Handout 2: 1/15/02
CPSC 671-600: Computer-Human Interaction
Paper summary assignment
Due: Tuesday, February 19 (2); Tuesday, March 26 (3); Tuesday, April 16 (2)

For each summary you should choose a recent full paper from a significant conference (e.g., ACM or IEEE) or from a reasonable journal. The topics of the paper should relate to the topics of the course. The paper should not be in the collection of readings.

We will arbitrarily define "recent" as meaning papers that have appeared since the course's text was published.

Some good conference series to start with include CHI, UIST, CSCW, IUI, HT, DL, and JCDL (not all all papers in all of the conference will be relevant, of course). All of these are available in the ACM Digital Library, which TAMU has a site license for.

For each paper prepare a report covering the following: (0) complete citation information; (1) summary of what is covered in the paper; (2) identification of the "take home" lessons from the paper; (3) assessment of the successfulness of the paper--what was done well and what could have been done better? Aspects 1, 2, and 3 should receive approximate equal weight in your report. Aim for one to two pages (single spaced, reasonable font size and margins) or equivalent for report length. Less than one page doesn't give enough details and much above two pages just starts to be a restatement of the paper's information instead of a summary and synthesis.