[ecoop-info] ACM SRC: Student Research Competition @MoDELS 2013

Davide Di Ruscio davide.diruscio at univaq.it
Thu Jun 13 23:16:22 CEST 2013

ACM SRC: Student Research Competition

Co-located with MoDELS 2013
September 30/October 2-3, 2013 – Miami, Florida, USA

For the first time MoDELS will host an ACM Student Research Competition
(SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research. The ACM SRC is a forum for
undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange
ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes
at MoDELS 2013. The Student Research Competition has the following

- to give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share
their research ideas and results at MoDELS in a special forum that
provides visibility for their work
- to give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with MoDELS
attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible
practical applications
- to give students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills,
including visual, organizational, oral, and aural modalities
- to provide detailed feedback to students about their research and
presentation, from a panel of distinguished judges from industry and
- to recognize and reward outstanding student research

Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an
academic degree at the time of initial submission. Participants must be
current student members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member
number. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; you
must submit a single-authored version of your work for the competition.

The contest has two categories, one for undergraduate research and the
other for graduate research. Three winners will be selected in each
category. Research completed while the student was an undergraduate may
be submitted to the undergraduate category even if the student is now a
first-year graduate student.

Each competition entry must be authored by one student only – neither
supervisors or other students are allowed as co-authors.

For work accepted to the MoDELS 2013 Student Research Competition, a
travel grant of up to US $500 will be awarded to help cover travel
expenses to the conference. While the student must be an ACM member to
qualify for travel funding and awards, she/he does not need to be one to
submit to the competition.

The top three winners at models 2013 in each category (undergraduate and
graduate) will receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200,
respectively. All winners will receive an award plaque and two-year
complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital
Library. Winners will be recognized during the closing plenary session
of the models 2013 conference. These winners will also go on to compete
in the ACM Grand Finals with winners from other ACM conferences. For
more information about the ACM SRC, please visit the FAQ at


* Step 1: Submit a Research Abstract *

To participate in the competition, submit a research abstract related to
the main themes of the conference (see the Call for Foundations Track
for a list of conference topics). The submission should describe: the
research problem and motivation, background and related work, approach
and uniqueness, results, and contributions. Papers will be judged based
on how well they cover these aspects of the work.

A panel of experts will review the submissions and select the students
to participate in the second round of the Student Research Competition,
which will be held at MoDELS 2013 in Miami.

* Step 2: First Round Competition - Present a Poster *

The first round of the competition will take place in Miami at the
MoDELS 2013 conference and will be a poster session. This is your
opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and leading
experts in the software engineering fields, including the SRC committee.
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 select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

* Step 3: Second Round Competition - Give a Presentation (selective) *

Selected students will continue by giving a short presentation of their
research before a panel of judges in a special session at the MoDELS
2013 conference in Miami. After each presentation, there will be a short
question and answer session.

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, and receive prizes.

* Final Step: MODELS 2013 Awardees Participate in SRC Grand Finals *

All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRC held at
MODELS 2013 will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of
judges evaluates the winners of all SRCs held during the calendar year
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.


All submissions to the ACM SRC @ MODELS 2013 will be published in a
post-conference volume of CEUR with page numbers and indexed in the

The research abstract must conform at time of submission to the Springer
LNCS template. Details about the required submission format can be found

The core content of your proposal must not exceed 5 pages, including all
text, appendices, and figures. However, please note that for this SRC,
references do not count against the page limit: the list of references
may expand into a sixth page but no content (text, figures) is allowed
on the sixth page, i.e., the sixth page, if any, should contain nothing
except all or part of your references. All submissions must be in
English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

Papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair. The EasyChair
URL for submission is:


ACM SRC submission: 15 July 2013
Notification to students: 23 August 2013
Round 1 - ACM SRC Poster Session: 30 Sep 2013
Round 2 - Finalists Presentation Round: 2 Oct 2013
Awards Presentation: 3 Oct 2013


Davide Di Ruscio, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Ethan Jackson, Microsoft Research, USA


Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Jordi Cabot, INRIA/École des Mines de Nantes, France
Antonio Cicchetti, Mälardalen University, IDT, Sweden
Juergen Dingel, Queen's University, Canada
Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn, Germany
Richard Paige, University of York, UK
Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Eugene Syriani, University of Alabama, USA
Janos Sztipanovits, Vanderbilt University, USA
Manuel Wimmer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Vadim Zaytsev, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), NL

Davide Di Ruscio, PhD in Computer Science
Department of Information Engineering Computer Science and Mathematics
University of L'Aquila
Via Vetoio, Coppito I-67010 L'Aquila (Italy)
Email: davide.diruscio at univaq.it
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