Interactive Assigning of Conference Sessions with Visualization and Topic Modeling
Creating thematic sessions based on accepted papers is important to the success of a conference. Facing a large number of papers from multiple topics, conference organizers need to identify the topics of papers and group them into sessions by considering the constraints on session numbers and paper numbers in individual sessions. In this paper, we present a system using visualization and topic modeling to help the construction of conference sessions. The system provides multiple automatically generated session schemes and allows users to create, evaluate, and manipulate paper sessions with given constraints. A case study based on our system on the VAST papers shows that our method can help users successfully construct coherent conference sessions. In addition to conference session management, our method can be extended to other tasks, such as event and class schedule.