Call for ACM Student Research Competition

Call for Contributions: ACM Student Research Competition

ACM/IEEE 19th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems Call for ACM SRC: Student Research Competition

MODELS 2016 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 2016. The Student Research Competition has the following goals:

  1. 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
  2. to give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with MODELS attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications
  3. to give students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills, including visual, organizational, oral, and aural modalities
  4. to provide detailed feedback to students about their research and presentation, from a panel of distinguished judges from industry and academia
  5. 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; students must submit a single-authored version of their 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 2016 Student Research Competition, a travel grant of up to US $500 will be awarded to help cover travel expenses to the conference (provided after the conference as a reimbursement request).

The top three winners of the ACM SRC at MODELS 2016 in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. In addition, they will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library. The first place winners will advance to the ACM Grand Finals with winners from other ACM SRCs. The top three winners will be recognized during the closing plenary session of MODELS 2016 conference

How to Participate

Step 1: Submit an Extended Research Abstract to this Track

***Please note: Students whose advisors are on the MODELS 2016 SRC selection/judging committee are not allowed to participate.

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 2016 in Saint Malo, France.

Step 2: Second Round Competition – Present a Poster

The second round of the competition will take place in Saint-Malo at the MODELS 2016 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

A subset of the SRC participants will be selected to continue in the final round of the competition by giving 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 2016 Awardees Participate in SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winners in both categories (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at MODELS 2016 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.


All submissions selected to participate in the second round of the ACM SRC @ MODELS 2016, and who attend the conference, will be published in a post-conference volume of CEUR

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. Submissions must be in English, and in PDF format.

Papers should be submitted electronically through EasyChair

Prizes and Student Support Information

Students who are selected to participate in the main competition at the MODELS conference are entitled to a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of US$500, which will be reimbursed by ACM (with support from Microsoft) after the conference.

The top three winners in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will be recognized during the conference and will receive prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200, respectively. The first-place winners of the MODELS SRC are also invited to compete with winners from other conferences in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Important Dates

  • July 17 Round 1: ACM SRC submission
  • Aug 14 Notification to students
  • Oct 3 Round 2 – ACM SRC Poster Session (Monday reception)
  • Oct 4 Round 3 – Finalists Presentation Round
  • Oct 5 Awards Presentation (Wednesday reception)

All deadlines are hard. No extensions will be allowed. Deadline is midnight for time zone UTC-12


We gratefully acknowledge Microsoft Research for their support of the ACM SRC


  • Ruth Breu, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA

Questions should be addressed to the chairs and sent to the following email address:

Program Committee

  • Jean-Michel Bruel, IRIT, France
  • Michel Chaudron, Chalmers & Gothenborg University, Sweden
  • Geri Georg, Colorado State University, USA
  • Joel Greenyer, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • Zhenjiang Hu, NII, Japan
  • Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Consultancy Services, India
  • Yves Le Traon, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Tanja Mayerhofer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Stefan Sauer, University of Paderborn, Germany
  • Martina Seidl, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Matthew Stephan, Miami University, USA
  • Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • Antonio Vallecillo, Universidad de Malaga, Spain

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