The real world is full of many kinds of different things: some of them complex, some simple; some physical, some conceptual. How we represent these things on computers is central to all of informatics. This course will help you understand what you need to know about representation from the simplest, smallest things (1's and 0's) to large complex networks.

Essential information & outline syllabus - Spring 2013


This wiki is for the spring 2013 Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing I308 section lectured by Professor David Wild on Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30am-10.45am in WH 004 (Woodburn Hall). The labs are in Thursdays 9:05am-9:55am and 10:10am-11:00am in BH308. Note that the material used in the Tuesday/Thursday section of this class is different.

Everything else you need to know is on the Essential Information page!
To contact the instructor and all AI's, send an email to I308HELP-L@INDIANA.EDU using your @indiana.edu email address

Expanded syllabus


  1. Introductory materials
    1. Essential Information (including Syllabus)
    2. Why do we need to worry about representation?
    3. Mathematical prerequisites
  2. Representation of basic entities - the "nuts and bolts"
    (much of this will be covered in the digital representation tutorial).
    1. Representing text
    2. Representing integers and real numbers
    3. Representing dates and time
    4. Representing colors and images
    5. Representing audio and video
  3. Tools for high level representation
    1. Data models
    2. Encoding in relational databases
    3. XML
    4. RDF, SPARQL and semantic databases
  4. Information Content, Compression and Encryption
  5. Information embellishment, destruction, and succinct presentation

Schedule


The full schedule (what topic is covered when) will be determined by the pace of progress in the syllabus. However, the following are some important dates:

First class
Jan 7
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no class)
Jan 21
Midterm (in class)
Wed Feb 20, 9.30am-10.45am
Midterm grades
Mar 1
Spring Break (no class)
Mar 11, 13
Free week (no assignments)
Apr 22 to Apr 26
Review of class
Apr 22, 24
Last class
Apr 24
Final Exam (regular classroom)
Wed May 1, 8am-10am

Assignments & Examinations

Midterm Examination
The Midterm will cover all material covered in class up to the midterm. More information on the midterm will be available closer to the time.
The exam will take 1 hour, and you will not be allowed to have electronic devices or papers out during that time.

Final Examination
The Final will cover all material covered in class, with an emphasis on material covered since the Midterm. More information on the final will be available closer to the time.
The exam will take 1 hour, and you will not be allowed to have electronic devices or papers out during that time.