Technical presentation examples

Presenting your research work or weekly progress to a large audience or to your supervisor is an important skill to learn. Practical tips and good presentation practices will help you make an awesome technical presentation.

In this article,

I will provide a list of presentation slides that I have delivered to date at different venues, which you can use as a technical presentation template.

You can find the slides in the  Github repo containing some of the presentations I had personally prepared and presented at IIT Kharagpur.

Please note that I had not made any modifications or polishing whatsoever after delivering it. So, kindly consider the rough edges :).

In the previous blog, we discussed some points to remember while preparing for a technical or research (PowerPoint) presentation. Especially when you have very less amount of time to spare.

From personal experience in academia

Over the last 2.5 years of my MS degree, both as part of my coursework as well as my research curriculum, I gave some presentations, which I am going to share with you in verbatim.

After a great deal of advice and feedback from my seniors and my supervisors, I was able to identify the points of a technical presentation I was blatantly overlooking previously.

Self

My technical presentations ordered from oldest to the most recent

1. An article from the reputed Science magazine :

The spread of true and false news online, published in Science (March 2018 issue). In this presentation prepared by me and Amrith Krishna Da(a Ph.D. scholar, CSE, IIT Kharagpur), we presented the above article. [PPT]

2. My 1st conference paper presentation

My first conference paper was “Understanding Email Interactivity and Predicting User Response to email” and went to present it at Second International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Communications, and Business Analytics (CICBA) 2018 organized at Kalyani Government Engineering College, West Bengal, India.

Here, they already provided a presentation template from beforehand which also included the organization of the slides.

“Paper Outline” slide of CICBA 2018 paper’s oral presentation
3. Reading Group (internal) talk at IIT Kharagpur 

Here, I introduce the topic of semi-supervised deep learning techniques and present a NIPS 2017 paper in this domain titled “Mean teachers are better role models: Weight-averaged consistency targets improve semi-supervised deep learning results”

Starting slide of the presentation
4. My own compilation for a Research panel discussion:

Semi-supervised Learning techniques and Active Learning [PPT]
I have only provided my segment, which was a part of a panel discussion covering a broader topic titled Leveraging Unlabeled Data and Environment Access for ML.

In the discussion panel, we also covered recent literature on Transfer learning, Zero-shot learning, Reinforcement Learning(with different variants), and finally, Imitation Learning.

5. Reading Group (internal) talk at IIT Kharagpur [Slides]

I and Bidisha Di presented the AAAI 2018 paper titled “Weakly Supervised Induction of Affective Events by Optimizing Semantic Consistency” in the Reading Group of our research group on 17th October 2019. 

Affective events slide
Starting slide of the presentation

6. ACM WebSci 2019 paper titled “Understanding Brand Consistency from Web Content” at the “Out-of-India” track of India HCI 2019 [Slides]

7. CNeRG Reading Group talk on 17th October 2019, where I presented the AAAI 2018 paper titled “Weakly Supervised Induction of Affective Events by Optimizing Semantic Consistency”[Slides]

Therefore…

We hope the above slides gave a more practical perspective of how to prepare technical presentations in academia. However, these learnings in principle, should also help you to deliver technical talks in the industry or in your workplace

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