Speakers of Regular, Embedded Tutorial and Hot-Topic Session Presentations (Long and Short Presentations)

Quick Checklist

  • Get a PowerPoint template here and prepare your slides according to the guidelines
  • Upload your presentation here until Friday, 06 March 2015 23:59:59 CET
  • At least half a day before your talk visit Audio/Video Office to check your presentation
  • Attend Speaker’s Breakfast the morning of your presentation at 7:30 (room Les Écrins) and bring your filled Speaker's Bio
  • 20 minutes before your session: contact the session chair to confirm your presence


Thank you for your contribution to this conference. This document describes the guidelines to prepare and present audio-visual materials at DATE. Please read all instructions carefully and follow them strictly to maintain the highest possible standards. Even experienced speakers should read the following paragraphs, as they cover several problems that have arisen over the years.

General Rules for Preparing AV Material

To make your visual presentation a success, it needs to be well planned to clearly point out the important results of your research. The audience will appreciate your talk only if your material is visible and legible. They will remember your talk far better and read your paper, if you can manage to communicate at least two important facts within your presentation timeslot. This timeslot is 25+5 minutes for long and 13+2 minutes for short presentations, including the +time for questions. Please consider that the audience will need at least a minute to understand each technical slide. Therefore you should prepare 15 to 20 slides for long and 10 to 15 slides for short presentations.

All slides must use landscape format. Color should be used carefully and color combinations resulting in a low contrast (e.g. dark blue on black) should be avoided.

The first slide should contain the title of your paper and the author names, your affiliations and your company, university or funding logo (if applicable). This will be the only page where logos are permitted.

You should also prepare the following slides:

  • A slide describing the motivation and the basic idea of your work
  • A slide containing an outline of your talk
  • A slide containing the conclusion of your talk

Please make sure that also index expressions are clearly visible and use an appropriate font size.

Keep your material simple and uncluttered. Program listings and very long equations should be avoided. Tables should be represented graphically, wherever possible. Do not use the valuable space on your slides for large company logos and other elements that do not help in motivation or understanding your work. Duplicates of slides should only be produced in case the same information is needed twice.

All presentations will be checked for conformance with the standards described above. Authors may be required to modify their presentations to conform with these guidelines or according to the suggestions of the session chair. Moderators have the right to refuse entries if the quality of the presentation material is not adequate.

Each conference room will have the following equipment: video projector/screen, microphone, Microsoft Windows 7 Laptop running a presentation management system hosting your previously uploaded slides, Logitech R800 Presenter with bright green laser pointer and slideshow remote controls. Connection of private laptops is generally not allowed due to technical limitations. No exceptions.

The conference laptops are supporting Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (PPT, PPTX) and all prior versions as well as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) v1.4 compatible without applied security settings. You can also create your presentation with your preferred program application, as long as you can save or export it in this specific file formats. To speed up your start, we provide a PowerPoint template presentation. You are encouraged to use this template to prepare your presentation. Press here to download the PowerPoint file. Macintosh users: please convert your file to PC format or PDF before you leave for the conference. Be aware that PowerPoint Mac-to-PC conversions can lead to unexpected results, especially with fonts, certain formats of embedded graphics, and special characters (ASCII characters 128 to 255). To avoid questions of PowerPoint compatibility, please embed all used fonts, covert them to vectors or use only compatible fonts (e. g. Arial, Courier New, Lucida Sans, Times New Roman, Verdana).

PowerPoint externally linked videos are not supported. Embedded video support is limited due to the variety of available codecs. If you have video content to show, please get sure that your codec is part of the Windows 7 Codec Pack. Audio is not supported. Several other video codecs may work (use at own risk). Limited video conversation capabilities are available via the A/V staff at the conference. The exact A/V room location will be announced at the conference and can be obtained from the registration desk.

Presentation Submission:

DATE will provide a centralized presentation management system for all speakers. All presentations need to be transferred to the notebooks used for presentations before conference start. Therefore, all speakers are requested to prepare their presentations in time and easily upload them online using the web-based upload service. Only one file per talk is allowed. The correct filename is set automatically by the server. The passwords required for upload as well as for presentation check at the conference location will be sent to the main contributing authors some weeks before the conference starts. The upload service will close on Friday, 06 March 2015 23:59:59 CET. Depending on the available internet access on-site, the upload server might reopen again when the conference starts to provide last-minute updates. As a backup, you are required to take your presentation file with you to the conference (CD/DVD/Memory-Stick). You will not be allowed to use your own laptop for presentation. No exceptions.

At the Conference:

All presenters are required to meet with the local conference Audio/Video staff at least half a day before their talk to check their presentation at one of the conference computers. It is possible to advance the slides by using a remote control, the keyboard, or a mouse. As in previous years, you will need to be very careful with the use of animation. There may be a delay from when you push the button and when the next feature or slide appears, and multiple pushes may advance your presentation too far. Also, because of potential problems, pre-timed presentations will not be allowed. Please limit the file size to less than 25 Mbytes (except video content) to minimize problems with storage and access speed that can result in a distorted or incomplete presentation.

Presentation Preview:

Preview computer systems, identical in software and hardware to the one used for presentation, will be available in the Audio/Video office at the conference. This room can be used at any time during the conference for presentation concerns. Since this facility will be shared between multiple presenters, its use can be limited and it will not be available for editing presentations or for rehearsal. Please bring your own laptop if you want to edit your presentation on site.

Speakers must check their presentation at least half a day before their talk. The notebooks for slide checks will be available from Monday morning. There will be technicians available at the conference to help in case of any technical problem.

Speaker’s Breakfast

There will be a speaker’s breakfast on the morning of your presentation. It will be located in the room Les Écrins on lower level of the venue, and it will start at 7:30. Attending the speaker's breakfast at the morning of your presentation is mandatory in order to get all final instructions. A sign with the session number will point to your table.


Please be in the session room at least 20 minutes before the actual session starts. Make yourself familiar with the technical equipment. During your presentation you should keep in mind your time limit. The session moderator will stop your presentation if it takes more than your allocated time slot.