SAC SRC Program is sponsored by Microsoft Research

SRC Overview:

The Student Research Competition (SRC) program, sponsored by Microsoft Research, was added to the ACM SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) in 2013. SAC 2017 SRC program provides graduate students the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with researchers and practitioners in their areas of interest. Active graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on their research ideas are invited to submit abstracts of their original unpublished and in-progress research work in areas of experimental computing and application development related to SAC 2017 Tracks.

This program is open for graduate students currently enrolled in University or College and have active ACM and SIGAPP student membership. Abstracts must be authored by students only. Faculty advisor(s) cannot be listed as authors on the submission or on the final poster presentation. No group projects are allowed.

Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts, of maximum 2 pages in ACM camera-ready format, to the START submission system. Abstracts must address original and unpublished research work related to a SAC track, with emphasis on the innovation behind the research idea. The submission should address the research problem being investigated, the proposed approach and research methodology, and sample preliminary results of the work. In addition, the abstract should reflect on the originality of the work, innovation of the approach, and applicability of the results to real-world problems

Submitting the same abstract to multiple SAC tracks is not allowed. The work must not be submitted to any another SRC program, journal or conference while it is under consideration for SAC 2017 SRC Program.

Student research abstracts must be submitted to their respective SAC tracks through the START submission system. The abstracts are reviewed by reviewers who review paper submissions to that track. The Track Chairs (TCs) manage the review process. Upon the review results, The SRC Chair and Program Committee select the best 18 abstracts and invite their authors to participate in SAC 2017.

Each invited author receives $500 from ACM's SRC Program toward travel expenses such as Conference registration; Transportation expenses (air, rail, bus, taxi, car service, car rental, parking); Meals; Hotel rooms; Tips; Supplies for poster development; and Poster shipment, etc. In addition, invited authors are eligible to apply for the SIGAPP's Student Travel Award Program (STAP) for additional funding to cover travel expenses. For more information about SIGAPP's travel awards, please visit

Participation requires conference registration at the student rate, using the registration type "SRC Student Author".

A judging panel will evaluate the poster displays and then the oral (PowerPoint) presentations during the second round of judging:

Round #1: Judging all displayed posters to select the top five posters.
Round #2: Judging the five presentations to select the top three winners for medals and cash prizes.

All five finalsts will be invited to SAC Banquet where the top three winnerss are announced. At the Banquet (on Thursday), the top three winners will be recognized and presented with award medals. The cash prizes are paid directly by ACM after the conference (First place $500; Second place $300; and Third place $200).

For more details, please see SRC Information Sheet.

Poster Preparation Guidelines (first round):

Authors of invited SRC submissions are required to print and bring their posters to the conference, following these guidelines:

  1. Poster materials should be displayed on a 48 inch (121.92 cm) High x 29 inch (75 cm) Wide poster board, including diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and text may be mounted. Thumbtacks and poster board will be provided for mounting materials. No audiovisual equipment is available. Poster authors may make preprints of their papers available to participants.
  2. The poster content should be clearly divided into sections including introduction, problem definition, work summary, results, and conclusion.
  3. The poster content (text and illustrations) should be readable from a distance of at least 5 feet. All illustrations should be properly titled.
  4. A heading label including the title, author name(s), and the primary author(s) address should be included at the top of the poster board.
  5. The entire size of the poster material(s) is limited to the dimension (48"H x 36"W).

Power Point Preparation Guidelines (second round):

  1. Total presentation time is 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare Power Point slides for about 10 minutes presentation.
  3. Allow Q/A session for 5 minutes.
Poster and Oral Presentations Schedule:
  1. Posters Exhibit: Tuesday April 4, 2017
  2. Oral Presentations: Thursday April 6, 2017

SRC Program Committee:

Barrett R. Bryant, USA
Hisham M. Haddad, USA
Jiman Hong, Korea
Chih-Cheng Hung, USA
John Kim, USA (SRC Chair)
Maria Lancastre, Brazil
Sascha Ossowski, Spain
Hossain Shahriar, USA
Sung Y. Shin, USA
Dongwan Shin, USA
Roger L. Wainwright, USA

SRC Important Dates:

SRC Abstract Submission: September 15, 2016
SRC Author Notification: November 10, 2016
Camera-ready copies: November 25, 2016
Author registration: December 10, 2016
Poster Presentations: April 4, 2017
Oral Presentations: April 6, 2017

For questions, please contact the SRC Program Chair:

Dr. John Kim
Utica College
Utica, New York, USA