To help students learn to clearly communicate technical material with others.


Students will present papers in groups of three. Presenters will prepare a 30-35 minute talk on the paper(s) that he or she presents that week. Slides for the talk must be submitted via CourSys by 10:00PM the night before the class. The presenters also lead another 20-30 minutes of discussion during/after the talk. For this, the presenter will prepare questions that lead to a deeper analysis of the paper's content, presentation, strengths, and weaknesses. Students do not need to write critiques for weeks in which they present. You may adapt slides from other presentations as long as you acknowledge your sources.


I shall evaluate your talk on a ten point scale. There is one bonus point available. Most talks should receive a ten.

This guide for presentations comes courtesy of Antony Hosking