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George Kantor and Howie Choset
An abstract is a succintly description of your work. It should ...
(1) Explain why your work is important - set the context and pre-empt the question "So what?“
(2) Describe the objective(s) of your work. What are you adding to current knowledge?
(3) Briefly explain the methods. Unless the research is about methods, this should not be a major focus of your abstract.
(4) Succinctly state results, conclusions, and recommendations. This is what most people want to know. Do not say "We present the results of our study and recommendations for action" - tell them what you found and recommend!
from last year's ECE winner:
Obstacle Map Construction from Aerial Information for Unmanned Ground
Carnegie Institute of Technology
Electrical & Computer Engineering
My research explores techniques to significantly improve automated
obstacle detection currently based on elevation data by utilizing
additional sensor information such as color and signal reflectance. I
exhibit methods to represent this sensor data in such a way that a
learning algorithm can successfully train on a small set of labeled
data in order to classify a much larger map. Additionally, I show how
these algorithms can be customized for the intended vehicle's
capabilities in order to create more accurate obstacle maps that can
be then used for path planning.
Hot congested rooms
Concurrent with wine and cheese (socialize)
All Human vs. Human/Computer
Building the Future
Cluttered or sloppy appearance. Gives the impression of a solid mass of text and graphics, or pieces are scattered and disconnected. Little white space.
Pleasant to look at. Pleasing use of colors, text, and graphics
Very pleasing to look at. Particularly nice colors and graphics.
Very little. Gives the impression of a solid mass of text and graphics.
OK. Sections of the poster are separated from one another.
Lots. Plenty of room to rest the eyes. Lots of separation.
Text / Graphics Balance
Too much text. The poster gives an overwhelming impression of text only. OR Not enoughtext. Cannot understand what the graphics are supposed to relate.
Balanced. Text and graphics are evenly dispersed in the poster; enough text to explain the graphics.
Too small to view comfortably from a distance of 1-1.5 meters.
0.5 Main text OK, but text in figures too small
Easy to read from 1-1.5 meters
Very easy to read.
Organization and Flow
Cannot figure out how to move through poster
Implicit. Headings (Introduction, Methods, etc.) or other device implies organization and flow.
Explicit numbering, column bars, row bars, etc.
Partial. Not enough information to contact author without further research. This includes missing zip codes on addresses
Complete. Enough information to contact author by mail, phone, or e-mail without further research.
Present, but not explicit. Buried at end of "Introduction", Background", etc.
Explicit. This includes headings of "Objectives", "Aims", "Goals", etc.
Present, but not obvious. May be imbedded in monolithic blocks of text.
Explicitly labeled (e.g., "Main Points", "Conclusions", "Results").
"Summary", "Results", or "Conclusions" section present