- LANS Informal Seminar Talks Network
LANS informal seminar talks provide an informal forum
for the discussion of topics related to applied mathematics, scientific
computing, and numerical analysis. Talks are held Wednesdays at 3pm in Room
1404-1405 of the Conference Center in Building 240 (alternately in Room 4301).
Helpful Hints for Speakers
- The seminars are informal
so talks do not have to be perfect! You can use slides, the whiteboard,
- Your audience has a background in
computer science, applied mathematics, and/or numerical analysis so
try to avoid jargon and acronyms.
- We may not be experts in your field so you
might have to spend more time introducing equations slowly. We always like
speakers who give us a broad introduction and
- Start with a 5-10 minute introduction of where your
research fits into the larger scheme of things.
- Remember that a
picture is worth a thousand words!
- Be prepared to answer "stupid questions" (possibly on
what you consider to be textbook material), you can use the whiteboard or
pictures/sketches to answer questions.
- We often ask lots of questions. However, you can cut
us off if the questions are getting in the way of your presentation or become
too specific. You can always have a more detailed discussion afterwards.
- Aim for at most 45
minutes of presentation time and allow plenty of time for
questions. That means 20 slides for a 45 minute slides-only presentation (less
is always fine).
- Please send us a title
and short abstract (1-2 sentences, explaining the title, more
if you wish) to advertise your talk.
These are just some rough tips and should be adapted to
your personal presentation style. If you have any special requests or
suggestions, please contact Jeffrey Larson:
jmlarson at anl dot gov.