When you are the presenter of a paper, you should go beyond just summarizing it. Every student in class has already read the paper, and some have even written reviews for it. Explain the necessary background material, put the paper in its proper context with respect to related work, highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the paper, bring up questions, and in general aim to create the environment for a lively discussion of the paper. We will spend 50 minutes on each paper. The presentation should be 25 minutes long, and the remaining 25 minutes will be for discussion. When you are the presenter, prepare slides for your presentation and send them to me in PowerPoint (or PDF if you are not using PowerPoint) two days before your presentation (Monday). I will post these slides on the class web page.
All students (not just the presenter) should participate in the discussion of the paper. This will count towards part of your grade for the course. Come prepared with some questions, comments, examples, objections, suggestions, or anything else that will enrich the discussion.