No. Semester and year Course name Credits Instructor
1 Spring, Sophomore Autonomous Driving 2 Tiancheng Lou
2 Spring, Sophomore Introduction to Optimization Theory 3 Zhaohui Wei
3 Spring, Freshman Abstract Algebra 4 Dongling Deng
4 Fall, Junior Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques 3 Chongjie Zhang
5 Spring, Freshman Quantitative Economics 4 Yang Yu
6 Fall, Junior Quantum Communication and Cryptography 3 Xiongfeng Ma
7 Fall, Junior Introduction to Computer Networks 3 Longbo Huang
8 Fall, Sophomore General Physics(2) 4 Luyan Sun
9 Spring, Freshman General Physics(1) 4 Xiongfeng Ma
10 Fall, Junior Speech Science, Technology and Innovative Applications 4 P.C. Ching, Tan Lee, Helen Meng, William S.-Y. Wang, Gerard de Melo
11 Spring, Junior Computational Biology 3 Jianyang Zeng
12 Spring, Sophomore Game Theory 4 Pingzhong Tang
13 Fall, Junior Advanced Computer Graphics 3 Shimin Hu
14 Fall, Junior Machine learning 4 Yang Yuan
15 Summer, Junior Research Immersion Training 5 Professors from IIIS, Tsinghua University
16 Fall, Senior Research Practice 15 Professors from IIIS, Tsinghua University
17 Fall, Junior Fundamentals of Cryptography 4 Wenfei Wu
18 Spring, Junior Distributed Computing(Fundamentals and Systems) 4 Wei Chen
19 Spring, Junior Operating System 4 Wei Xu
20 Spring, Sophomore Quantum Computer Science 4 Luming Duan
21 Spring, Sophomore Network Science 2 Chenye Wu
22 Spring, Sophomore Theory of Computation 4 Ran Duan
23 Fall, Sophomore Algorithm Design 4 Jian Li
24 Spring, Freshman Mathematics for Computer Science 3 Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
25 Fall, Freshman Introduction to Computer Science 3 Longbo Huang
1. Autonomous Driving

Instructor: Tiancheng Lou

This course covers the design principles and implementation essentials of the various functional modules of an autonomous driving system: 1.      Overview: architecture of autonomous driving system, and overview of the autonomous driving industry; 2. Hardware : sensors (sensor fusion), computational hardware and gps ; 3. Perception: computer vision and deep learning; 4.    Map : roadgraph and 3D model of the static elements of the driving environment; 5.   Localization: localization based on differential GNSS systems and computer vision; 6.  Planning: global route planning and local trajectory planning; 7. Control: accurately execute the planned maneuvers through feedback control mechanisms 8.    System and simulation: reliable, scalable and real-time system, including testing in both physical world and simulation.

2. Introduction to Optimization Theory

Instructor: Zhaohui Wei

As a basic part, this course first introduces the concept of linear programming with concrete examples, analyzes its geometrical properties, and elaborates the important duality theory. Then three important methods solving linear programming, the simplex method, the ellipsoid method, and interior point method, will be introduced, and examples that reveal their differences will be given. The next topics are sensitivity analysis and robust optimization that are involved in linear programming. As an application of the above knowledge, the problem of network flows will be analyzed carefully. To broaden the scope of considered optimization problems, we then turn to convex optimization, a larger class having linear programming as a special case. After studying its geometrical characters and duality theory, we introduce Newton’s method and gradient descent method that are often used to solve convex optimizations, which will be compared with interior point method introduced earlier. Lastly, an important case of convex optimization, semidefinite programming, will be highlighted, where a lot of examples raised in quantum computing will be analyzed.

3. Abstract Algebra

Instructor: Dongling Deng

Abstract algebra studies fundamental algebraic structures of groups, rings and fields, etc. It is the foundation of modern mathematics and has broad and vital applications across different disciplines including computer science, physics, and chemistry. In this course, the students will learn the basic theory of groups, rings and fields, including subgroups, groups’ actions, Sylow theorems, homomorphisms and isomorphism, the fundamental homomorphism theorem, Cauchy's theorem, the fundamental theorem of finitely generated groups, polynomial rings, quotient rings, ideas, the Chinese remainder theorem, Euclidean domains; principal idea domains; unique factorization domains; field extension, algebraic extensions; splitting field, fundamental theorem of algebra, and Galois theory, etc. In addition, this course will also introduce the basics of lattices and Boolean algebras.

4. Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques

Instructor: Chongjie Zhang

This course will introduce the basic ideas and techniques underlying the design of intelligent computer systems. Specific topics include search, constraint satisfaction, game playing, graphical models, machine learning, Markov decision processes, and reinforcement learning. The main goal of the course is to equip students with the tools to tackle new AI problems you might encounter in life and also to serve as the foundation for further study in any AI area you choose to pursue.

5. Quantitative Economics

Instructor: Yang Yu

This course is designed to prepare the students with the computer science major the insight and knowledge for studying the frontier interdisciplinary problems involving economics and computer science. The booming of data analytics and AI technologies has fundamentally changed many markets and led to three types of new challenges. 1.   Developing causality inference techniques based on big data. 2. Developing algorithm for the mechanism designs of the complex markets. 3.   Developing the theory and techniques for regulating the algorithm used in the markets. To answer the above questions, researchers must have the intuition and knowledge of both economics and computer science and be able to capture the interdisciplinary insight. The course includes three parts: 1. the foundation of economical and corresponding algorithmic models, which introduces the choice theory, consumer theory, production theory, and market theory by comparing them with the corresponding algorithmic models. 2. The application of the statistic learning and mining tools in economics will be introduced and compared with the econometric models. 3. Introduction about the frontier research about the above three questions.

6. Quantum Communication and Cryptography

Instructor: Xiongfeng Ma

This course is offered to upper level undergraduate students, junior or senior students in the Yao Class, physics, EE, and computer science departments. The course will cover topics at the forefront of the new field of quantum communication and cryptography, including, for instance, foundation of quantum information, quantum entanglement, quantum cryptography, quantum communication, quantum random number generation, physical implementation of quantum communication and networks. The goal is to help the future researchers to find the interesting topics to work on.

7. Introduction to Computer Networks

Instructor: Longbo Huang
This course aims at giving a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of computer networks and network performance analysis. The course contains two parts. The first part covers various networking topics including network principles, Ethernet, WiFi, routing, inter-networking, transport, WiMax and LTE, QoS, and physical layer knowledge. The second part presents mathematical techniques for modeling, analyzing and designing computer systems, including convex optimization, queueing theory, game theory and stochastic analysis. This course is intended for junior or senior undergraduate students in computer science or electrical engineering.

8. General Physics(2)

Instructor: Luyan Sun

This course is a follow-up course of General Physics I and for undergraduate students with serious interests in physics and interdisciplinary sciences. The main focus of this course is to cover the most important topics in classical electrodynamics including electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetic fields, and special relativity. This course will emphasize both basic concepts and solving practical problems. After completing this course, students are expected to gain a good understanding of basic classical electrodynamics.

9. General Physics(1)

Instructor: Xiongfeng Ma

Calculus-based first physics course for physics majors and students with a serious interest in physics. Students are required to actively participate during the lectures, asking questions, and having questions asked. This class will provide you with an enhanced opportunity to acquire a good understanding of fundamental mechanics and thermodynamics and to learn how to apply this understanding to physics and beyond.

10. Speech Science, Technology and Innovative Applications

Instructor: P.C. Ching, Tan Lee, Helen Meng, William S.-Y. Wang, Gerard de Melo
Speech communication refers to the process of transferring information from one person to another by speaking in a specific language. It is a highly inter-disciplinary subject, which is related to physiology, linguistics, phonetics, signal processing, and computer science. Many interesting and impactful computer applications have been developed to enable and improve human-computer and human-human speech communications. In this course, students will learn the scientific fundamentals underlying human speech communication, the basic techniques of computer speech and language processing, state-of-the-art spoken language technologies and their applications. Advanced research topics and future directions will also be discussed.

11. Computational Biology

Instructor: Jianyang Zeng

To introduce various computational problems for analyzing biological data (e.g. DNA, RNA, protein sequences, and biological networks) and the algorithms for solving these problems. Topics covered include: biological sequence analysis, gene identification, regulatory motif discovery, genome assembly, genome duplication and rearrangements, evolutionary theory, clustering algorithms, and scale-free networks.  

12. Game Theory

Instructor: Pingzhong Tang
It is preferable that students have studied basic linear algebra, and have basic calculus skills. Although this is not required because we will develop the mathematical skills as we introduce the material. This course will serve as an introduction to game theory. We will begin from the very basics of game theory. We will work on important concepts like Nash equilibria, and end with a taste of more advanced subjects like evolutionary game theory and games on graphs.

13. Advanced Computer Graphics

Instructor: Shimin Hu
This course introduces basic concepts, elements, algorithms and systems of computer graphics. The main contents include color model, illumination model (Phong model, Cook-Torrance model), phong shading and Gouraud shading, texture mapping, ray tracing, curve and surface modeling, solid modeling, geometry processing, etc.

14. Machine learning

Instructor: Yang Yuan

Machine learning studies how computers can learn from experiences. Combining ideas from theoretical computer science and statistics, researchers have developed many learning methods and their applications to computer vision, bioinformatics, natural language processing etc. are highly successful. Machine learning theory addresses the fundamental problems in learning. It studies the power and theoretical limits of learning. The aim is to provide deep understand of learning and the guidance for the development of practical algorithms.

15. Research Immersion Training

Instructor: Professors from IIIS, Tsinghua University

This course is designed for the undergraduates (juniors) and serves as the foundation for Research Practice and Diploma Project (Thesis). The topics include algorithm theory, quantum network, complexity, cryptography, security, game theory and so on. In order to enhance their ability in practice, innovation and team work, the students will be arranged to join different groups for discussion and practice based on their interest.

16. Research Practice

Instructor: Professors from IIIS, Tsinghua University

Research Practice is a practical course in which students conduct research practices for one semester in renowned institutes both at home and abroad. Each student will be assigned a supervisor and participate in cutting-edge projects on theoretical computer science to carry out research-based activities. The course aims to get students involved in the latest development of theoretical computer science. It will cultivate a better understanding of the theory and applications among students and give them the opportunity to publish papers on their respective research practices. In this course, students are required to take part in formal presentations on research practices, including thesis proposal, mid-term and final defenses.

17. Fundamentals of Cryptography

Instructor: Wenfei Wu

The purpose of this unit is to introduce the basic concepts of modern cryptography. Two main issues related to the distribution of digital content are privacy of information and origin of data. After a short introduction about Algebra, privacy issues and solutions are discussed in the context of modern private-key and public-key cryptography. Next, we will review tools allowing authentication of digital content using hash function and digital signatures. The presented constructions are building blocks for designing secure systems and protocols for real-world applications. Attacks and security analysis of the cryptographic schemes and protocols will also be discussed.

18. Distributed Computing(Fundamentals and Systems)

Instructor: Wei Chen

Through this course, students will learn fundamental algorithms and principles in distributed computing systems, such as logical clocks, consensus problem, failure detection, Byzantine agreement, distributed locking, and gossip protocols. They will also learn how to design and analyze distributed systems using these fundamental algorithms and principles through the study of a number of advance distributed systems.

19. Operating System

Instructor: Wei Xu

This course teaches the basic principles of operating systems: computer and operating system structures, mechanisms and policies, resource management, implementation of multitask systems, memory management, file systems, I/O subsystem and device management, communication and networking, protection and security. Students are expected to spend additional time to gain hands-on experience.

20. Quantum Computer Science

Instructor: Luming Duan

Quantum computer science is a course offered to undergraduate students with a solid preparation in linear algebra but no-prerequisite on quantum theory. The course will cover many topics at the forefront of the new field of quantum computer science, including, foundation of quantum mechanics with an emphasis on finite-dimensional quantum systems; Quantum entanglement theory including concept of bipartite and multipartite entanglement and its quantification, many-body entanglement and graph states, quantum teleportation and nonlocality measured by Bells inequality; Quantum computation model and quantum complexity; Quantum algorithms, including Shors factorization, quantum search, quantum phase estimation, quantum algorithm for linear systems of equations, and quantum machine learning. Implementation of quantum computation including trapped-ion and superconducting quantum computer. The purpose of this course is to bring the students to the exciting research frontiers of quantum computer science.

21. Network Science

Instructor: Chenye Wu

Network science is a new and emerging scientific discipline that examines the interconnections among diverse physical or engineered networks, information networks, biological networks, cognitive and semantic networks, and social networks.In this course, we examine the many facets of internet from the algorithmic perspective, including for instance the mathematical modeling of large-scale networks, information retrieval algorithms for massive data sets, algorithmic game theory and electronic commerce. Specific topics include small world phenomena, power law distributions, rank aggregation, web crawling, hubs and authorities, clustering large data sets, streaming algorithms, network routing, Nash equilibrium, market clearing, mechanism design, auction theory, social networks, etc.

22. Theory of Computation

Instructor: Ran Duan
This course gives an introduction to the basics of computation theory, including: Finite Automata, Regular language, Pushdown Automata, Context-Free Grammars, Turing machine, undecidablity, and computational intractable topics (NP complete, PSPACE, BPP etc).

23. Algorithm Design

Instructor: Jian Li
This course gives an introduction to the basics of algorithm, common algorithm design techniques, and the analysis of running time (complexity). The main contents include: tools of algorithm analysis, divide and conquer algorithms, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms etc. algorithm design techniques, and NP complete, randomized algorithms, approximation algorithms and other advanced topics.

24. Mathematics for Computer Science

Instructor: Andrew Chi-Chih Yao

This course aims to introduce the fundamental mathematical techniques useful for computer science undergraduate majors, illustrated with a rich spectrum of applications. Modern computer science education requires the students to be equipped with broad knowledge in mathematics, so that they could cope with current and future technological challenges handily and innovatively. In this course, mathematical techniques from algebra, geometry, probability theory, stochastic modeling, and information theory will be covered. These techniques will be applied to algorithmic and design problems in various topics, including internet, cryptography, distributed systems, wireless sensor network, optimization, etc. Finally, this course introduces the students to deep scientific issues in the foundation of computing such as undecidability, complexity, and quantum computers.

25. Introduction to Computer Science

Instructor: Longbo Huang

Designed to appeal to a diverse audience, this course examines some of the fundamental ideas of the science of computing. Lectures and hands-on assignments cover a wide variety of topics such as hardware organization, the Internet, computer programming, limits of computing, and graphics. No prerequisite.