The DISCUS Reading Group has been meeting for several years to discuss
both recent and classic research in systems area. Faculty and graduate
students contribute equally to discussions in these weekly
meetings. This activity is organized by a rotating group of graduate
students in the lab.
DISCUS Paper Reading Group
Paper Lists and Discussion Records
Current term: (Winter 2013/2014)
This page/list is no longer being maintained. The guidelines at the
end of this section are still relevant to the current version of the
Discus Reading Group.
2004-2005 term 1 (spring
2003-2004 term 1 (spring
2003-2004 term 1 (fall
- Try to answer the following questions when you read the paper:
- What is the problem that the paper tries to solve? Is it a good problem?
- What are the main contributions and/or main shortcomings of the paper?
- How well is this work compared to other papers with similar topics?
- Which methodologies can we borrow from the paper for our research?
- Do NOT repeat the paper content since everyone has read the paper.
- Provide an outside perspective of the paper.
- Limit your introduction of the paper and its related work within
20 minutes, so that people have enough time to discuss.
- Discuss at a high level.
- Be both constructive and critic. It's often easier to be critic
since nothing is perfect. Therefore, being constructive is even more
important. For example, if an idea does not work, how to fix it? If
it does not work here, where could it work?
- Propose some questions (no matter you know the answer or not) to
initiate the discussion. You can even give some plausible statements
for others to attack.
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