21-25 August 2017
University of Washington, Seattle
US/Pacific timezone

Presenter's Information & Proceedings

If you have any question about the information or need something special, please do not hesitate to get in touch at acat2017@uw.edu! This page talks about plenary and parallel talks, posters, and paper submissions. We strongly encourage paper submissions!


Everyone should submit a paper to accompany their plenary, parallel or poster presentation. This is the most detailed record of your work for this conference. It will be published by IOP in their Journal Of Physics: Conference Series, and will show up as a small author paper in Inspire-HEP.

  • Submission deadline is 8 weeks after the close of the conference: October 20, 2017, at 11 pm, Seattle time.
  • Page Limit: 5 pages for posters, 6 for a parallel talk, and 8 for a plenary. If you need more please get in touch - but we must also consider the work load on people who are reviewing the submissions.
  • The IOP journal author page includes lots of useful information, including templates (Word, LaTeX) and a short bulleted list of must-do items.

Submitting is easy. Please find your way to your contribution, and you should see a "upload paper" button there. Click it, and upload your paper. That will automatically trigger the review process and reminders on our end. We will do our best to be quick about review. And please, if you get asked to review someone else's paper, be as helpful as possible. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions at acat2017@uw.edu! And please be sure to use the above template!

Citing Software

ACAT is trying an experiment this year: software citation of software. For a general background on this topic, see the talk given at the conference by Daniel Katz.

First, anyone who is an author of a software package that was presented at ACAT, it would be a huge help if it was made citable (see guidelines on page 10 of Katz's talk).

Second, here are some examples of citations of unpublished software:

  • Geant4 project, “Geant” [software], version 10.3.2, 2017. Available from https://github.com/Geant4/geant4/releases/tag/v10.3.2 [accessed 2017-08-17]
  • Eigen project, “Eigen” [software], version 3.3.4, 2017. Available from https://bitbucket.org/eigen/eigen/ [accessed 2017-08-17]
  • Python project, “Python” [software], version 3.6.2, 2017. Available from https://www.python.org/downloads/release/python-362/ [accessed 2017-08-17]
  • LLVM project, “LLVM Core” [software], version 4.0.1, Available from http://releases.llvm.org/download.html#4.0.1 [accessed 2017-08-17]
  • R project, “R” [software], version 3.4.1, Available from https://cran.r-project.org/src/base/R-3/ [accessed 2017-08-17]
    TensorFlow Project, “TensorFlow” [software], version 1.3.0, Available from https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/releases/tag/v1.3.0 [accessed 2017-08-17]
  • Ronan Collobert, Clement Farabet, Koray Kavukcuoglu, Soumith Chintala, Nicholas Leonard, Jonathan Tompson, Sergey Zagoruyko, Francisco Massa, Aysegul Dundar, Jonghoon Jin, Alfredo Canziani, Alban Desmaison, Cedric Deltheil, Hugh Perkins, “Torch” [software], commit a0bf77ff070ca27eb2de31c6465f8ffa4e399be2, available from https://github.com/torch/torch7 [accessed 2017-08-17]

Third, some examples of published software:

  • Stefan Pfenninger, Bryn Pickering, “calliope-project/calliope” [software], Release v0.5.2, Zenodo, 16 June 2017. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.810012
  • Lukas Heinrich and Kyle Cranmer, “diana-hep/packtivity” [software], Initial Zenodo Release. Zenodo, 20 February 2017.  http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.309302
  • Anna Stasto, Bowen Xiao, David Zaslavsky, “SOLO” [software], version 1,  figshare, 2014. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1033996.v1
  • Edmund Noel Dawe, Piti Ongmongkolkul, Giordon Stark, “root_numpy: The interface between ROOT and NumPy,” Journal of Open Source Software, v2.16, August 2017. https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.00307
  • Rene Brun and Fons Rademakers, ROOT - An Object Oriented Data Analysis Framework, Proceedings AIHENP'96 Workshop, Lausanne, Sep. 1996, Nucl. Inst. & Meth. in Phys. Res. A 389 (1997) 81-86. See also "ROOT" [software], Release vX.YY/ZZ, dd/mm/yyyy, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.848819.

Oral Presentations

There are two types of oral presentations:

  • Plenary: 25 minutes + 5 minutes of questions
  • Parallel: 15 minutes + 5 minutes of questions
  • Parallel (Track 3 ONLY): 20 minutes + 5 minutes of questions

In all cases we will be running our talks from a central computer. Your talks must be uploaded to this Indico agenda, attached to your talk. After you log in, you should have modification access (contact us if you have trouble).

Any format is acceptable. But we will be running the presentation computers with the following software which will be used in order of preference for talk display:

  • PowerPoint: we have a fully updated version of PowerPoint2016 from Office365 for both plenary and parallel
  • OpenOffice (Libre Office, 5.4.3 or a newer stable version)
  • PDF: The current version of the free Acrobat Reader software will be installed on each presentation computer.

Please do not link to your presentation stored elsewhere: we'd like this Indico to become an archive of the conference! Any file format can be uploaded though only the above two will be directly displayed during the presentation. If possible, upload the source (PowerPoint, KeyNote, LaTex tar file, etc.) as then others can re-use easily parts of your presentation (with proper attribution, of course!).

Each room has a nice projector in it - they are all by default in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

The presentation computers are laptops, a few years old, with an up-to-date version of Win10 (Creators Update installed). These are not ultra powerful machines. If you have huge scatter plots or the like, there will be some lag displaying them!


Posters should be no larger than:

  • 32" x 40" (81 cm x 101 cm)

There will be room to display posters in either landscape (the standard) or portrait. We have a lot of posters for this ACAT!

Posters will be mounted on either a felt wall or on a foam core backing and placed on an easel. Tumb-tacks will be supplied for mounting, along with a place to store your poster tubes for the duration of the workshop.

Please be sure to upload your poster to your poster entry in Indico. Many people who can't attend the conference will want to look at its materials, and having them archived will make it easy. This will also reduce the number of nag emails from the conference organizers!

Posters can be printed in Seattle if you wish (check prices, it may well be cheaper to bring with you). Your options include:

  • Ram's Copy Center. Fast and easy to do deal with. This is the primary off-campus poster printer than the UW Physics department uses. For a 32" x 40" poster it costs about $50 including tax. This is a 6' walk from the conference center and they require an hour or so to print (unless the whole conference shows up at once).
  • FexEx, University Branch. A 24"x36" is about $80, and a 36" x 48" is $150, to give you a range of their prices.

There are poster prizes!! Prizes will be selected by ballot and the ACAT International Advisory Committee members in attendance.

  • Top Prize: Nvidia Tesla P100. A card designed for compute intensive work loads (like Deep Learning) This was donated by Nvidia.
  • Second Prize: Nvidia GTZ 1080. A high end graphics driver. This was donated by Nvidia.
  • In addition, the top 4 posters will have 5 minute lightning talks.

You must be attending ACAT on Friday in order to collect any of these awards.


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