ACM Student Research Competition

ACM/IEEE 20th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

Austin, Texas, Sept 17-22, 2017

How to Participate

Step 1: Submit an Extended Research Abstract to this Track

Please note: Students whose advisors are on the MODELS 2017 SRC selection/judging committee are not allowed to participate. Participants must be current student members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member number.

To participate in the competition, students should submit an extended abstract (up tp 5 pages) in PDF format using the ACM SIGPLAN Conference template (10pt font with two columns, 0.75 inch margins and 1/3 inch space between columns) related to the main themes of the conference (see the call for conference papers 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 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Step 2: Second Round Competition – Present a Poster

The second round of the competition will take place in Austin at the MODELS 2017 conference and will be a poster session. Students will be given the opportunity to present their 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); some of the students will be selected advance to the next round of the competition.

Step 3: Third Round Competition – Give a Presentation

The SRC participants that presented their poster in Round 2 will give a short presentation of their research before a panel of judges in a special session at the conference. After each presentation, there will be a short question and answer session. Evaluations will be 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 2017 Awardees Participate in SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winners in both categories (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at MODELS 2017 will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges will evaluate 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.