ACM Student Research Competition

  • Please click here to view the list of accepeted posters:


    Abstract submission:     11:59 pm US EDT  Friday, June 24, 2016
    Acceptance notification: 11:59 pm US EDT  Friday, July  12, 2016
    Poster Session for Accepted Abstracts: 6:00pm local time, Monday, Sept 12, 2016
    Presentations for Finalists:   2:15pm local time,
    Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016


    GOLD MEDAL:      
    Roman Kaplan, Technion, "From Processing-in-Memory to Processing-in-Storage"
    Arthur Kiyanovski, Technion, "Network Controller Emulation on a Sidecore for Unmodified Virtual Machines"
    Kim-Anh Tran, Uppsala University, "SWOOP: Software Out-of-Order Execution for In-Order Architectures"



    Submissions to the PACT-2016 ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) must be submitted electronically at this site:
    The submission should be in pdf format. Blind submissions are fine, but not required. Submissions should not exceed 1 page, and should not exceed 800 words. Figures and References are fine, and must fit within the single page. You may use this latex template. This template will format the paper in the style here.
    Please also note that all students whose abstracts are accepted are expected to attend PACT-2016 and present a poster of their work, and present it in a PACT session if selected from the poster session.


    Sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research, the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes.
    The SRC consists of three rounds:

    1. Online abstract submission authored by the student alone.
    2. Poster session at PACT-2016 by authors selected abstracts.
    3. Presentation at PACT-2016 by authors of the top 3 posters selected by judges at the conference.

    The evaluation of round (1) will focus on the quality of the research contributions, while rounds (2) and (3) will consider that and the quality of visual and oral presentation.
    You can find more information on the ACM Student Research Competition at:


    Students accepted to participate in the SRC may be eligible for partial travel grants (typically up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will receive all of the following prizes:

    1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
    1. An award medal and a one-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library.
    1. The names and research abstracts of the winners will be posted on the ACM SRC web site.
    1. An invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist plaques. Grand Finalists and their advisors will be invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the Turing Award, the $1 million "Nobel Prize" of computing.



    A participant in the SRC must meet all of the following conditions:

    1. The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
    1. The participant must submit an abstract of up to 800 words outlining the content of a poster that is going to be presented during the competition. The abstract must include the poster title, author name, affiliation, and the name of the academic advisor. It should describe the research problem, motivation and background, techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and concisely conveying the work in a poster format. It should state the novelty and contributions of the work explicitly. The submission deadline is Friday June 24, 2016, at 11:59 pm US Eastern Time.
    1. The abstract can have some overlap with previous publications (including PACT-2016), but some significant part of it must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.
    1. The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate student status as of June 24, 2016.  Please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.  You may join ACM prior to entering.  Basic student membership is $19 per year or less:

    For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM format will be included in the PACT-2016 conference proceedings. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.


    Chair:  Erik Altman, IBM
    Poster and Presentation Judges

    Kemal Ebcioglu, Global Supercomputing
    Dorit Nuzman, Intel
    Ronny Ronen, Intel
    Xipeng Shen, North Carolina State University
    Gabriel M. Silberman, Cerebri AI

    Committee Members:   

    Christoph Dubach, University of Edinburgh
    Benoit Dupont de Dinechin, Kalray
    Kemal Ebcioglu, Global Supercomputing
    Lieven Eeckhout, University of Ghent
    R. Govindarajan, Indian Institute of Science
    Boris Grot, University of Edinburgh
    Christoph Kessler, Linkoping University
    Dorit Nuzman, Intel
    Rodric Rabbah, IBM
    Ronny Ronen, Intel
    Xipeng Shen, North Carolina State University
    Gabriel M. Silberman, Dell Research
    Zehra Sura, IBM


    For questions regarding the submission process, or for additional information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the ACM Student Research Competition Chair, Erik Altman.


    The ACM Student Research Competition at PACT-2016 is sponsored by:
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  • Dates & Deadlines


    • Conference Registration
      Early Bird Registration Cutoff Date - August 15, 2016

    • Student Travel Grants
      Application Deadline: July 25, 2016

    • Main Conference Papers
      Abstract Deadline: March 14, 2016
      Paper Deadline: March 21, 2016
      Rebuttal after Phase I: May 7 -- May 11, 2016
      Rebuttal after Phase II: June 15 -- June 19, 2016
      Author Notification: June 30, 2016
      Camera Ready Final Papers: July 27, 2016

    • Workshops + Tutorials
      Proposal Deadline: April 8, 2016 (23:59 PST)
      Acceptance Notification: April 22, 2016 (23:59 PST)

    • ACM Student Research Competition
      Abstract Deadline: June 24, 2016
      Author Notification: July 12, 2016