NASA Office of Logic Design
A scientific study of the problems of
digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.
2005 MAPLD International Conference
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
September 7-9, 2005
Detailed Instructions for Oral and
Dear Poster Presenter/Author,
The instructions on this page will supplement the
general presentation instructions for all presentations.
- Backgrounds: The presentations should be on a white background and these work well in our
conference room; no shades, use pure white. What looks great on your PC at work may look horrible when projected, so
we use conservative rules to ensure high production values. Dark
backgrounds are not needed and make printing difficult and expensive.
- Animation: Use of animation and movies during presentations is generally not
permitted. If you feel that animation is necessary to make a technical point,
special approval will be required in advance.
- Practice: Make sure that you do several dry runs of your talk. This will ensure that
you finish on time. Also, the presentation will be smoother and the evaluation forms
will be a bit happier. From our experience, it is very obvious when people have not
performed dry runs. Please, spend an hour or so practicing.
- Focus Your Talk:
Be careful that your talk is not too abstract or too project specific.
Also, do not try to cover every good point in your work and wind up rushing
through the material, losing the audience. For
your dry runs, it is a good idea to find some engineers who know little or nothing about
- Define your acronyms. There is no need for you to do this verbally during
your oral presentation; simply do it on the slides, which the audience will have in their
Proceedings. You may include a slide with an acronym list if you
like. Of course, do not speak in TLAs.
- Practice Some More: Sharpen your speaking skills; stay to the main points, minimize "fluff."
Again, this will make the evaluation forms happier.
- Talk to the audience, not to the screen. Talking to the screen is generally a
sign of not having performed dry runs, often presents the audience with a less then flattering view,
and often results in poor audio, as your head is turned away from the microphones.
Feel free to bring notes to the podium on a hardcopy of your presentation with key points
highlighted if that makes you more comfortable. We are engineers, not professional
orators, and bringing notes is perfectly fine; I often do that.
There is a flat screen monitor embedded in the Amphitheater's podium, slaved to the
projector, for your assistance, so you can glance down at the screen and
then regain eye contact with the audience.
- Laser pointers seldom are very effective as the small dot tends to move too much.
An alternative which is simple and effective is to place large arrows at key spots
of the slide which you wish to reference; you may add letters to them if you need to point
to multiple spots and use color. At a minimum letters should be used
to accommodate any colorblind people in the
audience and monochrome printing. Saying, "the flip-flop in the circuit pointed to by the red arrow
labeled A can go metastable ..." is preferable to waving the laser pointer around and
making people in the first three rows sick.
- Time: Oral presentations for Sessions A-E are
generally 20 minutes in
duration. Following the presentation
there will be nominally 5 minutes of question and answer time, moderated by
the Session Chairperson. The Session Chairperson can move to the
next paper if there are few questions or let the conversation continue, on
- File Format: The sessions will be held in a large facility. It is recommended
that your presentation be in either PowerPoint, or .pdf. Postscript
formatted presentations are acceptable provided that they are submitted
on-time and any technical problems can be resolved [we have successfully
used postscript but it took several iterations for some of the
- Viewgraphs are not accepted as this facility does not
support them. If you have viewgraphs, please submit them early so that
they can be scanned and loaded onto the conference computer/projection
- Only single screen presentations are supported.
If you have any questions about these instructions, please do not hesitate
to call or email me at
We look forward to working with each of you this year in creating effective presentations
and a successful conference.
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