CS 8803 ACT: Alternative Computing Technologies (Spring 2016)

Instructor: Hadi Esmaeilzadeh

Email: hadi [AT] cc [DOT] gatech [DOT] edu
Phone: (404) 385-1731
Office: KACB 2336
Office hours: MW 04:30 - 05:30pm (after class)

TA: Amir Yazdanbakhsh

Location: Instr Center 119
Time: MW 3:05 - 4:25pm


Writing critiques will help you develop critical thinking and teach you how to evaluate and extract deep understanding from original research papers.


You should expect to read for one to four hours for each class and to think and write for an additional hour or two to develop an interesting critique. Your emphasis should be on the innovation and insights that the papers provide and the avenues of new research that these papers pave.


Critiques are due at the beginning of each class. If you are presenting and leading the discussion, you are not required to write a critique.

Your critique should not exceed two pages and must reflect on what you learned and thoughts provoced by the paper. The critique must includes a short summary of the paper, but most of it should be based on your original thoughts about the paper, what you learned form the paper, and your new ideas provoked by the paper. Please seek concision and clarity and avoid unnecessary commentary. Your and my time is preceless! Make sure that you use an active voice in your critique.

The following specific format is required.

Below, is a latex template and more explanation about the structure of a critique and the required format. Please read it. I would prefer that you use the provided latex template. However, you are free to choose a different word processing tool while adhering to the requested formatting guidelines (12 point font, single spacing).


I will evaluate your critiques on a ten-point scale. You can also get a bonus point; however, I expect most critiques to receive a ten.

Late policy

For each assigned paper, critiques are due at the beginning of the corresponding class. I will not accept late critiques, except in the case of illness.


Please hand in a printed copy of your critique at the beginning of the class.

Reading material for writing critiques