The technical program is the heart of an IEEE conference. It is a series of presentations delivered at the conference that cover a range of scientific areas directly related to the technical scope of the conference.

These presentations are based upon academic papers selected through the paper submission and review process. 

Technical Program Committee

The Technical Program Committee is responsible for ensuring a well-balanced, high-quality conference program. The committee handles all issues related to paper submission, review and selection and the establishment of the final conference program.

Committee members are experts in their fields and may represent different areas within the domain of the Conference. The size and scope of your conference will dictate the number of members needed for the technical program committee and the functions they perform. 

Creating a technical program

In order to create a technical program, the Committee must:

  1. Determine the important dates and deadlines relating to the technical program, including the paper submission deadline, author notification, and creation of camera-ready copies.
  2. Aid the conference organizers in obtaining technical co-sponsorship, if desired.
  3. Determine strategic issues such as program composition, use of session tracks, acceptance rate of submitted papers, paper review system, etc.
  4. Review the Technical Program Basics (PDF, 226 KB).
  5. Enter your conference into the conference database using the IEEE Conference Application and oversee the Call for Papers process.
  6. Assign appropriate reviewers to submitted papers and monitoring the paper review process.
  7. Select papers to be presented at the conference.
  8. Ensure that all paper submissions adhere to the IEEE specifications outlined in Preparing Conference Content for the Xplore Digital Library.
  9. Ensure all authors or their employers transfer copyright of their individual papers to IEEE prior to publication by using the IEEE Copyright Form.
  10. Organize the accepted papers into appropriate sessions for presentation at the conference.
  11. Develop the final conference program.
  12. Provide instructions to authors and session chairs.
  13. Communicate with other groups of organizers regarding publicity, exhibits, and set-up.
  14. Coordinate with the Publications group for the creation of the conference proceedings.
  15. Understand IEEE's responsibilities with respect to International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) as well as IEEE's policy for handling manuscripts from authors in embargoed countries based upon rulings of the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)


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