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Organizational work:
Astrophysics Special Concentration at Eötvös University
I organize the Special Concentration in Astrophysics (Asztrofizika Szakirány) at Eötvös University. You will find a comprehensive description of the program, syllabi of required courses, syllabi of special (elective) courses, and info on advanced laboratory experiments listed here. Information is provided in Hungarian to attract prospective students.

Courses I teach:
Astrophysics (Fall semester): This is an introductory course to Astrophysics, required for all third grade physics students. Covers fundamentals of Astronomy, stellar structure, stellar evolution, galaxies, large scale structure and a short introduction to Cosmology. All these links point to Hungarian syllabi.
Astrophysics I.
Extragalactic Astrophysics I. (Fall semester): I cover photometry of galaxies, potential theory, physics and stability of collisionless systems, spiral structure, evolution of galaxies, dark matter, and a few relevant topics in cosmology.
Astrophysics II.
Extragalactic Astrophysics II. (Spring semester): This is the continuation of the above lectures, as a special (elective) course recommended for those who completed Extragalactic Astrophysics I. during the fall semester. Interesting current topics are reviewed: dark matter searches, redshift surveys, etc.
Cosmology (Spring semester): This course is required for Physics students taking part in Special Concentration in Astrophysics and Astronomy students. Lectures begin with the overview of Big Bang cosmology, inflation, the thermal history of the Universe, and continue with the review of current projects to measure fundamental parameters.
Astrophysics Seminar
Astrophysics Seminar (Fall semester): Current topics of Astrophysical research are reviewed through a series of papers presented by students: exploration of the large scale structure of the Universe, precision cosmology, dark matter searches, and various other issues (like photometric redshifts or automatic classification of galaxies).
Image Processing
Image Processing (Fall semester): 2D trasformations, image enhancement and image restoraton is reviewed during the first half of the semester. Color image processing, image compression techniques, scientific visualization, rendering, stereo imaging follows.

Laboratory experiments I designed and supervise:
Image Processing
Astrophysical Image Processing Lab (Fall semester): A 20-hour introduction to image processing software used by astronomers (IDL and IRAF, mainly), and hands-on experience in reducing and calibrating CCD images of nearby galaxies.
I designed a small platform with four independently steerable and drivable wheels to mimic the Sojourner rover (Mars, 1997) and adopted the Handy Board to control the vehicle. Sonar rangers, electromagnetic compasses, and IR devices will help the untethered mobile robot to navigate.

Courses I taught in the past:
Astro 1 at UPenn
I was teaching Astro 1, an introductory Astronomy course for non-science majors at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, between 1996 and 1998. The stuff is very preliminary, but some of the links could be interesting.
Astronomy 203 at 
I was a teaching assistant (TA) for this course in Princeton back in 1992. Astronomy 203 covered similar topics to those covered by Astro 1 at UPenn (above), but with the touch of Prof. Gott's unique style. Michael Strauss and Neil Tyson also teaches this course, and the page may not be up all the time.
Astronomy 301 at 
I also TA-ed for Astronomy 301 in Princeton. Rich Gott was lecturing, giving a superb overview of special and general relativity at an (Princeton) undergraduate level. Jeremy Goodman also teaches this course, and the page may not be up all the time.

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