533C Presentations

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Your presentations on the readings will take place in the second half of the course. Only the presenter is required to do the additional readings for a topic, although all students are welcome to do so. You will have 20 minutes to present two papers. I will provide a set of a few choices from which you should pick 1 paper, and you may pick the other on your own. Please send me the bibliographic citation of the paper you choose and the URL, if available online. If you are using your own laptop, please send me a note by 10am the day of your presentation telling me so.


Topic and Time Signup

Send me your top three topic choices, and if desired up veto up to two days on which you do not want to present, by Thursday Oct 20 at 5pm. I will send out the schedule and post papers soon after that.


Your presentation should not simply outline the papers. 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 compare the approaches of the five papers, by a specific discussion of their relative 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. Please inform me in advance if you will require a VCR during your presentation.

Note that this presentation style is quite different from what was assigned in Spring 2003 course, but it's similar to Spring and Fall 2004.


You should prepare slides to accompany your talk. Last year's course and the previous one have many good examples of student presentations. You may use the software platform of your choice to present these slides, as long as it's also possible to provide a cross-platform readable version of your talk for the course web site: for instance, HTML+images, or PDF. PowerPoint is fine (it's easiest for you to give me the PowerPoint file, and then I generate the HTML+images from it).

Do not send me large files via email. You should post your course-related materials (slides, assignments, proposals, final project reports) on your personal web site, and send me the URL. I will then upload your work to the course web site, so that it is archivally available. If you don't already have a personal site, see the webpage setup section of the CS Dept FAQ for how to set one up in the CS domain.

You may use my laptop for presentations, it can run either Linux or Windows. 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. Slides are due on the day of class:

Also send me the URL (or citation) of your chosen second paper.

Presentation Preparation

For advice on giving technical talks, see
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Tamara Munzner
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