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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 25th January - Anders ==
 
 
This meeting is going to be a bit technical.
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
#* Simulation
 
#* TwoDee: Philosophy, limitations and implementation
 
#* Discussion on simulation
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#*
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
No reading is required, but I would recommend that people interested in or working with simulation to read Jacobi's [http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&q=http://www.mip.sdu.dk/~wizard/AM04/_I_Articles/11_csrp457.ps.Z "Evolutionary Robotics and the Radical Envelope-of-Noise Hypothesis" (.ps.Z)], (1997), Journal of Adaptive Behavior vol. 6, No. 2, 325-368.
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
Rehan
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
[[Media:Alc_robots_and_simulation.pdf |Download presentation (.pdf)]]
 
   
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<center>
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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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</center>
 
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==Wednesday 1st Febuary - Elio ==
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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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This week I am going to give a "VERY INFORMAL" (please note the "informal") presentation on some work I'm currently doing on the evolution of signaling using Evolutionary Robotics methods. Note that, the meeting will be strictly focused on the description of my experiments (which, unfortunately for me, they are not very successful at the moment). So, if you are not interested in listening my sorrowful talk, you can certainly miss it.
 
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
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'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 8th February - Christos ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#* '''Anders:''' Fixed-point: How to handle precision arithmetic on the s-bot without the use of floats/doubles.
 
#* '''Rodi and Anders:''' Collective transport of an object on a palette, status and ideas.
 
#* '''Christos:''' Given that I do not have something completely new to present, I will discuss 2-3 intresting points that came out of the work presented at the previous talk. I will also complement Elio's talk discussing a possible interesting scenario. Some ideas for my future work will also be given.
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Elio
 
 
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 15th February - Marco ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
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# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
*
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 22nd February - Roderich ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
*
 
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
*
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Marco D
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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==Wednesday 1st March - Shervin ==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
*
 
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
*
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Marco D
 
 
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 15:20, 17 February 2014

Contents

[edit] Purpose of the meetings

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. 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.

[edit] Format

  1. Presentation: Between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on your needs
    • New experiment to come
    • Current work
    • Presention about a paper in robotics litterature on current-day topics
    • PhD presentations rehearsals
  2. Discussion on the presentation: 20-30 minutes
  3. Brainstorming time: list of research questions everyone can ask to the audience to get people's opinion, collaborate, etc.

About the presentations

Pay special attention to the support that you will use during your presentation:

  • Avoid fancy powerpoints templates: they don't help to get to your point
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Try to keep your speech as clear as possible during your presentation

About the contents themselves

  • 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.
  • 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.

[edit] Timing

The bi-monthly meetings take place on

Fridays at 14.00.

beggining on Friday, February 14th 2014.

The frequency of the meetings can increase if needed.

[edit] Attendance

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. (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)

[edit] Forthcoming Meetings


The schedule of the forthcoming robotics meetings can also be found in the IRIDIA calendar



[edit] Past Meetings

  • February 14th, 2014: "Environmentally-driven collective construction with unconventional materials" - Presentation about Anthony's work
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