The following video shows an example of presenting a research paper in 5 minutes by Prof. Kevin McGee. Sorry that the video quality is low. However, I hope some insights can be learned beyond these blur images.

How to Present a Research Paper in 5 minutes

In the video, the 5 minute presentation covers the following important topics about a research paper:

  • What’s the problem the paper tries to address and why is the problem important? 
  • What’s the previous work and how is this paper different?
  • What’s the contribution of the paper?
  • What’s the method used?
  • What’s the take-away message?
  • Any additional critics or questions?

You should be able to summarize any paper in a similar fashion.

To see the slides of the presentation, please follow the link below.

Written by Shengdong Zhao

Shen is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the founding director of the NUS-HCI Lab, specializing in research and innovation in the area of human computer interaction.