UAI 2020 - Online format

Conference dates

The main conference will look as follows:

Aug 3rd: Tutorials (details will follow later)
 
Aug 4th: 2h 45 min ‘morning’ session with 3 tracks each
2h 45 min ‘evening’ session with 3 tracks each
 
Aug 5th: 2h 45 min ‘morning’ session with 3 tracks each
2h 45 min ‘evening’ session with 3 tracks each
 
Aug 6th: 2h 45 min ‘morning’ session with 3 tracks each
2h 45 min ‘evening’ session with 3 tracks each




Session structure

Each session (2h 45min) has 3 parallel tracks, each which contain material of 8 papers and a discussion/poster session at the end.

for(i = 1:4)
  8 min talk by one of the authors (pre-recorded video)
  2 min talk by discussant (live, pre-uploaded pdf)
  5 min Q&A with author (live)
end for

15 min break-out session
for(i = 1:4)
  8 min talk by one of the authors (pre-recorded video)
  2 min talk by discussant (live)
  5 min Q&A with author (live)
end for

5+x min break-out sessions
25-x min poster session with author (live; 8 different zoom rooms)

Each paper

Each paper will be assigned to one of the 18 session tracks and will cover a 15min block (+30min poster time). More precisely, there will be a 8min talk, a 2min discussion by a discussant (who will be chosen several weeks in advance), and a 5min Q&A. At the end of each session, there will be a poster session.

Talks

The 8min talks are pre-recorded -- instructions will follow from the company that is in charge of running the technical side of UAI. The videos are then played at the beginning of each 15 min block. This means that every participant can, in principle, join the session without any preparation, but it is possible to either watch the video or read the paper before the session starts.

Discussant

To every paper we will assign a discussant. The discussant will prepare a single pdf that is shown after the 8min talk (by the technician, no share screen is required). The discussant will then discuss (orally and live) the presented paper.

Break out rooms and poster session

At the end of each session, there is a poster session. It consists of 8 different zoom rooms for the 8 papers that have been presented during that session. The authors may have their slides available and may share their screen if appropriate. At the beginning of each poster session, small break-out rooms with 3 or 4 people will be created that allow participants to meet new people and share their experience of the last session.





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