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Project presentations

In the final week of class, the students in the class will present the work they have done for the course project.


The presentations will be spread over two days. The following gives the (randomly assigned) schedule.

Monday, April 29

  • Nick and Nazneen
  • Karthik
  • Joseph and Stephen
  • Hassan and Matt

Wednesday, May 1

  • Cuong
  • James and Jason
  • Anne and Eric
  • Simon


Below are explicit instructions and expectations. Let the instructor know if you have any questions or concerns!


Presentations involving a single student will be 10 minutes plus 5 for questions, and for two students it will be 15 minutes plus 5 for questions. Presentations involving two students should provide sufficient time for each to be the presenter.

We need to have smooth transitions, so you should come ready with your laptop ready to display slides and run your demo. If you think there will be any problem with this, let the instructor know as soon as possible. You may use the instructors laptop, but in this case, you must send slides by noon of the day you are presenting, and your demo must be somethnig that can be performed online without any installation on the instructor's laptop.


The presentations should be in two parts: the first is a presentation (PDF, powerpoint, Impress.js) and the second part is a live demo of the system you have built. How much time you alot to each portion is up to you.


The presentations will be scored on the criteria below. There are 100 points total. For each category, examples of low, medium and high scoring efforts are given.

Organization (10)

  • Low: Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information. Poor use of time.
  • Medium: Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around. Student rushes through some things, or belabours basic points.
  • High: Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow. Student has good pace throughout, and ends the talk on time.

Subject Knowledge (10)

  • Low: Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject.
  • Medium: Student is uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions, but fails to elaborate.
  • High: Student is at ease and answers most questions with explanations and some elaboration.

Visual Aids (10)

  • Low: Student uses superfluous visual aids or no visual aids.
  • Medium: Student occasionally uses visual aids that rarely support the presentation.
  • High: Student's visual aids explain and reinforce the presentation.

Spelling, Grammar, and Formatting (10)

  • Low: Student's presentation has multiple errors.
  • Medium: Presentation has a misspelling, grammatical, or formatting error.
  • High: Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

Verbal Skill and Eye Contact (10)

  • Low: Student makes no eye contact and only reads from notes. Student mumbles, incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly for audience in the back of class to hear.
  • Medium: Student occasionally uses eye contact, but still reads mostly from notes. Student's voice is low. Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing presentation.
  • High: Student maintains eye contact with audience, seldom returning to notes. Student uses a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that all audience members can hear presentation.

Participation (10)

  • Low: Student stays quiet during all of the question periods or asks just a basic clarification question.
  • Medium: Student asks a good question or two and pays attention to the other talk.
  • High: Student engages with the speakers, asks good questions.

Demo (20)

  • Low: The demo doesn't work or fails to demonstrate any interesting output.
  • Medium: The demo functions with minor glitches and gives a sense of what was accomplished.
  • High: The demo works flawlessly and conveys the capabilities clearly.
  • 1337 haxor: Your classmates want to abandon their own projects and join forces with you because yours is so awesome.

Overall impression (20)

  • Low: Student was uninspired and just went through the motions and got through the talk.
  • Medium: Student communicates the material and the work done adequately.
  • High: Student demonstrates high all around quality in delivery and materials, and shows enthusiasm for the work.