CS81 Developmental Robotics Presentation Guidelines
CS81 Developmental Robotics
Each group will give a 20 minute presentation on their final project
with an additional 10 minutes set aside for questions. Each member of
the group should give part of the presentation. We will be doing the
presentations in Sproul 300. The following will be available for your
use: computer projector, internet connection, and overhead projector.
I can also make a PC laptop with PowerPoint available, but please let
me know in advance if you're planning on using this.
When designing your presentation, it is a good rule of thumb to assume
that each slide will take between one to two minutes to describe, so
you should have a total of approximately 14 to 18 slides. Practice your
presentation at least once to ensure that it is about the right
- Title and outline (2 slides)
- Be sure to include all group member names on the title slide.
- The outline should provide a map of your talk's structure.
- Introduction and motivation (4 slides)
- Motivate the problem you are working on.
Why is it interesting and important?
- Contrast what you are doing with other related work.
- What is your hypothesis?
- Give a high-level description of your approach to the problem.
- Summarize the main results (or what you expect them to be).
- Details of your experiment (4-6 slides)
- What is the architecture of your system?
- How is it trained?
- What are the input and output representations?
- What parameter settings were used?
- Discussion of results (2-4 slides)
- How many runs were done? (Or will be?)
- What sorts of analyses were performed? (Or will be?)
- If you have results to present, choose the most impressive ones.
Quality is more important than quantity.
- Conclusions and summary (2 slides)
- Summarize the main findings again.
- Discuss the lessons learned.
- Describe ideas for improvement.
- Make sure that your font is readable from the back of the room.
- Use a simple, clean font.
- Title each slide and keep the headings uniform.
- Limit yourself to one central idea per slide.
- Keep the amount of text on a given slide to a minimum. Include a
maximum of six lines per slide. Each line need not be a full
sentence. Use short statements to remind you of what you want to
- Use graphs and tables to present your experimental design and
- If using PowerPoint, or an equivalent software, do not overuse
animation. As much as possible, stick to having the text simply
appear, rather than zooming in from the side or the center.