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Question: Do I need a visa to enter Dubai or the United Arab Emirates?

Answer: Please refer to the links below:

To avoid any inconvenience, please make sure before travelling that your passport validity complies with the applicable requirements and does not contain stamps of any banned country. DISCLAIMER: Please note that the above information is provided for guidance purposes only. For detailed information on UAE visa regulations, please visit the nearest UAE consulate/embassy.   

Question: Is there a ‘Best Paper Award’ for the conference?

Answer: There will be nine ‘Best Paper in Track’ awards given to the best paper in each of the conference tracks. Additionally, one ‘Best Student Paper’ award will be given to the best paper presented by a student. 

Eligibility for Awards:

Only full papers submitted and presented at the conference will be considered. In order to qualify for the ‘Best Student Paper’, the first author (and the presenter) of the paper must be a student. An individual cannot win both the ‘Best in Track’ award and the ‘Best Student Paper’ award. The award selection criteria will refer to both the submitted paper and the presentation itself.

Question: What do the conference fees cover?

Answer: Conference fees cover the following for the presenter only:

1. Registration
2. Lunch on each day of the conference
3. Gala Dinner on Wednesday 17th January 2018
4. Conference related material

All other expenses are to be borne by the delegates. Additional companion and daily packages are available.

Question: May I nominate myself for chairing a conference session?

Answer: Session chairs will be nominated at the discretion of the organising committee. If you are interested in chairing a session, please email the conference chair. However, no guarantees can be made.

Question: How many papers can I submit to the conference?

Answer: Subject to acceptance, each candidate may present up to 2 research papers.

Question: Do I have to present a paper in order to attend the conference?

Answer: No, you can register to attend the conference without submitting or presenting a paper.

Question: What format is to be followed for producing conference papers?

Answer: Please visit the ‘instructions for authors’ section on this website for more information.

Question: Do I need to submit a full paper if my abstract is accepted?

Answer: Acceptance for presentation will be based on the submitted extended abstract (please refer to author guidelines). Please note that if an author wishes to be considered for the Best Paper Awards, they must submit a full paper for inclusion in the conference.

Question: What is the length of the optional full paper submission for the conference proceedings?

Answer: Papers can be between 3,000 and 6,000 words or 15-20 pages in length, inclusive of all Tables, Figures, and References.

Question: Will printed copies of my paper be required on the day of presentation?

Answer: You are not required to provide print copies of your paper during your presentation, but you may bring a few copies (about 10) for distribution, if you wish.

Question:  In what format should abstracts, papers or presentations be saved? 

Answer: Microsoft Office compatibility mode. 

Question: How long will the presentation be?

Answer: 20 minutes (15 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for questions).

Question: Will my paper/abstract be published?

Answer: It is intended that all extended abstracts/full text versions submitted, fully accepted, registered, and paid before November 31st, 2017 will be published on a CD that will be provided with the conference proceedings to all fully registered delegates.

Question: Will I have the opportunity to have my paper published in special issues of journals?

Answer: Following the conference, presenters may be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of a journal in their field. Submitted papers will then be subject to the journals’ specific review processes. 

Question: Can I request that my extended abstract not be included in the proceedings?

Answer: Yes, if you do not want your abstract included in the proceedings, please indicate this clearly on your submission and inform the conference chair.

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