ESP Biography


Major: EE/CS

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2011

Picture of Adam Hartz

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Born: Rural Illinois, 17 December 1988
Likes: Music, Computers, Dungeons and Dragons, Sports, Spongebob Squarepants, Lemonade, and name a few.
Dislikes: Tomatoes and swear words

Past Classes

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X2640: The Wonders of Recorded Audio in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
In this class, we're going to take a look at what sound is, and how it has been recorded throughout the years, with a focus on digital audio. We'll learn about phonographs, vinyl records, and magnetic tape, but we'll focus more extensively on digital audio, how it is recorded, and how it can be manipulated. Come learn how a piece of music can be represented as an etching in a vinyl surface, as a magnetic signal on a cassette tape, or as a sequence of 1's and 0's inside a computer.

M2429: Intro to Artificial Intelligence in HSSP Summer 2009 (Jul. 12, 2009)
An introduction to computer science, focusing on practical applications of AI, primarily in computer games. Learn about common AI techniques through discussion and examples, and also by programming them yourself in Python (no previous experience necessary). The course will culminate in a tournament of student-created AI bots in a computer game.

Adiophilia III: Recording and Playback of Digital Audio in JUNCTION (2009)
Learn how analog audio data is transformed into a series of 1's and 0's during recording (and the contrasting methods ...

Audiophilia II: Recording Analog Audio in JUNCTION (2009)
Learn all about how analog audio data is stored on media such as vinyl records, and 8-track and cassette tapes.

Audiophilia I: Manipulating Analog Audio in JUNCTION (2009)
Learn all about the wonders of microphones, amplifiers, analog synthesizers, and "effects" such as reverb, distortion, and others.

Audiophilia IV: Manipulating Digital Audio in JUNCTION (2009)
Learn about some of the nearly infinite audio manipulations that are possible in the digital realm. Phasers, flangers, echo, reverb, ...

Beating the Test in JUNCTION (2009)
Hate standardized tests? Want to ace the ACT? Learn some new tricks of the trade and hear some old, overused ...

Einstein's Special Relativity in JUNCTION (2009)
Learn what happens when things move REALLY fast! Shrinking spaceships, time dilation, and other neato things associated with Einstein's theory ...

Harrison Bergeron - Short Story Discussion in JUNCTION (2009)
Read and discuss the plot and thematic content of Kurt Vonnegut's fantastic short story, "Harrison Bergeron," set in a dystopian ...

Heavy Metal: from the Glam to the Extreme in JUNCTION (2009)
A brief history of heavy metal music, couple with an examination of the lyrical, musical, and stylistic elements associated with ...

How to Relax in JUNCTION (2009)
Seriously, high school and college are stressful. Learn to make the most of your leisure time.

How to Study and How to Cram in JUNCTION (2009)
Learn how to study effectively (whether you gave yourself ample time or not), when sleep is more important than studying, ...

Intro to Ancient Philosophy in JUNCTION (2009)
Topics include the nature of reality, the ways we might come to have knowledge, the good life for human beings, ...

Intro to Early Modern Philosophy in JUNCTION (2009)
Topics include the natures of mind and body, the physical world, freedom, and human knowledge. Learn philosophies from a diverse ...

Popular Music Around the World in JUNCTION (2009)
LIsten to modern popular music from around the world and discuss the lyrical, musical, and stylistic similarities and sifference