What are the PROS and CONS of being on a program committee?
- PRO: Looks good on your resume. Is this true at your school? This PRO may be more relevant for untenured and un-full-prof people. (My spellcheck wanted me to use unturned instead of untenured.)
- PRO: You get to see what people are working on. This may give you ideas of what to work on or of what papers to look at. You absolutely cannot use the ideas you see until they are in the public domain; however you can learn things and look up some past work.
- PRO: If there is an in-person meeting then you get to meet some new people. (If there is NOT an in-person meeting then its not the same.)
- PRO: You get to see how the process works which may help you when you submit later. Or it may help you decide not to submit.
- CON: It takes a lot of time.
- CON: You may have to read papers that you don't care about. (This could be good for you.)
- CON: You may have to read bad papers. Not clear though- if you can tell its bad early on then you can skim the rest.
- PRO AND CON: IF you also goto the conference then (a) you will understand more talks (b) you will be bored at more talks. I tend towards (a) but others tend towards (b).
- PRO AND CON: You get to help decide what papers get in. But you may see things not go the way you think they should.