SIGBED Research and Career Awards

ACM SIGBED Student Research Competition 2021

For the second time in 2021, the SIGBED community invites participation in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) which will be held at the Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things Week (CPS-IoT Week) event and co-located with it in May 2021. CPS-IoT Week is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things Research. It brings together five top conferences, HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, RTAS, and IoTDI, multiple workshops, tutorials, competitions, and various exhibitions from both industry and academia. Altogether, the CPS Week program covers a multitude of complementary aspects of CPS and reunites the leading researchers in this dynamic field.

The format (in-person vs. online) of the SRC event in 2021 will follow the CPS-IoT Week format that will be confirmed in early 2021. Travel support will be provided if the SRC event is held in person.

Sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research, the SRC is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and top 3 graduate winners will receive all of the following prizes:

  1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  2. An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a one-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library.
  3. The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the ACM SRC web site ( and on the SIGBED webpage (
  4. In addition, the first-place winner in each category (undergraduate, graduate) will receive an invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the first place winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist medals (gold, silver, bronze). Grand Finalists and their advisors will be invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the Turing Award.

The SRC consists of two rounds: a poster session and a presentation session. A panel of judges will select a number of finalists from the poster session, who will be invited to the SRC presentation session at CPS-IoT Week 2021 and compete for the prizes. The evaluation will be concentrated on the quality of both visual and oral presentation, the research methods, and the significance of contribution. You can find more information on the ACM Student Research Competition site (


Abstract Submission

Friday, Feb 19, 2021, 11:59pm GMT-12

Acceptance Notification

Sunday, March 14, 2021

SRC First Round: Posters (Mandatory)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Session #1: 10 am to 10:30 am CDT
Session #2: 1 pm to 1:30 pm CDT
Session #3: 4 pm to 4:30 pm CDT

SRC First Round: Voluntary Posters (Optional)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

This is the time designated for posters and demos from all conferences
of CPS-IoT Week, including ICCPS, RTAS, IPSN, HSCC, and IoTDI.
Participation in this session is not mandatory, but we highly encourage
you to attend this time so that your research gets exposure to a broader

Session: 2:15 pm – 4 pm CDT

SRC Second Round: Presentations (Mandatory)

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Each person will be given *15 minutes* for their presentation, followed by Q&A. 

Session #1: 10:15 am to 11:15 am CDT
Session #2: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CDT

Award Ceremony

Friday, May 21, 2021

SRC awardees will be announced during the “Awards and Closing Remarks” session of CPS-IoT Week.

Together with CPS-IoT Award Ceremony: 8:30 am – 9:00 am CDT


Renato Mancuso

Boston University

Co-organizer & Judge

Hyoseung Kim

University of California Riverside

Co-organizer & Judge

Daniel Bristot de Oliveira

Red Hat


Antonio Barbalace

The University of Edinburgh





Participation Requirements

A participant in the SRC must meet all the following conditions:

  • The participant must submit an up to 500-word abstract outlining the content of a poster that is going to be presented during the competition.
  • The topic of the abstract should be in line with the scope of CPS-IoT Week. Any submission covering research that is relevant for any of the five conferences that are part of the event can be considered in scope. The authors are encouraged to highlight in their abstracts the connection of their work to the in-scope topics.
  • The abstract should describe the research problem, motivation and background, techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and concisely conveying the work in a poster format.
  • It should also explicitly state the novelty and contributions of the work.
  • The submission deadline is February 19th, 2021 at 23:59 GMT-12.
  • The abstract must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.
  • The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
  • The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate student status as of February 19th, 2021.
  • In your submission, please clearly indicate whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student.
  • You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19 per year or less
  • Once accepted, participants must commit to attend and present their work at the SRC rounds, if their project is selected for poster and/or presentation. Specifically, if the SRC is held in person, they commit to traveling to the CPS-IoT Week venue for the entire duration of the SRC event.
  • Team projects will be accepted from undergraduate students. For team projects, one person should be designated by the team to make the oral presentation. Only individual research is accepted from graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) students: group research projects will not be considered. However, 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 monetary award in case they are selected as winners.
  • ACM requires students to participate in only one SRC per year (April 1- March 31). However, students that have applied to an SRC of another conference but have not been accepted are eligible to participate.

Submission Information

Please submit an extended abstract of your project of up to 500 words using the submission link below. The abstract should be submitted no later than February 19, 2021, 11.59 pm GMT-12.

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