CALL FOR PAPERS
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An invited talk discusses a topic of general interest to attendees.
Unlike a refereed paper, this topic need not be new or unique but
should be timely and relevant or perhaps entertaining. An ideal
invited talk is approachable, and possibly controversial. The
material should be understandable by beginners, but the conclusions
may be disagreed with by experts. Invited talks are 80 minutes
long and are expected to be high-caliber presentations.
A special form of invited talk is a panel discussion, in which several
acknowledged experts discuss some aspect of the practice.
Proposals for invited talks and panel discussions can take either of two forms. First,
you can propose a topic about which you would feel comfortable
giving an invited talk. This should be accompanied by an abstract
describing the content of the talk. Similarly, you can propose a
panel discussion topic. It is most helpful to us if you suggest
Alternatively, you can propose an invited talk you would
like to hear someone else present. Suggestions for possible speakers
are helpful in this case.
Past invited talks have addressed a wide variety of topics:
Participants in panel discussions give opinions on issues of the
day, possibly with audience participation. Some past panels have
addressed questions such as:
- Cryptography and security hot topics
- Emergent trends in the profession
- Legal issues and developments affecting system administrators
- Myths and realities of the profession
- Overviews of new technologies and/or languages
- Personal experiences (case studies) with broad appeal/applicability
to the system administration community.
If you have a topic of interest to system administrators that is
suitable for an invited talk or panel discussion please submit a
proposal to the invited talk coordinators. Proposals of a business
development or marketing nature are not appropriate.
- The best scripting language for system administration
- The future of computer security
- What computer buzzwords really mean
- The problems that plague University environments
- Whether certification should be a job requirement
Please email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invited talk proposals are due April 20, 2004.