Any EDAS user can create a new conference by going to the Chairing tab. Once a conference has been set up, conference chairs can add and delete other chairs, change the conference configuration, add and edit tracks, letter templates, review forms and sessions.

Once you have set up a conference, you can then assign reviews and perform other typical chair tasks.

Conferences and master conferences:
You can create conferences, called sub-conferences, that are affiliated with a master conference. Each such sub-conference can have its own TPC, chairs, letters and the like. For example, if your conference has full papers, demos, short papers and posters, it is best if you create individual conferences for each and then associate them with a master conference. The master conference can either not have any paper submitted or it can be the main event (e.g., long papers). Sub-conferences are created in the same way as a conference and then associated with a master conference in Conference/Configure by assigning it to master conference. This can be done at any time, even after papers have been submitted.
Each conference must have at least one chair. Only chairs can add TPC members, change the conference configuration, add review forms and templates and perform other administrative duties. Thus, often assistants who are not really conference chairs are added to the list of EDAS chairs.

Chairs can submit papers at any time, even after track deadlines have passed.

Chairs are allowed to author papers, but if they are looking at their own papers, their privileges are reduced to that of normal authors. Thus, they cannot see reviewer names or make review assignments for these papers. However, it is possible that some other information may leak, so that a chair might be able to tell if a paper has been accepted or not before regular authors can. Obviously, like any author, chairs can temporarily remove themselves from the author list and thus get access to the paper information. Thus, these restrictions should be viewed as protections against accidentally seeing information, not as a insurance against nosy chairs.

Email templates:
Each conference needs email templates. These templates contain variables, enclosed in curly braces ({}), that are replaced by the paper-specific information. By default, conferences inherit templates from a global configuration, but in most cases, you will need to tailor the templates to the local conference needs. You must create these templates before papers are submitted since the template is also used to respond to paper registrations and manuscript uploads. Authors may get empty or misleading emails if you do not configure the templates.

Papers can be submitted only to conferences that have one or more tracks. Each track can have its own paper registration and submission deadlines, acceptable paper formats (PDF, PowerPoint, etc.), maximum page count and margins, but all tracks within a conference share the same technical program committee, chairs and letters. (TPC members can be assigned to a specific track, however.) However, tracks within a conference share the same accept and reject notices, but each track can define a block of text for accepted and rejected papers that can be included in the author notification. Track information can also be used for creating a conference program. Tracks are led by track chairs. Tracks and TPC groups (see below) are orthogonal, i.e., papers from different tracks can belong to the same TPC group.

Unlike TPC groups (below), tracks are always visible to the author and are chosen when the author registers their paper.

Review tracks:
Some conferences assign papers to special tracks that are only used for reviewing, e.g., cross-cutting themes. Each paper is part of submission track and a review track. Normally, they are the same, but the review track can be changed by the chair or track chair. The review track is not visible to the author and can only be changed by the chair.
Each conference can define a list of up to 256 technical topics, across all tracks. Topics can be grouped into any number of topic groups, such as "methodology" and "technical area". Each paper is labeled with some number of topics, within a configurable range. For example, a conference may require that each paper has at least one and no more than four topics. (Each topic group can have a different cardinality requirement.) Topics are chosen by the author when registering a paper, but can be changed later. Topics are used for automated paper assignment, or to restrict the set of papers that a TPC member can claim for possible review.
Papers can be divided into categories, e.g., short papers, demos and long papers. Each paper falls into exactly one category. Each track can contain papers from various categories. Topics, tracks and categories are independent. Categories can be listed and exported, and can be used for sorting. The category name and description can be included in the accept/reject letters, allowing chairs to customize notifications for different categories.
TPC groups:
Papers can be assigned to TPC groups, which are simply groups of papers. Typically, this assignment is invisible to authors and made by the chairs. Such assignments can be used to group papers for discussion during large TPC meetings, for example. TPC groups are led by group leaders. Papers from different tracks can be in the same TPC group.
Technical Program Committee (TPC):
If your conference has a technical program committee (TPC), you can add, edit and delete names through People/TPC. Only TPC members can claim papers for possible review. TPC members are sent invitations by email, which they can accept or decline. The list of TPC members shows whether they have accepted or declined. TPC members can also declare whether they are attending the TPC meeting and any TPC dinner. Each TPC member can be assigned to any number of TPC groups.
Review forms:

There are two kinds of review forms: for regular reviews and meta (summary) reviews. Meta reviews summarize the other, regular reviews for a paper. Each conference can define its own conference-specific term for meta reviews, such as "TPC review" or "Review summary" or "TPC recommendation". A typical conference might have three regular reviews and at most one meta review per paper, but a conference can configure any number for both types of reviews. Also, individual papers can have more or fewer reviews than the default setting.

Both types of reviews can be done by members of the TPC or by external persons not part of the technical program committee. If you have a one-level review system, where all reviews are the same, the conference should choose the corresponding review model. In that case, only regular reviews are visible to chairs and TPC members.

Review forms are added and edited from Reviews/Configure.

From each question menu, you can preview the current review form. It is possible to use a combination of other scores to create the review average. (The system allows you to have weights that do not add up to one.) Numeric scoring questions for TPC members and reviewers should have the same numbering since the weights will be computed by item number. If you want to use a subset of questions for the meta review (review summary) form, simply omit the corresponding questions.

Reviewers will not be able to review papers until you add a review form. Be careful when changing review forms since EDAS remembers responses by question number. Thus, the meaning of existing reviews may change if you adjust the scale, for example.

Conference sessions are created via Conference/Sessions and can contain title and subtitle, date and time information, a session chair and room information. Sessions are primarily used to generate the conference program. Each paper belongs to no more than one conference session. You can postpone the creation of sessions until papers have been accepted.
Copyright forms:
EDAS can manage the submission of copyright forms for accepted papers. For IEEE conferences, it can refer authors to the IEEE eCopyright site, which in turn informs EDAS once the author has filled out the form online. Alternatively, chairs or authors can upload scanned copyright forms as PDF or JPEG, or authors can answer a copyright question. All copyright parameters are configured via Conference/Configure, item Copyright management.
Conference events are needed only if you want to use EDAS for conference registrations, paid or free. Conference events are set up via Conference/Events. Each event must have at least one registration option that defines who can register for what price. A typical event would be "Workshop 1", with registration options for students and early registration. Registration options can be created by clicking on the "plus" sign in the "Registration types" column under Conference/Events. Each event can be assigned a code for identification; it has no further significance.