ACM SIGBED & Microsoft ResearchStudent Research Competition 2021
Call for Contributions
For the second time in 2021, the SIGBED community invites participation in
the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) which will be held at the
Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things Week (CPS-IoT Week
<https://cps-iot-week2021.isis.vanderbilt.edu/>) event and co-located with
it in May 2021. CPS-IoT Week is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems
and Internet-of-Things Research. It brings together five top conferences,
HSCC <https://hscc.acm.org/2021/>, ICCPS <http://iccps.acm.org/2021/>, IPSN
<https://ipsn.acm.org/2021/>, RTAS <http://2021.rtas.org/>, and IoTDI
workshops, tutorials, competitions, and various exhibitions from both
industry and academia. Altogether, the CPS Week program covers a multitude
of complementary aspects of CPS and reunites the leading researchers in
this dynamic field.
The format (in-person vs. online) of the SRC event in 2021 will follow the
CPS-IoT Week format that will be confirmed in early 2021. Travel support
will be provided if the SRC event is held in person.
Sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research, *the SRC is a forum for
undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results,
exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for
prizes. *Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a
travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3
undergraduate and top 3 graduate winners will receive all of the following
1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
2. An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a one-year complimentary
ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library.
3. The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the
ACM SRC web site (https://src.acm.org/winners/2020) and on the SIGBED
4. In addition, the first-place winner in each category (undergraduate,
graduate) will receive an invitation to participate in the SRC Grand
Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the first place winners of
individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three graduate and undergraduate
Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200,
respectively, along with Grand Finalist medals (gold, silver, bronze).
Grand Finalists and their advisors will be invited to the Annual ACM Awards
Banquet for an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will be recognized for
their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners,
including the winner of the Turing Award.
The SRC consists of two rounds: a poster session and a presentation
session. A panel of judges will select a number of finalists from the
poster session, who will be invited to the SRC presentation session at
CPS-IoT Week 2021 and compete for the prizes. The evaluation will be
concentrated on the quality of both visual and oral presentation, the
research methods, and the significance of contribution. You can find more
information on the ACM Student Research Competition site (
*Abstract Submission*: Friday, Feb 19, 2021, 11:59pm GMT-12
*Acceptance Notification*: Sunday, March 14, 2021
*SRC First Round (Posters)*: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
*SRC Second Round (Presentations)*: Thursday, May 20, 2021
A participant in the SRC must meet all the following conditions:
- The participant must submit an up to 500-word abstract outlining the
content of a poster that is going to be presented during the competition.
- The topic of the abstract should be in line with the scope of CPS-IoT
Week. Any submission covering research that is relevant for any of the five
conferences that are part of the event can be considered in scope. The
authors are encouraged to highlight in their abstracts the connection of
their work to the in-scope topics.
- The abstract should describe the research problem, motivation and
background, techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and
concisely conveying the work in a poster format.
- It should also explicitly state the novelty and contributions of the
- The submission deadline is *February 19th, 2021 at 23:59 GMT-12*.
- The abstract must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the
criteria for selection.
- The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
- The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an ACM
student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate student
status as of February 19th, 2021.
- In your submission, please clearly indicate whether you are an
undergraduate or a graduate student.
- You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19
per year or less www.acm.org/membership
- Once accepted, participants must commit to attend and present their
work at the SRC rounds, if their project is selected for poster and/or
presentation. Specifically, if the SRC is held in person, they commit to
traveling to the CPS-IoT Week venue for the entire duration of the SRC
- Team projects will be accepted from undergraduate students. For team
projects, one person should be designated by the team to make the oral
presentation. Only individual research is accepted from graduate (Masters
or Ph.D.) students: group research projects will not be considered.
However, 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 monetary award in case they are selected as
- ACM requires students to participate in only one SRC per year (April
1- March 31). However, students that have applied to an SRC of another
conference but have not been accepted are eligible to participate.
Please submit an extended abstract of your project of up to 500 words using
the submission link below. The abstract should be submitted no later
19, 2021, 11.59 pm GMT-12.*
Submission page: *https://cps-iotweek21src.hotcrp.com/*
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