IST Meeting of the Minds

The IST Meeting of the Minds (MotM) is our department's annual showcase held in conjunction with Caltech Alumni Reunion Weekend. The Caltech CMS Community, from undergrads to faculty, present their research through keynote talks, demos, and a poster session. Several hundred alums and CMS Partner Program members attend, so it’s a terrific opportunity to get to know both our department and the broader Caltech Community.

IST Meeting of the Minds 2018

For a recap of MotM 2017, click here.
For a recap of MotM 2016, click here.

This year’s IST Meeting of the Minds will take place on Friday, May 18th from 2:00-5:00p.m. in and around the Annenberg Center on Caltech’s campus. The event will kick-off with a keynote by Hao Li, the CEO & Co-Founder of Pinscreen, Inc. Following the keynote, there will be an outdoor poster demo session with plenty of food and music!

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Speaker: Hao Li
2:00-3:00pm in Annenberg 105

Poster Session

3:00-5:00pm in the Annenberg outdoor vicinity


Caltech Alumns

RSVP through the Caltech Alumni Reunion Weekend event website.

CMS Partners Program Members

Register here by May 1st to attend and/or send swag. More details below.

Poster/Demo Presenters (current Caltech students, faculty, and staff)

Register here by May 1st to present a poster and/or demo. More details below.

Attendees from the Caltech Community

There is no need for current Caltech students, faculty, and staff to register or RSVP just to attend the talks and/or poster session.

Info for CMS Partners Program Members


Swag is welcome, along with flyers/brochures/business cards! We expect that most of our students will present, and several hundred alums will attend, so this is a great opportunity for visibility. Companies can contribute to presenter swag bags (please send at least 144 pieces for bags) as well as distribute swag to the attendees through the CMS Partners Program table. All swag shipments must arrive at the address below by Friday, May 11, 2018.

Please ship all swag to:

Sydney Garstang
CMS Partners Program
Mail Code 305-16
Pasadena, CA 91125

Info for Presenters

Poster Guidelines

The standard poster size for this event is 36"Wx24"H. There are many good resources online that can help you make your poster. For example, some poster design tips can be found here.

Poster printing is available on-campus at Graphic Resources, but can also be done off-campus at places such as FedEx Office.