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==Purpose==
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==Purpose of the meetings==
   
# '''Community'''. Keep everyone updated as to what other work is going on in the lab
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The robotics meetings are organized to help all roboticists of the lab to accomplish their work, gain knowledge, share, brainstorm, and encourage creativity in general.
# '''Research'''. Cross germination. Get feedback. Get help on problems. Get ideas.
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Apart from technical questions, these meetings are also a good occasion to practice our soft-skills, such as presentation skills, to maintain/increase the quality of our work.
# '''Admin'''. Lab administration.
 
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==Format==
 
==Format==
   
# Presentation & Discussion (30 - 50 mins)
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# Presentation: Between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on your needs
#* Work you have been doing
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#* New experiment to come
#* Reading you have been doing in the context of your work
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#* Current work
#* Other reading on something you are passionate about
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#* Presention about a paper in robotics litterature on current-day topics
# Robotics Group Administration (0 - 15 mins)
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#* PhD presentations rehearsals
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# Discussion on the presentation: 20-30 minutes
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# Brainstorming time: list of research questions everyone can ask to the audience to get people's opinion, collaborate, etc.
   
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'''''About the presentations'''''
   
Try and make your session as involving as possible for everyone:
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Pay special attention to the support that you will use during your presentation:
* Send round material to be read beforehand.
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* Avoid fancy powerpoints templates: they don't help to get to your point
* Ask people before the meeting what aspects of your work / reading they would like to know about or discuss.
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* Less is more: ask yourself if everything in your presentation is mandatory for understanding your point of view. If the answer is no: delete it.
* Think about implications of what you are presenting for the research direction of the lab as a whole - methodologies, technologies etc.
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* 1 slide per minute is a good practice, unless really necessary (typically a slide with an equation will last longer: in this case, you can split it in multiple slides, make things appear one at a time, etc, to increase clarity)
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* Try to keep your speech as clear as possible during your presentation
   
==Timing & Attendance==
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'''''About the contents themselves'''''
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* Think about implications of what you are presenting for the research direction of the lab as a whole - methodologies, technologies etc. It is always nice for everyone to have a preliminary introduction on your work to understand the technical points.
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* To keep things coherent, try to organize your slides having in mind a 'scenario' - a series of messages that you want people to recall after your presentation.
   
The weekly meetings '''ALWAYS''' take place on
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==Timing==
   
<center> '''Wednesdays at 14.30''' </center>
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The bi-monthly meetings take place on
   
Unless:
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<center> '''Fridays at 14.00.''' </center>
* A given Wednesday is a public holiday, or
 
* Something very important (like a Ph.D. defense) is overlapping.
 
   
If either should happen the meeting is postponed to the next day.
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beggining on Friday, February 14th 2014.
   
'''Please indicate on this wiki page if you are not going to be able to attend a meeting''' (no later than the Friday before).
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The frequency of the meetings can increase if needed.
   
If you forget to note your absence in advance you will be severely punished and will be forced to buy a nice, big cake for the following meeting.
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==Attendance==
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==Previous Meetings==
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Everyone that subscribed to the robotics mailing list is invited to the meetings. Send an e-mail to the organizer of the meetings in case you cannot attend the meeting, at least 2 days before the meeting, for the others to know their audience.
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(Policy change: you won't be punished anymore in case you don't come, but you can buy the organizer a beer - he loves the Trappe Quadrupel)
   
See [[Previous MEETROBOT meetings | Minutes and agendas from previous meetings]].
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=Forthcoming Meetings=
 
 
 
 
==Wednesday 11th January - Alexandre ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
* I will introduce a new experiment that involves a group of robots trying to estimate collectively
 
the direction of the nest, whereas they can not see it anymore.
 
* After a quick description of the experiment I'll introduce a set of simple behavioural rules devised to produce the desired collective behaviour.
 
* Then I'll present some simulation results, and describe how the group of robots manages to estimate the direction
 
of the nest, and how it behaves in varying conditions (noise of the system, number of robots, duration of the experiment...).
 
* Lastly I will discuss some tradeoff problems : robots estimate better the direction
 
of the nest if they are numerous, but on the other hand they have difficulties to synchronize for achieving a collective prey retrieval.
 
* And I will discuss some scalability and bifurcation features of the system
 
 
* If I have some time, but it is not likely, I will present you my latest results on optimal foraging
 
and improvements I did, following the suggestions of many of you.
 
 
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#* '''Anders:''' Robotics room server
 
#* '''Anders:''' s-bot status (Rehan is going to kidnap the robots?)
 
#* '''Anders:''' BibTeX file for robotics conferences and journals.
 
#* '''Marco:''' Who takes care of the e-pucks?.
 
#* '''Marco:''' NASA wants to cooperate with us.
 
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
[[Media:Alex_present_11_01_2006.pdf | Download the presentation (.pdf)]]
 
 
* '''Anders:''' Robotics room server
 
** There is a new computer in the arena. It needs to be installed and configured. For people who do not have laptops and for the overhead camera, etc.
 
* '''Anders:''' s-bot status (Rehan is going to kidnap the robots?)
 
** Rehan is (maybe) going to take all the s-bots to Switzerland the final week of January.
 
* '''Anders:''' BibTeX file for robotics conferences and journals.
 
** A common BibTeX DB is already on the way. In a months time we should be able to test it.
 
* '''Marco:''' Who takes care of the e-pucks?.
 
** The e-pucks will arrive soon. Noone volunteered to test them. Marco will pick one at random.
 
* '''Marco:''' NASA wants to cooperate with us.
 
** IRIDIA is likely going to sign a contract with NASA for a number of experiments, in simulation and on the real robots, for transporting (lifting) building material on the moon.
 
   
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'''The schedule of the forthcoming robotics meetings can also be found in the'''
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[http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/Calendars/month.php IRIDIA calendar]
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==Wednesday 18th January - Rehan ==
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=Past Meetings=
   
'''''Agenda'''''
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* February 14th, 2014: "Environmentally-driven collective construction with unconventional materials" - Presentation about Anthony's work
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
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'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 25th January - Anders ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
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'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 1st Febuary - Elio ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
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'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 8th January - Christos ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
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