Science Figured out
The Science Figured Out initiative invites scientists to leave their lab and explain their research to the general public. The catch: their pitch needs to be shorter than 3 minutes!
Contrary to some other videos below, this was not a competition. Rather, the goal of science figured out is to make all types of scientific research easier to understand for everyone. This video is in Dutch (as I didn’t yet have a pitch in my native language). However, closed captions are available in English.
Coimbra group 3 Minute Thesis competition (3MT)
Similar to some other videos on this page, the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition tasks participants to explain their research to a lay audience in under 3 minutes. Since the first event in Queensland, the 3MT competition has become a global phenomenom. Different versions are organized by institutions all over the world.
I participated in the 3MT competition held by the Coimbra group of universities. First, participating universities much select their candidated. Following my performance at falling walls lab in 2020, I was selected to be my universities representative. Next all universities vote on their favorite submissions, and the 3 best entries are invited to participate in the finals. I took home the bronze medal at the final event.
Falling walls lab
For me this was the first time that I participated in a 3 minute pitching competition. Compared to the 3MT competition, I found the format to be less restrive, so I like this speech version much more!
I received first place in the jury award at this event. Afterwards, I was invited to send in an extended video, which you can also find a bit lower on this page.
Digital construction fair
The digital construction fair is a trade show organized by the Confederatie Bouw and the Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf (WTCB), which is held in the well known Tour and Taxis venue in Brussels. An indoor localization testbed was presented at this fair on the 24th and 25th of October 2018, together with the ACRO research group.
Additionally, a second demo was presented of an autonomously navigating mobile robot. The demonstrations attracted a wide audience, such as high school students, architects, distributors, lighting companies and more.
How to successfully defend your thesis
Seeing as I had gathered quite some public speaking experience during my PhD, I figured I could help others improve their presentations skills! To that end, I organized a workshop on defending your thesis with the Leuven AI Forum non-profit organization (of which I am the co-founder).
Topics that were discussed include: structuring your presentation, improving your performance and adressing questions.
As this was only a half-day workshop, we focussed mostly on introducting participants on the different possibilities of OpenCV. Topics such as marker detection, camera calibration, visual odometry and feature detection were discussed. We prepared several demos, the source code of which can be found on a github repository.
Similar to the OpenCV workshop, this workshop was organized as a part of the Ad Usum Navigantium project. With the help of two colleagues, I put together materials for an introductory full day workshop to the robot operating system.
The workshop included a general introduction and built up to the simulation of a mobile robot. Finally, participants could also get some hands-on experience with Turtlebot 3 robots.