For your presentation
Nightmare - Yours or of the audience?
- How often have you come out from a session room, wondering if you had really
- Or, in a worse case, you are bored in the middle of a talk, and start doing
- Maybe I am too straightforward, but I guess we all have had such experiences.
Possibly many times.
- Naturally, we attend a session or a talk expecting something to learn,
and we all want to avoid such phenomena.
- How can we avoid this? Let us confirm the following:
- The speaker is responsible for providing a comprehensive talk to the audience.
I believe that this principle is understood by majority.
- Nonetheless, we often encounter rather intractable talks. Why?
- We all have the tendency that we wan to advocate that what we have accomplished
- Nothing wrong with this, but it often leads to the desire that we want
to show very technical details - perhaps concerned more about the views
- Now let's think: how many percentages of the audience can you count as
VERY specialists as to be able to understand the top technicalities you
have discovered? Perhaps very few.
- The rest of the audience are attending your session, expecting to learn things like - what is the issue, what is the whole thing all about, and how would people
normally approach the problem, etc.
- Let's think about this: How much is the chance that even a specialist can
follow the detail of your proof in a conference?
- It is very often observed that we get lost on slide No. 2 or 3. This is
such a waste of time and energy. If a speaker buys a resentment as a result
of this, it is literally a nightmare.
- The only way to avoid this is to make your talk tutorial and comprehensive.
- As I emphasized in my Invitation on the top page, I am hoping that this MTNS is one of rare exceptions
in this regard. Plenary, semi-plenary and mini-course speakers already
agreed upon this, and their slides are already uploaded on our Web page.
- I have ventured to put up a guideline along with some examples. Please take a look at it. I hope it is helpful
Bring your OWN PC, a Plug Adapter (and Transformer if necessary) .
- The organizers do NOT provide PCs for your presentation.
- The AC outlet is
US type. A standard plug looks like this. The AC power supply in the conference site is 100V, 60Hz. You will also need
a plug adapter , since it is somewhat difficult to buy an European -> US, Japan plug
adapter here. (An adapter working in the other direction is easily available,
though, but it would not help.) If necessary, bring a transformer AC 100V
-> 220V. (Many AC adapters for PCs have multi-voltage/multi-freq. connectability;
check the AC power supply of your PC.) Attendees from US will normally
not need any extra care for AC power supply.
- Some PC have wide screens. This may cause a problem when connected to an LCD projector. To avoid a problem, configure the resolution of your laptop to a more standard size; for example, SVGA (800x600), XGA (1024x768), etc. This can be done easily. If you use Windows (XP, 2000, etc.) just right-click on your desktop screen, choose "properties -> configure". This will give you a choice of screen size. If your laptop has a dual display functionality, you can configure the resolution of the second (external) display to a standard one.
- Wireless LAN service is available at the conference site. Bring your wireless
LAN card with you.
I wish you great success in your presentation.
Yutaka Yamamoto, General Chair