Robin Hillyard M.A. (Oxon), Ph.D. (Cantab)

Associate Teaching Professor

Multidisciplinary Graduate Engineering

College of Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115

Office: Dana Research Center 502 (see #57 in SW corner of small campus map)

Phone: 617-373-3972

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I normally set up a Slack workspace for each class that I teach. I will send you the URL and/or invitation to join during the first week. When you join, please update your profile to include your full name and, if appropriate, which section you are in (important). Slack is appropriate for most communication between us and has the benefit of allowing the TAs in on the conversation. Normal questions about assignments, projects, exams, etc. should be asked in the #assignments channel. Anything really general should be asked in the #general channel. Only use our private, direct channel if there's something that you really want to ask confidentially. If I react with a thumbs down, it means I want you to ask the question again in a public channel.


Email is for more formal communication. It is less immediate and therefore not suitable for anything urgent. I do get a lot of email so if I don't respond within a few days, it's OK to follow up with another request. You must use a subject line something like the following: INFO6205-03: subject as appropriate. This applies also if you email me after the semester is over.

Asking questions before or after class

Please understand that I don't know everyone's name and I can't always remember every conversation. That's why I will often ask you to send me email (or use Slack) to remind me of the conversation.

Office Hours

I encourage you to come and see me in office hours if you need to discuss something. Please see my schedule (below) for office hours. You can always just drop in during those posted times but it does make sense to give me heads up using Slack. This saves you a trip if I'm busy with another student or if I'm out of my office for any reason.


Fall 2019

I am teaching three classes:

Big Data System Engineering with Scala
Program Structure and Algorithms (03)
Program Structure and Algorithms (05)
My weekly schedule Fall 2019

Top Hat

I have used TopHat in my classes to increase and encourage class participation. However, I will not be using TopHat during the Fall 2019 classes.

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Last updated: Sep 5th 2019

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