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Network Performance: Research Paper Presentation


For this assessment you will partner with one of your fellow students to form a 2-person team. Your team will choose a journal article to present to your peers. You will then give a 20 minutes long joint presentation. The goal of this presentation is to teach us an interesting aspect of the recent technological developments in the world of telecommunication networks and a critical review of the journal article you have chosen.

Your audience will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of your 20 minutes. Both team members are expected to know the journal article well enough to answer questions.


The assessment will be determined by:

  • The intellectual depth of the journal article selected,

  • Your demonstrated understanding of the journal article,

  • Your ability to effectively communicate to an informed audience (your fellow students),

  • The degree to which you appear to have worked as a team, with balanced load and shared responsibilities,

  • Your ability to answer questions, and

  • Your ability to ask questions about the journal articles presented by your peers.

You and your partner are each expected to present for an equal amount of time and you will be marked down if the presentation is noticeably unbalanced.

You can find a copy of the marking rubric at the unit's Moodle site.

Timelines and Organizational Details

For this assessment the following deadlines apply:

  • By the end of 27 April 2020: Select a partner and email (just one email from one of the partners is sufficient) me (Ahmet.Sekercioglu) with the following information: Team members’ names and ID numbers, and a team name (maximum 10 characters please). I will timetable the presentation in one of the weekly experimental sessions of the team member who has sent the email. Therefore, make sure that both team members are free at that time of a presentation week.

  • By the end of 04 May 2020: Select a journal article and upload it to moodle. The journal article will have to be selected from one of the following journals (try to choose an interesting simulation based performance evaluation study):

  • By the end of 24 May 2020: Upload a copy of your presentation slides to Moodle (accepted formats are PDF, or PowerPoint .ppt or .pptx). To be fair to everybody who will present in different weeks, you will only be allowed to use the uploaded slide pack in your presentation (we will make it available before your presentation time).

  • Presentations start on 25 May 2020. Presentation schedule to be advised. The presentations will occur during your normal laboratory time slot. The paper that each team has chosen to present will be posted on Moodle in advance to allow you to prepare for question time.

From Week 8 onward you will be expected to attend all of your peers’ presentations in your laboratory timeslot.

Common Pitfalls and Suggestions for Successful Presentations

  • Do not put large amounts of text onto your slides.

  • Do not cram too much onto one slide.

  • Do not just read your slides. Your talk should augment the information on your slides, not simply reproduce it.

  • If you use figures from the paper (or any other paper), make sure to provide citations.

  • Make sure that you can fully explain any figures you present.

  • You should have roughly one slide per minute of your talk.

  • Avoid putting complex mathematical equations on your slides, there isn't enough time for your audience to understand them properly.

Please have a look at the suggestions here: How to give a talk by A. Legout.

Suggested Presentation Outline

The goal of your presentation is to teach us an interesting aspect of our realm of study, and a critical review of your chosen journal article. You will need to communicate the content of your chosen journal article, while also attempting to identify its strengths and weaknesses.

The following information is a suggestion of what you may wish to consider during your talk. You should feel free to present your journal article in any way you think will make sense to your peers:

  • Background: You will need to provide your audience with the necessary information and context for a thoughtful and critical evaluation of the article's significance. You should assume that everything we have covered in lectures and labs is known and understood by everyone in the room (surely a safe assumption!), and this is a baseline from which you start. So, don’t explain again something that we have covered in lectures; just refer to it to provide context but then move on to your new stuff. Things you may wish to consider include:

    • What is interesting about the article's topic?

    • Why did the authors investigate it?

    • Any background information not covered in lectures. (don’t spend too long on this)

  • Methodology: You should describe how the authors investigated the topic. Was their approach reasonable? Does their approach impose limitations on the interpretation of their results?

  • Results: Highlight the key results of the paper. What are the main findings? What is the meaning and significance of key figures from the paper?

  • Discussion: Present the author's conclusions on the results. Consider if these conclusions are supported given the limitations of the author's method. What is your interpretation of the results?

  • Future: What are the possibilities for the future research work?

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