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This page contains a schedule for the weekly meetings. Below are a few general rules that should make the whole thing run smoothly:
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==Purpose of the meetings==
   
The weekly meetings '''ALWAYS''' take place on
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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.
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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.
   
<center> '''Wednesdays at 14.30''' </center>
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==Format==
   
Unless:
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# Presentation: Between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on your needs
* A given Wednesday is a public holiday, or
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#* New experiment to come
* Something very important (like a Ph.D. defense) is overlapping.
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#* Current work
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#* Presention about a paper in robotics litterature on current-day topics
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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.
   
If either should happen the meeting is postponed to the next day.
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'''''About the presentations'''''
   
If you cannot attend a weekly meeting then it is your responsibility to inform us. Please do so no later than the Friday before. In case it is your turn to give a presentation and you cannot show up, it is your responsibility to find someone else to give a presentation.
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Pay special attention to the support that you will use during your presentation:
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* Avoid fancy powerpoints templates: they don't help to get to your point
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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.
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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
   
If you forget to inform us that you cannot attend the meeting you will be severely punished and you will be forced to buy a nice, big cake for the following meeting.
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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 presentation should take no more than 30 minutes and we should try to keep each session at no more than an hour.
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==Timing==
   
== Schedule 2005: ==
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The bi-monthly meetings take place on
   
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<center> '''Fridays at 14.00.''' </center>
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Wednesday 19th October
 
| Alexandre
 
| Multi-task allocation?
 
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* Discussion of this scheme
 
* Something else.
 
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Wednesday 26th October
 
   
(Elio would like this changed to the 25th)
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beggining on Friday, February 14th 2014.
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The frequency of the meetings can increase if needed.
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==Attendance==
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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.
Wednesday 2nd November
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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)
| Anders
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=Forthcoming Meetings=
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'''The schedule of the forthcoming robotics meetings can also be found in the'''
Wednesday 9th November
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[http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/Calendars/month.php IRIDIA calendar]
| Rehan
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=Past Meetings=
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* February 14th, 2014: "Environmentally-driven collective construction with unconventional materials" - Presentation about Anthony's work
Wednesday 16th November
 
| Elio
 
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Wednesday 23rd November
 
| Christos
 
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Wednesday 30th November
 
| Shervin
 
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Wednesday 7th December
 
| Alexandre
 
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Wednesday 14th December
 
| Federico
 
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Latest revision as of 14:20, 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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