Conference Etiquette

Mark D. Hill and David A. Wood

Computer Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 1997

This page gives advice on how to behave at conferences to maximize what you learn, improve your professional prospects, and represent your institution (your actions can actually affect your colleagues and friends!). The authors are fully to blame for what is said here. Our comments are based on fifteen years of experience attending professional computer conferences, such as:

General Advice

Hallways and Receptions

Public Questions


Thanks to Todd Bezenek, Doug Burger, Sue Dentinger, Shubu Mukherjee, Shankar Pasupathy, and Craig Zilles for their useful comments. The current on-line version of this document appears at URL "".