Program at a Glance

ACM Multimedia 2020 Program at a Glance


The year of 2020 is indeed destined to be an unprecedented year full of turbulence and challenges. Due to COVID-19, ACM Multimedia 2020 is forced to be held in a 100% online format for the first time in its long history. With this constraint, it is clear that it is not possible to work out a perfect solution so as to accommodate every conference participant from all different time zones. In consultation with the SIGMM Executive Committee, the Organizing Committee of MM2020 has adopted a principle to accommodate as many attendees as possible from different time zones during the main conference events. Three guidelines were adopted in the design of the online conference program:

  • All pre-recorded video will be published online for on-demand streaming. No time slot will be allocated for showing these videos. All participants are encouraged to watch the video presentations before going to the corresponding live Question and Answer (QA) sessions.
  • All single-track programs are scheduled during the “golden four hours” (when 2/3 of the world is awake!). This is consistent with other major online conferences. To be exact, we will use EDT (UTC-4) 9:00-13:00 as the golden time slot. It will be 6:00-10:00 US West/Seattle, 21:00-01:00 Beijing time and UTC 13:00-17:00. Under this arrangement, people from Asia will be staying up a bit and US West people need to get up earlier a bit, while most other parts of the world will be fine. And, we have to say sorry to people from Australia…
  • Mirrored QA sessions will be arranged for all paper and demo presentations. That is, each paper will have two QA sessions for participants from different time zones. These sessions will start one hour after the end of the single-track program each conference day. The interval between the two mirrored sessions is 10 hours.

Based on three guidelines, almost all presenters in the QA sessions shall need to be present for one “good” time slot and another “bad” time slot. QA sessions so designed would allow attendees from different time zones to participate fully at MM2020.

Program at a Glance

Oct 12th

Tutorials and Workshops

Oct 13th

Live Webinar - Conference Opening / Keynote / Best Paper Session / Panel / Industrial Invited Talk
QA Session – Main Conference Paper/ Demo / Grand Challenge / Reproducibility

Oct 14th

Live Webinar – Keynote by Achievement Award Winner / Rising Star Talk / Panel / Doctoral Symposium
QA Session – Main Conference Paper/ Demo / Grand Challenge / Brave New Idea

Oct 15th

Live Webinar – Keynote / Award Ceremony/ Industrial Invited Talk / Closing Ceremony
QA Session – Main Conference Paper/ Demo / Grand Challenge / Open Source Software

Oct 16th

Tutorials and Workshops

Editorial board meeting and other side meetings will be arranged by the corresponding organizers.

Detailed program will be available soon.
Last update: 10/09/2020