Using Overleaf for SAC17’s PicoConference

Rowan IEEE is hosting this year’s Region 2 Student Activities Conference and one of the competitions is PicoConference.

An evolution of the Paper Competition from previous years, the IEEE SAC PicoConference gives undergraduate IEEE student members the opportunity to experience submitting a paper to and attending a conference. Throughout an engineer’s career, writing and presenting technical content is quintessential, regardless of if you are in the field or performing research. Researching, writing, and presenting a paper provides a student with invaluable early experience in expressing ideas relating to engineering. Since this event’s primary purpose is to improve a student’s communicative skills, no student should be discouraged from entering the contest due to a lack of technical knowledge.

We want this year’s presentations to be more immersive than in past years, similar to an academic conference. We will be publishing a proceedings of all the papers and hope to foster a greater discussion of the research being presented.

Those who have written academic papers may be familiar with the IEEE format. It is a style for formatting papers in a consistent way. If you subscribe to academic journals, you may also see the format used in a lot of what you read.

The IEEE format is required for all papers being submitted. To make this easy for participants, we have included an Overleaf template. Overleaf is an online LaTeX service, making it easy for you to write content and forget about formatting. You can simply create a copy of this template to begin your project.

In the template above, we’re using IEEE’s Peer Review format. This is the format that you should use to submit papers to the conference. The Peer Review format separates the entrant’s name and school from the main paper so that judges can give unbiased reviews.


If you want to modify it to be a regular conference paper, all you have to do is change a single parameter in the document class.



Formatting is done automatically. You can type \section{Introduction} to start a new section. Based on whatever format you’re using, it will adjust how that appears in the rendered document. Citations can be managed by labels, with automatic numbering. Figure numbers are also generated automatically from top to bottom. It reduces the work of making the paper look professional, giving you more time to add in images and paragraphs.

You can sign up for a free Overleaf account today. If you’re a Rowan student, you can simply use your student account. The Rowan IEEE Student Activities Conference will be April 7th – April 9th.

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