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ACM Student Research Competition at ICCAD 2023 (SRC@ICCAD’23)

Call for Abstracts

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students who are ACM members to:

  1. Experience the research world -- for many undergraduates, this is a first!
  2. Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees.
  3. Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries.
  4. Understand the practical applications of their research.
  5. Perfect their communication skills.
  6. Receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA) is organizing ACM SRC with the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). Authors of accepted submissions will receive a grant from ACM SIGDA to attend the SRC event at ICCAD. The event consists of several rounds of competition. For more details, please visit 
Details on abstract submission: Research projects from all areas of design au are encouraged. The author submitting the abstract must still be a student when the abstract is due. Each submission should be made on the SoftConf submission site (the SoftConf submission website will be up soon). Please include:

  1. The author's name, affiliation, postal address, and email address.
  2. Research advisor's name; ACM student member number; category (undergraduate or graduate).
  3. Research title; and an extended abstract (a maximum of 2 pages or 800 words in IEEETran, 10 pt, 2-column conference format, Overleaf Template) containing the following sections:
    1. Problem and Motivation: This section should clearly state the problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.
    2. Background and Related Work: This section should describe the specialized (but pertinent) background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain where your work departs from that done by others. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract. 
    3. Approach and Uniqueness: This section should describe your approach to attacking the problem and should clearly state how your approach is novel.
    4. Results and Contributions: This section should clearly show how the results of your work contribute to advancing the design automation field and should explain the significance of those results.   To ensure a fair review process, submissions will be judged solely based on the technical content of the submitted abstract. Metrics/indicators that do not directly relate to the intellectual merits of the work itself will not be considered.
  4. The reference page is excluded from the 2-page content limit.

Single-paper summaries (or just cut-and-paste versions of published papers) are inappropriate for the ACM SRC. Submissions should include at least one year's worth of research contributions, but not subsume an entire doctoral thesis load.

This year we plan to reserve up to 5 poster session spots for undergraduate attendees to highlight their contributions and encourage their continued involvement in the design automation field. The exact number is subject to the number and quality of submissions from undergraduates.

Online Submission Link-: Coming Soon (SoftConf).

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline:  11:59 pm, AoE (Anywhere on Earth), August 26, 2023.
  • Acceptance notification: September 30, 2023.
  • Poster session at ICCAD:  October 30, 2023, at 11 am (Tentative).
  • Presentation session at ICCAD: October 31, 2023, at 6 pm (Tentative).
  • Award winners announced at ACM SIGDA Dinner: TBD.

The Organizing Committee and the Co-Chairs will not grant any extension to the Abstract Submission Deadline under any circumstances.

Requirement: Students submitting and presenting their work at SRC@ICCAD must be members of both ACM and ACM SIGDA.


Debjit Pal (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Michael Zuzak (Rochester Institute of Technology)