Research Seminar Course - "Applied Computer Science" - home page
Herbert Wiklicky , Uli Harder and Paul Kelly (but
we don’t do the lecturing on this course)
Submission web page
of papers for presentation
notes on presenting a paper
Pointers for critical reading of research
downloaded copies of some of the papers
please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
with your favourite academic research paper which shows "how Computer
Science Research can have an impact"."
The Research Seminar Course is intended to provide students planning a
research career in Computer Science with the opportunity to develop the skill
of critically reading and evaluating research papers. The course is open to first-year PhD
students, and is a required component of MRes programme. The course will
consist of a weekly timetabled session in which students will read, present and
discuss influential research papers across a broad range of subject areas.
For the academic year 2009-10 the working title for the seminar course is
"Impactful Computer Science".
This allows very broad scope for exploring different areas in which the
fruits of computer science research have been, or could be, have an impact --- to the
Internet, the World-Wide Web, ubiquitous computing, entertainment, science,
medicine, whatever. The scope is very
broad, and necessarily will involve material a long way from your chosen field of
research; we hope there is something for everybody here. However the real purpose is to study the
reading and writing of research in computer science.
in three ways:
- Short summaries: Each week, choose one of the 2-3
papers being presented, and write a short summary of the paper. This
should be submitted electronically before the first class of the week takes place (if you
have problems submitting, please email Paul Kelly ( mailto:email@example.com). Try
- What is the problem, why do the authors
find it interesting?
- What specific claims does the paper
- What evidence is offered to support
- What questions do you have?
- Your opinion of the quality of the
Important: for these
short summaries, you are invited to collaborate with one other student,
so you produce a single summary between you.
However, you should both register the summary submission
electronically using CATE. Please make
sure your summary includes both your names, at the top of the
- Presentations: Everyone in the class will present one
paper. This is basically a PowerPoint version of the evaluation
above, which you present orally. Starting from this you should
initiate a discussion of the paper (so it's a good idea to conclude your
slide presentation with a selection of points to consider and discuss).
See the guidance notes
on presenting a paper.
- Review: After you have presented your paper,
you write up your presentation as review of the work (5-6 pages),
identifying the main issues which were identified during the discussion
and reviewing scope for further research.
The objectives are essentially the same as for the presentation -
again, see guidance notes on
presenting a paper. This should
be submitted electronically within two weeks of your presentation. This should be your own work.
Assignment of papers to present
The schedule of paper
presentations can be found here: Schedule of paper presentations. Please check this right away to
that you are available for the
presentation slot you have been assigned
that you are happy with the paper
you have been assigned
are welcome to swap assignments with fellow students (MAC students must present
within two weeks of the end of term so that you can submit the review before
the vacation). You can also swap your
assignment with a paper from the shortlist, available here: Shortlist of papers for
should make an appointment with your "mentor" (whose name is listed on the timetable web page) a few days before your
presentation so we can discuss your slides and talk about opportunities for
making the class more lively.
Summary - the mission
Our goal is
- Find the best examples of research papers in theoretical computer
science which have influenced the development of the Internet and the
World Wide Web
- Identify the most promising recent research papers, likely to find
application in the future
- Learn how best to present contributions in computer science, how
to present evidence for claims made, and how to evaluate them critically
- Choose a thesis topic which will change the world
There are two
assessed components (see Submission
instructions), of roughly equal weight:
- The collected set of your short summaries of each paper (excluding
the paper you present yourself). Half- to one page each.
- Your review of the paper you presented, based on your presentation
and the discussion which followed. Around 5 pages. See Guidance notes on presenting a
paper for further information.
If you use material written by someone else, make sure you acknowledge the
source. Making effective use of sources
is encouraged (provided copyright is respected). However, if you appear to be trying to pass
someone else’s work off as your own, we, and the University, are likely
to conclude that you are behaving fraudulently.
If you have any doubts about this policy, please ask.
Collected related links, secondary papers, similar