General Chairs

Edward J. Delp, Purdue University, USA; Thomas S. Huang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Program Chairs

Mary L. Comer, Purdue University, USA; Minh N. Do, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA;
Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Northwestern University, USA



Paper Submission



Steering Committee

Venue and Accommodation

PCS History


Contact Information

Paper Submission

The submission site is closed.

All authors will be sent information as to how to submit the copyright release form later.

Continuing the long tradition at PCS all papers are poster papers. Posters should be a maximum size of 40'' x 30'' (100cm x 76 cm) (landscape).

The only oral presentations are a small number of papers in special sessions. If your paper is in a special session will be contacted separately.

Note that PCS has a paper UPDATE period during which accepted papers can be modified to address reviewer comments. Updated papers must be uploaded to the PCS 2009 web site from today until 12:00 midnight March 20, 2009 (Central US Time). Please be reminded that you CANNOT change the title of the paper, change the authors or author order of the paper, or make significant text changes to the body of the original reviewed paper. We reserve the option to use the accepted version of your paper if we feel that the updated version differs substantially from what the reviewers accepted. If you do not update your paper then the submitted version will be used in the conference proceedings.

All updated/revised papers must meet the requirements outlined below.


The PCS paper submission and review process is being conducted in a manner similar to previous PCS conferences:

* Authors who wish to participate in the conference will create documents consisting of a complete description of their ideas and applicable research results in a maximum of 4 pages.

* Submit the paper electronically. This paper submission must be submitted in final, publishable form before the submission deadline listed below. Authors of accepted papers will be able to make changes to their papers based on the reviewer' comments. The date for submission of the final copy of accepted papers is March 20, 2009.

* Check the PCS web site for the status of your paper.

* Paper submissions will be reviewed by experts selected by the conference committee for their demonstrated knowledge of particular topics. The progress and results of the review process will be posted on this web site, and authors will also be notified of the review results by email.

The review process is being conducted entirely online. To make the review process easy for the reviewers, and to assure that the paper submissions will be readable through the online review system, we ask that authors submit paper documents that are formatted according to the instructions included here.


Prospective authors are invited to submit extended summaries of no more than four (4) pages, in English, with font size 11, including results, figures and references. Submissions will be accepted only in PDF format.

Papers must be submitted by the deadline date. There will be no exceptions.

Accepted papers MUST be presented at the conference by one of the authors, or, if none of the authors are able to attend, by a qualified surrogate. The presenter MUST register for the conference at one of the non-student rates offered, and MUST register before the deadline given for author registration. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of your paper from the conference proceedings and program.


Important Dates

January 15, 2009
March 9, 2009
March 20, 2009
Submission of extended summaries
Notification of acceptance
Submission of camera-ready papers


Preparation of the Paper

Document Formatting

Use the following guidelines when preparing your document:

LENGTH: You are allowed a total of 4 pages for your document. This is the maximum number of pages that will be accepted, including all figures, tables, and references. Any documents that exceed the 4 page limit will be rejected.

LANGUAGE: All papers must be in English.

MARGINS: Documents should be formatted for standard letter-size (8-1/2" by 11" or 216mm by 279mm) paper. Any text or other material outside the margins specified below will not be accepted:

* All text and figures must be contained in a 178 mm x 229 mm (7 inch x 9 inch) image area.

* The left margin must be 19 mm (0.75 inch).

* The top margin must be 25 mm (1.0 inch), except for the title page where it must be 35 mm (1.375 inches).

* Text should appear in two columns, each 86 mm (3.39 inch) wide with 6 mm (0.24 inch) space between columns.

* On the first page, the top 50 mm (2") of both columns is reserved for the title, author(s), and affiliation(s). These items should be centered across both columns, starting at 35 mm (1.375 inches) from the top of the page.

* The paper abstract should appear at the top of the left-hand column of text, about 12 mm (0.5") below the title area and no more than 80 mm (3.125") in length. Leave 12 mm (0.5") of space between the end of the abstract and the beginning of the main text.

A format sheet with the margins and placement guides is available in the following file formats:

* PDF file (When you print this file, make sure the "shrink to fit" box is not checked!)

* PostScript file

These files contain lines and boxes showing the margins and print areas. If you print one of these files, then stack it atop your printed page and hold it up to the light, you can easily check your margins to see if your print area fits within the space allowed.


Face: To achieve the best viewing experience for the review process and conference proceedings, we strongly encourage authors to use Times-Roman or Computer Modern fonts. If a font face is used that is not recognized by the submission system, your proposal will not be reproduced correctly.

PAGE NUMBERS: Do not put page numbers on your document. Appropriate page numbers will be added to accepted papers when the conference proceedings are assembled.


The following style files and templates are available for users of LaTeX and Microsoft Word:

* LaTeX style file with margin, page layout, font, etc. definitions.

* BiBTeX style file with bibliography style definitions.

* LaTeX template file, an example of using the "spconf.sty" and "IEEEbib.bst" files above.

* PDF generated from the template file.

* Sample strings.bib and refs.bib files.

* Word 97/2000 Sample, a template of correct formatting and font use.

We recommend that you use the Word file or LaTeX files to produce your document, since they have been set up to meet the formatting guidelines listed above. When using these files, double-check the paper size in your page setup to make sure you are using the letter-size paper layout (8.5" X 11"). The LaTeX environment files specify suitable margins, page layout, text, and a bibliography style.

In particular, with LaTeX, there are cases where the top-margin of the resulting Postscript or PDF file does not meet the specified parameters. In this case, you may need to add a \topmargin=0mm command just after the \begin{document} command in your .tex file. The spacing of the top margin is not critical, as the page contents will be adjusted on the proceedings. The critical dimensions are the actual width and height of the page content.

Notification of Acceptance

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance by email as close as possible to the published author notification date. The email notification will include the presentation format chosen for your paper (lecture or poster) and may also include the presentation date and time, if available.

Required Author Registration

Be sure that at least one author registers to attend the conference using the online registration system available through the conference web site. Each paper must have at least one author registered, with the payment received by the author registration deadline (see above) to avoid being withdrawn from the conference.

 Questions and inquires can be directed to or see the information contact page.


Last Updated: May 11, 2009