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Last Updated: November 26, 2003


All students attending the course are expected to give a presentation regardless of whether or not they take the course for credit. Your presentation should be based on a recent paper in computer graphics. Sources for papers include
  • SIGGRAPH 2003 Conference Proceedings
  • Graphics Interfaces 2003 Conference Proceedings
  • ACM Transactions on Graphics, Volume 22 (2003)
  • NPAR 2002 Conference Proceedings
  • EuroGraphics 2002 (2003) Conference Proceedings
  • CHI 2003 Conference Proceedings

Your presentation should be from 30 to 45 minutes, with 30 minutes being the preferred length. In your presentation, you should not just parrot what's in the paper, although you will need to present something of what's in the paper. Instead, you should focus on

  • the main contributions of the paper;
  • how this paper relates to previous work;
  • how significant the paper probably is.

To do a reasonable job of addressing the above, you will probably need to check some of the references in the paper. The last item is a bit of a judgment call, but you should be able to at least say if the paper is an incremental improvement over previous work, or if it is something significantly new or useful.

As a rough guideline, expect to spend 1/3 of your time describing the problem addressed by the paper and relevant background material, 1/3 of your time discribing what's in the paper, and 1/3 of your time critiquing the paper. The last third is the most important part of your presentation.

You should submit a URL or a copy of the paper you will present to Stephen Mann (smann@uwaterloo.ca) at least 10 days before your talk. At the start of class the week before your talk, you will give a brief statement to the class on the title of the paper, where it appeared, and what to look for when we read the paper.

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