Class Presentation Guidelines

General guidelines

You will need to present one or two papers from the reading list. You need to present the paper(s) and lead the discussion on the topic.

The papers will be covered in the approximate order in which they are listed. We'll post a schedule of class presentations as soon as everyone has signed up. Since we do not have time to cover all the papers in the reading list, we will skip some papers (based on people's preferences). Please send us a list of your top three choices by email (along with the name of your group members, if you decide to do a group presentation---you'll need to pick multiple papers if you choose this option).

Suggestions for presentations

Plan to spend 30-40 minutes on the talk (10 minutes of motivation, 10 minutes explaining the main idea and results, 10 minutes summarizing the paper and providing your perspective).

This will leave 10-15 minutes for a discussion on the topic. The entire class will be involved in the discussion. At the end of the discussion, we should have answered some of the following questions:

  1. Why is this a significant problem?
  2. Are there alternate approaches to solve this problem?
  3. Can we improve the techniques proposed in the paper?
If you do a group presentation, you'll have twice as much time to do your presentation.

You owe it to your colleagues to do a good job on the presentation. To ensure high quality talks, you are required to turn in a rough draft of your presentation materials (slides, questions that you would like to raise during the discussions, etc.) at least one class in advance. You can also come by and talk to us about your presentation.

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Prashant Shenoy
Last modified: Tue Sep 4 10:15:24 EDT 2007