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ICSE 2019
Sat 25 - Fri 31 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada

Following the tradition of past years, ICSE 2019 will host the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research. This competition offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to experience the research world, present their research results, and compete for prizes.

To participate in the competition, a student must submit a 2-page description of his or her original research project. The submitted project descriptions are peer-reviewed. Each student whose description is selected is invited to attend the SRC competition at ICSE and present his or her work: a poster presentation and a research talk. Each is also entitled to a travel stipend that supports attending the entire ICSE conference in Montréal, QC, Canada!

Winners of the ICSE competition are invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Submit your work and take part of the ACM Student Research Competition at ICSE 2019!

Additional Information

For additional information, see SRC Frequently asked questions, consult the ACM Student Research Competition website or contact Alessandro Garcia and Julia Rubin.

Call for Contributions

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. An SRC submission is expected to describe novel, previously unpublished work. Specifically, 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 that follows the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt font, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf option). 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 EasyChair submission page.

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 2019 in Montréal, Canada. 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.

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 2019 conference. After each presentation, there will be a brief question-and-answer session. Your evaluation will be based 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 conference. The winners of the ICSE 2019 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 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 a formal recognition.

Expenses Coverage

If you are selected to participate in the ICSE 2019 competition, you are entitled to a stipend partially covering your travel expenses. Specifically, the ACM SRC program covers expenses up to $500 of your expenses.

These expenses can include:

  • Conference registration
  • Living expenses (hotel, meals, and tips),
  • Transportation expenses (air, rail, bus, taxi, car service, car rental, parking, mileage if driving your own car at 53.5 U.S. cents per mile),
  • Supplies for poster development and poster shipment.

All the students are also encouraged to apply for the SIGSOFT CAPS program for additional support.


Additional Information

For additional information, see SRC Frequently asked questions, consult the ACM Student Research Competition website or contact Alessandro Garcia and Julia Rubin.

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