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Friday, August 25, 2006

Overview of the HICSS Conferences

The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences is organized along 9 tracks:

Collaboration Systems and Technology
Decision Technologies for Management
Digital Media: Content and Communication
Electronic Government
Information Technology in Health Care
Internet and Digital Economy
Knowledge Management Systems
Organizational Systems and Technology
Software Technology

Each track is divided into multi-session mini-tracks, averaging 8 mini-tracks per track. Each mini-track has one Best Paper Nomination, leading to about 75 such papers (about 10% of submissions or 20% of acceptances), and each track has a Best Paper, leading to 9 Best Papers (1% of submissions).

In January, 2006 HICSS also had six multi-session symposia:

Case and Field Studies of Collaboration Technologies
Electric Power Systems: Reliability, Control, and Markets
Hot Topics in Negotiation Support Systems
MOCHA Design: Mobile Computing Hardware Architectures Design & Implementation
Security Informatics
Skilled Human-Intelligent Agent Performance: Measurement, Application, & Symbiosis

HICSS gets about 1000 submissions and usually takes a little over half. Last year it accepted 48%, 450 papers. There were typically 14 or 15 parallel sessions. Days began at 8 a.m. and ended at 5:30 or 6:00. A premium is placed on discussion, and most people attend most sessions. The mini-track format tends to hold people together for half a day to a day or longer. HICSS also effectively promotes informal discussion by covering lunches and a 6pm-7pm social hour with the registration fee.

The papers vary from polished to somewhere between a workshop and a conference standard. Most authors see publication at HICSS as a step toward journal publication. Many participants are from IS/IT (for many of whom this is the premiere conference), which prizes journal publication more than CS does.

Topics can extend across multiple tracks; I noticed this for open source, disaster response, and semantic nets. Also, papers relevant to one track or mini-track can be in another. With so many parallel sessions and this kind of overlap, it’s essential to plan sessions and papers in advance to get the most from the conference. I'll post another blog entry on how I did this in 2006 to have one of my best conference experiences.

1 Comments:

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