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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 
Source: www.govloop.com
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 
Source: www.electrolux.com
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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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.

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Presenting Your Research

  1. 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. 2. Presentation Process Plan Present Practice Prepare 2
  3. 3. Plan • Context • Objectives • Audience • Depth • Time • Location 3 Outline Source: www.govloop.com
  4. 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. 5. Audience 5 • Who? • Background? • Why they want to listen? • What they need to remember? Source: www.audienceavenue.com
  6. 6. Depth • Deep vs. Shallow • Pick based on objectives & audience ◦ Depth - Conference & defense ◦ Shallow – Seminar, invited talk 6 Source: www.prprescriptions.com
  7. 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. 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. 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. 10. Prepare 10 Source: www.electrolux.com
  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. Practice Source: www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk 16
  17. 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. 18. Present Source: http://alwaysinfo.co.uk 18
  19. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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