You will need to submit 10 paper critiques for the following papers from the schedule: [4], [13], [16], [29], [30], [31], [32], [35], [42], [43]. Paper critiques will be due by 11:59 AM on the day of the class. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Things to Consider

Below, I provided a list of questions that could be useful for coming up with your own paper-specific discussion questions. Note that the questions below are not meant to be used directly in the paper discussions, i.e., they lack specific details that would make for a good paper discussion.

  • Is there anything interesting/unique about the selected research problem that is worth discussing? 

  • Is the proposed research well-motivated? If not, explain why, and formulate a question discussing this aspect.

  • Is the technical contribution of the paper significant/unique? What previous papers (if any) does it borrow ideas from?

  • Are there any particularly interesting strengths or weaknesses of the proposed approach that are worth discussing?

  • Are there any interesting/surprising empirical results that might not be obvious to a regular reader?

  • Are there any weaknesses in the experimental section (i.e., unfair comparisons, missing ablations, etc.) that would be interesting to discuss?

  • Are there any claims in the paper that are not backed up by the empirical studies? If so, formulate a question around them.


Additionally, here are some broader questions that could lead to a good discussion if your answer to these questions provides a  perspective that is sufficiently different from that of the majority of the students. ​​

  • How does the paper fit in the broader modern research trends? Is it going to be relevant in the next 1,5,10 years? Why or why not?

  • Is the paper useful to the research community now? Is it easily reproducible? Why or why not would other researchers build on this work?

  • How does the paper fit in with the other publications of the same authors / their research agenda? Why is this interesting?

  • Are there any positive/negative societal impacts that are not immediately obvious or that were not discussed in the paper?

  • If you were a conference reviewer would you accept or reject the paper? Why?

  • Are there any good follow-up project ideas stemming from this work?


After writing down your discussion question, don't forget to provide your answer to that question. Your answer should clearly state (1) your position on the question, and (2) your arguments to justify that position. If I observe that you are not putting much effort into your discussion questions/answers, I will call on you to answer other students' questions. 

LaTeX Template

To generate your written discussion questions you can use the following LaTeX template