Primary HICSS Program Components
The HICSS series of conferences has become a unique and respected forum in computer and information systems and technology for the exchange of ideas among the researchers and development communities around the world. This reputation derives from the high quality papers and active discussions and interaction which the conference facilitates and promotes. The four program components which specifically contribute to the quality and the interaction are Minitracks, and Symposia, Workshops, and Tutorials.
The primary and most formal program component is the minitrack in the regular conference. The papers are double-blind reviewed by at least three reviewers and published in the Proceedings. The overall acceptance rate is about 50%. Minitracks for new emerging topics might be somewhat higher, and mature fields lower. Papers are summarized by the author(s) and discussed in the session. These discussions frequently result in modifications and improvements to the papers, so that revised versions of the papers are published in books or journals. A minitrack may schedule an "open forum" discussion, but no panels are permitted in paper sessions.
A symposium is a full- or half-day of activities focused on a relatively well-defined topic that would be of interest to HICSS attendees. The purpose is to explore, discuss, document and add to the literature base on that topic,with invited authors presenting a collection of high-quality academic papers. A symposium is more flexible than a minitrack and more formal than a workshop. Symposium leaders may invite papers from specific authors, and may also use more general calls for submissions. Based on a report prepared by the symposium leader, papers presented and discussed at a Symposium will be published on the "Reports and Monographs" page of the conference web site.
A workshop is a half-day or a full-day gathering where participants discuss position papers on a particular topic with the goal of advancing thinking and discovering new insights on that topic during the workshop. Workshop leaders may invite specific contributors, and may also use a more general call for contributions. Workshop leaders may propose any format that they believe will advance thinking on the topic -- including but not limited to paper presentations, panel discussions, technology demonstrations, debates, round tables, and collaborative authoring sessions. A major benefit of a workshop is that it can invite papers that are not yet ready for formal review, but that are on the cutting edge. These workshops can actually advance the state of knowledge on a topic by gathering the leading thinkers to tackle knotty problems. After the conference, workshop leaders will prepare a paper or monograph that reports the substance and contribution of the workshop, to be posted on the "Reports and Monographs" page of the conference web site.
A tutorial is a half-day or a full-day gathering which is cross-disciplinary in nature, and aims to give participants a brief overview of the subject matter. Some tutorials are actually advanced seminars which is an in-depth survey of the topic for those who already have significant background in the area under discussion.