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Your presentations on the readings will take place in the last part of the course. Only the presenter is required to do the additional readings for a topic, although all students are welcome to do so. The time allotted to present may change depending on final enrollment.

You will present 1 paper. You will have a total of around 14 minutes. Aim for 11 minutes of presentation and 3 minute of questions (with 1 minute of switchover time).


Topic and Time Signup

Send me your top three topic choices, and optionally a single "veto" day on which you do not want to present, by Friday Oct 24 at 5pm, with a subject header of
Subject: 547 submit topics
I will send out the schedule and post papers soon after that.


Your presentation should both describe the visualization system presented in the paper and analyze according to the framework presented in the VAD book. You will need to present the critical ideas in the paper so that your colleagues in the class have a basis for understanding your subsequent discussion. Part of this assignment is to use your judgement on what those critical ideas are and how to concisely present them. You should discuss strengths and weaknesses. Critique whether the proposed tools and techniques in these papers actually solve the intended domain problem.

Showing a demo or a video of one of the systems in action can be very helpful to show your colleagues the look and feel of an interactive system. If you want do this and plan to use my laptop to present, contact me in advance (at least the day before) so that we can sort whether the demo will indeed run.


You should prepare slides to accompany your talk. See the previous versions of this course for many good examples of student presentations, but note that the expectations and format have changed this year. You may use the software platform of your choice to present these slides, as long as it's also possible to create a PDF version of your talk for the course web site. Most people use PowerPoint, Keynote, OpenOffice, or latex/beamer. If you're using PowerPoint, it's easiest to just send me that and I'll generate the PDF myself.

You may use my laptop for presentations if you do not have your own. If you need to use anything except for PDF or PowerPoint, check with me in advance to make sure that the required software is installed on my machine. By 11am on the day of class, send me either your presentation, or a note telling me that you're using your own laptop. In the latter case, send me your presentation right after class ends.

Your email must have the following subject header:

Subject: 547 submit slides


I've used this template for grading for the past few years (but I reserve the right to change it):

Presentation Preparation

For advice on giving technical talks, see

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Tamara Munzner
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