ACM SIGBED Scholars Program

Eligibility, Timeline and Application Form

ACM SIGBED Scholars Program

Call for Applications

Are you currently enrolled in a bachelor degree program or did you receive your bachelor’s degree after January 1st 2019? Do you have an interest in embedded or cyber-physical systems? Would you like to learn more about the state of the art in technology, research and innovation? Would you like to attend one of the world’s premier events on cutting-edge research on embedded and cyber-physical systems—for free?

Then you should apply for the ACM SIGBED Scholars Program!

ACM SIGBED will connect awardees with a mentor who is an active member in the SIGBED community and provide full financial support for attending CPS/IoT Week 2020 in Sydney, Australia, where awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the following top-tier scientific conferences: 

  • ACM International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC)

  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS)

  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN)

  • IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS)

  • ACM/IEEE Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI)

2020 Awardees

Bhawana Chhaglani

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India

Charlotte Dorn

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Ameya Daigavane

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

About the Program

Starting in 2020, SIGBED is introducing a new program intended to recognize promising young scholars with an interest in the Internet of Things, embedded systems, or cyber-physical systems. The program is open to students of Computer Science or Computer Engineering (or a related discipline) who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (in any country), or who have received their Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent degree) in 2019. No prior research work in the area is required. The candidates are encouraged to provide details about their specific interests in the area and any relevant prior experience and projects. 

Members of underrepresented minorities and young scholars with a nontraditional background are particularly encouraged to apply. The eligibility criteria and the timeline of the program are described below. 

Required Documents

Applicants need to provide the following documents: 

  1. Curriculum Vitae: An up-to-date two-page CV;

  2. Statement of Purpose: A one-page statement of purpose (a.k.a. motivation letter). The motivation letter should highlight the applicant’s interests in the area and discuss why attending CPS/IoT Week is a great opportunity and stepping stone for the applicant’s future career;

  3. Reference Letters: Two reference letters by professors or mentors who can comment on the applicant’s engagement and attitude towards studying and research in topics broadly related to embedded and cyber-physical systems. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Anyone who currently is (or was at any point in 2019) enrolled in an undergraduate Computer Science or Computer Engineering program (or equivalent) is eligible to apply for the ACM SIGBED Scholars Program

  • Exception: Students already enrolled in a graduate program are not eligible to apply for the ACM SIGBED Scholars Program.


February 7th, 2020

Selection Process

Applications will be screened by a selection committee chaired by a member of the ACM SIGBED Executive Committee. The selection process is primarily merit-based and will take into account the applicant’s provided statement of purpose, CV, and provided references. Special attention will be paid to applications by members of under-represented minorities without prior research experience. The first 100 submitted applications will receive full consideration; subsequent submissions may receive consideration on a case-by-case basis. 


February 7, 2020

Application deadline. New applications are considered only if sent no later than the deadline.

February 28, 2020

Decision notification date. Applicants will be notified about the final decision on this date.


  • Conference registration fees;

  • All reasonable travel and accommodation expenses. This includes:

    • Non-refundable economy-class airfare;

    • Hotel accommodation for the days of the event (April 21-24, 2020), plus 2 extra days before or after the event;

    • Meals not included in the conference registration (up to a per diem of US$50);

    • Ground transportation costs for connection between the selected airport and the venue of the event.

Expected Participation

  • Awardees are expected to participate in the CPS/IoT Week program every day, and to attend sessions of their choice both in the morning and in the afternoon. 

  • Awardees are expected to attend all keynotes. 

  • Awardees are encouraged to share their experience of attending CPS/IoT Week on social media (using any platform(s) of their choice).

  • Awardees will be asked to contribute a blog post covering their experience attending CPS/IoT Week, which may be selected for publication on the SIGBED community blog.

Selection Committee

Björn Brandenburg

Max Planck Inst. for Software Systems

Co-Organizer & Committee Member

Martina Maggio

Lund University

Co-Organizer & Committee Member

Renato Mancuso

Boston University

Co-Organizer & Committee Member

Alessandro Biondi

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Committee Member

Catherine Nemitz

University of North Carolina

Committee Member

Mitra Nasri

Delft University of Technology

Committee Member

Hiren Patel

University of Waterloo

Committee Member

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by providing all required documents via the form below. Recommendation letters must be sent directly by the letter writers (not by the applicant) following the instructions provided after the submission of the CV, and statement of purpose.

Apply Online

Applications for 2020 are now closed.