Summary of the 2000 ACC Survey Responses
At the 2000 ACC, short questionnaires were distributed to all
participants, asking for their feedback on technical, social, and
other general aspects of the ACC. Overall, 82 participants completed
the survey, with 49 (non-students) from Universities, 17 from Industry,
14 Students, and 2 from Government. Of the respondents, 63 indicated
that they are from North America, 11 from Europe, and 5 from Japan
and Australia. Nineteen of the responders indicated that they were
attending the ACC for the first time.
Several positive comments were received both on the technical
program and on the local arrangements:
The critical comments about the program mentioned that:
- Many of the participants felt that the technical program was
very good or excellent.
- Positive comments were received about the plenary lectures
and the sessions.
- Several participants voiced the opinion that the Industrial track
sessions make the ACC worthwhile and suggested that more of these
sessions should be organized in future ACC meetings.
- A substantial number of participants had positive comments
to make about the location of the hotel and the accessibility
to other interesting sites in the downtown area of Chicago.
- Positive comments were also received on the exhibitions and the
banquet. Several participants commented that having the banquet
at noon freed one evening for other activities.
The AACC appreciates all the comments received, and we are working
to take as many of these into account as possible for future ACCs.
For instance, participants should be pleased that LCD projectors
will be available, if desired, for all oral presentations at the
2001 ACC. At this upcoming 2001 ACC, a longer questionnaire will be
distributed to participants. Please do take the time to give us
your feedback, as we would like to continue to improve the ACC.
- The allotted presentation time of 20 minutes per paper is often
not enough for some authors to fully present their ideas.
- It was also suggested that LCD projectors should be more widely
- Of major concern to the participants and the organizers was the
substantial number of no-shows.
- Several of the participants offered a number of negative comments
about the cost of the hotel, noting that it was expensive and
that some of the session rooms were small, or that the overall
hotel was too large.
- Some felt that the banquet was a bit pricey and that students
and retirees should have been offered reduced rates.
AACC Vice President