CMSC 635, Spring 2002
At some point during the semester, you will present a technical
research papers to the class and lead a discussion on that paper. You
may pick a paper from the set of readings, or
choose another research paper that interests you. You must get approval
for your choice of paper, and I recommend that you do so as early in the
semester as possible. If multiple people want to present the same paper,
it will go to the person who requested it first.
Your presentation should have the format of a presentation of this
research to a technical conference, including a motivation for the
research, a brief summary of the related work, a description of the new
work, and a discussion of the results. You should use slides and
especially figures and diagrams where appropriate. You are welcome to
use this sample
presentation and presentation
Your presentation will be during one of the classes scheduled to
cover your topic. You should plan to spend about 25 minutes presenting
the paper and 5-10 minutes in discussion. For some papers, there are
video clips available to illustrate the results. After your
presentation, lead a discussion of the merits of the paper including
such issues as:
If you have questions about the technical details in a paper, I would
be happy to meet with you before your presentation to discuss that
- How well does this technique work compared to other techniques
for similar purposes?
- What are the limitations of this technique?
- How could this technique be improved?
- Could this technique be applied to other situations?