Posters & ACM Student Research Competition

The <Programming> Posters track will take place in two different formats:

  • an ACM Student Research Competition, which includes a poster session (submissions due January 16th NOW January 30th)
  • a regular poster session, which isn’t part of a competition (submissions due March 3rd)
We first give details over the Student Research Competition, which now has an extension that allows new abstracts to be submitted by 30 January, and then lower on this page over the regular poster session.

UPDATE: The poster session will take place Monday late afternoon/evening, April 3rd, during a reception.

ACM Student Research Competition

Microsoft 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. The SRC gives visibility to not only up-and-coming young researchers, but also exposes them to the field of computer science research and its community. This competition also gives students an opportunity to discuss their research with experts in their field, get feedback, and to help them sharpen their communication and networking skills.

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 want to participate, you must submit an extended abstract of no more than 800 words, and no more than 2 pages (excluding references) to: Your abstract should conform to the ACM SIGPLAN conference template, 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.

Submission deadline:  16 January NOW 30 January 2017

Your extended abstract will be judged by a panel of judges, and you will be notified if you are accepted as an SRC participant to then attend <Programming> in Brussels in April. If your abstract is accepted, you will have to prepare a poster to present in the first round of competition. Your abstract will also be published in the conference proceedings.

Student Research Competition Process

There are two rounds of SRC competition that are held during the <Programming> conference, once your abstract is accepted, and a later grand finals competition:

First Round Competitions
The first round is the Poster Session, which will take place on Monday evening, the 3rd of April. 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

The second round will take place on Wednesday evening, the 5th of April. 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 power point 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 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:

  • Transportation expenses (air, rail, bus, taxi, car service, car rental, parking); If you’re driving your own car, you can expense .54 cents per mile as of January 1, 2016. Please note this rate generally changes annually.
  • Meals, hotel, tips
  • Supplies for poster development, poster shipment, etc.
  • Conference registration

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

Poster Session

If you would like to present a poster over your research to get feedback over your ideas without competing in a competition, please send a 1-2 paragraph abstract plus poster title (in pdf format) to by

Submission deadline:  3 March 2017

The poster session will take place on Monday evening, the 3rd of April

Important Dates AoE (UTC-12h)
Mon 30 Jan 2017
Student Research Competition Abstract Submission