Basser Seminar Series : Postgradute Research Seminar Series

How to give a (Conference) Presentation

Professor Norman Foo
School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW and Senior Principal Research Scientist, NICTA, Kensington Site

Wednesday 9 November 2005 2pm

Basser Conference Room (G92) Madsen Building


This talk is primarily intended for senior and graduate students in IT. It suggests a schema for delivering papers at major workshops and conferences. The schema is widely used in IT technical meetings. I will also mention some “tricks of the trade” used to make presentations more effective. Finally I conclude with a quick tour of slides used earlier this year in an actual presentation of a paper before an audience of AI logicians in a major conference in Corfu.

About the speaker

Norman Foo graduated B.E. and ME in Electrical Engineering, Canterbury University, and M.A. and PhD in Computer and Communication Sciences, University of Michigan. He was also an engineer with Malaysian Telecoms specialising in antennas and propagation, and radio telephony. He has been visiting professor in the T.J. Watson School of Advanced Studies, State University of New York, the IBM Systems Research Institute and T.J. Watson Research Laboratories in Hawthorne, New York, and the University of Birmingham. From 1975 he was with the Basser Department of Computer, Sydney University where he eventually held a personal chair as Professor of Knowledge Systems. In 1996 he moved to the Department of Artificial Intelligence, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, as its third Professor. Norman is now seconded to the NICTA Knowldege Representation and Reasoning Program as a research scientist. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of General Systems, and Knowledge and Information Systems. He is an Australasian Executive Member of the Association for Symbolic Logic. He has served on the program committees of leading international conferences and workshops, and was an invited speaker in a number of them.

His current interests and publications include the following areas: belief revision and merging; social choice, negotiation and game theory; logics of action; local reasoning; ontology revision; emergence and systems complexity; systems theory; coherence of theories; diagrammatic reasoning; answer set programming; political economy and social dynamics.