PACT 2023October 21–25, 2023

ACM Student Research Competition (SRC)

Submit to the SRC »

  • Extended Abstracts (800 words max; see full guidelines below)
  • Notification: September 1, 2023
  • SRC Poster Session: October 23, 2023
  • SRC Finalist Presentation: October 25, 2023

About the SRC

PACT 2023 invites students to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). The SRC is a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes. The SRC consists of three rounds:

  1. Online abstract submission authored by the student alone
  2. Poster session at PACT 2023 by authors for abstracts accepted by the selection committee
  3. Presentation at PACT 2023 by authors of the top poster presenters selected by judges at the conference

All rounds will consider the significance of the research contributions and research methods. The poster sessions and finalist presentations will also consider the quality of both visual and oral presentation.

All authors of accepted abstracts will receive a discounted conference registration to help offset costs of attendance. Students must attend PACT 2023 in person to take part in the poster session and finalist presentation. Further student grants may be announced by the conference, and we encourage all authors of accepted abstracts to apply for those in addition to the registration discount. Students will be expected to print and bring their own posters to the conference.

You can find more information about the SRC on the ACM SRC website.


The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will be recognized in the following ways:

  • They will receive monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  • They will receive a framed grand finalist certificate.
  • Their names will be posted on the PACT 2023 website.

The first-place winner in each category (undergraduate, graduate) will also receive an invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an online round of competitions among the first-place winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs.


Extended Abstract Guidelines

  • Extended abstracts for the PACT 2023 ACM Student Research Competition must be submitted electronically at the SRC submission site no later than August 21, 2023 (AoE).
  • Submissions should not exceed 1 page 2 pages, and should not exceed 800 words. Figures and references are allowed, but must fit within the two pages. References do not count toward the 800-word limit.
  • The submission should be in PDF format.
  • Blind submissions are fine, but are not required.
  • The submission must meet all eligibility requirements below.
  • While not required, we recommend that you use the ACM templates.
  • The abstract must include
    • Poster title
    • Author name(s) and student status (undergrad/graduate)
    • Affiliation(s),
    • The name of the research advisor(s).
  • The abstract should describe the research problem, motivation and background, techniques (and their novelty), and results.
  • All students whose abstracts are accepted are expected to attend PACT 2023 and present a poster of their work, as well as present it in a PACT session if selected from the poster session as a finalist.


  • Undergraduate students may submit team projects. However, only the first author will be eligible for the registration discount and to win prizes.
  • Graduate students are required to submit alone. If a graduate student is submitting work that is part of a group research project, they may only present their portion of the research.
  • If the research results have already appeared in a publication, prior to the SRC submission date, then they are not permitted to be submitted to an SRC for consideration. Furthermore, the same work may not be presented at an SRC and in another session at PACT 2023.
  • The abstract and the poster must be authored by the participant.
  • The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must:
  • SRC allows parallel submissions of full papers in other conferences, as long as they abide by self-plagiarism rules (i.e., at least 30% of both the SRC abstract and the other publication is unique). That is, any other submission needs to be a minimum of 30% different than this SRC submission.
  • The content of your SRC submission can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals (as their rules permit).


Chair: Saugata Ghose (Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Selection Committee

  • Shoaib Akram (Australian National Univ.)
  • Rachata Ausavarungnirun (King Mongkut’s Univ. of Technology North Bangkok)
  • Niladrish Chatterjee (NVIDIA)
  • Shuang Chen (Huwaei Cloud)
  • Yi Ding (Purdue Univ.)
  • Aishwarya Ganesan (Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; VMware Research)
  • Sayan Ghosh (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Juan Gómez Luna (ETH Zürich)
  • Udit Gupta (Cornell Tech)
  • Tsung-Wei Huang (Univ. of Utah)
  • Tze Meng Low (Carnegie Mellon Univ.)
  • Abdulrahman Mahmoud (Harvard Univ.)
  • Charith Mendis (Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Hoda Naghibijouybari (Binghamton Univ.)
  • Sabrina Neuman (Boston Univ.)
  • Brandon Reagan (New York Univ.)
  • Elaheh Sadredini (Univ. of California, Riverside)
  • Muhammad Shahbaz (Purdue Univ.)
  • Kate Smith (Infleqtion; Northwestern Univ.)
  • Swamit Tannu (Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • Ana Lucia Varbanescu (Univ. of Amsterdam)

Competition Judges

  • Pablo Abad Fidalgo (Univ. of Cantabria)
  • Li Chu (Huawei)
  • Albert Cohen (Google)
  • Josué Feliu Pérez (Univ. of Murcia)
  • Tamara Silbergleit Lehman (Univ. of Colorado Boulder)
  • Haiyu Mao (ETH Zürich)
  • Gurindar Sohi (Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • Michael Spear (Lehigh Univ.)
  • Antonino Tumeo (Pacific Northwest Nat’l. Lab)

Important Dates and Deadlines


  • Early registration deadline: Sep 3, 2023

Conference Papers:

  • Abstract submission deadline: Mar 25, 2023
  • Paper submission deadline: Apr 1, 2023
    Extended to April 15, 2023
  • Round 1 rebuttal period: Jun 12-15, 2023
  • Round 2 rebuttal period: Jul 10-13, 2023
  • Author notification: Aug 1, 2023
  • Artifact submission: Aug 22, 2023
  • Camera ready papers: Sep 15, 2023

Workshops and Tutorials:

  • Workshop submission deadline: July 3, 2023
  • Tutorial submission deadline: August 21, 2023 August 14, 2023

Student Research Competition:

  • Abstract submission deadline: August 17, 2023
    Extended to August 21, 2023
  • Author notification: September 1, 2023
  • Poster session: October 23, 2023
  • Finalist presentations: October 25, 2023

Artifact Evaluation:

  • Artifact submission deadline: August 22, 2023
  • Author notification: September 13, 2023

Conference: October 21–25, 2023






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