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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
 
# '''Research'''. Cross germination. Get feedback. Get help on problems. Get ideas.
 
# '''Admin'''. Lab administration.
 
   
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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.
   
 
==Format==
 
==Format==
   
# Presentation (15 - 30 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
# Discussion (15 - 30 mins)
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#* PhD presentations rehearsals
# Administration (0 - 30 mins)
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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.
 
Try and make your session as involving as possible for everyone:
 
* Send round material to be read beforehand.
 
* Ask people before the meeting what aspects of your work / reading they would like to know about or discuss.
 
* Think about implications of what you are presenting for the research direction of the lab as a whole - methodologies, technologies etc.
 
 
 
==Timing & Attendance==
 
 
The weekly meetings '''ALWAYS''' take place on
 
 
<center> '''Wednesdays at 14.30''' </center>
 
 
Unless:
 
* 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.
 
 
'''Please indicate on this wiki page if you are not going to be able to attend a meeting''' (no later than the Friday before).
 
 
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.
 
 
 
==Wednesday 19th October - Alexandre==
 
 
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
 
 
The main topic is optimal multi-foraging in swarm robotics.
 
 
* I will present my latest developments and results
 
* Go again through goals, motivations and bibliography (renewed).
 
* Discussion about the context of this work, possible applications ?
 
* I might present, if there is time left, my next experiment.
 
 
You can take a look at this very quick summary of my current research : http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~acampo/various/alex_research.pdf
 
 
'''''Administration Issues'''''
 
 
* Standard programatic interface for simulators / real sbots.
 
* Format of these meetings
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Rodi
 
 
==Wednesday 26th October - Anders==
 
 
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
 
 
Dependability and fault-tolerance in Robotics:
 
 
* What is fault-tolerance and dependability?
 
* What has been done in robotics?
 
* How could fault tolerance be implemented in a swarm robotics context?
 
 
'''''Adminstration Issues'''''
 
 
* Coffee machine
 
* The new e-pucks
 
* Simulators and swarm-bot interfaces
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Elio, Rodi, Christos
 
 
We are not going to pay the cakes ;-)
 
 
==Wednesday 2nd November - Rehan==
 
 
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
 
 
 
'''''Adminstration Issues'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Elio
 
 
==Wednesday 9th November - Frederico==
 
 
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
 
 
 
'''''Adminstration Issues'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
N/A
 
 
 
==Wednesday 16th November - Elio==
 
 
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
 
 
 
'''''Adminstration Issues'''''
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
N/A
 
 
   
==Wednesday 23rd November - Christos==
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'''''About the presentations'''''
   
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
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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
   
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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.
   
'''''Adminstration Issues'''''
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==Timing==
   
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The bi-monthly meetings take place on
   
'''''People who will be absent'''''
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<center> '''Fridays at 14.00.''' </center>
   
Ciro (holiday --> no cake, but maybe a havana cigar...)
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beggining on Friday, February 14th 2014.
   
==Wednesday 23rd November - Shervin==
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The frequency of the meetings can increase if needed.
   
'''''Presentation / Discussion Topics'''''
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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.
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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)
   
'''''Adminstration Issues'''''
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=Forthcoming Meetings=
   
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<br>
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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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<br><br>
   
'''''People who will be absent'''''
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=Past Meetings=
   
Ciro (holiday --> no talk!!!)
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* February 14th, 2014: "Environmentally-driven collective construction with unconventional materials" - Presentation about Anthony's work

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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