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would be advisable to add a note that the implementation of THEIR algorithm is our implementation Absolutely yes. This provides important context for your experimentation and as such, is valuable information for the reader. Even better, you could make your implementation of their algorithm publicly available, so that future groups of authors will not ...


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As a software engineer, I'll give the dissenting opinion. Source code is not an algorithm. It's a "dusty mirror" version of something which hopefully is the algorithm they intended and which hopefully performs correctly. Software being software, and coders being human, there are many ways in which those "hopefully" parts may not be as expected. It is ...


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Yes. I had a similar experience where my agency restricted travel and did not allow me to present. In my case, I listed that the presentation was delivered by someone else who could attend. Matching the style of your CV, I would write something like: Academic, F. My cool title. Awesome conference. City, State. March 2020. Invited oral presentation. ...


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How about using something other than Zoom? Other softwares support features that can help with this. Moreover there are some serious security and privacy concerns about Zoom (see e.g. this statement by the FBI and this investigation by the NY attorney general; Bruce Schneier has written an overview of the concerns here). In our department we use ...


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One of the key questions for any piece of scientific work is this: how does this work contribute to human knowledge? If a work fails to even discuss its relationship to prior work, then it is entirely appropriate to reject it. Likewise, if the authors mention algorithms that are directly comparable but fail to actually make a comparison with any of those ...


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A conference sessions might have 50 people in it (at least in the conferences I go to), and yet there will only be 3 or 4 questions on each talk, even if five people have questions for every 1 that has the guts to put their hand up and ask it that most people don't have questions for most talks. You might also notice that its the same people that ask ...


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As someone who has given a fair number of talks and has now had the "pleasure" of giving an online talk, I can say that the advantages of in-person talks include the following. You can have informal chats with people from the audience. One of the main problems of online chatrooms is that there usually can be only one discussion at the same time. This ...


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"UTC-12" is a timezone 12 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, which is (more or less) the time in Greenwich, UK. Nobody actually lives there, though. A day is 24 hours, and the Earth is divided into 27 major timezones from UTC-12 to UTC+141, with the UK in the middle(ish). Therefore, someone in UTC-12 is the very last person to reach a time. ...


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There's always a person, and they're usually reasonable. Just contact the conference chair or program committee chair and ask them to let you know how to send in your rebuttal. In short, talk to people.


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Most computer science conferences expect that, except in extraordinary circumstances, at least one author will present the paper in person. The paper is also, in most cases, published in the proceedings, possibly on paper and distributed to some set of people, such as a special interest group. The reason for this is that we highly value collaboration and ...


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I echo the other answers: Yes, the standard is that an author needs to attend the conference and physically present the work. If you don't have the time/money/energy/childcare/visa to do that, then hopefully one of your coauthors can go. In a pinch, a non-author may be able to present. However, ultimately, if no one is able to attend and present, then you ...


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I am neither a deaf scientist nor an organizer for conferences. However, I was a student and staff member at a university with a significant deaf population so I'll speak from that perspective. The prevalence of interpreters and other accommodations for those with disabilities varied significantly. It was a given that American Sign Language (ASL) ...


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[As per suggestion of user151413, comment converted into response] A few sanity checks to run: Ask them who else is in your session and with which topics, if possible. Check the participant list or the confirmed speakers. I know established researchers that had been taken in by junk conferences. If a junk conference manages to get a lot of good speakers, ...


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Now, can I write to the conference and tell them to review the paper or argue with them that the paper could be accepted based on points made by the two reviewers? You can try, but what do you have to tell them that they do not already know? They have already read the reviews, thought about them and reached a decision. Unless you can think of a compelling ...


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Needs revision There is a meaningful difference between asserting that a particular work is fundamendally not appropriate for this venue, or that it is unacceptable as it now stands. The former is a 'reject', the latter is 'accept with revisions required'. You should recommend a rejection if the changes required to make it a good, appropriate paper would ...


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If you are invited as an "invited speaker" or "honourable speaker" and the conference organizers still ask you to pay a registration fee to give your talk, that is likely a scam. The reason is that as an invited guest, you would expect some kind of preferential treatment over regular attendees. Otherwise, you are just another speaker for ...


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Great question; however, I don't think there is any consensus opinion as to how good online conferences are. You might, however, read this blog post by Daniel Litt. He was an organizer of the Western Algebraic Geometry Online conference, held via Zoom this April. It was quite large, with around a thousand participants, and in my opinion very successful. ...


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In what was a very large astronomy conference I have seen a sign language interpreter (actually they had two, who round swap every few minutes during the talk) in certain sessions (presumably going to the sessions which the deaf scientist(s) was attending). I haven't seen this at other conferences, but whether that is because of their smaller sizes or ...


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The features discussed in the comments seem sufficient in the case that the organizer knows the participants, e.g. classes, committee meetings, etc. I don't think this question has a single right answer. I'm going to answer for the case where the conference is open to interested academics and the organizer doesn't know all the potential participants. This ...


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They do not work. Most conferences in most fields of science do not work well for people with any sensory/communication disabilities. A few online conferences offer automatically generated captions. These help some but they are not very accurate. Edit: The fact that conferences are ableist is not because they are intentionally ableist, but rather because ...


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You can write: the algorithm is sound and their method is thorough, however, there's no mention of the various related previous works (e.g., X, Y, and Z) which address the very same issue, without such discussion I cannot evaluate the work's novelty and I must reject the paper at this time.


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In my field, that would almost certainly not work. If anything, it will send the signal to the program chairs that you're very inexperienced with how the conference process works. Conferences have a certain timeframe for reviewing, followed by a discussion period and a decision about each paper. It's practically unheard of that a paper that was rejected in ...


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Since UTC-12:00 is the westernmost/'latest' timezone on Earth, this is indeed another way to denote 'Anywhere on Earth'. Eastern Standard Time (EST) is not used in New York on July 1st; instead, they use Eastern Daylight Time which is UTC-04:00, so July 1st 11:59PM UTC-12:00 is July 2nd 7:59AM EDT.


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I would assume that if someone has invited you to talk, they have found your research interesting. The talk is, perhaps, intended to be just the first contact in what might develop over time into a rich collaborative relationship. I think that would be especially valuable to a junior faculty member. If you were a well established, senior, member of the ...


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Is it unethical writing two papers addressing two aspects of the same research project Not necessarily. However, the following would be unethical: Submitting two papers with any overlapping material without one citing the other and explaining the parts that overlap (giving credit to where the idea was originally proposed) Submitting essentially the same ...


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In spite of what Anonymous Physicist says, conference can work for deaf scientists. This is the case in my own area of work, digital accessibility. There are two main methods to make conferences accessible for deaf attendants: Sign language interpretation: this means that a sign language interpreter translates the spoken words into sign language. If the ...


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We had the same problem and ended up with a solution like this: The seminar series web page contains information about the seminar program, plus instructions for joining the seminar mailing list. The Zoom link is shared only through the seminar mailing list some time before the event. There is no password. The mailing list subscriptions can be moderated, ...


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I would say yes, provided that you label it correctly. Just add a sentence that the conference was cancelled for health reasons. You can also say that the talk was accepted, but not delivered because ... For some conferences the talk will be in the proceedings or follow up journal. It that case your write up will be available to people in any case. In fact, ...


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In theoretical computer science, a fairly common way to do it is roughly this: Prepare a nice, complete, readable version of the paper and upload it to arXiv. This is usually known as the "full version". Prepare a version suitable for conference submission (e.g. move some proofs to the appendix, save space here and there to meet the page limits, ...


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I feel your question approaches this topic from an unhealthy, competitive perspective: I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that science is about progress, not about a fair distribution of NeurIPS papers, awards, or other brownie points. We accept papers because they expand our knowledge, and we award those that (subjectively) do so by the ...


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