Based on a previous version by Michael Gutmann.

We will have poster presentations of research papers in the second half of the course. There will be a total of 5 poster sessions. You will need to do two things (see detailed instructions below):

  1. Give a poster presentation on a paper (2/3 of the presentation grade)
  2. Write summaries for two other poster presentations: Select 2 out of 5 poster sessions and write a short summary for one presentation per each of these two poster sessions (1/3 of the presentation grade)


The posters are designed and presented by groups of two students. Each group should email the TA the following information by Friday 9 February:

  • Names and student numbers
  • 5 papers in decreasing order of preference
  • Preferred date of the presentation

Please note that we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate everyone's preferences. You can use Piazza to find team-mates. If you would like to do the poster presentation alone rather than in a group, please check with the TA. Please note that individual presentations will only be possible if time slots are available.

  • If the presentation is given by two students, both have to contribute equally to the poster and its presentation. Both presenters will receive the same grade.
  • You should prepare a poster in A0 landscape format. You can use your favourite tool to create the poster (e.g. LaTeX, LibreOffice Impress, Adobe Illustrator, Powerpoint, ...). For LaTeX, there are templates. For example posters, have a look at the NIPS conference. Print the poster in time for the presentation. You should also send a pdf version of your poster to the lecturer on the day before your presentation.
  • Research papers typically make a scientific contribution, which means that they propose or claim something that holds and that matters. The overall goal of the presentation is to convey the contribution made in the paper. For that purpose, the presentations should cover:

    1. Very briefly, what is the paper generally about?
    2. Background and/or brief recap of the relevant material from the lecture.
    3. What is proposed or claimed in the paper?
    4. What supporting evidence is provided?
    5. Why does the proposal/claim matter?
  • Aim for a short (10-15 minutes) interactive presentation. Do only include as much mathematics as needed to convey the key message of the paper.
  • Feel free to use diagrams and equations from the paper in your poster (with proper acknowledgement).


  • The summary should be structured according to the five highlighted points above.
  • In total, the summary of each paper should be maximally half a page. This means one to two sentences per point only. Good diagrams will be helpful.
  • Please email the summary of one paper per session for a total of two sessions to the lecturer by Tuesday 3 April 2018, 4pm.


Please feel free to propose papers yourself. Check with the lecturer about suitability.

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