• Technical Conference:  31 October – 04 November 2021
  • Science + Industry Showcase:  02 – 03 November 2021


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The 2021 Technical Conference

Abstract and Summary Submission Deadline:
07 July 2021, 12:00 PM (EDT, UTC-04:00)

Paper submissions will be accepted for the 2021 conference beginning in March.

The abstract and summary submission deadline is 07 July 2021. There will be two additional opportunities to present: An extended submission deadline for posters only and Postdeadline Paper submissions. 

The conference will be presented in a hybrid format, a combination of in-person and virtual components. Speakers will have the option to present onsite or online. Individuals who choose to participate virtually will be able to choose between presenting live during their scheduled technical session or submitting a pre-recorded video. If your paper is accepted for presentation, we guarantee that you will be able to present it before its intended audience.


Modes of Presentation

Oral Sessions

The presentation times for oral sessions are as follows: contributed presentations are 15 minutes each, invited talks are 30 minutes, and tutorials are 45 minutes. Each presentation will have a break for questions during the last 2-3 minutes of each presentation.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are scheduled to provide an opportunity for selected papers to be presented in greater visual detail and should facilitate vivid discussions with attendees. All poster presenters will be supplied with a bulletin board that is 8-feet high x 4-feet wide.  As the bottom 3 feet are often difficult to view, please plan to have your poster fit within a section that is 5-feet high x 4-foot wide (152 cm x 121 cm). Authors must remain in the vicinity of the bulletin board for the duration of the session (2 hours) to answer questions. Note that poster presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment. Those requiring such equipment should refrain from requesting the poster only or poster preferred formats on the submission form.  

Rapid Fire Oral Presentations

Rapid-fire presentations provide an overview that explains the basic idea behind the research and its impact. Rather than get into the details, it leaves the audience with the desire to learn more and visit the poster for more details. Selected presenters will be given 3 minutes in a dedicated session during the first half of their poster session to capture the audience and encourage additional discussion at their poster.


This new presentation method combines the richness of multimedia content of oral presentations with the personalized one-on-one interaction of posters. Dynamic e-Posters include vibrant visual elements – videos (without audio), slide shows, animated charts or graphs, scrolling text, or 3D rotation of a model – presented on a 50" screen during the poster sessions. 

Like a conventional poster, an e-poster should convey an author’s introduction, motivation, results, and conclusions, on one screen. However, e-posters will provide the author with the option to digitally bring up supplemental details for deeper discussion. Authors should plan to spend the majority of their time on the main page. Links within the main page may bring up supplemental material giving details of methods or calculations, deeper background material, or further directions for future research. Authors may take advantage of the medium to display movies, but movies should be short and allow the audience to briefly take in the content before moving on. Authors will be provided a large screen display and a laptop computer with Windows 10, Office 2016 and PDF Reader. They may use any PowerPoint or Adobe PDF for presentation.  

Postdeadline Session

Postdeadline papers are presented as oral presentations during a special session toward the end of the conference. The presentation time will be determined during sessioning, but is generally around 15 minutes each, including questions. The purpose of postdeadline papers is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness are accepted for postdeadline presentation. If you believe your work meets these requirements, you are encouraged to submit a postdeadline paper.