How to Successfully Complete Culminating Experience Projects: Research Methods and Writing Guidance

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 17:30
TH 331
Professor Dragutin Petkovic, Chair (Computer Science - SFSU)

In this seminar Prof. Petkovic will give an overview of research methods and planning that is critical for successfully and efficiently completing culminating experience projects. In addition, Prof. Petkovic will give guidance on how to write good culminating experience reports, based on his extensive experience of reading and evaluating these reports and his observations of repetitive patterns of common mistakes students make. This seminar is strongly recommended to all CS graduate students, domestic and international, who plan to graduate this or next semester.


Dr. Petkovic obtained his Ph.D. at UC Irvine, in the area of biomedical image processing. He spent over 15 years at IBM Almaden Research Center as a scientist and in various management roles. His contributions ranged from use of computer vision for inspection, to multimedia databases and digital libraries. He is the founder of IBM's well-known QBIC (query by image
content) project, which significantly influenced the content-based retrieval field. Dr. Petkovic received numerous IBM awards for his work and became an IEEE Fellow for leadership in the content-based retrieval area. Dr. Petkovic also managed and participated in several other projects while in IBM, among them User Ergonomics Research (involved in IBM's TrackPoint pointing device), and Foundations of Massively Parallel Computing.

In the last few years, Dr. Petkovic had various technical management roles in Silicon Valley startups, the latest (VMware) involving virtual computing on Intel Platform. Some of the products Dr. Petkovic helped build won numerous awards and are widely used. He has also taught at Santa Clara University. Currently, Dr. Petkovic is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University and Director of newly formed SFSU Center for Computing for Life Sciences.