The responsibilities included as part of being the
TCCC Representative at YOUR_CONFERENCE are:
- Attend scheduled TPC meetings when and where they take place.
- Take as active a role as possible in promoting topics of
interest to TCCC in the context of YOUR_CONFERENCE. This can
typically consists of:
- Proposed "hot topics" for panels and/or special sessions as
well as tutorials.
- Identify qualified "experts" and enroll their participation
to help promote quality panels, special sessions, and tutorials
on topics of interest to TCCC.
- Actively solicit good papers in areas of relevance to TCCC,
especially emerging ones.
- Handling of paper submissions and general TPC member
responsibilities. The first and maybe most important aspect is
to ensure that all papers submitted to YOUR_CONFERENCE and on
topics of relevance to TCCC are properly routed to you. The
first step is to make sure that the call for papers clearly
identifies that authors should indicate a general area for their
paper, and that TCCC is explicitly listed as one of the
candidate areas. However, this is typically not enough and
papers often get misrouted to other committees, either because
the authors forgot to list an area, or because of some error. It
is, therefore, important to closely track any potential
candidate paper and regularly review the list of papers assigned
to other areas. Conversely, if you get papers which are clearly
outside the scope of TCCC, you should forward them to the
appropriate TPC for that area. In the case of papers that can
fit in multiple areas, the best way to handle such situations
and avoid frictions, is to suggest joint sessions with other
committees. This may be the case for areas such as wireless,
- Identify suitable reviewers for all the papers you have been
assigned. We can certainly help you with that process and
suggest names, but you are also encouraged to draw on your own
circle of colleagues as this helps broaden the reviewers'
population we need to tap in. Obviously, this should be done
with quality as the main criterion.
- Participate in the paper acceptance process to ensure that
TCCC papers are of high quality, but also are not penalized by a
review process more stringent than that used by other TPCs.
Ideally, you want to have many accepted high quality papers, but
the situation is often not that simple and you will have to
exercise your judgement to decide which ones to push during the
final phases of the TPC review process. A "good" general rule is
that you may want to promote more strongly papers that are in
new emerging areas we are trying to grow, than those that are in
more mature areas. If in doubt about the importance of a
particular topic, feel free to consult any of the
officers. Also, as a rule, having pre-identified sessions
with their titles and all the accepted papers in each of them,
can be very helpful in ensuring that you get the kind of
coverage and acceptance rate you seek. In general, the better
prepared you are in figuring out where each paper should go, the
better your chance of success.
- Session organization is the last but nevertheless important
step of the paper handling process. As mentioned above, the
ideal situation is when you have been able to group all your
"accepted" papers (those you want to recommend for acceptance),
into full sessions. In practice, you may not be able to do that
for all your papers, and you have then to figure out how to
handle them. One option mentioned earlier is that of joint
sessions with other committees, and again you can maximize your
chances of success there by trying to arrange that ahead of
time. In general, the goal is to ensure that TCCC is well
represented in terms of number of accepted papers and coverage
of its sessions.
You may want to also contact some of the TCCC conf reps for other
conferences and ask them to share their experience with you. This may
give you a more practical idea on how things happen. Their names and how
to contact them are listed on the TCCC web page.