edu), Courant Mathematics, 3rd Year Undergraduate Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 5) 
Bayesian Inference is a statistical method that optimally In this class, we will go over basic notions of probability Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic probability (probability spaces, Teacher info: Ryan Shewcraft (ryan.shewcraft [at] nyu [dot] edu), Center for Neural Science, 3rd Year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 15) 
Cancer is a terrible disease in which the cells of your body Prerequisites: Biology (should know what DNA is) Teacher info: Alex Rubinsteyn (alex.rubinsteyn [at] gmail [dot] com), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Bioinformatics Researcher (just finished my CS PhD @ NYU) Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 20) 

The M in mathematics stands for magic. Join us for a brief Prerequisites: Some familiarity in calculus and trigonometry would be helpful. Teacher info: Imran Qureshi (iq214 [at] nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, Bsc. Alumni Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 25) 
In Greek mythology, Hercules was ordered to kill the Prerequisites: It helps to know what it means to compute the limit of a Teacher info: Mark Kim (markhkim [at] math.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 2nd Year PhD Class Size: 70 (enrolled: 15) 
Hyperplanes, unfortunately, don't describe aircraft that are Prerequisites: Basic geometry, basic set theory, some exposure to calculus Teacher info: Mohammad Manzari (mtm430 [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 1st Year Masters Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 2) 
The real numbers is the main example of a continuum. But the concept of a continuum is rife with paradoxes. We live in the spacetime continuum. So is Prerequisites: A bit of calculus. Teacher info: Chee Yap (yap [at] cs.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Sciene Dept, Professor Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 8) 
The story of Hilbert's hotel, a hotel with an infinite Prerequisites: Familiarity with sets will be helpful. Teacher info: Steven Delong (delong [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, Fourthyear PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 11) 
Over the last few decades cosmology has developed a very Prerequisites: calculus for the most technical bit, but for the most part Teacher info: Roman Scoccimarro (rs123 [at] nyu [dot] edu), Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, NYU Physics, Professor Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 10) 
Anyone who's spent much time programming knows that it's Unfortunately, this basic question will prove to be This will lead us, by way of Alan Turing's famous Halting Prerequisites: Students should have a very basic understanding of computer Students who have already heard about the halting problem or Teacher info: Noah StephensDavidowitz (noahsd [at] gmail [dot] com), Courant Computer Science, 2nd Year PhD Student Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 18) 
Although quantum mechanics is fundamental to our Prerequisites: Knowledge of graphs and certain types of functions Teacher info: George Wong (gwong [at] nyu [dot] edu), NYU Physics, 3rd Year Undergraduate Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 19) 

Ever wonder how a computer works? This talk will cover the Prerequisites: Curiosity Teacher info: Mike Jaoudi (mjaoudi [at] nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, 3rd Year Undergrad Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 34) 
Using elementary math tools, we will look at the physics of Prerequisites: Elementary algebra and the ability to read/interpret graphs! Teacher info: Antoine Cerfon (cerfon [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 29) 
A basic question in mathematics is to compute the length of Prerequisites: knowledge of calculus is not required Teacher info: Ian Tobasco (tobasco [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 3rd Year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 24) 
The writer of puzzles often invents puzzles to illustrate a The dilemma is that the puzzle inventor sometimes can't Prerequisites: Basic algebra Teacher info: Dennis Shasha (shasha [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Computer Science, Prof Class Size: 70 (enrolled: 16) 
The fourcolor theorem states that any map in a plane can be In this talk we will discover that with a little bit of Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with combinatorial reasoning Teacher info: Igor Balla (balla [at] cims.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 2nd Year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 2) 
The 15puzzle is a famous 4by4 sliding puzzle from the Prerequisites: Some familiarity with mathematical proofs. For example, a Teacher info: Mark Kim (markhkim [at] math.nyu [dot] edu), Courant Math, 2nd Year PhD Class Size: 35 (enrolled: 14) 
This class will introduce the concepts of probability limit In order to analyze this convergence result I will introduce Prerequisites: Multivariable calculus, basic notions of probability such as Teacher info: Andres Munoz Medina (amunoz88 [at] gmail [dot] com), Courant Math, 4th year PhD Class Size: 50 (enrolled: 13) 
We have develoed a color grading system in an attempt to indicate the overall difficulty of each talk. A green icon indicates that anyone with a standard highschool mathematics background should be able to follow. A black icon indicates that the talk will be fastpaced, and that students without extracurriculuar exposure to more advanced mathematicsthrough math camps, college courses, competition preparations, and so onare likely to find the talk challenging. These are the two extremes, and blue and purple icons indicate somewhereinbetween points of the difficulty spectrum. It is, of course, impossible to determine the objective difficulty of a talk, and the icons should only be taken as a crude approximation. The best way to figure out whether the talk is at the right level for you is to talk to the lecturer. Instructors' emails are listed on this page, so ask away!