Mon 20 - Fri 24 October 2014 Portland, Oregon, United States

Continuing the successes of previous years, SPLASH is again hosting an ACM SIGPLAN Student Research Competition (ACM SRC). The competition is an internationally-recognized venue that enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world, share their research results with other students and SPLASH attendees. The competition has separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students and awards prizes to the top three students in each category. The ACM SIGPLAN Student Research Competition shares the Poster session’s goal to facilitate interaction with researchers and industry practitioners; providing both sides with the opportunity to learn of ongoing, current research. Additionally, the Student Research Competition gives students experience with both formal presentations and evaluations.

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Wed 22 Oct
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18:00 - 21:00: SRC PostersStudent Research Competition at Exhibit Hall
Chair(s): Isil DilligUniversity of Texas, Austin, Sam GuyerTufts University
18:00 - 18:18
Kamino: Dynamic Approach to Semantic Code Clone Detection
Student Research Competition
Lindsay NeubauerColumbia University
18:18 - 18:36
Analysis with Type-Intertwined Separation Logic
Student Research Competition
Devin CoughlinUniversity of Colorado Boulder
18:36 - 18:54
Quality Types for Approximate Programming
Student Research Competition
Brett BostonUniversity of Washington
18:54 - 19:12
Recommending More Efficient Workflows to Software Developers
Student Research Competition
Dylan BatesCoker College
19:12 - 19:30
Incorporating Structured Queries into Software Search
Student Research Competition
19:30 - 19:48
A Study of Wheat and Chaff in Source Code
Student Research Competition
Martin VelezUniversity of California, Davis
19:48 - 20:06
Improved Program Synthesis Through the Use of Packages
Student Research Competition
Santiago GonzalezColorado School of Mines, C: Armando Solar-LezamaMIT
20:06 - 20:24
Towards Concurrent Reactive Programming
Student Research Competition
Joscha DrechslerTechnische Universität Darmstadt
20:24 - 20:42
A Language for the Specification and Efficient Implementation of Type Systems
Student Research Competition
Pascal WittmannTU Darmstadt
20:42 - 21:00
Parallelization of Gibbs Sampling for Text Analytics
Student Research Competition
Ayush NarayanRice University

Thu 23 Oct
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10:30 - 12:00: SRC PresentationsStudent Research Competition at Salon C
Chair(s): Sam GuyerTufts University, Isil DilligUniversity of Texas, Austin

Call for Submissions

Competition Requirements

Participants must be undergraduates or graduate students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. 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. Participants must be current members of the ACM and provide their ACM member number.

Submissions must be original research that is not already published at SPLASH or another conference or journal. One of the goals of the SRC is to give students feedback on ongoing, unpublished work.


Interested students should submit a two-page abstract in PDF format. Please prepare your abstract using ACM SIG Proceedings format, 10pt font with two columns, 0.75 inch margins and 1/3 inch space between columns. Submissions will be simultaneously considered for the Poster track, including submissions that are not selected to participate in the Student Research Competition. The submission should describe:

  • The research problem and motivation
  • Background and related work
  • Approach and uniqueness
  • Results and contributions

Submissions web site: http://src2014.cs.tufts.edu/submission/

Selection Process

A maximum of 20 students (10 undergraduates, 10 graduates) will be selected to participate in the Student Research Competition at SPLASH. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of experts, and are evaluated based on the quality of the work, novelty of approach, significance of contribution, and clarity of written presentation.

Students whose submissions are accepted to participate in the competition are entitled to a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of US $500.

First round: poster session

At the conference, the first round of the competition evaluates the research during a poster presentation. The poster presentation is evaluated based on two facets:

  • The research: its quality, novelty, and the significance of the contribution.
  • The presentation: visual aspects of the poster and the student’s oral discussion.
  • Based on the results from the poster session, the judges select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

Second round: Short Presentation

During the second round each student gives a short (5-10 min) presentation of their research, followed by a question and answer period. The judges evaluate the presentations and select the top three winners in each category (undergraduate and graduate). The winners receive prizes (see below)!

After the conference, the first-place winner from each category will advance to the ACM Grand Finals of the Student Research Competition, where all SIG conference contest winners are evaluated.


The top three winners at SPLASH in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. All winners also receive an award medal and two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the conference. These winners will also go on to compete in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals with winners from other ACM conferences.

More Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the ACM Student Research Competition Co-Chairs (Isil Dillig and Sam Guyer) at src@splashcon.org.