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What Is A Conference

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  • 1. What is a conference?
  • 2. Conferences
    • International Conferences are run by many national and professional institutions:
      • EU, ACM, IEE, IEEE, BCS, SCS, etc.
    • Anyone can submit papers
      • Long papers (8-12 pages, 2500-4000 words)
      • Short papers (2-4 pages, 1000 words)
      • Papers are refereed
      • A Program Committee selects the papers to be presented based on reviews
  • 3. Structure
    • Academic conferences can consist of several activities:
      • Paper sessions
      • Poster sessions
      • Demo sessions
      • Panel Session
      • Workshops
      • Doctorial Consortiums
    • But the most important aspect of a conference is meeting other researchers and discussing your/their work.
  • 4. The pictures you are going to see are from a real students conference at Southampton University, UK
  • 5. early in the morning opening keynote Keynote
  • 6. questions afterwards one of the paper sessions Paper Sessions
  • 7. … and is unpacked lunch arrives… Lunch
  • 8. before the crowds arrived demo dry run Demo and Poster Session
  • 9. explaining the demo crowding to see a demo Demo
  • 10. posters are different discussion Posters
  • 11. final keynote the support team Wrapping Up
  • 12. Organisation
    • Just like a real conference
      • We have a conference committee
      • We will also need helpers on the day, we will give certificates.
    • We may also have outside visitors.
    • There will be prizes: Best paper Award, Best Demo/Poster Award.
    • There will be marks on conference participation.
  • 13. How you will learn:
    • researching and preparing your paper/presentation
    • reading and analysing conference papers online
    • discussing proposals and papers with your fellow students
    • attending/understanding and participating in paper presentations and posters/demos
    • presenting your paper/poster demo
  • 14. So what do I do at a conference?
    • look
    • listen
    • think
    • reflect
    • question
    • prepare
    • chat
    • network
    • laugh
    • enjoy
    • socialise
    • note
    • clarify
    • focus
    • refine thoughts
    • work
  • 15. Thanks to our Logo Designer TA. Arwa Al-Edaily
  • 16. Research Topics
  • 17. Proposal Submission!
    • Your Name, ID, Section No.
    • Title.
    • Type of submission: Paper (6 pages) or Poster/Demo.
    • Paper/Demo Abstract (200-500 words).
  • 18. Proposal Example (paper)
    • Title : JUSUR: The Saudi Arabian learning management system
    • Abstract :
    • Nowadays, a vast number of Learning Management Systems (LMSs), whether commercial (e.g. BlackboardTM) or open source (e.g. Moodle), offer a set of services for the distribution of on-line learning materials, assessment, communication, collaboration, and community building, as well as for the creation and management of online learning courses. Most of these systems provide the basic software platform for supporting web-based learning in a practical and pedagogically sound manner.
    • However, different academic institutions world wide prefer the use of their own custom made LMS; this is the case with JUSUR, a LMS designed and operated by the National Center of E-learning and Distance Learning in order to manage the E-Learning process in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    • Our intention in this paper is to talk about JUSUR as a new LMS dedicated for the use by Saudi Arabian higher education institutes, and foresee the future of the new LMS. Therefore, our paper will cover the following issues:
    • What is JUSUR? And its different components?
    • Why a new LMS?
    • How is JUSUR comparable to other LMSs?
    • What is the uptake of JUSUR in Saudi Arabia HE institutes?
    • JUSUR future directions.
  • 19. Proposal Example (demo)
    • Title : FearNot! demo: a virtual environment with synthetic characters to help bullying.
    • Abstract : This demo features FearNot!, a school-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) populated by synthetic characters representing the various actors in a bullying scenario. FearNot! uses emergent narrative to create improvised dramas with those characters. The goal is to enable children to explore bullying issues, and coping strategies, interacting with characters to which they become affectively engaged. Through their appearance, behaviours and affect, these characters are able to trigger empathic relations with the user. FearNot! is used for Personal and Health Social Education (PHSE) for children aged 8--12, in the UK, Portugal and Germany.
  • 20. Key dates
    • W4 - Friday 7/11/2008 hand in proposals
    • W10 - Monday 15/12/2008 hand in draft paper
    • W13 - Friday 9/1/2009 hand in peer reviews of papers
    • W15 - Monday 19/1/2009 hand in final versions of papers
    • W16 – Tuesday 27/1/2009 attend conference
    • it will be from 8 till 5
    Proposals Draft Paper Review Final Paper Conference
  • 21. Many thanks to Dr. Dave Millard LSL Research Group, Southampton, UK For borrowing/Modifying his slides 

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