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The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in human communication processes. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to the adoption, usage, effects, and policy implications of ICTs.

Areas of research include new media, social media, augmented and virtual reality, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, technology studies, big data, social networks, crowd sourcing, and other technologically-mediated social interaction and networking at all levels of analysis (intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, national, and international).

The CAT Division is open to all methodological orientations (e.g., experimental, survey, computational, discursive, cultural, critical, historical, legal, etc.). 

CAT panel and interactive paper sessions make innovative and original contributions to our understanding of ICTs, with a focus on the technology itself within the context of human communication.


At the Conference 

Presenter Tips:

Regular Paper Sessions:

1) If you are presenting a paper in a session that has a total of 5 papers (including yours), please limit your presentation to no more than 11 minutes.  If you are presenting in a session with just 4 papers, you can take up to 12 minutes for your presentation. For the conference to be truly meaningful, it is important that we allow time for audience questions and rich discussions. Keep in mind that those looking for technical details of your paper can easily look them up in the online database.

2) All conference rooms will have LCD projectors and we have been told that both VGA and HDMI adapters will be available, but you are responsible for bringing your own laptop (and a backup adapter is recommended). Please arrive 10 minutes before your session starting time in order to set up your laptop and test the projector.

3) Sometimes, it is just more convenient and efficient to load all the presentations in a given session onto one laptop. So, please bring your presentation on a USB memory stick/jump drive as well. Please do not rely upon consistent Internet connectivity in the conference room to download a presentation or give an Internet-based presentation (e.g., Prezi, Google Slides). If you have technical issues that prevent you from starting on time, you should be prepared to present for a shorter amount of time.

4) Every session has a chair, who will help keep presenters on time and moderate questions. You will want to introduce yourself to the chair and let her or him know who will be presenting.  Please note that CAT sessions have no discussant/respondent officially responding to papers.

Interactive Poster Session:

If you are presenting a poster in the interactive poster session, please follow the guidelines from ICA.

Some CAT scholars put together a document on best poster practices here.

High Density Session:

High density sessions include 7 or 8 papers or abstracts. If you are presenting in a high-density session with 8 papers, you should limit your presentation to 6 minutes; in a panel with 7 papers, you can take up to 7 minutes. We recommend putting all the presentation files on one computer to minimize the transition time between presentations or the chance of technical problems (or you may wish to forego slides altogether). The room will have a projector but you will need to bring your presentation on a USB memory stick and at least one speaker will need to have a laptop. Please be sure to get to the room 15 minutes early in order to coordinate presentations.  

Chair Tips

1) As chair, your roles include announcer, time-keeper, moderator of questions and answers, and coordinator of discussions that ensue. Remember CAT no longer has discussants/respondents on CAT paper sessions to enable more time for Q&A, so there's no need for summary statements or comments. Please start on time!

2) Please ensure that the presenters stick to their time limit (see above). It's a good idea to bring a couple of signs (2 mins left, Time’s Up! etc.) to the session so that you can show them as prompts to the presenters. Make sure you communicate with the presenters ahead of time what your signs will be and where you are sitting, so they can look for them. It is especially important for the high-density sessions to run on time so that everyone has an opportunity to present.

3) It is important that you try to maintain the same presentation order that is listed in the conference program. Several conference attendees jump from one session to another during the course of a time-slot in order to catch particular papers, so we will need to be cognizant of their expectations.

4) Please prepare a few probing questions that are relevant to all presenters in case it takes a while for the audience to warm up during the Q&A; you can download the papers from the ICA database beforehand. For the high-density sessions, you may wish to remind the audience to focus on questions that cut across several papers or speak to the panel theme more generally.

5) Don’t be afraid to help manage the discussion period! This may mean cutting off audience members who engage in long back-and-forth conversations with speakers or jumping in with a question when the room is silent for too long.

6) You should get to the room 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time to make sure there are no technical problems, introduce yourself to panelists, etc.

7) Opting-In to Twitter and other social media: Not everyone wants their conference presentations livetweeted or photographed for a variety of reasons – for example, preliminary data, sensitive data, controversial data, where research being taken out of context in an online form may be an issue. Therefore we recommend that chairs of sessions ask presenters if they would or would not like to be livetweeted or otherwise documented on social media and the chair can make a comment at the  session deeming it tweetable/shareable or not.

 If you have any questions about the conference, or have other questions or suggestions, please send an email to CAT 2018 Program Planner and Vice Chair: Nicole Ellison, Professor of Information, University of Michigan, at


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