ECE 1: Computer Engineering Freshman Seminar
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ECE 1: Previous Offerings of the Seminar
Behrooz Parhami: 2009/01/06
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Background and history of ECE 1
This 1-unit freshman seminar (offered for the first time in spring 2007) was proposed and developed by Professor Parhami. The main goal of the
seminar is to expose incoming students to challenging computer engineering problems, faced by practicing engineers and research scientists, in a
way that is both entertaining and motivating. The course is useful because CE students have very limited exposure to key concepts in their chosen
major during their initial studies that involve mostly foundational, basic science, and general-education courses.
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Previous offerings of ECE 1
Spring Quarter 2008
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ECE 1: Spring Quarter 2008 offering
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The spring 2008 offering of the course is now over. Thank you for your
comments and suggestions. Have a pleasant summer!
ECE 1 – Ten Puzzling Problems in Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Spring Quarter 2008,
Enrollment Code 09852
1. Ten Puzzling Problems in Computer Engineering.
Prerequisite: open to pre-computer engineering only.
Seminar, 1 hour.
Gaining familiarity with, and motivation to study, the field of computer engineering, through puzzle-like
problems that represent a range of challenges facing computer engineers in their daily problem-solving efforts and at the
frontiers of research.
Behrooz Parhami, Room 5155 HFH (Engineering I), Phone 805-893-3211, E-mail parhami at ece.ucsb.edu
W 5:00-6:15, in Phelps 1260
Open office hours, held in Room 5155 HFH (Engineering I) – T 9:00-10:30, R 10:00-11:30
Whether they work in the industry or in academic research settings, computer engineers face many challenges in their quest
to design or effectively employ faster, smaller, lower-energy, and more cost-effective systems. Most computer engineering
students do not begin tackling such problems, and more generally are not exposed to specific challenges of their field of