SOSP 2017 Call for Contributions

SOSP'17 Call for Student Research Competition

Inaugural SOSP Student Research Competition 2017

In 2017, SOSP will host its first ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research. This competition offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique forum to experience the research world, present their research results to conference attendees, and compete for prizes.

The ACM SRC at SOSP 2017 consists of three parts: (1) research abstract submission, (2) poster presentation, and (3) a research talk. The first-place winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Participate in this exciting competition: Submit your work to the ACM Student Research Competition at SOSP 2017. Win a travel stipend to attend the SOSP conference in Shanghai, China!

How to Participate: Submit a Research Abstract

The submission site is :

To participate in the competition, submit a 2-page research abstract related to the main themes of the conference (see the SOSP'17 Call for Papers for a list of conference topics). The submission should describe: the research problem and motivation, background and related work, approach and uniqueness, results, and contributions. Abstracts will be judged based on how well they cover these aspects of the work.

The research abstract must conform at time of submission to the SOSP 2017 Format and Submission Guidelines, and must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures. Bibliographic references do not count against the page limit. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

We will use double-blind reviewing. Please make a good faith attempt to anonymize your submission. Avoid identifying yourself or your institution explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). The first page should indicate whether it is undergraduate or graduate category in place of the author names.

Submissions should contain original, unpublished material that is not under review at any other archival forum, including journals, conferences, and workshops with copyrighted proceedings. If the work is accepted by a conference or journal by the time of SRC submission deadline (but not yet published), you should not submit it to SRC unless the SRC submission contains sufficient new material.

Papers must be submitted electronically by August 14th, 2017. A panel of experts will review the submissions and select the students to participate in the on-site stage of the Student Research Competition, which will be held at SOSP 2017 in Shanghai, China.

Students who are selected to participate in the main competition at the SOSP conference round are entitled to a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of US$500, and a waiver to the conference registration fee.

First Round Competition: Present a Poster

The first round of the competition will take place in Shanghai, China at the SOSP 2017 conference and will be a poster session. This is your opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and leading experts in the systems software fields, including the SRC committee.

Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the research (quality, novelty, and significance) and the presentation of the research (poster, discussion) and select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

Second Round Competition: Give a Presentation

Select students will continue by giving a short presentation of their research before a panel of judges and other attendees in a special session at the SOSP 2017 conference in Shanghai, China. After each presentation, there will be a short question and answer session.

Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. At most three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, and receive prizes.

The SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winner in each category (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at SOSP 2017 will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates the winners of all SRCs held during the calendar year against each other via the web. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.


The top three winners in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will be recognized during the conference and will receive prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200, respectively.


Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. Participants must be current student members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member number. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; you must submit a single-authored version of your work for the competition.

Important: The student author of the accepted abstract must register and present the work at SOSP. The accepted abstracts will be published on the SIGOPS website.

For More Information

For additional information, visit the official ACM Student Research Competition website. For questions, please contact Ding Yuan at

Important: The student author of the accepted abstract must register and present the work at SOSP. The accepted abstracts will be published on the SIGOPS website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a PhD student. Am I eligible to participate in the SRC?
Yes. As a PhD student, you will compete in the Graduate category of the competition.

Q: What should I write in my research abstract?
A submission to the competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research related to the topics covered by SOSP. It is important that your research abstract discusses (1) research problem and motivation, (2) background and related work, (3) approach and uniqueness, and (4) results and contributions. The committee will assess your research abstract along these dimensions.

Q: What criteria will the judges use to evaluate the abstract/research?
The judges will assess research abstracts based on four criteria: Problem and motivation, Background and related work, Approach and uniqueness, and Results and contribution. For the poster presentation, the criteria are Oral presentation, Visual presentation, Research methods, and Significance of contribution. For the conference presentation, the criteria are Knowledge of research area, Contribution of research, and Presentation.

Q: I noticed that first round participants receive a travel reimbursement of up to $500 and a registration waiver. Will the participants also qualify for a free/discounted student lodging?
There will be no additional discounts towards lodging. Consider applying for SOSP student travel grants.

Q: My research is not related to systems software or any of the main themes of the SOSP conference. Can I still participate in the Student Research Competition?
Yes, but not at SOSP. Participate in a SRC at conference that is related to your research. To participate in the competition at SOSP, your research needs to be related to the main themes of the SOSP conference (see the topics for the SOSP 2017). If your research is not among the topics relevant for SOSP, please check the list of current SRC calls to find a conference that is better related. If you don’t find a conference that covers your research, you can participate in the SRC competition at the SIGCSE conference.


Important Dates
Paper Submission August 14th, 2017 (23:59:59 UTC)
Notification August 28th, 2017
Camera-Ready Version TBD

SOSP Student Research Competition Chair:
Ding Yuan

SOSP Student Research Competition Committee:

Haibo Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Vijay Chidambaram, University of Texas at Austin
Roxana Geambasu, Columbia University
Haryadi Gunawi, University of Chicago
Ryan P. Huang, Johns Hopkins University
Yu Hua, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Guoliang Jin, NC State University
Jinyang Li, New York University
Robbert van Renesse, Cornell University
Michael Stumm, University of Toronto
Hailong Sun, Beihang University
Kaushik Veeraraghavan, Facebook
Geoff Voelker, UC San Diego
Xi Wang, University of Washington
Tianyin Xu, UCSD/UUIUC
Ding Yuan, University of Toronto
Irene Zhang
Jiaqi Zhang, Whova Inc.
Yiying Zhang, Purdue University