Welcome to CMT: Microsoft’s Academic Conference Management Service


Developed At Microsoft Research
Microsoft's Conference Management Toolkit

Overview      Click here to submit a new conference site request

The Conference Management Toolkit (CMT) is a free conference management service sponsored by Microsoft Research. CMT is capable of handling the complex workflow of an academic conference including:

  • Multiple roles such as Program Chair, Reviewer, MetaReviewers (commonly referred to as area chairs) Author, Proceedings Editor
  • Customizable paper submission, reviewer, metareviewer and author feedback forms
  • Abstract and paper submission, supplementary material
  • Invitations to and management of reviewers (program committee)
  • Management of conflicts of interest
  • Reviewer bidding and preferences
  • Suggestion of candidates for reviewing by area chairs
  • Automatic and manual assignment of papers to reviewers
  • Review submission
  • Threaded discussions and online Program Committee meeting
  • Author notification
  • Camera-ready paper submission
  • Integration with IEEE eCF service to manage electronic copyrights for IEEE conferences for accepted papers (new!)
  • Creation of sessions for accepted papers
  • Uploading slide decks for paper presentation
  • Interoperation with archival systems (Arxiv)
  • Graphical navigation, browsing and analysis of data by chairs (new!)

CMT provides rich support to the Program Committee chairs for managing the conference workflow including customization of conference properties e.g., multiple tracks, deadlines, author submission and reviewer forms, double-blind reviewing, allowing authors to mark conflicts of interest with reviewers, use of external reviewers and meta reviewers. CMT also provides filtering, sorting and aggregation functionality as well as emailing capability to authors and reviewers that makes it easy to handle conferences with a large number of reviewers and submissions. CMT's extensive auditing capabilities allow Program Committee Chairs to track accesses to conference data. CMT enables the Program Committee chairs to easily bulk-import data as well as bulk-export conference data and reports in popular formats such as XML and Excel.

CMT is a free and hosted service, and its functionalities are fully accessible through web based interfaces. CMT is built using Microsoft technologies including Windows Server, ASP.Net, Internet Information Server (IIS) and SQL Server. The interfaces support a wide range of browsers on multiple platforms.


In the last few years, CMT has been used for more than 2000 conferences, workshops, and various other programs. Some examples of conferences that have used CMT this past year are:

  • International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
  • Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS)
  • Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI)
  • International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)
  • IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
  • International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)
  • European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)
  • Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV)
  • British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)
  • IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE)
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD)
  • International Conference on International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB)
  • ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM)
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD)
  • ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • IEEE Data Compression Conference
  • (DCC)
  • IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME)
  • International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD)
  • IEEE International Conference on 3D System Integration (IEEE 3DIC)


The architect of the Conference Management Toolkit is Surajit Chaudhuri, managing director of Extreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research. CMT was first developed for ACM SIGKDD 1999. Since then, CMT has undergone several major improvements and extensions and has been used in over 4000 conferences to date.

Using CMT

To use CMT for your conference, please use the online conference site request form (click here) to submit a new request. We will get back to you within 1-2 working days.


CMT provides email based support Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm Pacific Time. Please contact support@msrcmt.onmicrosoft.com for support issues. Since CMT is developed, operated and managed by a small team, support is limited. However, we will do our best to respond to issues in a timely manner (usually within 24 hours). We prefer if you can arrange abstract submission, paper submission and reviewer submission deadlines to fall on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in order to ensure quick response from the CMT team. See the overview page for more details about CMT.

User Roles in CMT

There are three key roles in CMT in a typical conference: Chairs (e.g., Program Committee chairs) who customize and control the workflow of the conference, Authors who submit papers, and Reviewers assigned by the Chair to review the submissions. The activities of a user in each of these roles over the lifecycle of a conference are summarized here.

Last updated on: November 2015


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