The role of the discussant is to critique the paper under
consideration. Papers should be discussed courteously and tactfully.
The idea is to provide constructive criticism that will help the audience
understand the paper and allow the author of the paper to rethink
important points, and possibly improve the paper.
Discussions should neither be glorifications nor
vilifications. Furthermore, discussions should not simply summarize the
paper and rehash the author's presentation, but offer an alternative
perspective. Discussants should also refrain from turning the alotted
time into a presentation of the discussant's own research; discusions
should stay close to the paper under consideration.
The rooms will have facilities for computer-assisted presentations,
using PowerPoint or PDF. To make this run smoothly, should you choose
to use it for your discussion, it is imperative that you:
A number of computer-literate
students will patrol the conference areas to act as first line
support. Nonetheless, presenters and discussants
are asked to test run their presentations.
the file of your discussion to the session chair at least one week
before the conference, so that s/he has the option of loading all of
the files for the session ahead of time onto his/her memory
- Present yourself in the conference room at least 10 minutes
before the start time;
- Bring your discussion on a USB memory key,
in addition to having sent it to the session
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