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Rapid-Fire Interactive Presentation Format

New at DSCC 2019! Some technical sessions will be organized as Rapid-Fire Interactive (RFI) sessions. In these sessions, 5 minute presentations are given back-to-back without audience questions. The talks are followed by a poster session where questions can be asked. This format enables authors to reach a greater audience (approx. 100-200 people) with their research while at the same time encouraging more in-depth individual interactions during the poster session.

RFI Session Organization

RFI sessions will have the following format:

  • Presentations: 15 5-minute presentations are given back-to-back with no questions. Examples of presentations and instructions for authors are given below.
  • Poster Session: A 45-minute poster session is held to enable author-audience interactions. Note that you are not required to print out a poster. LCD monitors will be available to display your poster (or other information).

In addition to the RFI sessions, some papers will be presented in the more typical 15-20 minute presentation format. A typical conference day will be organized as shown below, with the 2 parallel RFI sessions following the Plenary in the morning and 6 parallel long-format technical sessions in the afternoon.

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Authors who do not want to present in the RFI format will have the option to choose to present in the more typical sessions.

Examples of RFI talks are shown below:

Detailed Instructions for Authors

  • RFI Presentation — RFI presentations are only 5 minutes, so it is important to make sure you are conveying the most important aspects of your work to the audience. This means you may not have time to give a detailed literature review or all the details of every equation in your paper. It is suggested that you motivate your work and then focus on 1 or 2 main points (maybe a theorem and an experimental result). Your goal is to tell the audience why what you are doing is novel and cool to entice them to come talk with you during the interactive poster session.


  • Practice your talk! You only have 5 minutes at which point you will be stopped. Shoot for 4 minutes 50 seconds to be sure.
  • Make sure you introduce yourself, there will be no formal introductions.
  • One way to treat this talk is like a marketing pitch. Try to get the audience excited about your work so they will come visit your poster.
  • Interactive Poster Session — Directly following in the presentations, a 45-minute interactive poster session will take place. In general, preparation for this session is similar to a traditional poster session. You will not be required to print your poster as the conference will provide a 40” display or larger onto which you can project your laptop (VGA and HDMI connection provided).


  • Because of the digital display, you can incorporate videos and other moving examples to make your poster more exciting.
  • Don’t spend all your time talking with one person. If someone is really interested, set up a meeting for later in the day.
  • Perhaps bring two authors from the paper to the conference so one you will have time to look at other posters.
  • Presentation Logistics — Because of the rapid-fire nature of the talks, there are some important presentation logistics to prepare for.

Example setup for the RFI sessions

  • AV Setup: The room will be set up with two identical podiums with a local monitor, computer hookups, a microphone, and a countdown timer. The single AV system (projector, speakers, and screen) will switch between the podiums every 5 minutes.
  • Author Setup: During the presentation directly preceding your talk, you are expected to be setting up your computer on the podium not occupied by the current speaker. Even though the current speaker’s presentation will be projected on the main screen, the local monitor will display your presentation to make sure it is operating properly.
  • Going Live: When the previous presenter’s 5 minutes is over, your presentation will be projected on the main screen, your mic will go live, and you should begin.
  • Ending Your Talk: When your 5 minutes have expired, the next presenter will assume control of the AV system. You should quickly remove your computer for the next presenter.