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Fri 16 - Fri 23 October 2020

ACM/IEEE 23rd International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems Call for ACM SRC: Student Research Competition

MODELS 2020 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 2020. The Student Research Competition has the following goals (for general information in the ACM SRC see https://src.acm.org/about):

  • 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
  • to give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with MODELS attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications
  • to give students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills, including visual, organizational, oral, and aural modalities
  • to provide detailed feedback to students about their research and presentation, from a panel of distinguished judges
  • 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.

Team projects will be accepted from Undergraduate students. One person should be designated by the team to attend the conference and make the oral presentation. This person along with another team member will be eligible for travel reimbursement for up to $500.00. Should the designated presenter win first, second or third place in competition only they will receive the medal and monetary award.

Only individual research is accepted from Graduate (Masters or PhD program) students; group research projects will not be considered. If an individual is part of a group research project and wants to participate in an SRC, they can only present their part of the research. Only they will receive the travel stipend and monetary award (should they win).

For work accepted to the MODELS 2020 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).

Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (April 1- March 31). Students that have applied to an SRC, but have not been accepted, may respond to other SRC calls for participation during the program year.


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


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Fri 16 Oct

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Tue 20 Oct

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Call for Participation

How to Participate

Step 1: Submit an Extended Research Abstract to this Track

To participate in the competition, students should submit an extended abstract of no more than 800 words 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 2020 in Montreal, Canada.

Students who are selected to participate in the second round of the MODELS 2020 Student Research Competition will be awarded a travel grant of up to US $500 to help cover travel expenses to the conference (provided after the conference as a reimbursement request).

Step 2: Second Round Competition – Present a Poster

The second round of the competition will take place in Montreal at the MODELS 2020 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 to 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 third 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 2020 Awardees Participate in SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winners in both categories (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at MODELS 2020 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.


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 must be submitted electronically through the ACM SRC@MODELS 2020 submission web page on Easychair.

Prizes and Student Support Information

The top three undergraduate and graduate winners receive prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively (USD), an award medal, and a one-year complimentary ACM student membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library.

The top three graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists receive an additional $500, $300, and $200 respectively and a handsomely framed Grand Finalist certificate. They are invited to ACM's annual Awards Banquet.


Important Dates ACM SRC@MODELS2020:

Up to MODELS 2020

  • May 29, 2020 July 8, 2020 ACM SRC submission
  • June 29, 2020 August 5, 2020 Notification to students

Deadline is midnight for Anywhere on Earth (AoE, time zone UTC-12)

During MODELS 2020 (October 18-23, 2020)

Exact dates to be announced

  • Round 2 – ACM SRC Poster Session (as part of the MODELS 2020 poster session)
  • Round 3 – ACM SRC Presentation Session
  • ACM SRC Awards Ceremony (during some conference event, TBA)


Questions should be addressed to the chairs and sent to the following email address: davide.diruscio@univaq.it


Papers must be submitted electronically through the ACM SRC@MODELS 2020 submission web page.

Questions? Use the MODELS ACM Student Research Competition contact form.