ICSE 2024
Fri 12 - Sun 21 April 2024 Lisbon, Portugal

Following the tradition of past years, ICSE 2024 will host an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). SRC offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. ACM will provide the medals and monetary awards to the SRC student winners, $500, $300, $200 respectively for the top three winners in each of the graduate and undergraduate categories. The graduate category includes both Masters’ and PhD programs.

Additional Information

For additional information, see the Call for Contributions, consult the ACM Student Research Competition website, or contact Mattia Fazzini and André Restivo.

How to Participate: Submit a Research Abstract

To enroll in the Student Research Competition (SRC), you must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. You must submit a 2-page research abstract related to any of the main ICSE themes. A submission should describe a research problem, its background and related work, the proposed solution and its novelty, the actual results, and your contributions. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; for the competition, you should submit a single-authored version of your work. 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 ICSE conference companion proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

A submission to SRC 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. Submissions must strictly conform to the ACM formatting instructions. Alterations of spacing, font size, and other changes that deviate from the instructions may result in desk rejection without further review. The submitter and author must be a student member of the ACM and must provide your current ACM member number.

The review process is single-anonymous. There is no need to anonymize the submission.

You must submit your SRC research abstract electronically using the hotcrp submission page (https://icse2024-src.hotcrp.com/).

Important Dates

  • SRC Submissions Deadline: December 1st, 2023 (AOE)
  • SRC Acceptance Notification: January 12th, 2024 (AOE)
  • SRC Camera Ready: January 25th, 2024 (AOE)
  • SRC Presentations: TBD

First Round Competition: Poster Presentation

If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be invited to the first round, which will take place at ICSE 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal. 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 surrounding discussion. Following that evaluation, the judges will select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

Second Round Competition: Research Talk

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 ICSE 2024 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. Three undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as winners and will receive prizes.

Prizes and SRC Grand Finals

The top three winners in each category – undergraduate and graduate – will be recognized during the ICSE conference. The winners of the ICSE 2023 SRC will also be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals, where they will compete with winners from other conferences held during the calendar year. A separate panel of judges will evaluate all SRC Grand Final participants. Three undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners.

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 should be part of the research abstract?

A submission to the competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research related to the topics covered by ICSE. It is important that your research abstract discusses (1) research problem and motivation, (2) background and related work, (3) approach and uniqueness, and (4) results and contributions. The committee will assess your research abstract along those dimensions.

Q: Based on what criteria will judges evaluate the abstract/research?

The judges will assess research abstracts based on four criteria: Problem and motivation, Background and related work, Approach and uniqueness, and Results and contribution. For the poster presentation, the criteria are Oral presentation, Visual presentation, Research methods, and Significance of contribution. For the conference presentation, the criteria are Knowledge of research area, Contribution of research, and Presentation.

Q: Will the participants qualify for a registration waiver and/or free/discounted travel reimbursement?

There is no registration waiver and no free/discounted travel reimbursement. Students will have to pay for conference registration, travel, and lodging. However, there are additional programs to help students keep the cost down (the programs can be combined with SRC). Consider applying as a student volunteer. Additionally, SIGSOFT has a great travel support program for students: SIGSOFT CAPS.

Q: My research is not related to software engineering or any of the main themes of the ICSE conference. Can I still participate in the Student Research Competition?

Yes, but not at ICSE. Participate in a SRC at a conference that is related to your research. To participate in the competition at ICSE, your research needs to be related to the main themes of the ICSE conference (see the topics for the Technical Research Track. If your research is not among the topics relevant for ICSE, please check http://src.acm.org/ to find a conference that is better related. If you don’t find a conference that cover’s your research, you can participate in the SRC competition at the SIGCSE conference.

Q: I submitted a paper to the Doctoral Symposium. May I also submit a paper on the same topic to the Student Research Competition?

Yes, you may, and we encourage this. However, as with any simultaneous submission about similar research topics, the content must be at least 30% different from any other submission (in substance, not just the words). This includes your submission to the Doctoral Symposium. The overlap between the two papers will be checked upon submission to the SRC submission site. If you have doubts about your submission, please speak with your advisor and discuss how to ensure that the two papers are different enough to avoid being flagged.

Q: Can I submit research that is already published elsewhere?

No, the submission needs to be original. In particular, you cannot participate with a short version of a paper that is accepted in the main track. We will ask you to retract work that has already been published elsewhere.