Conference Planning Information

Check here for the presentations from 2010 panel of conference organizers (POCO). The following pages attempt to describe the history and nature of the main conferences run by the TCPAMI for computer vision.

Conference Committee

The PAMI TC Conference Committee is designed to maintain the historical knowledge of conferences and to help future conference organizers. Its members are always willing to answer questions, provide feedback, and help deal with problems that arise.

Major Conferences

The three fairly regular vision conferences organized by the PAMI TC are:

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) -- Every late June. North America.
  • Internation Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) -- Every odd year (though some flexibility), usually in the fall but when in North America it replaces CVPR in June.
  • Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) -- Every 2 years in the fall.

And a number of workshops which cluster around CVPR and ICCV.


Conferences have been held in a number of locations with various attendence and paper totals. The history page gives the general statistics for past meetings. If you have information to fill in the gaps please send it.

Planning a Conference

Planning a conference takes time and some effort. Once the process starts, things happen under the control of the committee and under the control of a fixed calendar imposed by outside forces (IEEE-CS, the hotels, etc.). These three pages discuss various aspects of the process.

  • Planning a conference: What to look at generally. Also see the descriptions of the individual conferences and the general conference description. Check here for the presentations from 2010 panel of conference organizers (POCO).

  • The Schedule of what happens varies, but there are some external schedules imposed.

  • Things happen according to a general timeline. Starting as much as 2 years before, but really picking up about 18 months before. Some of the deadlines for ICCV are pushed back 1-2 months due to the international nature and delays inherent in longer distances (even though everything is networked, there are more delays).
  • The Program Committee has a lot of work to do.
  • Questions that have arisen (not necessarily frequently, but once a year is enough).

New motions passed at CVPR 2009 and ICCV 2009:

  • Program chairs and general chairs of all major PAMI TC conferences cannot submit papers to that conference the year in which they are chairing. (Passed at CVPR 2009 and ICCV 2009).

New motions passed at CVPR 2010:

  • Future major conference bids will be due at least one month before the PAMI-TC meeting where they will be voted upon.

  • No bids, including floor bids, will be accepted after the due date.

  • If no bids are received by due date, the PAMI-TC Conference Committee will constitute a bid that will be voted upon at the TC meeting.

  • If only one bid is received by due date, the conference committee has the discretion to put together an alternate bid.

Information Sources

  • Paper formats and instructions to authors are important. Refer to the ones from CVPR 10.
  • The IEEE-CS Conference Organizers Guidebook (200K PDF file) may be useful.
  • Presentation formats can be detailed or simple. Basically you should not bother projecting something that cannot be seen. Refer to the ones from CVPR 10.

Running the Conference

A number of different web sites have been used. Yuan-Fang Wang created a very nice web site with a number of scripts to manage the whole mess. These were modified (and in some cases generalized) by Keith Price for CVPR99. Consider using these -- you will not need to enter any reviews or papers if everyone cooperates.