POPL 2017
Sun 15 - Sat 21 January 2017

ACM and Microsoft Research are sponsoring the Student Research Competition (SRC) at the ACM SIGPLAN 2017 Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages.

Selected Posters


Call for submissions


The call was updated on Nov. 2nd to clarify some points and reflects some changes due to organisational constraints. These changes are higlighted.


POPL 2017 will host a Student Research Competition where undergraduate and graduate students can present posters. The SRC will consist of three rounds:

1) Extended abstract round

All students are encouraged to submit an extended abstract outlining their research (800 words).

2) Combined Poster session and presentation at POPL 2017

Based on the abstracts, a panel of judges will select the most promising entrants to participate in the poster session which will take place at POPL. Students who make it to this round will be eligible for some travel support to attend the conference. In the poster session, students will have the opportunity to present their work to the judges. Additionnaly to the poster, students may use supporting material (presentation, software demo) while presenting their work to the judges. The final award in each category as well as the overall winner will who will advance to the ACM SRC Grand Finals will be decided after the poster session.

You will be responsible for transporting your poster to the conference. If this will be a problem, please contact the chair of the SRC at kn@lri.fr.


The top three graduate and the top three undergraduate winners will receive prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. All six winners will receive award medals and a one-year complimentary ACM student membership, including a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library. The names of the winners will be posted on the SRC web site. The first place winners of the SRC will be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the winners of other conference-hosted SRCs. 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 (also known as the Nobel Prize of Computing). The top three Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200. All Grand Finalists will receive Grand Finalist certificates.

The ACM, Microsoft Research, and our industrial partners provide financial support for students attending the SRC. You can find more information about this on the ACM website.


The SRC is open to both undergraduate (not in a PhD program) and graduate students (in a PhD program). Upon submission, entrants must be enrolled as a student at their universities, and be ACM student members.

Furthermore, there are some constraints on what kind of work may be submitted.

Previously published work:

Submissions should consist of original work (not yet accepted for publication). If the work is a continuation of previously published work, the submission should focus on the contribution over what has already been published. We encourage students to see this as an opportunity to get early feedback and exposure for the work they plan to submit to the next POPL or other SIGPLAN conference.

Collaborative work:

Students are encouraged to submit work they have been conducting in collaboration with others, including advisors, internship mentors, or other students. However, submissions are individual, so they must focus on the contributions of the student.

Submission Details

Each submission should include the student author’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and postal address; research advisor’s name; ACM student member number; category (undergraduate or graduate); research title; and an extended abstract addressing the following:

  • Problem and Motivation: Clearly state the problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.
  • Background and Related Work: Describe the specialized (but pertinent) background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain where your work departs from that done by others.
  • Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in attacking the problem and clearly state how your approach is novel.
  • Results and Contributions: Clearly show how the results of your work contribute to computer science and explain the significance of those results.

The abstract must describe the student’s individual research and must be authored solely by the student. If the work is collaborative with others and/or part of a larger group project, the abstract should make clear what the student’s role was and should focus on that portion of the work. The extended abstract must not exceed 800 words and must not be longer than 2 pages. The reference list does not count towards these limits. To submit an abstract, please register through the https://poplsrc17.hotcrp.com/ submission page. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may be considered at the committee’s discretion, but only after decisions have been made on all abstracts submitted before the deadline.

Note on co-authorship : as per the ACM guidelines team submissions are only allowed for the undergrad category. Submissions in the ‘graduate’ category must be individual. In particular, the student’s advisor must not be a co-author but his/her name and affiliation must be filled in separately in the submission form.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: November 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2016

Selection Committee

Kim Nguyen (Université Paris-Sud, France, SC chair)

Julien Signoles (CEA LIST, France, SC member)

Matteo Cimmini (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, SC member)

Qirun Zhang (University of California, Davis, USA, SC member)

Further Information

For any questions regarding the POPL 2017 SRC, email the SRC chair at kn@lri.fr

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Thu 19 Jan
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18:20 - 20:20: Student Research Competition - Poster Session at Auditorium Hall
Chair(s): Qirun ZhangUniversity of California, Davis, Matteo CiminiIndiana University, USA, Julien SignolesCEA LIST, Kim NguyễnLRI, Université Paris-Sud
POPL-2017-src18:20 - 18:30
Nicholas RiouxNortheastern University
POPL-2017-src18:30 - 18:40
Max NewNortheastern University
POPL-2017-src18:40 - 18:50
Daniel PattersonNortheastern University
POPL-2017-src18:50 - 19:00
Li-yao XiaENS Paris
POPL-2017-src19:00 - 19:10
Victor LanvinENS Paris-Saclay
POPL-2017-src19:10 - 19:20
Ahmad Salim Al-SibahiIT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
POPL-2017-src19:20 - 19:30
Samuel DrewsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
POPL-2017-src19:30 - 19:40
William J. BowmanNortheastern University
POPL-2017-src19:40 - 19:50
Anton XueYale University
POPL-2017-src19:50 - 20:00
Sunbeom SoKorea University
POPL-2017-src20:00 - 20:10
Weili FuUniversity of Edinburgh
POPL-2017-src20:10 - 20:20
Yuu IgarashiKyoto University

Fri 20 Jan
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09:00 - 09:05: Student Research Competition - Student Competition Award at Auditorium
Chair(s): Kim NguyễnLRI, Université Paris-Sud
POPL-2017-src09:00 - 09:05