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At the final end-of-semester demo day, each team will be required to display
a poster that describes the project.
The poster will consist largely of material that is already on each team's
website and that has been continuously updated throughout the semester, at
the various project milestones.
Here are the instructions for preparing your team's poster.
I strongly encourage you to use images, digital pictures, clipart, etc.
where it emphasizes your creativity and shows off your system in its
best light. This poster is a part of your legacy to this course and to
the department as we will use the best posters to showcase
what our students learn and do to visitors, to collaborators, etc.
- Download the sample
poster for a previous course project. This can serve as a useful
- As the sample poster indicates, your poster must have at least
four sections: Motivation, Development Environment, Architecture and
- Motivation: In this section of the poster, please describe
the project concept (one sentence ought to suffice), requirements of the
project and overall goals that you set for yourself. This
ection can also contain a short description of your Before and After scenarios
to illustrate the impact of your project.
- Development Environment: In this section of the poster, you can
describe the various components (hardware and software) of your system.
Use pictures where possible (see a
great example of hardware eye candy from team 5).
Use fun pictures if you can, e.g., team members
displaying the hardware and software components.
- Architecture: In this section of the poster, you should
illustrate the hardware+software architecture of your system. Please use
labels on components, directed arrows between components,
interface to users, etc. Use clipart where it helps to make your point
- Results: In this section of the poster, pick one or two key
graphs from your experimental evaluation. Pick the results that you can
explain, that showcase your system's performance or that demonstrate a
capability. This is also the place to insert pictures of the prototype in
use, e.g., showing team members using the system.
Please feel free
to improvise and improve upon the sample poster.
You should not feel constrained by the colors, the background, the layout
(landscape vs. portrait) and the style of the poster. The only constraint
is the size of the poster. In the File > Page Setup menu of
PowerPoint, please set "Slides sized for" to "Custom" and enter
width=40in and height=32in for landscape-mode posters and width=32in and
height=40in for portrait-mode posters.
We will provide easels
for you to display the posters on the final demo day.