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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Course pages 2020–21


Principal lecturer: Dr Markus Kuhn
Taken by: Part II CST 50%, Part II CST 75%
Hours: 2


Introduction to two widely-used languages for typesetting dissertations and scientific publications, for prototyping numerical algorithms and to visualize results.


  • LATEX. Workflow example, syntax, typesetting conventions, non-ASCII characters, document structure, packages, mathematical typesetting, graphics and figures, cross references, build tools.
  • MATLAB. Tools for technical computing and visualization. The matrix type and its operators, 2D/3D plotting, common functions, function definitions, toolboxes, vectorized audio demonstration.


Students should be able to avoid the most common LATEX mistakes, to prototype simple image and signal processing algorithms in MATLAB, and to visualize the results.

Recommended reading

* Lamport, L. (1994). LATEX – a documentation preparation system user’s guide and reference manual. Addison-Wesley (2nd ed.).
Mittelbach, F., et al. (2004). The LATEX companion. Addison-Wesley (2nd ed.).