The Session Chair's role, during the session, is to monitor all aspects of this session, with the assistance of the technical personnel of ICML, SlidesLive, etc.
All talks are pre-recorded and their start and end times are monitored by SlidesLive. During the talks, the audience can enter questions for the speakers in RocketChat. After the long talk is over, the SC will lead the live Q&A, by selecting the most relevant questions from the stream and pointing them to the presenter. All authors will be present on zoom and will answer the questions live. At this time, the SC must carefully keep time, so that the Q&A ends within the 3 minute limit.
The SC is encouraged to be prepared to offer a comment or a question in the 3 minute Q&A period for the long talk, and again in the 5 minute Q&A for the short talk. If there are too many questions, the SC can remind the audience that there will be more opportunity to ask questions during the poster session that follows in the same time block as the oral session. Note that the question stream from the talk will not be copied over to the poster session.
We have a ICML 2021 Zoom Background available if you would like to use it.
From icml.cc, click on Virtual Site, then Schedule, then Session name in the virtual schedule. On the page that appears, click on the Join Zoom link (visible only to Authors and Session Chairs).
Check the event page ahead of time to confirm that you can see a Join Zoom link. If you do not see the link, please contact ICML Help here.
In the Zoom session you will be supported by a SlidesLive representative, who is in charge of streaming, and by a Volunteer, whose main role is to assist you with monitoring the rocket.chat for (in)appropriate conduct. The authors of the papers in this session will also be on zoom.
Please log into the session 20 minutes minutes earlier, to check in with with the SlidesLive representative and Volunteer, and to greet the authors.
The same zoom room will be used for 3 consecutive 1 hour session, i.e. a track. Authors and session chairs from previous/later session may come in or out during your session.
Chat and live discussion on zoom while contents is streaming (e.g. during talks) is enabled. During the live Q&A sessions, only you and the authors should speak live on zoom, as these are broadcasted to the audience. The audience is invisible at all times.
Monitor all chat entries and pay close attention to comments being made by attendees in the Q&A segments of the sessions.
At the end of the Q&A, a new presentation will start streaming. Try to wrap up the Q&A with a few words before this happens.
Be mindful of any behavior, comments, or chat comments that are unprofessional, disrespectful, or negatively impacts the successful outcome of a presentation this includes any harassing comments, bullying, jokes, discriminatory activity/comments, or personal verbal attacks towards presenters or other attendees. Also includes cyberstalking, use of offensive photos, sexual or racial innuendos in any online forum.