Welcome Weekend 2024 Schedule

Friday, March 8, 2024

  • 8:00am – 8:30am
    Check-in and Continental Breakfast
    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), DeLuca Forum
  • 8:30am – 12:30pm
    Department Overview & Faculty Research Presentations
    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), DeLuca Forum
    Welcome and Department overview from department chair Steve Wright will be followed by research presentations from faculty in computer architecture, databases, graphics, human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, networks, numerical analysis, optimization, programming languages and software engineering, robotics, security, systems, and theory.
    If you are unable to attend, you can livestream the talks here. This will also be recorded and posted to the Welcome Weekend site the week of March 11.
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    Lunch – prospective students and faculty
    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), DeLuca Forum
  • 1:30pm – 4:00pm
    Meetings with Professors
    Locations to be determined (TBD)
    Student meeting schedules will be available Friday. Each student’s schedule will be determined by faculty availability. Meetings run concurrently with other afternoon activities. Locations and specific times to be determined.
  • 1:30pm – 4:00pm
    Computer Sciences, The Shelf
    Enjoy some afternoon snacks and mingle with current grad students in between meetings with professors and area open houses.
  • 1:30pm – 4:00pm
    Meet the Research Groups/Lab Tours
    Computer Sciences
    Research group open houses. See below for details.
  • 4:00pm  – 5:00pm
    Graduate Assistantship Information Session
    Computer Sciences, Room 1240
    Information on Teaching Assistant (TA) placement process and graduate assistantship opportunities.
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm
    Happy Hour with Faculty
    Fluno Executive Dining Room, 601 University Ave
    Conversation, hors d’oeuvres and beverages
  • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    Dinner with Faculty
    Fluno Executive Dining Room, 601 University Ave
    Department Chair Remarks: Professor Steve Wright
    Alumni Speaker: Nick Kidd, PhD

    Keynote Speaker: Professor Yong Jae Lee

Saturday, March 9, 2024

SACM (Student ACM) & WACM (Women’s ACM) Activities

  • 9:00-10:00 Women/Non-Binary Breakfast
    (Details will be sent to those who registered for this event.)
  • 9:30-10:30 Bagels and coffee for those not attending the Women/Non-Binary Breakfast
    CS 1240
  • 10:30-11:30 Q&A Panel with Current Graduate Students
    CS 1240
  • 11:45-1:00 CS Building + Campus Tour
    Depart from CS 1240
  • 1:00-2:30 Lunch
    Cooper’s Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St
  • 2:30-6:00 Small Group Exploration of Madison (e.g. Henry Vilas Zoo, Chazen Museum, Memorial Union + Lakeshore Path)
    Depart from Cooper’s Tavern
  • 6:00-8:00 Dinner + Trivia & Board Games
    CS 1240


Research Group Open Houses/Lab Tours
(in order by starting time):

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Security and Privacy - Chatterjee Lab

CS room 5364, 1:00-3:30pm

Security and Privacy - McDaniel Lab

CS room 2257, 1:00-4:00pm

Database Group

CS room 3310, 1:30-3:00pm

Programming Languages - MadPL

CS room 4331, 1:30-4:00pm

Graphics/Visual Computing/Robotics

CS room 1346, 2:00-4:00pm

HCI - MadAbility Lab

CS room 1207, 2:00-3:00pm

Machine Learning

CS room 3233, 2:00-4:00pm

Quantum Computing

Union South Sett, 2:00-4:00pm


CS room 4310, 2:00-3:00pm

Computer Architecture

Union South Sett, 3:00-4:00pm

Robotics - People and Robots Lab

CS 3351, 3:00-4:00pm