Activities

TECHNICAL FORUM GROUPS FAQ

Q: Which benefits will TFGs get from AL3?
A: The main benefits are:
- support for travel for a number of participants per TFG
- copies of handouts/proceedings, etc.
- provision of the meeting rooms, organisation of the event, etc.
- AL3 branding
- spreading of the scientific results of the TFG work

Q: Will TFGs' life span over the whole AL3 duration?
A: In principle, no. TFG's proposals are submitted in response to a single Technical Forum call, and their life matches the Technical Forum's one. But, successful TFGs may re-iterate the proposal to the subsequent Technical Forum, and could be accepted by the Scientific Committee and the Program Chairs, provided that there is a good reason to repeat the TFG meeting.

Q: Should TFG Chair form an Organising Committee for the first proposal?
A: In principle, this is not necessary. It can be easily done during the negotiation and preparation stages.

Q: Is there any limit to the TFG proposal that one single researcher / group could present to a Technical Forum call?
A: In principle, no. A single researcher / group may participate / present more than one proposal, and also present different proposals in response to two different Technical Forum calls. However, the SC and the PCs will ensure that the contribution s of any proponent / participant will no exceed some reasonable limit.

Q: Should TFG meeting follow a pre-fixed format?
A: Not at all. As far as ALIII-TFC1 is concerned, the only "format" is either the half-day or full-day duration but, also this limit could be negotiated in case of need. Instead, TFGs and their Chair are required to commit to some task, as specified above.

Q: "Original formats or modalities"? What does this mean, any examples?
A: Possible formats to be used for TFGs might be:
- Blue-sky brainstorming sessions exploring new fields of application or theory.
- Cross-domain or cross-community events with mixed presentations from a range of stakeholders/communities to explore commonalities and potential joint-work.
- Challenge events where particular frameworks, tools or methods are applied to sample problems to explore their utility, expressiveness or other properties: advancing the state of the art and understanding of technology application issues.
- An intensive working event to unify models/events or theories in a particular domain - providing a basis for common terms of reference, structures and frameworks, identifying gaps in current knowledge.
... however we hope that the community will come up with other creative uses of the TFGs to push further the research area!

   

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