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Course Grade Composition:
Class participation: 10%
Paper presentation and reviews: 40%
- Present up to 4 papers in team of 2
- Write up to 4 paper reviews/reports in team of 2
- See below for the expected contents of
paper reviews and presentation.
For project grading, see the Project page.
- Proposal and presentation: S/U
- Prototype and presentation: S/U
- Final report and presentation (and demo): 40%
- Poster presentation (and demo): 10%
Policy on Collaboration
You may, and are encouraged to, team up to work on your
course project, paper reviews, and paper presentation.
Acts of cheating and plagiarizing will be reported to the Engineering
Honor Council. Cheating is when you copy, with or without modification,
someone else's work that is not meant to be publicly accesible.
Plagiarizing is when you copy, with or without modification, someone
else's work that is publicly available without acknowledging the original
You may also want to read the
College of Engineering Honor Code.
If you received substantial help from another person to
complete your assignment, you must acknowledge them in your work. If you use
any published materials (books, papers, or materials found on the Web) in
any of your reports, you must give full citations that enable
locating the original materials (for example, the URL of the Web site).
For this course, this means that you must write each paper report
by yourselves (in team). Don't copy verbatim any report on the same
paper you found online. I prefer that you prepare your team's
each paper on your own. If you want to use the authors' or other
people's presentation slides found online, you must acknowledge
the source and provide a url for the source. Your team must work
on your project by yourselves, not copying someone else's code
found online. You may use open-source code or library to help you
complete your project. (There are too many permutations of what's
available online that you can or cannot use to list them all here.
Ask me case by case.)
Due to the nature of the assignments, no late work will be accepted.
Paper summaries must be turned in before the papers are discussed
in class. Paper and final report presentations must be ready for
presentation at the start of the scheduled class time. Final project
report is due the last day of class. If you don't turn in an assignment
by its due date, you will receive a zero for the assignment.
Paper Review and Presentation
Students, in team of 2, will be required to present up to 4 papers
during the course. Students, again in team of 2, will also be
required to turn in a review of up to 4 papers during the course.
You are strongly encouraged to prepare
the slides for your presentation yourself, but if you do find
presentation slides on the paper you're covering on the Web,
you may use them with proper attribution (you still have to
do the presentation yourself, not just replay any recorded
video found). Your paper review and presentation must be
submitted in hard copy at the start of class.
In addition, please updload your presentation and reviews
to the course's Canvas Assignments page.
Here's what I expect to be in the paper review:
Paper presentations, on the other hand, would weigh more heavily
on the presentation of the paper's contents. You should present
the paper as if you're presenting it for a prelim exam. You should
plan on a 40-minute presentation, including Q&A time,
double the usual conference talk length). In addition, you should
prepare one slide each on the second and third points above,
which we'll use to lead our in-class discussion.
- Full reference of paper: author(s), title, venue and date of
publication. (You can copy this information from the syllabus!)
- One short paragraph summarizing the main thesis of the paper,
in your own words. Describe also the evaluation
methodologies and the main results presented in the paper.
This paragraph should be concise. We've all read the
papers, so the purpose of this paragraph is not to retell
the contents of the paper, but to show us that you've
read and understand the paper.
- A few paragraphs on what you like about the paper. What is
particularly smart or novel about the authors' ideas or
techniques? Did you experience any "aha!" moment when
reading the paper? The goal here is to show that you've
read in depth and have appreciated the contributions of
- A few substantial paragraphs on how the work can be
improved or extended. Have the authors missed any important
considerations regarding their subject? Any advantages
not recognized? Any shortcomings not acknowledged? How
would you address these shortcomings or other disadvantages
of the authors' approach? When we read multiple papers of
the same topic, compare and contrast the advantages and
disadvantages of each approach. Can you apply the ideas
or techniques presented to your own work?
- Proof read your reports for editorial errors such as typoes,
grammatical errors, and run-on
and unfinished sentences (most often seen in hastily written
report done the night before its due).
Reports with editorial errors will be graded "Unsatisfactory."
- If any part of your review contains a cut-and-paste of the paper's
contents, or any document found online, other than in the form of
a quotation with proper attribution, you will be reported to the
Honor Council for plagiarism and you will get 0 point for the review,
plus any other penalty assigned by the Honor Council.
If you have someone else write your review, either for free or for
a fee, you will also get a 0 and be reported to the Honor Council for
cheating. If you don't have time to do a proper review, just don't
turn one in and take a 0, instead of committing dishonorable acts.
If you have any doubt at all about the honesty of any act you're about
to commit, it probably is not. When in doubt, come discuss it