CS 795/895 - Vehicular Networks
Fall 2010: Thurs 3-5:30pm, E&CS 2120

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Each student will present 2 papers and lead 2 discussions. I will assign groups and papers by Sep 9.

For each paper, one student will present the paper and the other student in the group will lead the class discussion. (On the schedule, the first student is the presenter and the second student is the discussion leader.) You are strongly encouraged to work together on discussing the paper and developing an outline of the talk.

Length: Each presentation must be 20-25 minutes long.

Focus: The goal of these presentations is to teach the main points of the paper to the class. You should assume that your classmates have read the paper (though not necessarily in as much detail as you have) and are familiar with most of the background. Concentrate on the problem the authors address, their solution, how it relates to other work we've studied, the evaluation of their solution, and possibilities for future work. Your presentation grade will be based not only on the actual delivery of the presentation and aesthetics (i.e., prettiness) of your slides, but also on what you choose to present to the class and the subsequent discussion.

Writing Critique: At the end of the presentation, provide your thoughts on the paper, including comments on how well the paper was written and good/bad qualities of the writing. Comment on the quality of the figures/graphs presented. Think about specific things you discover in the paper that you can use when writing your own papers. Both the presenter and the discussion leader should contribute to this section.

Class Discussion: The discussion leader must prepare at least 3 questions for the class in advance. These questions should lead to a class discussion lasting an additional 10-20 minutes.

Content: At least 75% of the presented material must be your own.

  • For example, if you have 30 slides, then the content of 22 of those slides must be in your own words and/or figures. The other 10 slides must cite where the material comes from.
    • If you show results/graphs from the paper, I won't count this as part of the 25% as long as you're just including their figure and not their explanation on the slide.
  • You must cite any and all work that is not your own. The use of unattributed slides, graphs, sentences, etc. is plagiarism.
    • To credit something in your presentation, put the citation on the slide itself (see the examples in my Research Methods presentation where I use text from other sources). You can either use numerical labels [1] or author/date labels (Weigle, 2009) and have a reference slide at the end that expands these OR you can put the full citation at the bottom of the slide.

The entire class must have read the paper in advance.

Peer Evaluations

Within 24 hours of the presentation, each non-presenter/discussion leader must email me and the TA (Dong Si <dsi at cs.odu.edu>) a grade (0-25) for the presentation and subsequent discussion leadership. The grade must be justified with comments.

  • The subject of the email must be "CS 795/895 PX", where X is the presentation number.
  • Provide a score and comments for both the presenter and the discussion leader in the same email. You should not provide an evaluation for your presentation partner.
  • Put each presentation evaluation in a separate email. If there were three presentations (ex: P1, P2, P3) and you participated in one of them (ex: P2), then you should send 2 separate evaluation emails (one for P1 and one for P3).
  • Failure to submit a peer evaluation on time (before Friday at 5pm) will result in a loss of 5 points from your participation grade.
  • You must attend class to be eligible to submit a peer evaluation (thus, unexcused absences will negatively affect your grade).

Important Notes

  • These are not trivial papers. Many of them will be tough reading. Start early.
  • You will have to read other papers or resources in order to understand your assigned paper. You can ask me questions to a limited extent, but the part of the point is self-learning.
  • You are encouraged to collaborate with your fellow classmates to understand the papers. Use the class email list to ask each other questions. (Note: I will monitor the class list, but I will not directly respond to emails sent to the list.)
  • You are encouraged to meet with me during office hours no later than one week before your presentation for feedback on your slides. I will not review slides less than one week before they are due to be presented. Start early.

Portions of these guidelines are courtesy Dr. Michael Nelson