The primary responsibility of topic coordinators is to lead the paper review effort in a specific area, by scheduling regular meeting with the TPC that are assigned to them by the Program Chairs. Although the papers to be reviewed by each TC will be bid on by the TCs, the PCs will make the final decisions on the papers assigned to each of the TCs. The TCs themselves will also be assigned papers to review and therefore they need to be fluent in the research area. Moreover, given the leadership role they play, the TCs need to be recognized as leaders in the research area they are overseeing. The TCs assist the PCs and need to work closely with the PCs to conduct a thorough review process defined as ensuring each paper has the minimum number of reviews and that each review is good quality. The TCs can petition the PCs for additional TPC in cases where the quality of the review process is threatened by the inability to get a solid set of reviews for each paper. Given the tight relationship between the TCs and PCs, the TCs are appointed by the PCs. The following outlines the process in more detail.
For papers submitted by members of the TC and TPC that would be assigned to their group, the Program Chairs will choose a suitable alternative TC to handle the paper. The TC will be asked to drop off the call during the final review during discussions related to their paper