I’m trying hard to achieve state-of-the-art results on a well-known dataset by introducing a new technique in my research area. By doing so, I can submit my work to IEEE CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) Conference -one of the top in computer vision community-.

However I’m afraid of getting bad results after tons of trials, since these trials will be my last shot until conference submission deadline.

I wonder if I achieve similar results compared to current SOTA, what will be my chance of acceptance?

I’ve written this document developing a new theoretical model, with many definitions, some examples (with diagrams), and some fundamental uses of this model which are closely intertwined with its definition (specifically, without them it is not clear why it’s interesting at all). It does not present nor discuss experimental results.

So, this thing is shaping up to take somewhere between 45-50 pages (still working on a few parts of it). Granted, that’s in 1-column mode and in the default font size of the article document class, and there are generously-sized diagrams, a TOC, references and an index – but still, pretty long. I don’t think that a reasonable 10-12 page conference paper can be cut out of it: Either it would have no grounding and be based on hand-waving; or it would be bits-and-pieces all over the place; or it would be a long series of definitions which doesn’t go somewhere very interesting. On the other hand, this is not book-length material.

My question is: How / in what kind of venue could I try to get this thing published?


  • I’m in applied computer science, even if the document is somewhat theoretical/reflective.
  • I’m open to outside-the-box suggestions

A talk was closely relevant to a problem which had no breakthrough for a long time, but the speaker didn’t seem to know a recently new method which is proved be able to solve it yet. What should I do?

I was not a researcher, relative young comparing to the large amount of attendees, and this was the first time I attend an international conference all by myself. Whether the audience interacted with me or not, they could always notice me as I was the smallest person sitting in the front row (for note taking, the rest of rows didn’t have table) in between old, big/tall Western professors. Not to mention my broken English.

I had asked the speaker if he knew any new method to solve the problem or not, and he said no. I think he and the audience did have an interest to hear it (I could even mention some leading names working on it), and I know that most of them didn’t really care what I mention above at all, but still with that much pressure I didn’t have enough confidence to say. Since the new method comes from a completely different field, it might take a couple minutes to explain it. The longer I talked the more embarrassed and tongue-tied I was. In the end I thanked him and asked no more question.

I know that everyone has their first time, but what is your advice in this exact situation? What would you do to feel relief yourself? The impact of the newfound knowledge is big, and yet I’m a non-researcher. That pressure is not an easy thing for an inexperienced person to handle.

I have an undergraduate science degree as well as a doctorate in science. (for background: as part of my post-doctoral research, I have collaborated with authors from science to business to sociology).

About four years ago, I’ve started studying philosophy on my own, as a personal interest/hobby. Never being formally enrolled in a philosophy degree, I read extensively from books / papers / journals on continental philosophy.

More recently I have decided to take the plunge and tried exploring one of my doctoral research subtopics, but from a philosophical angle. I made an attempt to write a single-authored paper in continental philosophy, which to my delight, was accepted and presented at a national conference. Since then, I have another piece of (again single-authored) work pending review / acceptance at another conference, which is again closely related to one of my subtopics. So, as it turns out, my hobby of philosophy could be combined with my original area of academia.


Q: Can I, then, be considered a “philosopher”

(a) amongst the sciences; and/or

(b) amongst the humanities…

…when it comes to describing my recent contributions to the discipline. Or, should I introduce my work as ‘science with classical philosophical knowledge’? (It is tricky, as philosophy evolved from being a hobby, so to speak, to becoming a practical area of research that would help in my career).

The airline forced me to check my poster and now it’s gone lost. The session I was supposed to participate in is today, so there’s little chance of finding a printer in town in a few hours; What do I do?

In Germany, no businesses may operate on Sunday except with explicit exemptions, and a German printer would rather go out of business than work on a Sunday anyway. Also, this is a small town in the middle of nowhere; when I write “little chance” I really mean “no chance”.

As a session chair recently, I was to introduce a talk where the title of the talk was ungrammatical (in both the abstract and talk slides), likely due to the presenter not being a native English speaker. Two words should have been in plural when they were not, which became clear after reading the abstract.

I faced a dilemma:

  1. read the corrected title, and possibly embarrass the speaker (possibly putting them off their talk), or

  2. deliberately read the ungrammatical title.

I attempted a compromise: I acted casual, as if I wasn’t reading the title word for word.

Question: How should the session chair introduce presentation titles which are ungrammatical?

I’m just wondering what’s the best solution in this situation (or perhaps what I did “on the fly” was the best).

My paper was published at a good conference (in the field of theoretical computer science). The proceedings mention that some papers will be selected for publication in a special issue of journals X and Y.

How will I know if my paper is one of them? If it is not, I would simply submit it to some other journal later on. In general, will the conference organizers let me know of a timeline? Basically, I wonder if I should just wait for (say) a few months, and if I hear nothing, then assume my paper was not selected.

I am joining in few days a computer science conference where I will have to present a poster, based on a paper accepted to the conference.

My poster is a standard A0 3 columns poster, and presenting it takes me around 5 minutes; I have no idea if 5 minutes is the right amount of time, as this is my first poster presentation.

I am afraid that it may be too long: the full poster session takes 30 minutes, with about 10 posters exposed.

Any experience on this? Should I try to shorten my presentation?

My one technical paper was recently accepted for one international conference.
But, unfortunately, I am not able to attend as the Conference dates are conflicting with my official assignments. I intimated the Conference about my inability to attend. On my request, the conference acknowledged that they will not publish my paper to their Journals/proceedings. (I have the full set of email communications with the conference secretariat.)

I wish to submit the same paper for an IEEE conference. Is there any issue? Please advise.