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2014-06-21 - ICNP Reviewing

Whew, finished my ICNP reviews this weekend. A few observations from the reviewing pile:

  • The quality overall was excellent: Either my pile was a bit out of sorts but if your paper does not make it into ICNP, do not feel too bad. Nearly all of the papers in my stack were very well written which was nice.
  • Quality papers means tons of time reviewing: Twelve papers times nearly twelve pages each (only one was less than twelve pages) meant it slammed a ton of time. That was a bit rough to say the least, particularly as many of the papers were well written and really had some nice aspects to dive into. It was actually a treat to read most of them, particularly as the theory was not overwhelming in most of them.
  • There was some overselling: There were a couple of papers that went a bit overboard in the selling of the paper. I am all for motivation and a well-done motivation can go well but overselling tends to get caught reasonably quick by at least one reviewer. There was at least one paper in the pile where the authors tried to bury the related work at the end. Not cool, especially when you get caught.
  • Better wireless energy data: There were quite a few works citing energy info from circa-2009 papers. We need some better / more recent data such that folks can stop citing those works.

All in all, a very nice experience being on the ICNP program committee for the first time. Though next time I will actually follow through on aiming to get my reviews done early.

2014-06-21 - created by Aaron Striegel

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