Data Structures and Algorithms

CAS 702 / CSE 782, Term I, 2016-2017


Monday 12:00-15:00 (ETB/535)


Antoine Deza
Office: ITB 127
Extension: 23750
Office hours: Monday after the class.

Teaching assistant

Hongfeng Liang
Office: ITB 115
Extension: 23076
Office hours: Tuesday 12:30-13:20.


Primary text book: "Introduction to Algorithms"
by T. H. Cormen, C. E. Leiserson, R. L. Rivest and C. Stein,
MIT Press.

Assignments and Exams

There will be written assignments (check this link for handed out date & due date),
one midterm on October 24 from 12h00 till 14h00 in ETB 535, and one final exam on December 12 in ETB 535 from 12h00 till 15h00.

Your final grade will be computed as follows: Assignments 20% (2 x 10%), Midterm 30%, Final 50% .

The instructor reserves the right to conduct any deferred exams orally.

Course Outline

This graduate course in data structures and fundamental algorithms covers some basic material encountered at the relevant undergraduate courses plus more advanced material on topics including network flows, linear programming and computational geometry. There will be emphasis on techniques such as greedy and dynamic programming. Undergraduate discrete mathematics backround and some first exposure to the subject through undergraduate courses is assumed. Reading will be assigned to cover some of the topics.

Instructor's notice

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Academic Dishonesty

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It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at .

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained. `
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. "
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