Instructions to demonstrators (ICPR 2012)

Hardware and software

The demonstrators will each be provided with:

- A table D45cm × W180cm × H69cm and 2 chairs

- A poster board 180cm(width) x 90cm(height) on which you can put a poster and project videos (NO strong adhesives and push pins, scotch tape only)

- A type A electrical outlet at 100 Volts delivering up to 5 Amp

NOT PROVIDED; please bring as needed:

- outlet strips (to get more than one outlet)

- voltage transformers

- extension cords

- outlet adaptors (to convert to other shape plugs)

- projector

- computer

- Kinect

The demonstrators are responsible to bring their own computer and Kinect equipment.

They must use the Microsoft SDK.

If you are a Matlab user, a demonstration kit is available to easily create a demonstration of your recognizer.See the documentation.

Shipping, custom clearance, and insurance

All arrangements for shipping and customs clearance, if appropriate, must be handled by the demonstrator. The organizers and the conference center are not responsible for any lost or damaged item, please insure your equipment properly.

Criteria of evaluation

The participants will demonstrate their system and be judged by a panel of experts, who will grade them according to pre-defined criteria:

  1. relevance (an application of gesture recognition using KinectTM NOT limited to one-shot-learning like the gesture challenge),
  2. usefulness (or, if it is a game, playfulness),
  3. technical or scientific contribution,
  4. novelty/originality, and
  5. quality of implementation.

The judges will take into account the summary, the oral presentation, the poster, and the live demonstration. The grades will be averaged over all criteria and all judges.

Targeted and Effective Presentations

In preparation for your demo, here are some suggestions that proved effective in the past:

1) Prepare a poster with

- The title and authors of your demo

- One sentence explaining the "what?" and the "what for?" in big letters

- Supporting material to explain your technology and answer people's questions

- A URL of a website where to find more information (possibly add a QR code for people equipped with cell phones)

2) Make best use of your computer(s)

- Bring a projector to enlarge your screen (we do not provide projectors; 1/2 of yout poster board or wall space can be used for projection)

- Prepare a slide show or video so there is something going on while you are not demonstrating [you will also need to prepare a 10 minute presentation to present in front of an audience including the judges; you may re-use it or prepare something else]

- If possible bring 2 laptops, one for the slide show or demo and one for people to try things on their own.

3) Prepare

- Engaging activities.

- Small rewards to retain your public if they engage in the activities (candies, tee-shirts).

- Scripts for your demonstration and rehearse your scripts.

- Handouts (preprints, business cards with your website name).

4) Think about three different audiences you may want to address:

- Passer-By (1 minute experience): Regular “shows” every 15 minutes with prepared scripts are a good way to get their attention.

- Interested-but-not-an-Expert (5 minute experience): Prepare a few points that can be underlined with the demo (what is the take-home message?).

- Domain Expert (15 minute experience): For discussions it is good to have some details on your poster. But don’t let one visitor hog the attention of all your presenters for a long time, while other potential visitors leave frustrated. Long discussions are best reserved for later in the evening when the visitor stream is thinning.

Floor map of the large meeting room (2nd floor)

Tsukuba Science Information Center near NOVA HALL (1-10-1 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan).

floor map