Venue of SIGMETRICS 2021


Beijing, China
June 14-18, 2021

ACM Sigmetrics Student Research Competition (SRC)


The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The three winners in each category, undergraduate and graduate (Masters or PhD program), will receive monetary award of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

To participate in the competition, a student must submit a 2-page description of their original research project. The submitted project descriptions are peer-reviewed. Each student whose description is selected is invited to attend the SRC competition at Sigmetrics and present his or her work: a virtual poster presentation and, if selected, a virtual research talk.

First place undergraduate and graduate (Masters or PhD program) student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals. Submit your work and take part of the ACM Student Research Competition at SIGMETRICS 2021!



  • 1st place: Edwin Peng (CMU) - Exact Response Time Analysis of Preemptive Priority Scheduling with Switching Overhead
  • Grad

  • 1st place: Shreshth Tuli (Imperial College London) - SplitPlace: Intelligent Placement of Split Neural Nets in Mobile Edge Environments
  • 2nd place: Yige Hong (CMU) - Sharp Zero-Queueing Bounds for Multi-Server Jobs
  • 3rd place: Mahshid Ghasemi (Columbia) - Video-Based Social Distancing Evaluation in the COSMOS Testbed Pilot Site
  • Accepted Posters


  • Edwin Peng (CMU) - Exact Response Time Analysis of Preemptive Priority Scheduling with Switching Overhead
  • Grad

  • Yige Hong (CMU) - Sharp Zero-Queueing Bounds for Multi-Server Jobs
  • Mahshid Ghasemi (Columbia) - Video-Based Social Distancing Evaluation in the COSMOS Testbed Pilot Site
  • Racin Nygaard (University of Stavanger) - Lessons Learned from a Bare-metal Evaluation of Erasure Coding Algorithms in P2P Networks
  • Shreshth Tuli (Imperial College London) - SplitPlace: Intelligent Placement of Split Neural Nets in Mobile Edge Environments
  • Lishan Yang (William & Mary) - Typhoon: Enabling GPGPU Application Resilience Estimation with Different Input Types
  • Call for Contributions

    How to Participate: Submit a Research Abstract

    To enroll in the Student Research Competition (SRC), you must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. You must submit a 2-page research abstract related to any of the main SIGMETRICS themes. A submission should describe a research problem, its background and related work, the proposed solution and its novelty, the actual results, and your contributions. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; for the competition, you should submit a single-authored version of your work. As with any publication, the content of the submission must be at least 30% different than any other publication.

    The SRC committee members will review the submissions and select students to participate in the competition. Submissions that are accepted to the competition will be published in the SIGMETRICS conference proceedings.

    Submission Guidelines

    A submission to SRC must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures. An additional third page is permitted only if it contains only references. The submission must be written in English and must be submitted as a PDF file. 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 compsocconf option). The submitter and author must be a student member of the ACM and must provide your current ACM member number.

    You must submit your SRC research abstract electronically using the HotCRP submission page.

    Important Dates

    Please note that upon acceptance, authors will be required to complete the ACM rights form, fill in the copyright information in their document, and submit their final version within 48 hours of its being requested.

    First Round Competition: Poster Presentation

    If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be invited to the first round, which will take place (virtually) at SIGMETRICS 2021. You will present an online poster describing your work to conference attendees and leading experts in the field, including the SRC committee. Judges will review the posters and discuss the research with participants. The judges will evaluate the novelty and significance of your research, and the quality of your presentation, including your poster and the discussion around it. Following that evaluation, the judges will select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

    Second Round Competition: Research Talk

    If you are selected for the second round, you will give a short virtual presentation of your research before a panel of judges in a special session at the SIGMETRICS 2021 conference. You should prepare in advance a presentation and a talk describing your work. After each presentation, there will be a brief question-and-answer session. Your evaluation will be based your knowledge of your research area, the contribution of your research, and the quality of your oral and visual presentation. Three undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as winners and will receive prizes.

    Prizes and SRC Grand Finals

    The top three winners in each category – undergraduate and graduate – will be recognized during the conference. The winners of the SIGMETRICS 2021 SRC will also be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals, where they will compete with winners from other conferences held during the calendar year.

    A separate panel of judges will evaluate all SRC Grand Final participants via the Web. Three undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They will be invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they will receive a formal recognition.

    Expenses Coverage

    If you are selected to participate in the SIGMETRICS 2021 competition, you are entitled to a stipend partially covering your expenses. Specifically, the ACM SRC program covers expenses up to $500 of your expenses, which can include:

    • Conference registration

    Normally, the SRC stipend would also cover travel expenses, but due to COVID-19, the stipend will only cover conference registration this year.

    Additional Information

    For additional information, see SRC Frequently asked questions or consult the ACM Student Research Competition website.


    Judging Panel


    • Q: Do I have to be an active ACM Student Member to participate in an SRC?
      Yes. If you'd like to join, please click here.
    • 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 be part of the research abstract?
      A submission to the competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research related to the topics covered by SIGMETRICS. 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: Based on what criteria will judges 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. Will the participants also qualify for a registration waiver?
      There is no registration waiver for first round participants of the SRC. Students will still have to pay for conference registration, for which they can use the travel stipend.
    • Q: My research is not related to any of the main themes of the SIGMETRICS conference. Can I still participate in the Student Research Competition?
      Yes, but not at SIGMETRICS. Participate in a SRC at conference that is related to your research. To participate in the competition at SIGMETRICS, your research needs to be related to the main themes of the SIGMETRICS conference (see the topics for the Technical Research Track). If your research is not among the topics relevant for SIGMETRICS, please check to find a conference that is better related.
    • Q: I submitted a paper to SIGMETRICS 2021. May I also submit an abstract on the same topic to the Student Research Competition?
      No. The purpose of the SRC is to give feedback on ongoing or incomplete research. If the work is complete enough to be submitted as a full paper to SIGMETRICS 2021, then it is not eligible for the SRC. (see below)
    • Q: Can already published works be submitted to an SRC?
      Standard self-plagiarism rules are in effect for the SRC. If the research results have already appeared in a publication, prior to the SRC submission date, then they are not permitted to be submitted to an SRC for consideration. Furthermore, the same work may not be presented at an SRC and in another session in the same conference in the same year.
    • Q: Can I submit group work to an ACM SRC?
      Team projects will be accepted from Undergraduate students. One person should be designated by the team to attend the conference and make the oral presentation. This person along with another team member will be eligible for travel reimbursement for up to $500.00. Should the designated presenter win first, second or third place in competition only they will receive the medal and monetary award. Only individual research is accepted from Graduate (Masters or PhD program) students; group research projects will not be considered. If an individual is part of a group research project and wants to participate in an SRC, they can only present their part of the research. Only they will receive the travel stipend and monetary award (should they win).

    Contact the SIGMETRICS 2021 PC chairs at in case of questions or concerns.