Poster Presentation - Software
For the Final Exam/Project Presentation a poster presentation of each
project is required. Each individual or group must construct a
poster describing the results of the research project. During the
day of the final all posters will be displayed and presented. A
short talk must also be given for each poster. Talks should be no
more then 10 minutes (plus question/answer session).
Posters should be no larger then 30" X 36" (i.e., nine 8.5" X 11" pages
arranged 3X3). The best solution is to create one large slide in
Power Point (or similar tool) and have it printed in media
services. However, this is not required but is good practice for
doing a conference poster. The posters will be arranged on the
blackboards of the class room (276) with tape or magnets.
Below are some suggestions for making an effective research poster
presentation. It is adapted from an article by Lorrie Faith
Cranor in ACM Crossroads, Volume 3, Number 2 (see http://www.acm.org/crossroads/xrds3-2/posters.html)
- Include a clear
and succinct statement of the problem, phrased for the intelligent
- Give a brief
summary of the results, perhaps as a bulleted list.
- Another bulleted
list could highlight the significance of the results.
- Don't present the
entire project or article.
- Tailor the
presentation to the audience.
- How much will
the reader understand?
- Does the reader
have a background in computer science?
- In your general
area of computer science? (e.g., networks)
- In your specific
problem? (e.g., algorithms to measure throughput)
- Aim for the reader
to understand the important points of your project after three minutes
of unassisted reading.
- Use diagrams,
graphs, and pictures in place of words.
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- Use color
- Not more than
four different colors.
- Dark color such
as black or deep blue for your main text.
- Bright color
such as red or magenta for important text.
color for headings and bullets.
- Make entire
elements stand out or identify them as part of a group by filling them
with a light-colored background or surrounding them with a brightly
colored border distinguish each section of your poster (for example,
problem, background, approach, and results) or to indicate the
importance of each item.
- Left to right.
- Top to bottom.
- Center out.
- Use arrows or
- Present a coherent
whole in an inviting manner.
- Use boxes and
groups of boxes. Remember "chunking."
- Use large fonts
(>= 30pts). The reader should be able to stand 1 meter from
the board and read the poster.