PACT 2011: Call for Participation in ACM Student Research Competition

International Conference on 
Parallel Architecture and Compilation Techniques
Galveston Island, Texas, USA
October 10-14, 2011

The Twentieth International Conference on
Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT)
Galveston Island, Texas, USA
October 10-14, 2011


PACT 2011: Call for Participation in ACM Student Research Competition

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 11:59pm Anywhere on Earth (AoE) July 15, 2011
  • Acceptance notification: 11:59pm Anywhere on Earth (AoE) July 29, 2011


Submissions to the PACT 2011 ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) must be submitted electronically at the site below:


The 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:

  • Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  • An award plaque and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library.
  • The names and research abstracts of the winners will be posted on the ACM SRC web site,
  • An invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the 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 plaques. 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 2011 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.


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 July 15, 2011.
  2. The abstract can have some overlap with previous publications (including PACT'11), 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 must be an ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate student status as of July 15, 2011. Please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.
For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM format will be included in the PACT conference proceedings. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.

Selection Committee

Tor M. Aamodt (UBC)
Calin Cascaval (Qualcomm)
Chen Ding (Univ of Rochester)
Hysoon Kim (Georgia Tech)
Dimitris Nikolopoulos (FORTH & Univ of Crete)
Vijay S. Pai (Purdue)
Xipeng Shen, Chair (William & Mary)
Cheng Wang (Intel Labs)
Pen-Chung Yew (Univ of Minnesota)
Huiyang Zhou (NCSU)


For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the Student Research Competition Chair, Xipeng Shen, at xshen [at]


The ACM SRC at PACT 2011 is sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research.