European Control Conference (ECC 20)
Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 12‑15, 2020

Important Dates

  • September 30 October 8, 2019 October 10, 2019
    Paper submission deadline
  • January 15, 2020
    Notification of acceptance
  • January 15, 2020
    Early registration
  • February 15, 2020
    February 17, 2020
    February 19, 2020

    Final paper upload
  • February 15, 2020
    Recommended date for visa support letter (invitation) request
  • March 9, 2020
    Regular registration
  • May 12-15, 2020
    Conference dates
How to appreciate the fully online ECC’20

All registered participants will receive before the beginning of the conference:

  • A link to access the ECC’20 preprints which are usually provided on an USB disk. These preprints contain the final version of the conference program, all the manuscripts, and all pre-recorded video presentations. All these documents can be consulted online asynchronously.
  • A secured access to virtual conference rooms using the Zoom platform. These virtual rooms will broadcast all pre-recorded presentations synchronously with the established program (at UTC+3 Moscow time). The audience in the rooms will be allowed to ask questions and exchange with the authors of the presentations.

Note that UTC+3 Moscow time coincides with the current Eastern European Summer Time (EEST, UTC+3), is 1 hour ahead compared to the current Central European Summer Time (CEST, UTC+2), and 2 hours difference with the current British Summer Time (BST, UTC +1) and Western European Summer Time (WEST, UTC+1). The daily program starts at 9am in Saint Petersburg, it corresponds for example to 9am in Athens and Helsinki, to 8am in Warsaw and Madrid, and to 7am in London and Lisbon.

Technical sessions

  1. Each technical session takes place in a separate Zoom virtual room.
  2. 15min before the session – A dedicated technical assistant starts the virtual room.
  3. 10min before the session – The session Chair and co-Chair, and the authors of the presentations, connected to the virtual room and exchange together to make sure that there are no technical issues.
  4. Beginning of the session – All participants are invited to turn off their camera except for the session Chair or co-Chair who introduces the session and the first speaker.
  5. Broadcast of the first presentation – The technical assistant broadcasts the pre-recorded video presentation of the first paper. During the broadcast all cameras should be turned off. The participants may, during the broadcast, post written comments or questions in the Chat. 
  6. Discussions at the end of the first presentation – The session Chair or co-Chair as well as the author of the presentation turn their camera on. The session Chair or co-Chair thanks the authors and starts the discussion. He or she may at this end read some questions from the Chat, ask for oral questions from the audience or make his or her own comments or questions. During this discussion people from the audience can use the “raise my hand” functionality to indicate they wish to ask a question. The author answers after each question. The Chair or co-Chair is in charge of managing the interactions, focusing on constructive scientific arguments. The discussion should end accordingly to the program schedule before the time indicated for the next presentation.
  7. Other presentations – The broadcast and discussions of all presentations follow in the same way according to the program. If the discussions end before the allotted time, the participants should wait in order to start the next presentation accordingly with the time indicated in the program.
  8. Roles of the Chair and co-Chair – The session Chair and co-Chair are invited to contact each other by email prior to the session and decide together which one of them shall handle the discussions for each presentation of the session.
  9. Authors – Authors that present at the conference should attend the session. They are invited to contact by email prior to the session the session Chair and co-Chair to confirm that they will be online during the broadcast of their presentation and ready to answer questions by oral.
  10. Broadcast quality and strict schedule – All pre-recorded presentations have been uploaded using PaperCept prior to the conference. This allows asynchronous broadcast, but also enable guaranteed quality of the synchronous broadcast during the session. No other type of presentation is allowed such as sharing screen or live presentation. Moreover, it is important to respect the schedule from the program: as in any other conference the audience may change rooms during the synchronous broadcast to follow presentations of other sessions.
  11. End of the session – When the session ends, the Chair and co-Chair may continue the discussion among participants of the session. The technical assistant shall close the virtual room 15 minutes after the end of the session.

Interactive sessions

The interactive sessions follow the same rules as the other technical sessions except that each presentation has a total allotted time of 10 minutes (broadcast of presentation plus discussion).

Plenary sessions

The plenary presentations are broadcasted in the same manner. During the broadcast of the presentation the audience may ask questions using the Chat. At the end of the broadcast, the plenary speaker is invited to answer to these questions. No oral questions shall be taken at the end of the presentation. Only questions from the Chat shall be considered.