CS 791/891 - Visualization Seminar
Fall 2015: Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:55am, E&CS 2120

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Summary Guidelines

These are guidelines for non-presenters during our first round of presentations (Oct 7-28).

Guidelines

You will be preparing two documents:

  1. a critique of the presentation of the paper
  2. a 1-page summary of the paper

Presentation Critique

Start with Keshav's first pass (see http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/keshav/home/Papers/data/07/paper-reading.pdf). Read the title, abstract, introduction, section headings, conclusions, references

Your critique should address the following elements:

  • Is the paper laid out clearly?
  • List any inconsistencies that you find in the references.
  • For each figure, answer the following questions:
    • What type of chart is it?
    • Is it effective? Why or why not?
    • What changes could be made to the chart to make it more effective?
    • Can you understand the main point by looking just at the figure and its caption?
  • Any other comments you have on the organization or presentation of the paper.

We will discuss these in class after each presentation.

Summary

Write a one-page summary of the paper using the following guidelines. This summary must be in your own words -- absolutely no copying from the paper.

Your summary should at least answer the following questions:

  • What are the motivations for the work?
    • What problem are the authors addressing? Is the problem important?
  • What is the proposed solution?
  • What is the evaluation of the work?
  • What are the contributions?
    • What are the 3-5 main points of the paper?
  • What are the future directions for this research?

At the end of the summary, include at least 3 questions or comments that the paper raised. These should be related to the content of the paper. Comments on presentation should be made in the presentation critique document.

You must write the summary using LaTeX and generate a PDF.

Before each presentation, we will exchange summaries so that every student has a summary for each paper. There will a couple of minutes before each presentation for students to read over the summary for that paper.

Submission

Post the PDFs of both your presentation critique and summary on your class webpage.

Bring 2 copies of your critique -- one for you during class and one to turn in.

Oct 7, 21, 28 - 3 students will be presenting, so there will be 8 students writing summaries on the 3 papers.

Each non-presenting student must bring 6 copies of their summary:

  • 1 for yourself
  • 1 to turn in
  • 4 for other classmates

Oct 14 - 2 students will be presenting, so there will be 9 students writing summaries on the 2 papers.

Each non-presenting student must bring 4 copies of their summary:

  • 1 for yourself
  • 1 to turn in
  • 2 for other classmates