CS 796/896 - Visual Analytics Seminar
Spring 2011: Tues 1:30-4:15pm, E&CS 2120

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Typically, there will be two presentations each class meeting.

(As of Jan 10 and subject to change) We have 20 students registered (14 MS and 6 PhD). We have 24-26 papers to cover. If this enrollment holds, each student is required to present one paper. PhD students may be required to present two papers.

Soon after you select the paper you wish to present, email me a BibTeX-formatted entry, similar to those found in http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mweigle/CS796-S11/Bibtex or http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mweigle/Main/Bibtex
Format these neatly, don't just copy directly from citeseer, ACM DL, or IEEE Xplore. You must include

  • key - same as on the papers list (example: adar-uist08)
  • pubdate (formatted as yyyymm)
  • tag (ws-dl, data-management, data-mining, spatio-temporal, tools, perception-cognition, evaluation)
  • at least one of pdf (for direct link to the pdf), url (for link to a webpage), or doi (for link to the DOI entry, i.e., http://dx.doi.org/)


Each presentation should be 30-45 minutes long.

  • You will lose points if your presentation is significantly shorter than 30 minutes.
  • I will let you know when you have 5, 2, and 1 minute left. You will lose points if you have not cleanly finished your presentation when your time is up. (It is recommended to skip slides and summarize rather than to just speak faster when you are running out of time.)

The first slide must contain the following information:

  • title of the paper/topic you are presenting
  • original authors of that work and their affiliations
  • CS 796/896 - Spring 2011, Old Dominion University
  • your name

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. Think about specific things you discover in the paper that you can use when writing your own papers.

After each presentation, the presenter will lead a class discussion on the paper. (This does not count in your 45 minute time limit.)

  • The presenter must prepare at least 3 questions for the class in advance.
  • The entire class must have read the paper in advance.

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 want to show results/graphs from the paper, I wouldn'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.

After your presentation, email me a copy of your slides for posting on the class website.

Peer Evaluations

Within 24 hours of the presentation, each non-presenter must email me 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 796/896 PX", where X is the presentation number.
  • Failure to submit a peer evaluation will result in a loss of 5 points from your attendance/peer evaluation grade.
  • You must attend class to be eligible to submit a peer evaluation (thus, unexcused absences will negatively affect your grade).

Important Notes

  • The presentation counts as 40% of your final grade. With only one presentation, it is important that you do your best on your presentation. Start early, solicit feedback from your classmates and instructor, and practice.
  • The goal of the presentation is to teach the class about the paper. You do not have to follow the format of the paper. You do not have to present all of the material that is in the paper. Present relevant material that will help us understand the main points and interesting aspects of the paper. You may need to present some background material that is not directly from the paper. You may show demos or videos that illustrate the concept (many of the papers have accompanying movies that were produced by the authors).
  • 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 point of the seminar 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