CS 725/825 - Information Visualization
Spring 2015: Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:15pm, E&CS 2120

Print - Admin




Paper Presentations

  Demo Schedule



Tableau's data visualization software is provided through the Tableau for Teaching program.

Presentation Guidelines

Some guidelines borrowed from Tamara Munzner's CS 547

You will have 15-20 minutes to present an academic paper. This assignment is worth 40 points (20% of your final grade).


You may use Powerpoint or something that generates PDF to create your slides.

I've created a simple PPT presentation as a template for how the beginning of the talk should go. You may change the style, but make sure that all the information I include on the title slide is on your title slide. Make sure that you know and can talk about what type of venue (conference, journal, etc.) the paper was published in. You may also change the outline depending on how it applies to the particular paper you are presenting, but make sure that you cover the required content.


Your presentation should

  • describe the visualization system or research presented in the paper
  • if the paper is describing a visualization system, present an analysis of the work according to the what-why-how framework presented in the textbook
  • if the paper is not describing a system, describe how it relates to the what-why-how framework

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 discuss strengths and weaknesses. If applicable, critique whether the proposed tools and techniques in these papers actually solve the intended domain problem.

Showing a demo or a video of the system in action can be very helpful to show your colleagues the look and feel of an interactive system.

Before you present the paper, you must include an "About the Authors" section (one slide per author). This should include current webpage, current affiliation, PhD information, research interests, notable contributions, and most cited paper (use Google Scholar Citations and make sure it's a paper, not a book or book chapter). See the template above for an example. If there are more than 3 authors focus only on the first author (usually the PhD student) and last author (usually the research advisor).


Here are the guidelines I'll use for grading the presentation:

  • Content Summary: 20 points
    • did you effectively and adequately summarize the paper?
  • Synthesis/Critique: 10 points
    • did you effectively present strengths/weaknesses and analysis using the what-why-how framework?
  • Presentation Style: 5 points
    • during the talk, did you look at the audience, speak clearly and confidently?
  • Materials Preparation: 5 points
    • were your slides free of typos and grammatical errors, were they well-organized, did they include all of the required elements?

Rubric (pdf) - Detailed guidelines on how I'll grade the presentation

Preparing a Presentation

Lots of people have written nice guides on how to give good talks. Read them and put them into practice.

Advice from Pioneers