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GPDI542 - Introduction to LaTeX: a document preparation system

This workshop is designed to introduce the participant to the basics of the document preparation system LaTeX using the online tool Overleaf. The writer uses plain text as opposed to the formatted text found in other word processors like Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, etc. Among many attributes, LaTeX allows the user to produce professional-looking documents, edit images at any time, focus on the content, have consistency throughout the document and conveniently typeset complex mathematical equations.

This workshop is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of LaTeX and want to use it for an academic publication or their thesis. We will provide you with a list of resources that can help you get better at using LaTeX in a self-paced manner. A sample academic article template will also be shown in the workshop.

Participants must bring their own laptops. Before the workshop, they are strongly encouraged to create an account on (an online LaTeX editor).

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, participants will learn to:
1. Create a basic document using LaTeX in Overleaf
2. Add sections, subsections and paragraphs into a document using common commands
3. Insert equations, figures and tables into a document
4. Generate and modify in-text citations and bibliography entries using BibTeX
5. Produce academic papers in LaTeX

Leaders Information

This workshop is lead by Jennifer Date.
Jennifer Date is PhD student in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University. Her doctoral work focuses on the development of grey box/data driven models of building zones and main HVAC components. Jennifer is interested in topics such as the development of control-oriented thermal models for buildings, implementation of model predictive control, and the use of thermal storage in commercial and institutional buildings.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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