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Last Updated: June 1, 2002


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 animation, although for some topics for which there are no current papers, we will allow students to present older work.

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.

If you are presenting an older paper, you should also give a feel for how big an impact the paper has had on the community. Was this a seminal paper? Was it widely referenced?

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