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I really like the theme that is used here:

http://www.stanford.edu/~boyd/cvxbook/bv_cvxslides.pdf Can someone identify the name of the theme? enter image description here

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Welcome to TeX.SX. – Claudio Fiandrino Apr 8 '13 at 16:53
Is this a theme? That look like the plain beamer presentation with a small modifications to fonts and colors. – m0nhawk Apr 8 '13 at 16:54
The most common (default) Beamer themes can be found on www.hartwork.org. It seems that those slides are based on the user's own customized template, as @m0nhawk suggests. – Herr K. Apr 8 '13 at 17:10
It's a powerdot (or something that predates beamer) theme if I remember correctly, because I asked him once. – percusse Apr 8 '13 at 17:43
Wouldn't the easiest thing be to e-mail Stephen Boyd and just ask him (and then tell us what he said)? – Sverre Apr 8 '13 at 17:58

I do not know how Boyd produced his slides (he might have used powerdot, according to percusse's comment above), but I largely based my lecture template on his, because I like its sober style and printer-friendliness.

The following code might require some additional tweaks to exactly replicate Boyd's template. Note, in particular, that

  1. the original template has a different paper size, which I didn't bother matching (even though the ratio in my template is the same);
  2. The title page is slightly different from Boyd's.
  3. I changed the item symbol to shaded grey balls, which I find easier on the eye than plain black ones.

However, I think my template should get you halfway there.

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% -------- Packages ---------

% ----- Beamer tweaks -----
\let\Tiny=\tiny % to prevent warnings from LaTeX (due to Beamer)
\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

\setbeamersize{text margin left=30pt}
\setbeamersize{text margin right=30pt}

\setbeamertemplate{itemize items}[ball]

\setbeamertemplate{section in toc}[ball unnumbered]
\setbeamerfont{itemize/enumerate body}{size=\normalsize}


% ----- Redefinition of frame (to reset footnote numbering at each frame) -----
\let\oldframe\frame                         % backup old frame
\let\endoldframe\endframe                   % backup old endframe
}{\endoldframe}                             % Reset the footnote counter at each frame

% ----- Footnote symbols -----

% ----- Handout settings -----
\mode<handout>{\pgfpagesuselayout{4 on 1}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm, landscape]}
\mode<handout>{\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{1}{border code=\pgfusepath{stroke}}}
\mode<handout>{\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{2}{border code=\pgfusepath{stroke}}}
\mode<handout>{\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{3}{border code=\pgfusepath{stroke}}}
\mode<handout>{\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{4}{border code=\pgfusepath{stroke}}}

% ----- fancyhdr -----
\setbeamertemplate{headline}{} % No header
\setbeamertemplate{footline}{ % Footer
        % left
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,left]{title in head/foot}
        \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\textcolor{gray}{\inserttitle}

    % right
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,right]{page number in head/foot}
            \usebeamerfont{page number in head/foot}\arabic{lectnum}-\insertpagenumber{}

\newcounter{lectnum}        % Lecture counter
\setcounter{lectnum}{99}    % lecture counter
\title{my title}            % topic from syllabus
\subtitle[EE2376234]{Convex Optimization}
\institute[JA]{Jubobs academy}

% ----- Title Page -----
{% these braces define the local group associated to the titlepage

\setbeamertemplate{headline}{ % header
    % left
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.33\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,left]{subtitle in head/foot}
            \usebeamerfont{subtitle in head/foot}\insertshortsubtitle

    % center
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.33\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{author in head/foot}
        % nothing

    % right
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.32\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,right]{institute in head/foot}
            \usebeamerfont{institute in head/foot}\insertinstitute

\setbeamertemplate{footline}{ % footer
    % left
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,left]{author in head/foot}
        \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\insertauthor

    % center
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{author in head/foot}
        \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\texttt{jubobsl@jubobs.com}

    % right
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,right]{page number in head/foot}
        \usebeamerfont{page number in head/foot}\textcolor{black}{\arabic{lectnum}-\insertpagenumber{}}

    {\large \textbf{Lecture~\arabic{lectnum}}}\\
    {\Large \textbf{\inserttitle}}



        By the end of this lecture, you should
            \item be able to solve a big nonconvex QCQP without a computer
            \item be a Matlab and Python guru
            \item know CVX like the back of your hand   

\section{Linear systems}

\section{Convex optimization}

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Aaargh control people invading TeX.SE... Ruuuun – percusse Apr 8 '13 at 17:41
@percusse Actually, in one of his lecture, Boyd pokes fun at people who use the term "control community" :) My bet is that Boyd was referring to Maciejowski, whose book on MPC contains the term "control community". – Jubobs Apr 8 '13 at 18:25
Don't get me started on control theory :) – percusse Apr 8 '13 at 18:52

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