Oral Presentation Guidelines

Timing of Oral Presentations

  • 12 minutes to present
  • 3 minutes for Q&A

Applicable to all Contributed, Invited Session, and Mini-Symposium Oral Presentations. 

Submitting Your Presentation

Advance Submission: 
Please make sure to upload all media files required for your presentation. Any necessary video or audio files should be embedded in your PowerPoint file. If you are using an older version of PowerPoint (pre Office 2010) please visit the speaker ready room (Cube Club) on site. Although submitting in advance is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

For Online File Submission:

Make sure your presentation file is ready. It is critically important for files to be named using the following naming format:

SessionNumber_PaperSequenceNum_AuthorLastName_AuthorFirstName. For example if John Smith was the first speaker in session WeAT21 his file would be named: WeAT21_1_Smith_John.pptx.

DO NOT submit a file that does not fit the naming guidelines, it is very likely that it will not be available for your use. Files uploaded with the same name will overwrite existing files so if you submit a file named “EMBC2019” or “EMBC Presentation” chance are extremely high that they will be lost.

Go to http://www.embcupload2019.com/. Choose the button for EMBC Presentation Uploader you will be prompted for username and password.

User Name: EMBC2019
Password: 41Berlin!

This will take you to the Upload page. Here you may either drag and drop your file in the upload box, or browse for your file. You will see the progress of the upload under the box. When the ring is complete and a green check appears, your upload is complete.

Submitting Your Presentation On-site

Speaker Ready Room
All speakers should check in at the Speaker Ready Room, The Cube Club, located on Level 1 of the City Cube Berlin, preferably the day before your session to preview your presentation. If you are checking in on the day of your session, please come by at least 2 hours prior to the start of your session. Technicians will assist with the upload of your files and provide the opportunity to preview and/or edit the presentation as necessary. If you are delayed, you must go directly to the Speaker Ready Room (Cube Club). Do not bring a laptop or other media device directly to the session room.

The Cube Club will be open during its operating hours:

Tuesday 7/23 07:30 – 17:00
Wednesday 7/24 07:00 – 17:30
Thursday 7/25 07:30 – 17:30
Friday 7/26 07:30 – 17:30
Saturday 7/27 07:30 – 15:00

When reviewing your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room, make sure all fonts, images, and animations appear as expected and that all audio or video clips are working properly.  The computers in the meeting rooms are identical in configuration to the computers in the Speaker Ready Room.

Apple Mac computers will not be provided in any of the IEEE session rooms. If your presentation is created in Apple’s “Keynote” presentation software please save your presentation in PDF format. Mac Users working in PowerPoint are advised to use True-Type fonts whenever possible to avoid formatting issues when viewing on a PC.

During Your Presentation:
A file download system will be active in each meeting room. At the beginning of each session, links will be available which will download and open each presentation. Once the presentation is launched, the speaker will control the program from the podium using a computer mouse or the up/down/right/left keys on a keyboard. Technicians will be available to assist with any needs.

Additional Information

Speakers are required to provide identification in order to submit their presentation as well as to access it in the Speaker Ready Room.   Recording devices such as cameras are not permitted in the Speaker Ready Room. All presentation files are deleted at the end of the conference, unless permission has been granted to the conference association to retain the presentation files.

Computer Equipment
The Speaker Ready Room and all meeting rooms will be equipped with Windows 10 based PCs with Office 2016 installed. Verification of proper performance in the Speaker Ready Roomis essential, particularly if video and animation is included in the presentation. Please note that Internet access will not be available during your presentation.

Session room PC’s will be provided with the following configuration:

  • Processor: a minimum Core i7
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Minimum 1280 X 800 resolution at 24 bit color depth
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12)
  • QuickTime (Latest Version)
  • Flash Player (Latest Version)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Latest Version)

All electronic files must be submitted in the Speaker Ready room using one of the formats listed below:

  • PowerPoint 2016 or earlier version
  • Operating System: Media should be PC Formatted
  • Plug-Ins: QuickTime 7, Adobe Acrobat
  • Video Playback: Windows Media Player; QuickTime
  • PDF Reader: Adobe Acrobat

The preferred ration of presentations, is 16:9 format

If you are using PowerPoint 2007 or older with linked media you will need to supply those files along with your PowerPoint file in the Speaker Ready Room.

Some helpful hints:

  • Embed your fonts! – This will greatly reduce chance of format troubles. – In PowerPoint: File > Options > Save – at the bottom you will see a checkbox to embed fonts, make sure it is checked! This only works for True Type and Open Type fonts, proprietary fonts will not embed.
  • If you have media embedded in your PowerPoint, please run the Optimize Media Compatibility & Media Size and Performance tools in PowerPoint. File > Info – if you have media in your presentation these two options will appear. They are very important tools to make sure your videos run smoothly.
  • If you are a Prezi user make a portable prezi and upload the entire zip file. Here is a link to the Prezi sight if you do not know how to do this: https://prezi.com/support/article/sharing/download-a-portable-prezi.
  • If you are using a PowerPoint version earlier than Office 2010 and are using video or sound files – your media files are linked to, not embedded in the ppt file – you will need to upload the separate files. Place the ppt file and the media files in one folder, zip the folder and upload the zip file. It is strongly recommended that you come to the Speaker Ready Room on site to upgrade these files to a newer PPT format with files embedded. Technicians will be on site to help. If you are a Mac user, it is mandatory for you to come to the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours prior to your talk, to ensure that your presentation can be properly formatted to display on our presentation machines. Also, please bring a copy of your presentation in PDF format.

*If your presentation contains any video or audio, please submit your files to the Speaker Ready Room AT LEAST 24 hours in advance, due to additional processing time that may be required.

Even if you have submitted your presentation in advance, please plan to bring the latest version of your presentation to the meeting on one of the following media types as a safety backup for your talk.

  • USB Flash Drive or Hard Drive (any brand that does not require drivers)
  • CD ROM (CD-R, CD+R)
  • CD+-RW and DVD+-RW (not recommended)
  • SD Memory Card