[ecoop-info] ICSE 2015 - ACM Student Research Competition

Domenico BIANCULLI domenico.bianculli at uni.lu
Fri Oct 10 19:27:14 CEST 2014

ICSE 2015


The 37th International Conference on Software Engineering

May 16-24, 2015 - Firenze, Italy

Call for contributions to the
ACM Student Research Competition

ICSE 2015 will host an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC)
<http://src.acm.org/>, sponsored by Microsoft Research. This
competition offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique forum
to experience the research world, present their research results to
ICSE attendees, and compete for prizes.

The ACM SRC at ICSE 2015 consists of three parts: (1) research
abstract submission; (2) poster presentation; and (3) a research
talk. The winners of the competition will be invited to participate in
the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Participate in this exciting competition: Submit your work to the ACM
Student Research Competition at ICSE 2015. Win a travel stipend to
attend the ICSE conference in Florence!

* How to Participate: Submit a Research Abstract *

To participate in the competition, submit a 2-page research abstract
related to the main themes of the conference (see the Technical
Research CFP 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.

The research abstract must conform at time of submission to the ICSE
2015 formatting and submission instructions
<http://2015.icse-conferences.org/submission-guidelines> and must not
exceed 2 pages in the IEEE proceedings format, including all text,
appendices, and figures. However references do not count against the
page limit: the list of references may expand into a third page, i.e.,
the third page, if any, should contain nothing except all or part of
your references. All submissions must be in English and in the PDF

Papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair
<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icse2015src> by November
21, 2014. A panel of experts will review the submissions and select
the students to participate in the Student Research Competition, which
will be held at ICSE 2015 in Florence, Italy. Accepted submissions
will be published in the conference proceedings.

* Coverage of Expenses *

Students who are selected to participate in the main competition at
the ICSE conference round are entitled to a stipend partially covering
their travel expenses. Specifically, ACM's SRC program covers expenses
up to $500 for all students invited to an SRC.

Such expenses can include:

* Transportation expenses (air, rail, bus, taxi, car service, car
  rental, parking);
* Meals, hotel, tips
* Supplies for poster development, poster shipment, etc.
* Conference registration

* First Round Competition: Present a Poster *

The first round of the competition will take place in Florence at the
ICSE 2015 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 field, 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), the presentation of the research (poster,
discussion), and select students to advance to the second round of the

* Second Round Competition: Give a Presentation *

Selected students will give a short presentation of their research
before a panel of judges in a special session at ICSE 2015. 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, contributions 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. The winners of the
ICSE SRC are also invited to compete with winners from other
conferences in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

* The SRC Grand Finals *

All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRC held at
ICSE 2015 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. One undergraduate student and one
graduate student 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.

* Requirements *

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.

* For More Information *

For additional information, visit the official ACM Student Research
Competition website.

* Supporter *

Microsoft Research <http://research.microsoft.com/>

* Important Dates *

Paper submission: November 21, 2014

Notification: January 21, 2015

Camera-Ready version: February 13, 2015

Deadlines are intended to be 23.59.59 Anywhere on Earth (AOE)

* ACM Student Research Competition Co-Chairs *

Massimiliano Di Penta, University of Sannio, Italy

Michael Whalen, University of Minnesota, MS, USA

* ACM Student Research Competition Committee *

Bram Adams	 	École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Jo Atlee	 	University of Waterloo, Canada
Luciano Baresi	 	Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Gabriele Bavota	 	University of Sannio, Italy
Marsha Chechik	 	University of Toronto, Canada
Stephan Diehl	 	University Trier, Germany
Robert Hall	 	AT&T Labs Research, USA
Klaus Havelund	 	California Institute of Technology, USA
Rob Hierons	 	Brunel University, UK
Jeff Huang	 	University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jane Huffman Hayes	University of Kentucky, USA
John Hughes	 	Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Andrea Mocci	 	University of Lugano, Switzerland
Rocco Oliveto	 	University of Molise, Italy
Ajitha Rajan	 	University of Edinburgh, UK
Neha Rungta	 	NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Suresh Thummalapenta	Microsoft Research, USA
Zhenchang Xing	 	Nanyang Technological University, China

* Formatting and submission instructions *

Please review the submission and formatting instructions
carefully. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and
size limits will be rejected without review.

* EasyChair submission link *

After you have carefully reviewed all instructions on this page,
please use the following link for submissions:

* Frequently Asked Questions *

Q: I am a PhD student. Am I eligible to participate in the SRC?

Yes. As a PhD student, you will compete in the Graduate category of
the competition.

Q: What should be part of the research abstract?

A submission to the competition should describe recently completed or
ongoing student research related to the topics covered by ICSE. It is
important that your research abstract discusses (1) research problem
and motivation, (2) background and related work, (3) approach and
uniqueness, and (4) results and contributions. The committee will
assess your research abstract along these dimensions.

It is important to note that an ACM SRC submission should be about a
specific piece of research. That is, the research abstract should not
contain the student CV and/or a broad description of her/his PhD or
Master research activities and achievements.

Q: Based on what criteria will judges evaluate the abstract/research?

The judges will assess research abstracts based on four criteria:
Problem and motivation; Background and related work; Approach and
uniqueness; and Results and contribution. For the poster presentation,
the criteria are: Oral presentation; Visual presentation; Research
methods; and Significance of contribution. For the conference
presentation, the criteria are Knowledge of research area;
Contribution of research; and Presentation.

Q: I noticed that first round participants receive a travel
reimbursement of up to $500. Will the participants also qualify for a
registration waiver and/or free/discounted student lodging?

There is no registration waiver and no free/discounted student lodging
for first round participants of the SRC. Students will still have to
pay for conference registration and lodging, for which they can use
the travel stipend.

However, there are additional programs to help students keep the cost
down (the programs can be combined with SRC):
Consider applying as an
ICSE 2015 student volunteer.

Also SIGSOFT has a great travel support program for students: SIGSOFT
CAPS <http://www.sigsoft.org/CAPS/>

Q: My research is not related to software engineering or any of the
main themes of the ICSE conference. Can I still participate in the
Student Research Competition?

Yes, but not at ICSE. Participate in a SRC at conference that is
related to your research.

To participate in the competition at ICSE, your research needs to be
related to the main themes of the ICSE conference (see the topics for
the technical research track).

If your research is not among the topics relevant for ICSE, please
check the list of current SRC calls
<http://src.acm.org/submissions.html> to find a conference that is
better related. If you don't find a conference that covers your
research, you can participate in the SRC competition at the SIGCSE
conference <http://www.sigcse.org/>.

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