ACM Student Research Competition

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 23:59 CST
  • Acceptance notification: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 23:59 CST
  • Student Travel Grant deadline: Saturday, July 12, 2014


PACT 2014 submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, and correctness. A submission consists of an abstract and a paper formatted according to the instructions provided below.

Submission Format

  • Limited to 1 page, not exceeding 800 words. Figures and references are fine, but must fit within the single page.
  • Feel free to use this LaTex style file
  • Submitted in PDF format and must be viewable by Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5.0 or higher)
  • Blind submissions are fine but not required

Submit your abstract to the SRC

For questions regarding the submission process, or for additional information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the ACM Student Research Competition Chair, Tarek Abdelrahman.


The 23rd International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) invites participation in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). Sponsored by 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 graduate winners will receive all of the following prizes:

  1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  2. An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a two-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.
  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 presentation session at PACT 2014 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.


A participant in the SRC must meet all following conditions:

  1. The participant must submit an up to 800-word abstract outlining the content of a poster that is going to be presented during the competition.
    • The abstract must include the poster title, author names, affiliations, and the name of the academic advisor.
    • It 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 state the novelty and contributions of the work explicitly.
    • The submission deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014 at 23:59 CST.
  2. The abstract can have some overlap with previous publications (including PACT 2014), but some significant part of it must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.
  3. The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
  4. 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 June 6, 2014.
    • Please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.
    • You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19 per year or less.

For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM format will be included in the PACT 2014 conference proceedings. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.


The ACM Student Research Competition at PACT 2014 is sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research.

2013 ACM SRC Winners

  1. Exposing ILP in Custom Hardware with a Dataflow Compiler IR: Ali Mustafa Zaidi
  2. Can Lock-free and Combining Techniques Co-exist? A Novel Approach on Concurrent Queue: Changwoo Min
  3. Task Sampling Computer Architecture Simulation in the Many-Core Era: Thomas Grass