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This is the schedule for INFO310 in the autumn of 2017. The dates should be fixed at this stage, but the themes may change a little.

Dates and Tentative Themes

Official schedule.


  • Information meeting: Lauritz Meltzers hus (the Social Science / SV building), seminar room 548 (6th floor)
  • Regular sessions: Lauritz Meltzers hus (the Social Science / SV building), seminar room 645 (6th floor)
  • Workshop: to be determined


The regular sessions will be a combination of lectures, student presentations and discussions. You will all be expected to present 2-3 papers/chapters as part of the course. I will try to balance workload evenly (so if some people get two papers and other three, the two papers will be longer and the three papers shorter).

We will try to finish each session by 1500, but they may sometimes go on a bit longer.


We are planning a BDEM workshop with international participants in Bergen November 13-15 2017. Part of the workshop, perhaps Monday 13th and parts of Tuesday 14th will be open to students taking INFO310 and considered part of the course. You will not be required to make presentations at the international workshop, but attendance will count towards the 80% participation requirement.


The detailed readings for each session will be made available on this page in due time.

Presenting a paper

Here are a few points about the paper presentations and preparations:

  • Make sure you start reading at least a week before, not in the last 2-3 days. You need time to let the paper sink in a bit before you start preparing the presentation. That way it is easier to see and present the big picture.
  • This may be the first time you read a research paper. I have tried to choose papers that are rather short and simple but, nevertheless, some parts of almost every paper will be hard for you to understand. If you come across difficult details, try to focus on the purpose of what they are doing. When they mention, for example, statistical techniques, I do not expect that you read up on statistics. But explain why they need statistics and tell us the names of the techniques they use and on what data.
  • Plan each presentation for about 20 minutes. We will set off 5-10 more minutes for discussion and comments.
  • Prepare slides. For a 20 minute presentation, 10 slides is the maximum.
  • Your presentation should try to answer at least the following: What is the problem the paper addresses? Why is this an important problem? Are the authors targetting a particular usage domain? What solutions do they propose? How does the solution work? Have they evaluated the solution? If so how? If not yet, how are they planning to evaluate it - or how do you think they should evaluate it? What are the limitations of the proposal? Do you see problems with what they are doing?
  • These questions are not all suitable for all papers, so you must make a pick! Maybe there are other things you should say about the paper too. Some of the papers mostly describe a problem or a case study, for example, so the presentations will be quite different.
  • Rehearse a few times beforehand. Talk through the presentation out loud for yourself (not just "inside your head").
  • Share your slides by uploading them to the file section here in the portal.
  • Some papers are longer and some shorter, some easier and some harder. This is how it has to be, but I will try to balance it out so that the workload on each of you is as equal as possible.

Uploading your presentation

Sharing your presentation slides is a mandatory part of the presentation. You can upload your slides through Inspera in this group If you are not already a member, you can register yourself (the group is open).

Please use file names like this: "Session2-Pathologies-ALO.pdf", so that "Session2" is the session, "Pathologies" is a central term in the paper title and "ALO" are your initials.