This website is strictly for the use of the Program Committee in developing the Technical Program.

  • If you are not a member of the Program Committee, please return later to see the Program Schedule on this same website.
  • If you are a member of the Program Committee, and did nor receive a welcome email with your account, please see the Contact List below. You must use the account/email listed in your welcome email!
  • If you have forgotten your password, please use the Forgot Your Password? option on the Logon page.

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Navigate with the Site Menu on the left. Use the Help Help link icon Link on each page for more details.

  • The Assess Abstracts menu shows Topic menu items for each topic of which you are a Committee Member.
    • Clicking the Topic menu item displays all abstracts in sessions organized by the topic.
      You can assign ratings here or on the individual Session pages.
    • Expanding a Topic menu item by clicking the plus icon at its left with your mouse but not clicking on the topic, displays the next-level menu listing each Session in that Topic. Both the Sessions organized by the topic and those co-organized by the topic are included. Each Session page lets you assign ratings to abstracts in that session.
    • In either topic or session mode, clicking an abstract's row expands the row to display the authors and abstract text.
    • When you enter or edit your abstract assessments, you must click the Save Save link icon Link to save your changes.
    • If you prefer to enter ratings offline and then submit them to this website, you can download an Excel file containing the abstracts with any existing ratings. After editing/assigning your ratings in the spreadsheet you can load the spreadsheet back to the website and your ratings will be updated/assigned. Please note that deleting a rating from the spreadsheet will NOT remove an existing online rating. Deleting must be done manually on the website as a precaution against accidental data loss.
    • Please note that you must perform two steps to load your ratings file. First use the Select button to select the file. Then click the Load button to actually send the file.
  • If you've forgotten your password or username, please use the Forgot Your Password? request on the Logon page. You can enter your username or the associated email address. In either case the system will email your username and a new password to the specified email address. You must use the account/email listed in your welcome email!
  • You can use the Change Password page at any time. This might be especially helpful if you requested a password reset and would like a password that's easier for you to remember.
  • Topic Chair/Co-Chairs and Subject Area Managers (see below) have three additional top-level menu items:
    • Review Ratings displays the abstract assessments entered by the committee members. Topic and session menu items work as described above for the Assess Abstracts item. You can move abstracts you are responsible for to any of your sessions and assign status (accept/reject/unassigned). Withdrawn status can only be assigned or removed by the conference administrator. Moving abstracts and assigning status may be easier in the more specialized editors on the Topic/Sessions page described below. Topic Chairs can manage abstracts in all sessions sponsored by the topic, while Subject Area Managers can manage abstracts in sessions they manage.
    • The Topics/Sessions topic submenu, visible when you click the plus icon at the left, lets you review all of the topic-related information, and edit those items that can be changed at this time.
      • Please use the Topic tab to update the Topic Description originally submitted during the Call-for-Abstracts preparations.
      • The Committee tab lists the committee members, but changes cannot be made now. Please notify the conference administrator if you have changes.
      • The Invited Speakers tab lists the invited speakers, but changes cannot be made now. Please notify the conference administrator if you have changes. Invited abstract titles still missing the abstract text are highlighted. Please encourage the author to submit abstract text to the conference administrator as soon as possible.
      • A Subject Area is a collection of one or more sessions, allowing a Topic Chair/Co-chair to assign those sessions to one or more committee members. A Subject Area Manager can edit the Sessions within that Subject Area, transfer abstracts between sessions in their Area or move them to a poster session, assign status to the abstracts, and schedule the abstracts within a session. Transferring an abstract to a session not in the Subject Area, or to another topic, can only be done by a Topic Chair/Co-chair.
      • The Sessions tab shows session details. Topic Chairs/Co-chairs can edit all sessions, add new sessions or delete empty existing sessions. They can add or remove sponsoring Topics and Moderators for each session. Subject Area Managers can view all sessions and edit those assigned to their Subject Area.
        • Abstracts within the session can be scheduled (assigned a specific time slot) if the session has a time period assigned.
        • For sessions not yet assigned a time period, abstracts can be sequenced (assigned a presentation order, but not specific time slots).
        • When a session is assigned a time period, any abstracts already sequenced will automatically be assigned time slots in the sequenced order.
      • The Session Explorer tab lets you drag-and-drop abstracts between sessions.
      • The Session Times tab graphically shows session assignments to room/time-periods. You can edit the time period assignments here or on the Sessions tab.
      • The Abstract Transfers tab lets topic chairs/co-chairs move abstracts between topics.
        • You can offer abstracts currently in your topic to other topics, where they might be a better fit.
        • You can review abstracts offered to your topic by other topics.
        • You can request an abstract transfer from another topic.
        • When you offer an abstract to other topics or request a transfer from another topic, email notification is sent to the topic chair(s) of each of those topics.
        • When a topic accepts a transfer, the abstract is moved into a session in the new topic.
        • Email notification informs the topic which originally owned the abstract and any other topics which had been offered the abstract.
        • If you are not interested in an offered transfer, rejecting it will notify the offering topic and prevent you from receiving any further emails about that abstract.
    • Day-Time-Periods displays all sessions scheduled at each time period. You can use this to check for conflicts between your sessions and those in other topics.

Enter or Edit your abstract ratings:

  • The Topic and Session Assessment pages are identical. You can use either one to view, enter, edit or delete your Abstract Assessments.
    • Clicking a row on the list of abstracts expands that row and shows the abstract details.
    • The author list highlights the presenter in bold text.
    • If the author included a supplementary PDF document with the abstract, a link below the abstract text lets you read the document.
    • Click the pencil icon at the beginning of an abstract row to enter or edit your assessment. Clicking the pencil icon will select that row, expand the abstract details for that abstract, and enable editing your abstract rating. You do not have to select the row first.
    • You may optionally enter Comments to supplement the rating.
      • You MUST use the green checkmark icon at the lower left corner of the editing area to save your changes.
      • The red x-mark icon next to it cancels your changes.
      • Click the trashcan icon at the end of an abstract row to delete your assessment.
    • Above the list of abstracts, radio buttons let you choose to see all Abstracts, or just those you have assessed or those you have not assessed.
    • A drop-down list lets you choose how many abstracts you want listed on each page. If there are more than that number, navigate with the paging controls beneath the abstract list.
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    • If you prefer to enter ratings offline and then submit them to this website, you can use the instructions below to export an Excel file containing the abstracts currently displayed (either the entire Topic or a particular Session). Your existing ratings will be included.
    • Enter and/or edit your ratings and optional comments in the appropriate cells of the spreadsheet.
    • Please do not make any changes to that Excel document except your ratings and comments.
    • When you want to upload your ratings to this website you MUST use the Load Offline Ratings button to upload your modified Excel file.
    • Any new or changed ratings will be added to the website.
    • Deleting a rating from the spreadsheet will NOT remove your online rating. Deleting must be done manually on the website as a precaution to avoid accidental data loss.

Grid Export to Excel or Word

  • You can export the data from any page grid to Excel or Word using the data export controls.
  • The links to supplemental documents will not be included in the export. The documents are private, not available to the public. They can only be retrieved when you are logged into this website. You are welcome to download them and save them on your computer for later reference.
  • The data export will include the abstracts on all pages of the grid, using the current settings.
  • The Excel export omits the author list and the abstract text because they do not fit well in that format. These are included in the Word export, or you can use the more nicely-formatted Excel abstract export listed below.
  • When using Excel 2007 or later, you may get a warning that the file you are trying to open is in a different format than the file extension. Please click Yes to continue and open the file.
  • In both Word and Excel, you can improve the document appearance by deleting the first column, which is just the expand/contract buttons from each abstract row.

Data Export as Excel spreadsheet

  • This page lets you export just the abstract data for any topic, or the entire conference, to a more nicely-formatted Excel spreadsheet. Ratings and comments are not included, and the spreadsheet cannot be used for offline data entry. Use the Grid Export described above for entering your ratings and comments offline.
  • Program and topic chairs will see two additional items on this page:
    • A similar option to export the program committee member list to Excel.
    • An option to send an email to all program and topic chairs and co-chairs.

Abstract Timeline

  • This page lets you explore all the abstracts being presented at any particular time.
  • The presenter is shown in bold text followed by the abstract title.
  • You can optionally select specific Topics to be included. If you don't select any topics, all Topics are included.
  • Only topics having at least one scheduled paper are listed. If you don't see a topic, it probably does not yet have any scheduled papers.
  • Selecting the day/time period will display the abstracts in that time period, either for all topics or just the topics you selected.
  • If an abstract title is too long to fit in the box, hovering your mouse over the abstract shows the full title in a small popup box.

System Requirements

  • This site requires a javaScript-enabled browser. While this is the default for all current browsers, javaScript can be disabled. If the left-side menu works but not the Edit buttons, your browser may have javaScript disabled.
  • The text editor used for the abstract title and the abstract text should work correctly using any of these browsers:
    • Internet Explorer 9+ (Windows). In addition to javaScript, caching and browser scripting must be enabled.
    • Microsoft Edge (current version)
    • Google Chrome (current and previous version for Windows, Mac & Linux)
    • FireFox (current and previous version for Windows, Mac & Linux)
    • Apple Safari 9.1+ (Mac)
    • Opera 15.0+ and 12.0+ (Windows, Mac & Linux)
    Other browsers might also work, but if you have problems, please try one of the supported configurations.