Paper Presentations

You will each have the opportunity to present a paper in class (beyond your most relevant project paper presentations). This will count for 7.5% of your grade.

The purpose of this assignment is develop your ability to present and discuss the main ideas in a research paper. This skill is directly useful in presenting your own papers and in presenting papers in your lab meeting. This skill is indirectly useful in any kind of oral presentation you need to give.

When you come to class for the discussion in the second part, you'll want to bring a completed discussion form.

We are going to do this a little differently than you might expect. The format is designed to encourage interaction and to encourage everyone to actually read the paper.

Class on 3/20 will be in study room 2520 in the HBLL.


Your presentation will have two parts.

In the first part (which is 10-15 minutes), you will assume that nobody in the class had actually read the paper and you will introduce the topic to the class. You'll want to cover…

  • background material students might need to understand in order to understand the paper as they read it.
  • highlight key ideas and sections of the paper. Also highlight parts of the paper than can be skimmed or ignored.
  • pose 2-3 questions which students should think about as they read the paper. The answers to these questions may or may not actually be in the paper, but these are questions you'll want to discuss after the 2nd presentation.

To prepare for the first presentation, you'll need to carefully study the paper and any background reading you need to do to understand the paper. You'll also want to decide what the discussion topics should be after the 2nd presentation.

In the second part (which is 20-25 minutes), you should assume that everyone has read the paper. You will present the main topics in the paper and make sure everyone actually understands the paper. Then you will lead a discussion involving 2-3 questions which you think are interesting based on the paper. This discussion should go beyond what's in the paper. This presentation/discussion should include

  • the key points of the paper explained briefly
  • check to make sure that everyone understands the key points
  • discussion of the 2-3 questions (and maybe others) posed during the first presentation.

Papers, Dates and Presenters

Paper Intro. Date Discussion Date (discussion form) Presenter
Effects of Wind on Plants by Emmanuel de Langre (be focused in what you decide to present), How does this compare with fractional Brownian noise? How computationally feasible are these methods? 3/18 3/20 Cory
Forestry paper on tree movement What is useful from a computer science perspective? How could you turn what you see here, especially the FFT stuff, into an algorithm for tree motion? 3/18 3/20 Ben H.
Hierarchical retargetting of 2D motion fields to the animation of 3D plant models by Diener What is the advantage of video-based tree motion? Compared to random models? How do they evaluate the 3D depth of the branches? Is this a good solution? 3/18 3/25 Jie
Computer animation of swaying trees based on physical simulation by Akagi et al. When is this method useful and not useful? Are there other level of detail techniques which would be better? 3/20 3/25 Ilya
Real-time rendering of plant leaves by Dorsey Was the speedup significant enough? Did the work to measure parameters pay off? 3/27 4/1 Joe
Modeling and visualization of leaf venation patterns by Runions et al. Is this easy enough to do that you might actually use it yourself? Was it worth using a biological model? How did this relate to Benes' paper on vine growth? 3/27 4/1 Daniel T.
Modeling Ice Dynamics As A Thin-Film Stefan Problem by Kim et al. 3/27 3/25 4/3 Luther
Geospecific rendering of alpine terrain by Premoze et al. How would you improve their snow cover model? They find the location but not the depth, eliminating user input? and what about photos which contain snow?. The results are good, but not photorealistic, how would you improve them? 3/27 4/3 Ryan
ROAMing Terrain: Real-time optimally adapting meshes by Duchaineau et al. What criteria, other than the 12 listed in the paper, matter? Does terrain LOD matter anymore? What would you use it for? 4/8 4/10 Daniel A.
Geology paper on caves. html version with pictures Powerpoint file with glossary Questions: Thinking about methods we've learned for plants and terrain, how would you use those for cave and speleothems? What are cool applications of cave generation stuff? 4/8 4/10 Alan A
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