Topic models for conference session assignment: organising PR AS A 2014(5)

Michael Burke, Deon Sabatta

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Abstract

Conference scheduling and organisation is a particularly laborious task and can be extremely time consuming. While many online conference platforms allow manual topic selection, these can be expensive and typically still require that individual papers be scanned and labelled appropriately before being assigned to reviewers and relevant conference tracks or sessions. This paper shows how the bulk of this process can be automated using topic models. Latent Dirichlet allocation is applied to learn conference topics directly from documents, and a clustering algorithm introduced to separate these into suitably sized conference sessions, determining an appropriate session topic in the process. Conference tracks can then be scheduled by maximising the distance between these session topics, thereby avoiding potential topic conflicts in parallel tracks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa and Robotics and Mechatronics International Conference (PRASA-RobMech)
EditorsDeon Sabatta, Marelie Davel
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages94-99
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467374507, 9781467374491
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventPattern Recognition Association of South Africa and Robotics and Mechatronics International Conference, PRASA-RobMech 2015 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Duration: 25 Nov 201526 Nov 2015
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/7352594/proceeding (Proceedings)
https://robmechprasa2015.mandela.ac.za (Website)

Conference

ConferencePattern Recognition Association of South Africa and Robotics and Mechatronics International Conference, PRASA-RobMech 2015
Abbreviated titlePRASA-RobMech 2015
CountrySouth Africa
CityPort Elizabeth
Period25/11/1526/11/15
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