Preparing for a presentation

I have an optional presentation to do for my computational geometry seminar. My professor claims that it is an optional presentation, but I decided to do it anyway.

He claims that its importance is geared more towards developing presentational skills for our careers, rather than being an assignment to teach us something more on the topic. Well, whatever the case may be, I figure it can’t hurt to get enriched from either side of the spectrum. I have been looking through our textbooks for the class and think that I’ve found a topic (he is allowing us to present anything from any of the textbooks for the class).

Since I would like to have a carrier path along the lines of database management, I figured it would benefit me to present something along that area. I have to admit, I don’t know much about databases, but I don’t think I will suffer from the experience. I will either present a topic on “Orthogonal Range Searching” from Computational Geometry by Mark de Berg or Geometric Searching from Computational Geometry – An Introduction by Franco p. Preparata. After skimming through both sections, I find them to be quite similar. I feel that Preparata’s text is a bit easier to understand and therefore present. I might stick to that one.

If the professor allows, I might record my presentation and post it after completion. Hope all goes well.