CCS’20 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES’ GUIDE

ACM CCS 2020 - November 9-13, 2020

Pre-recording Sessions - October 16-24, 2020

This year you will attend CCS virtually. We all treasure the very important opportunities afforded by going to conferences, that of socializing and networking with your colleagues and friends. The move to the virtual format necessitated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, creates both challenges and opportunities in achieving this critical social function of conference going. CCS’20 adopts the Gather.town as the one-stop platform for all attendees to participate in the conference, for the purpose of creating a similar experience of spontaneous interactions among attendees, critical to achieving the social function. This platform provides a 2D layout in which participants can navigate an avatar using the arrow keys. When a group of avatars are in close proximity, a video conference is started. Members of such a group can also share screen to, e.g., go over slides from the talks.



Additional Tips (check back for more)

  1. You can change the interaction distance by clicking the button shown below:
  2. If a room is integrated with a Zoom session, you will see the Zoom link upon pressing X key in the room:
  3. Sometimes there may be lag in the video being played in the parallel session rooms. When this happens, your video is behind others creating problem for live Q/A. When you are behind Gather will show a “Catch Up To Live” prompt on the video screen to give you the option to catch up:
  4. In case there are not enough chairs to use, press G (Ghost mode) and move to an occupied chair to share with the occupant.


Instructions for Session Chairs

Please arrive at the session room 5-10min before the session starts, and meet the speakers. Press X to view the count down to the first talk, and start introducing the first speaker before the talk starts to play. Step into the orange area around the podium so your video and voice will be streamed to the audience in the room. When talk starts to play, walk away from the orange area so your video feed and accidental noise will not be streamed to the audience. When a talk ends, step into the orange area again to moderate Q&A. Ask attendees to form a line behind the microphone in the middle of the room, and step into the orange area around the microphone to ask questions. The speaker shall be at the podium together with you at this time. Ask attendees to state their name and affiliation before asking questions. Watch the time during Q&A (you can press X to see the count down) and leave enough time for introducing the next speaker. Remember pressing X will toggle between seeing the program being played and seeing the whole room. As session chair you may need to do this regularly to check both the video and the activities in the room. Important: make sure your video does not lag (see additional tip #3 above), and let the audience know about this at the beginning of the session. At the end of the session, remind the audience that the presenters and other authors will be at the posters in the foyer right outside the session room, to further discuss their work with attendees. Attendees can use the directory in the foyer to find the paper(s) they are interested in.


Instructions for Paper Presenters

Please arrive at the session room 5-10min before the session starts, and meet the session chair. Please be seated somewhere close to the podium so you can quickly walk there for Q&A. Press X to view the program being played. When your talk ends, step into the orange area around the podium to field questions from the audience. The session chair shall be at the podium together with you at this time, and moderate Q&A. You may also get questions through chat at any time, and feel free to respond in the chat window. Important: make sure your video does not lag (see additional tip #3 above). After the session ends, proceed to the talk foyer located right outside the session room, where you can further interact with attendees using your poster. You can find your poster location on the directory in the foyer.