Research Presentation (Grad Only)


What does research in HCI look like? For this assignment, you'll sign up for a short virtual presentation on a paper of your choice from an HCI-related venue such as CHI, CSCW, IEEE VIS, IUI, or UbiComp.

View the schedule of presentations here. The schedule will be populated based on balancing your preferences in the course survey you will complete on Day 1. Note: You must get approval for your chosen paper -- see me after class or email me.

The Basics

Create a slide deck to summarize a research paper in 10-12 minutes. You may either:

  • present your paper live during class, or
  • play a recorded version during class.
In either case, you must be present in-class to facilitate discussion.

Some questions that will be valuable to think about include:

  • What is the motivation for the problem that the paper addresses?
  • What methodology or approach did the researchers use?
  • What was the result or contribution?
  • How was it evaluated?
In addition, think about how this paper fits in the context of the other course content we have covered. How does it relate to other topics we have discussed? End your presentation with a question or two to spark discussion about the topic.


In addition to describing the content of the paper, your presentation should also include some portion dedicated to your critique of the research. Some questions you can think about:

  • What was done well?
  • What could have been improved?
  • Do you have any critique of the methodology?
  • Was the analysis sound?
  • Did the evaluation match the claims the authors made?
  • Did the authors appropriately contextualize their findings or overly generalize?
  • What would be a reasonable next step if you were to expand on this idea?

For Everyone Else...

Think about the research that is presented to you. What questions are you left with? What did you think? What was done well? Peer feedback is a critical part of this class. Engage in the discussion around the research as well as your classmate's presentation.


  • In-Class Presentation: The date will be variable based on when you sign up. Your classmate will critique your work (using the I like, I wish, What if framework).
  • Grading: Grading will be based on the presentation rubric.