Tracks give you fine-grained control over PC member rights. With tracks, PC members can have different rights to see and review papers, depending on the papers’ tags.
Set up tracks on the Settings > Tracks page.
An external review committee is a subset of the PC that may bid on papers to review, and may be assigned reviews (using, for example, the autoassignment tool), but may not self-assign reviews, and may not view reviews except for papers they have reviewed. To set this up:
A PC-paper review committee is a subset of the PC that reviews papers with PC coauthors. PC-paper review committees are kept separate from the main PC; they only bid on and review PC papers, while the main PC handles all other papers. To set this up:
A track chair is a PC member with full administrative rights over a subset of papers. To set this up for, say, an “industrial” track:
A track chair can run the autoassigner, make assignments, edit papers, and generally administer all papers on their tracks. Track chairs cannot modify site settings or change track tags, however.
Tracks restrict permissions. For example, when the “PC members can review any submitted paper” setting is off, no PC member can enter an unassigned review, no matter what the track settings say. It can be useful to “act as” a member of the PC to check which permissions are actually in effect.