The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique forum to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes for the second time at ASE 2020. The ASE SRC consists of a research abstract submission and two rounds of competition during the conference – a poster presentation and a research talk. The winners of the competition at the ASE conference will get prizes and the first-place winners will be invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals to compete with winners from SRC held at other conferences during the calendar year.
- To participate in the Student Research Competition (SRC), you must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission.
- If you are considering submitting your existing work to SRC which has accepted or is currently under review in other venues or other tracks, we encourage you to add some novel parts other than the existing content to be considered in the competition.
- Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; for the competition, you should submit a single-authored version of your work.
To participate in the competition, you should submit an extended research abstract related to the main ASE themes. The extended research abstract should discuss:
- research problem and motivation for the work
- background and related work
- approach and uniqueness
- results and contributions
The extended abstract must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures. An additional third page is permitted only if it contains only references. The submission must be written in English and must be submitted as a PDF file that follows the ACM format https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. You as the submitter and author must be a student member of the ACM, and must provide your current ACM member number.
You must submit your SRC research abstract electronically using the submission page: ASE 2020 SRC HotCRP submission site. The review process is single-blind, i.e., the author names are visible to the reviewers.
The SRC committee members will review the submissions and select students to participate in the competition. Submissions that are accepted to the competition will be published in the ASE conference proceedings.
If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be invited to the first round, which will take place virtually at ASE 2020. You will present a poster describing your work to conference attendees and leading experts in the Software Engineering field, including the SRC committee. Judges will review the posters and discuss the research with participants. The judges will evaluate the novelty and significance of your research, and the quality of your presentation, including your poster and the discussion around it. Following that evaluation, the judges will select students to advance to the second round of the competition.
If you are selected for the second round, you will give a short presentation of your research before a panel of judges in a special session at the ASE 2020 conference. After each presentation, there will be a brief question-and-answer session. Your evaluation will be based on your knowledge of your research area, the contribution of your research, and the quality of your oral and visual presentation.
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 ASE SRC are invited to compete with winners from other conferences in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. A separate panel of judges will evaluate all SRC Grand Final participants via the Web. Three undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They will be invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they will receive formal recognition.
Q: I am a PhD student. Am I eligible to participate in the SRC?
Yes. As a PhD student, you will compete in the Graduate category of the competition.
Q: What criteria will be used to evaluate the poster and conference presentations?
The judges will assess the poster presentations using the following criteria: Oral presentation, Visual presentation, Research methods, and Significance of contribution. For the conference presentation, the evaluation criteria are Knowledge of research area, Contribution of research, and Presentation.
Q: My research is not related to software engineering or any of the main themes of the ASE conference. Can I still participate in the Student Research Competition?
Yes, but not at ASE. To participate in the competition at ASE, your research needs to be related to the main themes of the ASE conference (see the topics for the main conference track). If your research is not among the topics relevant for ASE, please check the list of current SRC calls to find a conference that is better related.