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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 reading for a topic, although all students are welcome to do so.

You will present 1 paper. You will have a total of TBD (possibly 20) minutes. Aim for 15-17 minutes of presentation and 3-5 minutes for discussion/questions.


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Post one or two topic choices by Fri Oct 25 at 5pm, in the Canvas discussion thread on Presentation Topics. You have the option to also specify a single "veto" day on which you do not want to present (from the set of possibilities: Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 4). I will send out the schedule and post papers soon after that; the paper link will be posted by at least one week before your presentation.


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. It's fine to just send PDF; if you're using something like PowerPoint, please do also send the PDF along with the source file. You must have slide numbers.

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 1pm on the day of class, post a note on the Presentations discussion thread on Canvas with your presentation slides, and tell me whether you're using your machine or my laptop.


I've used this template for grading for the past several 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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