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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==
   
# Iridia Administration (0 - 15 mins)
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# Presentation: Between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on your needs
# Presentation & Discussion (30 - 50 mins)
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#* New experiment to come
#* Work you have been doing
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#* Current work
#* Reading you have been doing in the context of your work
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#* Presention about a paper in robotics litterature on current-day topics
#* Other reading on something you are passionate about
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#* PhD presentations rehearsals
# Robotics Group Administration (0 - 15 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.
   
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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 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?
 
 
'''''Administration Issues'''''
 
 
* Coffee machine
 
* New documents on the Wiki.
 
* Next week...
 
* The new e-pucks
 
* Simulators and swarm-bot interfaces
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Elio, Rodi, Christos
 
 
'''''Results'''''
 
 
[[Media :Fault_Tolerant_and_Dependable_Robotics.pdf|Download Presentation(PDF)]]
 
 
* ''General:'' The topics on the agenda, which are of general interest are moved to the beginning of the meeting, so that non-robotics people can attend at a fixed hour each week.
 
* ''Coffee machine'':
 
** Marco buys a new one when he comes across a good, new coffee machine (suggestions are very welcome)
 
** Mauro is in charge of sending the current, broken machine to someone who can repair it.
 
* ''New Wiki-pages'':
 
** [[IRIDIA Technical reports]] - how to publish technical reports at IRIDIA + LaTeX styles etc.
 
** [[Access to Digital Libraries]]
 
** [[Media:Quand_quelque_chose_est_casse_sur_le_sbot.pdf | When something happens to the s-bots (French, pdf)]] - A document list common hardware problems and their solutions. Can also be found in the [[SBOT FAQ]] and the [[SBOT STATUS]] sections.
 
* ''Wiki security'': For certain parts of the Wiki it would be convenient to have access control, so that only people from IRIDIA can access those pages. Anders will look into that.
 
* ''E-pucks'': All the available info on the e-pucks will be put on the Wiki.
 
* ''Sbot/simulator interfaces'': Rehan is going to create a repository for the common sbot interface and it is going to be implemented in TwoDee.
 
* ''OMiss simulator'': Rehan is going to create a Wiki page on checking out and compiling OMiss (the new simulator based on ODE).
 
 
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==Wednesday 2nd November - Rehan==
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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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'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''IRIDIA Admin'''
 
#* Coffee Machine
 
#* New Wiki Pages
 
#* Next week...
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
#* What is robotic pattern formation?
 
#* Potential applications using the Swarm Bot robotic platform
 
#* Discussion / feedback on my research direction
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#* Sbot / Simulator programmatic interfaces
 
#* Buying a computer+flatscreen for the robot room (or taking one that is not used)
 
#* Any spare monitor for Rodi?
 
 
 
'''''Location'''''
 
Ping pong room
 
 
 
'''''Reading Material'''''
 
 
* There is no reading material for this weeks presentation
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Elio, Thomas
 
 
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==Wednesday 9th November - Federico==
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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
 
# '''IRIDIA Admin'''
 
#*
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
#*
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#*
 
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
*
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
N/A
 
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==Wednesday 16th November - Elio==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''IRIDIA Admin'''
 
#*
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
#*
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#*
 
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
*
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Marco
 
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==Wednesday 23rd November - Christos==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''IRIDIA Admin'''
 
#*
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
#*
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#*
 
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
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'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Ciro (holiday --> no cake, but maybe a havana cigar...)
 
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==Wednesday 30th November - Shervin==
 
 
'''''Agenda'''''
 
 
# '''IRIDIA Admin'''
 
#*
 
# '''Presentation / Discussion'''
 
#*
 
# '''Robotics Group Admin'''
 
#*
 
 
 
'''''Reading material'''''
 
*
 
 
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
 
Ciro (holiday --> no talk!!!)
 
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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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