Information for Speakers
This page briefly describes what speakers need to know to give a talk at the Networking, Communications, and DSP seminar. Send any questions to Ashwin Pananjady .

Getting Here

If you are driving to campus, let us know and we will order a parking pass for you. Parking passes often require several business days of processing by the Berkeley Bureaucracy, so please tell us whether you'll need a pass as soon as you know. The parking pass will be waiting for you at the West entrance to the campus (also known as "West Gate") off of Oxford St. (a campus map is available here). The pass is good for the entire day of your talk at any of the Center Campus, Faculty/Staff, or Student lots. The EE department is housed in Cory Hall. There is a lot across the street, on Hearst, that we recommend using. You can find driving directions to campus here (you can ignore the bit about stopping by "Visitor Services").

The campus is easily accessible by BART, a very comfortable light rail system. One can reach campus via BART from either San Francisco or Oakland airports. The closest station to campus is Downtown Berkeley, located here. It is a pleasant walk from the station to Cory Hall.

The Room

Most talks occur in the Hogan room, 521 Cory Hall. On the fifth floor, turn right out of the elevators and then take the first hallway to the left. The room is equipped with an LCD projector, overhead trasparency projector, and even a 35mm slide projector! There is also plenty of whiteboard space. There are pictures here.

Some talks occur in the Hughes room, 400 Cory Hall. It is immediately on your left as you exit the elevators on the fourth floor. This room as has the same equipment as 521, but has a nonstandard layout: the laptop connection for the LCD projector is at the back of the room, away from the main screen. There are pictures here. This leaves the speaker who uses the LCD projector with several options:

  • Stand at the rear of the room near the laptop, behind most of the audience, and give the talk from there.
  • We have a wireless remote that can be used to change slides and as a pointer with the laptop.
  • Display the presentation from the PC in the room, instead of the speaker's laptop. The speaker can then use our wireless remote to sequence through the slides. This requires getting the presentation onto the PC. This can be done by
    • emailing the presentation in .ppt, .ps, or .pdf formats to us,
    • bringing the presentation on a USB stick, CD, or floppy disk,
    • posting the presentation on a webpage, which we then download onto the PC before the talk begins, or
    • using our USB stick to transfer the presentation from the speaker's laptop to the PC immediately before the talk (potentially very stressful).

We would appreciate knowing what option you plan to use (or if you can think of another one).

The Talk

The talks are nominally 50 minutes: they start 10 minutes after the hour and end on the hour. This 50 minutes should allow time for one or two questions. When possible, we reserve the room until the subsequent half-hour to handle extended Q and A. Some audience members might need to leave on the hour, however, so we try to formally end the talk after 50 minutes.

UC Berkeley Networking
Ashwin Pananjady and Orhan Ocal
Last Modification Date: Monday, August 17, 2015