If you need to swap talk slots with someone, that is fine (as long as everyone involved agrees and the new schedule is consistent). Just send a single message to the class group describing the swap.
Each class is long enough to hold:
In addition, MLD rules allow at most one DAP oral per week. So, if one is already scheduled for a Tuesday, please do not request to schedule one for the same week's Thursday, and vice versa. There always seems to be a rush at the end of the semester, so please be sure to reserve your DAP slots early.
See REQUIREMENTS below to make sure you schedule the right set of talks.
|WHO SHOULD ENROLL:|| All MLD PhD students are required to take the
journal club twice: typically once in their first year and once in
their second or third year. MLD secondary MS students do not
have to register (but are permitted to register); they should contact
the instructor at the beginning of the semester when they give their
DAP oral presentation. Students from other departments are
welcome, if space is available.
Your talk schedule will differ depending on whether this is
the first or second time you are taking the Journal Club, and
whether you are a PhD or MS student. See also TALK
If for some reason you have to cancel a scheduled talk, please make
sure that everyone involved knows as early as possible: Diane, the
instructor(s), and the speaking committee and attending faculty members if
relevant. We expect, however,
that students will make every reasonable effort not to cancel talks
Attendance is required for credit: part of the course is how to be a
good listener as well as a good presenter. But, if you need to miss a
class or two due to travel, illness, or a similar reason, it's
probably OK as long as you let the instructor know before the
class in question. We usually don't need to meet every class period,
so be sure to subscribe to the class group to get cancellation
notices. The schedule should say “class cancelled” for cancelled
classes; if the schedule is just blank, we're still having class that
day. (We might fill in a student lecture at the last minute, or there
might be an instructor lecture.)
To schedule a talk, please consult the schedule and the class group
to select an open date. Then post a message to the group
requesting to be scheduled on that date. Within a few days,
you should get a notification that you've been added to the
schedule, but please follow the group discussions in case of
In the case of a DAP oral, please also:
This is the “elevator pitch” talk, in which you attempt to convince the audience quickly of the importance of some research idea. (It does not have to be your own idea.) This talk should use only a very small number of slides; one of the most common mistakes is to try to include too much information. In addition, the talk should have a clear goal in mind; at the end of the talk, the audience should know what this goal is and whether they agree with it.
This is intended to be practice for a typical conference presentation, although it is longer than many. You should plan on speaking for about 25 minutes in a 30-minute slot. The talk should cover an idea in some technical detail, and be accessible to a general ML audience. It should clearly present the idea in the context of related work. Again, the idea may be yours or may be one that you have read about; in the latter case, it can be better to synthesize a few related papers, rather than depending on just one, since single papers often do not give adequate perspective on an idea.
The talk is like an ordinary 30-minute talk, except that members of the speaking committee (often including the student's advisor) attend and evaluate the presentation, as well as provide oral and written feedback to the student. See the evaluation form for an idea of what the evaluation is based on.
DAP (Data Analysis Project) Oral
The DAP oral is the culmination of a student's Data Analysis Project, like a Masters' defense, but less formal. There are a limited number of dates available for DAP orals—at most one per week.
Some common questions about DAP orals:
We're open to suggestions, for anyone who wants to practice a particular type of speaking; for example, we've had students practice whiteboard-style lecturing, or talking without slides. The “other” talk type would typically replace a 30-minute talk.