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ACM SIGMOD 2016 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

Continuing the tradition established during the 2008 SIGMOD Conference, we invite submissions to the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Undergraduate students who have played a key role in a research project are invited to submit an abstract to this poster competition. Any project broadly related to data management is within the scope of the competition (for a list of sample areas of interest, see the ACM SIGMOD Call for Papers).

Based on the quality of submissions, a number of students will be selected to present posters describing their research at the 2016 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference. Selected students must attend the conference and present their posters at the conference. To the students who are not able to find any financial support for the conference attendance (conference registration fee, travel, lodging, etc.), say, for example, from their research advisor or the undergraduate school, we may also provide a partial travel stipend. The amount of travel stipend, and the number of students to whom it will be provided, is to be determined. Students will be asked to specify if they absolutely need financial support at the time of the paper submission.

Thus, unlike previous years, this year, we are opening up the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition to a larger number of students by only providing a travel stipend to those students who absolutely need it. We hope that this will lead to many more undergraduates participating in the 2016 ACM SIGMOD/PODS conference. Longer-term, we hope a larger and more vibrant competition will not only incentivize more undergraduates to "get hooked" to database research early, but also provide an opportunity for many undergraduates already engaged in database research to attend a top-tier conference.

A "best poster" winner will be selected and announced at the ACM SIGMOD 2016 awards session.


For the purposes of this competition, a student is considered an undergraduate student if they have not yet obtained a BS/BA (or equivalent) degree at the time of submission. If the applicant's school system is "non-traditional," and the applicant considers themselves eligible, then the SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chairs should be contacted prior to submission.

Submission Guidelines

Each submission should be an extended abstract that describes the applicant's research work. It must be a PDF document of no more than two US Letter pages and it must follow the ACM Proceedings Format, using one of the templates provided at Your abstract should include a problem statement, a contextualization with respect to the state-of-the-art, if appropriate, a brief technical overview of the solution, a summary of major results and any appropriate figures and references. If the applicant participated in a large project, his or her submission must clarify his or her contribution to the project. We require that one student and the supervisor are the sole authors of the paper.

Any submission that does not satisfy these conditions may be automatically discarded without further evaluation. Submissions should be uploaded at by March 15, 2016. Notifications of decisions will made by April 10, 2016; authors of accepted abstracts will receive further instructions regarding submissions and travel allowances at that time. The SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chairs reserve the right to reject all submissions.

Note: submissions to the research poster competition are permitted even if the student has already published a paper on the same topic or will have a paper on the same topic at ACM SIGMOD/PODS 2016.

Program Chairs

Aditya Parameswaran (University of Illinois (UIUC), USA)
Anisoara Nica (SAP SE, Canada)

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Program Committee

Francesca Bugiotti (Ecole Centrale Paris, France)
Arun Kumar (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Theodoros Rekatsinas (Stanford University, USA)
Xiang Ren (University of Illinois (UIUC), USA)
Sudeepa Roy (Duke University, USA)
Sudip Roy (Google, USA)
Knut Stolze (IBM, Germany)
Immanuel Trummer (EPFL, Switzerland)

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