Presenting Your
Research
Dilum Bandara, PhD
Computer Sc ience & Engineer ing ,
Univers i ty of Moratuwa
di lumb@c se....
Presentation Process
Plan
Present
Practice Prepare
2
Plan
• Context
• Objectives
• Audience
• Depth
• Time
• Location
3
Outline
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Context & Objectives
4
Context Objective
Problem statement, Preliminary
exam
Demonstrate that you have skills
to do ...
Audience
5
• Who?
• Background?
• Why they want to listen?
• What they need to remember?
Source:
www.audienceavenue...
Depth
• Deep vs. Shallow
• Pick based on objectives &
audience
◦ Depth - Conference & defense
◦ Shallow – Seminar, in...
Time & Location
• There’s no good time to present!
◦ Early morning – not fully awake
◦ Mid morning – want tea, coffee
...
Your Plan Should Address
• Address following 3 questions in a suitable order
◦What you did or planning to do?
◦Why is i...
Typical Outline
• (Planned) Contribution
◦ What?, Why?, & How? in simple words
• Outline
• Motivation
• Problem State...
Prepare
10
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Before You Begin
• Research / literature survey need to be solid
• There are things you
◦ must know
◦ should know
◦ b...
Slide Template
• Simple
• Fit to audience
• Big enough
• Be consistent
• Use space appropriately
• Be careful with c...
Content
• Less is More
• Balance & connected
◦ 1 idea per slide
• Figures, illustrations, & graphs whenever possible
...
Figures, Graphs, & Tables
• A picture worth more than
1000 words
• Big enough
• Clear & simple
• Clear labels & axis ...
Prepare –More Tips
• Proper grammar unessential, if it makes sense
• Proper spellings essential
◦ Spell check, proof re...
Practice
Source: www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
16
Practice, Practice, Practice
• Self practice
• Write a script
◦ Specially first few slides
• Practice with audience
◦...
Present
Source: http://alwaysinfo.co.uk
18
Prepare for Battle
• Light exercises
◦ Prepare your body for battle
◦ Stretch your arms, rotate neck, take stairs, brea...
Delivery
• Greet audience
• Start in a friendly way
• Don’t apologies
• Tell about
◦ Who you are, why are you here
◦...
Delivery (Cont.)
• Vary voice
• Suitable speed
◦ 120 words per min – for 2-5 min presentation
◦ Less for longer presen...
Delivery (Cont.)
• If something is there, make sure to explain it
• May skip depending on available time
◦ Tell them yo...
Questions
• Understand question
◦ If not clear, ask again
◦ Answer based on what you already told
◦ Then introduce new...
Summary
• Tell them again what you told them briefly
◦ Based on what you want them to remember
• Learn from good presen...
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Presenting Your Research

Research presentation tips for seniors, graduate students, & researchers. Cover 4 phases of presenting - Plan, Prepare, Practice, & Present. Also include practical tips that are believed to be not very useful.
Published on: Mar 6, 2016
Published in: Education      
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Transcripts - Presenting Your Research

  • 1. Presenting Your Research Dilum Bandara, PhD Computer Sc ience & Engineer ing , Univers i ty of Moratuwa di lumb@c se.mr t .ac . lk ht tp: / /Di lum.Bandara. lk
  • 2. Presentation Process Plan Present Practice Prepare 2
  • 3. Plan • Context • Objectives • Audience • Depth • Time • Location 3 Outline Source: www.govloop.com
  • 4. Context & Objectives 4 Context Objective Problem statement, Preliminary exam Demonstrate that you have skills to do research Progress review, Qualifying exam Demonstrate your research progress Defense, Viva Defend your thesis/dissertation Conference, Workshop Sell your paper Seminars, Invited talks Knowledge dissemination
  • 5. Audience 5 • Who? • Background? • Why they want to listen? • What they need to remember? Source: www.audienceavenue.com
  • 6. Depth • Deep vs. Shallow • Pick based on objectives & audience ◦ Depth - Conference & defense ◦ Shallow – Seminar, invited talk 6 Source: www.prprescriptions.com
  • 7. Time & Location • There’s no good time to present! ◦ Early morning – not fully awake ◦ Mid morning – want tea, coffee ◦ After lunch – sleepy ◦ Afternoon – want tea, coffee, tired ◦ Night – want to go home, tired • Fit content & mode of delivery to time & location Source: www.corexcellence.com 7
  • 8. Your Plan Should Address • Address following 3 questions in a suitable order ◦What you did or planning to do? ◦Why is it important? ◦How you did it or planning to do it? 8
  • 9. Typical Outline • (Planned) Contribution ◦ What?, Why?, & How? in simple words • Outline • Motivation • Problem Statement • Solution • Experimental/Simulation setup • Results • Conclusions/Summary • Future Work • References 9
  • 10. Prepare 10 Source: www.electrolux.com
  • 11. Before You Begin • Research / literature survey need to be solid • There are things you ◦ must know ◦ should know ◦ better to know • Good flow ◦ General  specific ◦ Known  unknown ◦ Accepted  controversial ◦ Cause  effect ◦ Problem  solution 11
  • 12. Slide Template • Simple • Fit to audience • Big enough • Be consistent • Use space appropriately • Be careful with custom templates Source: www.m62.net 12 Source: www.m62.net
  • 13. Content • Less is More • Balance & connected ◦ 1 idea per slide • Figures, illustrations, & graphs whenever possible • No more than ◦ 6 bullets per slide ◦ 6 words per bullet • Use your word knife ◦ Cut words that aren’t essential for correct meaning • Number slides 13
  • 14. Figures, Graphs, & Tables • A picture worth more than 1000 words • Big enough • Clear & simple • Clear labels & axis • Align to left • Animate only when essential/useful 14
  • 15. Prepare –More Tips • Proper grammar unessential, if it makes sense • Proper spellings essential ◦ Spell check, proof read – even print & check • Backup slides • Test on multiple systems ◦ Different versions of power point, pdf ◦ Keep a copy in pen drive • 1 slide for ~2 minutes ◦ 15 min – 10 core slides max 15
  • 16. Practice Source: www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk 16
  • 17. Practice, Practice, Practice • Self practice • Write a script ◦ Specially first few slides • Practice with audience ◦ Colleagues in lab, spouse, parents, friends, supervisor ◦ Ask for feedback ◦ Ready to face hash criticism • Time presentation • Twice a day ◦ But don’t over practice 17
  • 18. Present Source: http://alwaysinfo.co.uk 18
  • 19. Prepare for Battle • Light exercises ◦ Prepare your body for battle ◦ Stretch your arms, rotate neck, take stairs, breathing excercises ◦ Prepare your mouth/voice ◦ Repeat “brrrrrr….”, “Unique New York”, “Tapeka Topeka” • Arrive early • Observe how it worked so far • Test your slides, mike, laser pointer 19
  • 20. Delivery • Greet audience • Start in a friendly way • Don’t apologies • Tell about ◦ Who you are, why are you here ◦ Title ◦ What’s in it ◦ Approximate time ◦ Which topic is being covered • If you had to start late, fit content to remaining time ◦ Don’t over run 20
  • 21. Delivery (Cont.) • Vary voice • Suitable speed ◦ 120 words per min – for 2-5 min presentation ◦ Less for longer presentations • Read audience ◦ Observe body language • Focus, not scan ◦ Eye contact ◦ Don't turn your back to them ◦ Don’t talk to laptop 21
  • 22. Delivery (Cont.) • If something is there, make sure to explain it • May skip depending on available time ◦ Tell them you are skipping ◦ But don’t design slides with a plan to skip • Use gestures to explain & emphasize • Use laser pointers when suitable ◦ But don’t shake like a … • Get audience to talk ◦ When appropriate encourage questions 22
  • 23. Questions • Understand question ◦ If not clear, ask again ◦ Answer based on what you already told ◦ Then introduce new content ◦ If you don’t know the answer, tell that • Ready to answer questions beyond presentation 23
  • 24. Summary • Tell them again what you told them briefly ◦ Based on what you want them to remember • Learn from good presenters ◦ Observe & learn • Practice, practice, & practice 24 http://Dilum.Bandara.lk