Important Dates (2019)
February 11, 24:00 AoE Research Abstract Submission Deadline
March 4 Author Notification
March 15 Camera-Ready Submissions

Continuing with the success of previous years, MOBILESoft will host an ACM Student Research Competition (ACM SRC) sponsored by Microsoft Research. The competition is an internationally recognized venue that enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world, share their research results with other students and MOBILESoft attendees, and compete for prizes. The ACM SRC at MOBILESoft 2019 facilitates interaction with researchers and industry practitioners; providing both sides with the opportunity to learn of ongoing, current research in the area of mobile software.

The ACM SRC at MOBILESoft 2019 consists of three parts:

  1. research abstract submission
  2. poster presentation
  3. research presentation.

The winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals.

Formatting and Submission Instructions

To participate in the competition, interested students should submit a two-page abstract (including all text, references and figures) using the IEEE conference format template (

All submissions must conform to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTEX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconfoption). All submissions must be in PDF. The page limit is strict, and it will not be possible to purchase additional pages at any point in the process (including after the paper is accepted). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines will be desk rejected before the review process.

Submissions must be original research that is neither in submission nor already published. Submissions must be individual student research projects. The Student Research Competition is meant to be an opportunity for students to develop their skills as researchers and to give them an opportunity to showcase their work. One of the goals of the program is to focus on the student, their capabilities as a researcher, and their potential. Supervisors of the work should not be listed as co-authors; a student must submit a single-authored version for the competition. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of experts, and are evaluated based on the quality of the work, novelty of approach, significance of contribution, and clarity of written presentation.

Submission site:

Selection Process and Prizes

Each abstract will be evaluated by a minimum of three faculty members; none of which are affiliated with the author’s university.  Then, the students who abstracts are selected will enter a two-round competition. In the first round of the competition, participants will be evaluated via a poster presentation of their research during the SRC poster session, based on the oral and visual presentation as well as the research method and significance of contribution. During the second round of the competition, participants will give a conference oral presentation (research talk), which will be evaluated based on knowledge of research area, contribution of the research, and the oral presentation.  The judges will evaluate both the poster presentations and research talks to select the top three winners in each category (undergraduate and graduate).

The top three winners receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. All winners also receive an award medal and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the conference. After the conference, the winners from each category will advance to the ACM SRC Grand Finals, where all SIG conference contest winners are evaluated.

Students whose submissions are accepted to participate in the competition are entitled to a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of US $500. Students can enter ICSE and MOBILESoft SRCs, but may not be funded for both SRCs.

Competition Requirements

Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. Research completed while the student was an undergraduate may be submitted to the undergraduate category even if the student is now a first-year graduate student. Participants must be current members of the ACM and provide their ACM member number.

Additional Information

For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the ACM SRC Chairs Stephan Krusche and Haipeng Cai at

Program co-chairs

Stephan Krusche, Technische Universität München, GER

Haipeng Cai, Washington State University, USA

Program Committee Members

PC Member Name Affiliation, Country
Arno Puder San Francisco State University, USA
Myoungkyu Song University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Dario Di Nucci Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Marco Autili Università dell’Aquila, Italy
Fabio Palomba University of Zurich, Switzerland
Foutse Khomh DGIGL, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Li Li Monash University, Australia
Carmine Gravino University of Salerno, Italy
Guozhu Meng Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Juri Di Rocco Università dell’Aquila, Italy