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Workshops are smaller-scale technical events limited to a specialized topic area within the general scope of the main conference. Workshops are commonly organized to explore emerging technologies or demonstrative innovative solutions to novel technological challenges. Workshops are typically single track events that are scheduled for ½-1 day in duration before or after the Technical Session. Workshops co-located with the main conference are typically re-organized every year, which is beneficial for both types of events and ensures continuity.

Presentations delivered during the workshops are based on papers that have been selected through the review process. Accepted workshop papers are included in the Conference Proceedings. Best workshop paper publications may be included in various Transactions or other journals.

In order to include an accepted workshop paper in the Conference Proceedings, at least one author must register for the workshop fee (or its combinations) at a full member or non-member rate, even if all authors are students.

In addition to the selected papers, workshops can also feature Invited Paper Sessions. Workshops may be held in conjunction with other events such as Exhibits, or include sessions with specific characteristics like Keynote Speeches, Special Sessions, Panels, or Work-in-Progress Paper Sessions.