List of readings
Each student will present four papers over the course of the term. We will
devote 50 minutes of class time to each paper. The presenter will first give a
20-minute conference style presentation of the paper, and then will lead the
class in a discussion of the paper’s contributions.
Paper Presentation Requests
Your paper presentation requests are due on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Send
email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the
subject: IFT6251 Paper Selections.
The message body should include:
- your name
- your preferred e-mail address
- titles of papers from the reading list that you would prefer to present or
review. For each of the modules of the course (A,B,C,D), choose up to 3 papers and
prioritize your choices (you can include up to two papers not on the reading
list – they may or may not be presented during the course)
I will try to have paper assignments on-line by January 19.
When preparing your presentation, keep in mind that the audience will have
already read the paper that you are presenting. Also, some general introductory
topics may have already been covered in lectures or in previous presentations.
Your presentation should:
- remind your audience of what problem is addressed in the paper and why that
problem is important
- identify what you feel are the most significant and important observations,
ideas, and results in the paper,
- put the paper in context of the course
- raise issues for discussion
The slides for your presentation are due by 9:00am on the day you are
presenting. Email the instructor a single Powerpoint or PDF file containing
The slides will be posted on StudiUM.
All students (not just the presenter!) are expected participate in the
discussion of your paper. Come to class prepared with some questions for the
class and comments.
Paper presentations are worth 30% of your final grade. Presentations will be
evaluated according to the following criteria:
Organization: talk includes an introduction, middle section, and
conclusions; parts of the presentation follow from each other; topic(s) placed
in the context of the course; problem and solution clearly identified;
evaluation of the solution included; presentation is appropriately aimed at
audience; key points of the presentation summarized at the end.
Presentation ability: well rehearsed; speaks clearly, audibly, and not
too fast; makes eye contact with the class; mannerisms suitable; finishes
within allotted time; enthusiasm in voice; smooth speech.
Discussion and Knowledge: the talk stimulates interesting questions; the
presenter poses interesting questions, presenter is familiar with the paper’s
content; able to answer questions about the material during discussion period.
For each criterion, you will receive a mark between 1 and 5:
1: Poor, 2: Needs Work, 3: Satisfactory, 4: Very Good, 5: Outstanding
The formula for computing your paper presentation mark is:
x * 2 + 70
where x is the mark out of 15.
Thus, it is impossible to get below 70% for a presentation (unless you don’t