CMP Reading Group Instructions
Selecting a Paper
The paper should be:
Students should select a paper from the approved ones (see the list at the
internal pages of CMP Reading Group or suggest their own. The suggestion should be consulted with the supervisor and has to be approved by the guarantor; this procedure takes some effort and time.
Only papers fulfilling the above criteria could be accepted.
- well written
- easily readable
- addressing wider audience
- not too long
It is assumed that everyone attending the Reading Group has read the paper –
not necessarily understanding everything, but at least knowing
which parts he/she does not understand. Preferably, send questions
about the unclear parts to the speaker at least one day in advance.
Preparation of Speaker
- Be ready to answer questions which came in advance
and to explain parts which seemed difficult to you
(prepare slides to support your explanation).
- Check the essential references and know what they are about.
- (optional) Explain necessary background knowledge, typically
mathematical, which is assumed by the authors but probably not
known by everyone.
- (optional) Check if there has been some new progress (look into
citations on CiteSeer).
- (optional) Prepare some clarifying slides or demonstrations.
- The speaker should have the paper on laptop to be able to show the
discussed part on screen.
- Start with a question "Is the abstract clear, does is say what
it should?" That will clear up what we will be discussing.
- Then go through the paper with remarks to its content, form,
and links to other works, e.g.:
- 'I don't understand ...'
- 'I find interesting ...'
- 'Notice ...'
- 'I don't like ...'
- 'This could be done better'
- 'Compared to ...'
- 'This is already in ...'
- At the end, we comment and evaluate
- the paper (its contribution, organization, form...),
- the presentation and the speaker (clearness, presentations skills...).