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Mini Lecture

An important part of a research career is being able to read a paper, summarize it, and present the important points to an audience. You will each give one min-lecture during the semester.

You will select a paper and date from a list that is on Piazza:

Each mini-presentations should be about 20 minutes long. Please read the attached marking rubric carefully to give you an idea of how your talk will be evaluated. You can use power-point slides, an overhead projector, or the white board, or a combination of all of these.

Unlike a conference presentation, I want you to focus on the problem being solved by the paper, with less emphasis on their solution. In some cases, the problem may be straightforward, but in other cases, your whole presentation may focus on describing the problem.

Mini-lectures are about teaching, not about conference presentation. A conference presentation simply summarizes the important parts of a paper to an expert audience. Teaching is much more than that. You need to first understand the technical material in the paper (this may require reading some of the referenced background papers too). Then, you need to find a way to explain the paper to your colleagues. Again, focus on the problem; if your audience does not understand the problem, they won't care about the solution. Don't be afraid to teach material that is in some of the background papers that you might have read. It is more important that your colleagues (other students) learn something from your 20 minute lecture, than it is that you cover all the material in the paper.

You should also include your comments on your opinion of the paper, as well as comments on your suggestion for future work. If you were to extend the work in this paper, what would you do and how would you do it? (try to have more than the future work outlined by the author).

Marking Rubric

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