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Hello everyone:

1. It is a matter of time before I head out to grad school(MS/PhD) and I would like to constructively use the time I have to learn things which would cushion the impact(I dont think it is entirely possible and I will still probably land smack on my face).

2.While (re)acquainting myself with certain mathematical techniques and some important theoretical concepts is part of the agenda, I would also like to spend some time learning new softwares/tools etc which would be useful in the near future.

3. The issue at hand is that a lot of things that I have time to learn now I am not even aware of. If the past is any reference I will come to know about their existence/utility halfway into grad school and after underutilizing many useful hours of my life.

E.g.1: During my undergrad, after spending many frustrating hours formatting papers/thesis and adding new references as and when the need arose I realized that there is someting called Latex and learning to use it right could save me a lot of grief and time! Finally i did learn though I would have been much better off if I had leant it earlier.

E.g. 2: during collaborative reseach using a simple utility like 'dropbox' can be really useful. Additionally, it acts as an excellent backup for reports/assignments which are in progress.

4. One of the problems I continue to face is regarding organizing references. Eg: I had referred around 100 manuscrips for research I did a couple of years back. Now when I want to revisit that subject and look for a particular reference it is extremely difficult. I am sure there is some way to organize references so that I can locate it quickly even if I remeber just a part of the title/ journal's name...etc.
I know I have not been too clear in describing my problem but I hope you get the idea.
Any suggestions to tackle this problem are highly appreciated.

5. So I request all seniors to give their suggestions/opinions even if it is extremely obvious to them.

Take for example, my major which is Biomedical Engineering. Being proficient in Matlab and at least one frontend and backend software is practically a necessity. Yet, I see many students going to grad school without acquiring this expertise(could be just because they procrastinated or whatever). Learning these things in grad school is entirely plausible but I presume it comes at a heavy cost.

PS: I would really appreciate it if you could highlight tools I ought to learn now keeping in mind that my interest is in Biomedical engineering, specifically signal processing and instrumentation.





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LaTeX for sure.

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Tools I feel that are good to learn are LaTeX, Matlab, Perl/Python.

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For the computing sciences and those who work with massive scale social data, the following are invaluable:

1. LaTeX.
2. Python.
3. R
4. Matlab

For organizing references, Mendeley.

You do not need anything else.

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For engineering coursework (folks that are not into research):
1. A virtual machine that can install Linux OS flavors
2. A C/C++/C# compiler (I recommend VC++ Professional - usually free for students)
3. A good text editor (I prefer vim) and office suite (MS Office)
4. SVN client/server software

For design/graphics oriented coursework:
1. Autodesk products (free for students)
2. Adobe CS*
3. A decent manual SLR digital camera
4. OpenGL API frontend

I mention all of this mainly because grad school expects you to know how to use these tools and they do not teach these specifically in your course work.
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Is there any good resource (e.g., video tutorials) for learning Adobe Photoshop CS?

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For BME, you'll definitely need to know LabVIEW and Matlab. Most of the signal processing is done either using LabVIEW or a DSP- for which you should know C and be able to work with a compiler like Code Composer Studio, in addition to knowing digital filter-design and such. In some cases (very rarely) micro-controllers are used too, for signal processing. For Instrumentation/circuit design- I haven't seen anyone use it here, but knowing SPICE (OrCAD PSPICE is a good place to start- and the student version is free) will be helpful.
Also, if you're into modelling and biomechanics, it'll be good to know Continuity and some CAD software like SolidWorks.
Knowing Java/Python is a plus.
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(02-22-2012 02:27 AM)Gaussian Wrote:  @[GravityEyelids]
Is there any good resource (e.g., video tutorials) for learning Adobe Photoshop CS?

I am not aware of video tutorial series for CS. But you can youtube specific function/feature related to Photoshop and there will be dozens to help you. The help index is elaborate as well:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/photoshop/cs...index.html
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MATLAB is essential, doing basics should suffice since MATLAB can be learnt on the fly for more involved problems. Revising basics of Calculus, Algebra, Prob and Stats is an absolute must.

While LabVIEW is used extensively for biomedical instrumentation, it may not be necessary. Trying to get a hang of what it is in 2-3 days using the manual that ships with LabVIEW should be enough, I wouldn't keep it high on my priority list though.

References management: Mendeley.

A lot depends on what you plan to do at the school as well. If you're going to get nvolved with research right away then your advisor might suggest relevant stuff. For example, if you plan to join an instrumentation lab, LabVIEW should be high on priority list. If you're going to do Medical Imaging, brushing up Differential Equations is important.

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Indeed. I support brushing up on the basics of mathematics and statistics which are the most essential subjects for an engineering or computing sciences or other sciences Phd.

Most Indian engineers I meet (including those from the much vaunted IITs/other "good" schools) have an abysmal knowledge of mathematics and statistics. I guarantee this to you that there has never been a PhD student who has not wished for a more rigorous background in mathematics and statistics at some point of his time throughout his doctoral career.

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If you're into networks/network-programming, make sure you know how to use things like telnet, netcat, tcpdump, wireshark, the unix shell, vim, NS2.

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On that note, I shout out loud that yes, I so desperately wish I'd studied math better. However, due to some recent events, my interest in Math has deepened to new levels. I have started with Walter Rudin's Principal of Mathematical Analysis and hope to continue with the study of other topics.

NOTE: This book is off the topic!

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Can someone point out any good resources for learning LaTeX ?

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Latex Primer, Not so short intro to Latex, use google well!

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