Conflict-of-Interest (COI) Definitions


  1. Between advisor and advisee forever.
  2. Between family members forever.
  3. Between people who have collaborated in the last 4 years. This collaboration can consist of a joint research or development project, a joint paper, or when there is direct funding from the potential reviewer (as opposed to company funding) to an author of the paper. Co-participation in professional activities, such as tutorials or studies, is not cause for conflict. When in doubt, the author should check with the PC chairs.
  4. Between people from same institution or who were in the same institution in the last 4 years.
  5. Between people whose relationship prevents the reviewer from being objective in his/her assessment.