CGG  Seminar on Scientific Soft Skills (summer term 2009/2010)

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This seminar is targeted at students who want to improve their scientific soft-skills in the English language.
The seminar attendees will:

The format of the seminar is as follows:

At the beginning, each student will choose one research paper from the provided list. Then one paper will be discussed each week. The student responsible for that particular paper will lead the discussion, which means they must briefly summarize it, pinpoint inherent advantages and problems and explain it as a whole to the rest of the class. In this phase no "slide-based" presentation is done.

At the end of the semester each student will prepare a short (at most 20 minutes) electronic presentation of their paper and give it before the class. This presentation must use slides and should also include all the experiences gained in the discussion. Finally, after the presentation, each student must write a conference-like review of their paper, summarizing it briefly and giving grades and comments on its clarity, soundness, downsides etc.

During the semester, talks on different aspects of the "soft" scientific work (reading, writing, presenting) will also be given by the seminar organizers.

The seminar will be held COMPLETELY in ENGLISH, i.e. all the papers, discussions, talks and reports are in English.
Throughout the semester, regular participation in the seminar is required (otherwise the discussion would lose its sense completely).
Each student is allowed to miss the seminar without a proper excuse at most twice.


Next meeting: 10th May
Topic: Oral presentations

The schedule for oral presentations is listed in the seminar schedule table. If your assigned date does not suit you, you can negotiate swaps among yourselves and inform us of the outcome.

Time, date and room

Monday, 14:00, S4

Papers to choose from

Each student was assigned one paper from the following list. Every paper has its "advisor" (person who nominated the paper), don't hesitate to contact him with any questions.

Student Advisor Paper title Author[s] Link
Jan Beneš Josef Pelikán Efficient Generation of Poisson-Disk Sampling Patterns Thouis R. Jones PDF
Elena Dušková Josef Pelikán Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF) Herbert Bay, Andreas Ess, Tinne Tuytelaars, Luc Van Gool WWW
- Josef Pelikán Non-Iterative, Feature-Preserving Mesh Smoothing Thouis R. Jones, Frédo Durand, Mathieu Desbrun PDF
Lukáš Novosad Alexander Wilkie Stochastic Progressive Photon Mapping Toshiya Hachisuka, Henrik Wann Jensen PDF
Oskár Elek Alexander Wilkie Real-time Realistic Ocean Lighting using Seamless Transitions from Geometry to BRDF Eric Bruneton, Fabrice Neyret, Nicolas Holzschuch WWW
Zdeněk Trávníček Alexander Wilkie Two-Colored Pixels Darko Pavic, Leif Kobbelt WWW
Ján Zahornadský Václav Krajíček A Shape-Based Approach to the Segmentation of Medical Imagery Using Level Sets Andy Tsai, Anthony Yezzi, Jr., William Wells, Clare Tempany, Dewey Tucker, Ayres Fan, W. Eric Grimson, Alan Willsky PDF
Jakub Kratochvíl Václav Krajíček Automated Registration of 3D Faces using Dense Surface Models Tim J. Hutton, Bernard F. Buxton, Peter Hammond PDF
- Jan Kolomazník An Entropy Based Multi-Thresholding Method for Semi-Automatic Segmentation of Liver Tumors Anirudh Choudhary, Nicola Moretto, Francesca Pizzorni Ferrarese, Giulia A. Zamboni PDF
- Jan Kolomazník Interactive Liver Tumor Segmentation Using Graph-cuts and Watershed Jean Stawiaski, Etienne Decencière François Bidault PDF
- Jan Kolomazník Design of Steerable Filters for Feature Detection Using Canny-Like Criteria Mathews Jacob, Michael Unser WWW
- Petr Kmoch Scattering-Based Interactive Hair Rendering Rajeev Gupta, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann PDF
- Petr Kmoch Super-Helices for Predicting the Dynamics of Natural Hair Forence Bertails, Basile Audoly, Marie-Paule Cani, Bernard Querleux, Frédéric Leroy, Jean-Luc Lévêque WWW
Jan Dědek Petr Kmoch Hair Meshes Cem Yuksel, Scott Schaefer, John Keyser WWW
Michal Hapala Petr Kmoch Instant Animated Grass Ralf Habel, Michael Wimmer, Stefan Jeschke WWW

Current schedule

DatePaper titleSpeakerAdvisorAttendance
15. 3. 2009 Introductory session Petr Kmoch et al. all
22. 3. 2009 How to read scientific papers Petr Kmoch Beneš, Dědek, Elek, Kratochvíl,
Novosad, Trávníček, Zahornadský
How to present a scientific paper Petr Kmoch
29. 3. 2009 Automated Registration of 3D Faces using Dense Surface Models Jakub Kratochvíl Václev Krajíček Beneš, Dědek, Dušková, Elek, Hapala,
Kratochvíl, Trávníček, Zahornadský
Efficient Generation of Poisson-Disk Sampling Patterns Jan Beneš Josef Pelikán
5. 4. 2009 Easter Monday
12. 4. 2009 Hair Meshes Jan Dědek Petr Kmoch Dědek, Elek, Zahornadský
Real-time Realistic Ocean Lighting using Seamless Transitions from Geometry to BRDF Oskár Elek Alexander Wilkie
19. 4. 2009, 12:20 in S5 How scientific papers are published Alexander Wilkie Beneš, Dědek, Dušková, Elek, Kratochvíl,
Novosad, Trávníček, Zahornadský
How to write scientific papers Petr Kmoch
19. 4. 2009 Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF) Elena Dušková Josef Pelikán Beneš, Dědek, Dušková, Elek, Kratochvíl,
Novosad, Trávníček, Zahornadský
Stochastic Progressive Photon Mapping Lukáš Novosad Alexander Wilkie
26. 4. 2009 Two-Colored Pixels Zdeněk Trávníček Alexander Wilkie Beneš, Hapala, Novosad, Trávníček
Instant Animated Grass Michal Hapala Petr Kmoch
3. 5. 2009 Oral presentations: Martin Berger, Jakub Kratochvíl Beneš, Elek, Kratochvíl, Trávníček,
A Shape-Based Approach to the Segmentation of Medical Imagery Using Level Sets Ján Zahornadský Václav Krajíček
10. 5. 2009 Oral presentations: Jan Beneš, Jan Dědek, Elena Dušková, Ján Zahornadský
17. 5. 2009 Oral presentations: Oskár Elek, Michal Hapala, Lukáš Novosad, Zdeněk Trávníček

Final report

As the final task, each student must write a review of their paper, as if they were reviewing the paper for a conference. To do this, the student must fill in the review form, which is moulded after review forms from acutal conferences. Please send the filled in form to your paper's advisor with sufficient time left for its evaluation and possible clarifications. The utmost deadline is 3rd September, but you are strongly advised to send it in well before that, preferably in June.

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