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Mon 23 - Thu 26 March 2020 Porto, Portugal

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for ACM student members at the undergraduate and graduate levels to present their original research at <Programming> before a panel of judges and conference attendees, and creates opportunities for learning and networking among researchers and practitioners. The SRC gives visibility to not only up-and-coming young researchers, but also to the field of computer science research and its community.

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Damien MorardUniversity of Geneva, Centre Universitaire d'Informatique, Geneva, Switzerland

Call for Student Research Competition

In order to participate in the SRC, you have to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Current ACM student membership
  • Graduate or undergraduate student status (must be currently enrolled in a university or college) at the time of submission
  • If selected, participants must register for the conference

If you meet the above requirements and you want to participate, you must submit an extended abstract of no more than 800 words, and no more than 2 pages (excluding references) to: Coen De Roover (coen.de.roover@vub.be) and Philipp Haller (phaller@kth.se).

Submission deadline:

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 (AoE)

Your abstract should conform to the ACM SIGPLAN conference template, using the acmart class with the “sigconf” option, and it should be in 10pt font, and be submitted in PDF format. The research presented in the abstract has to be done on an individual basis for graduate students, but group projects are allowed for undergraduate submissions (one student must be chosen to present the work). The abstract should describe the research problem and motivation, background and related work, the intended solution approach and its uniqueness, results, and contributions.

Your extended abstract will be judged by a jury of experts (see right-hand side panel).

You will be notified if you are accepted as a SRC participant to attend in Porto, Portugal by Friday, February 21th, 2020. If your abstract is accepted, you will have to prepare a poster to present in the first round of the competition.

For more information about the ACM SRC, please visit the FAQ.

Student Research Competition Process

There are two rounds of SRC competition that are held during the conference, once your abstract is accepted, and a later Grand Finals competition:

First Round Competitions

The first round is the Poster Session. This is your opportunity to present your research in the areas specified in the conference’s call for papers. Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the research (quality, novelty, and significance) and the presentation of the research (poster, discussion), and a group of semi-finalists will be chosen to present at the second round of the competition.

Second Round Competitions

Semi-finalists continue by giving a short presentation (a ten minute presentation followed by a five minute question and answer period) of their research before a panel of judges, with a supporting slide presentation. Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. Three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, receiving $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

The SRC Grand Finals

First place undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the ACM SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates these winners against each other via the web. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.

Travel Expenses

ACM’s SRC program covers expenses up to $500 for all students invited to an SRC. The kinds of conference expenses that are acceptable include:

  • Accommodation (hostel or hotel room, …)
  • Transportation (air, rail, bus, taxi, car service, car rental, parking, …)
  • Conference registration
  • Meals
  • Supplies for poster printing, shipping, etc.

Students will be reimbursed once we receive their SRC Travel Expense report form along with receipts for all expenses above $25.

Questions? Use the ‹Programming› Student Research Competition contact form.