Participate: Call for Participation
The call for participation is now closed. Notifications will be sent out on or before June 18, 2007.
The goal of this forum is to highlight the research of women in the last stages of their PhD studies in computer science and engineering (within one year of completing the PhD degree). An important skill for PhD students in their last year is to be able to present their research to a general, non-specialist audience, since very soon they will start interviewing for jobs. A key element in a job interview is to present your research in an exciting, competent, and comprehensive manner, showing clearly your achievements and contributions to a non-specialist audience. This skill can be crucial for getting the job. This is an important skill also for writing research grant proposals, convincing an investor, or gaining support from high level management.
As motivation for others doing research, the presentation should also include sharing elements of your research experience, motivation and philosophy. Instead of just learning what you did, it might be useful to also learn: Where did the idea come from? How did you decide which path to follow? Were you ever ready to give up? How did you turn negative results into positive ones? Being able to reflect on the difficult parts of doing research and how they were overcome is really helpful in writing grant proposals; it is often helpful to state what problems one expects to have and how she will deal with them.
The PhD Forum Committee will select participants based on the contribution, perceived significance of their research, diversity of background, research topic, and approach. A proposal for the PhD Forum should include the following:
- Up to five (5) keywords that describe the research area and sub-areas. The keywords should come from this list.
- A two (2) page abstract of the research (including problem, approach, and contribution) directed to a general audience using a minimum of 10 point type, including at least one paragraph describing the student’s research experience or her philosophy of doing research or her advice for doing research.
- A list of any publications, presentations, or related submissions by the student (full resumes are welcome).
- Contact information (name, university, department, email address) for the dissertation advisor.
- A paragraph from the dissertation advisor assessing the current status of the student’s dissertation research and giving an expected date for graduation.
Student submissions must be made electronically. The deadline for submission to the PhD Forum is April 29, 2007 and notification of status will be made on June 18, 2007. The GHC2007 co-chairs for the PhD Forum are Dr. Vicki Allan and Dr. Julita Vassileva. Please contact us for further information about the forum.
Panels, Workshops, and Presentations
The goal of Panels, Workshops, and Presentations is to provide in-depth discussion on a particular topic. A variety of formats are encouraged. Typically, panels consist of short presentations by 3-4 leaders in the field, followed by moderated dialogue among the panelists and the audience members. Workshops consist of a combination of in-depth presentations by 1-2 workshop leaders with either structured training on the topic or in-depth discussion and problem-solving among the workshop participants. Unlike panels or presentations, workshops can be limited by size and can have attendance criteria. Presentations are more broadly defined, may have only a single speaker, and may be shorter than the 60 minutes usually reserved for a Panel or Workshop.
We are interested in proposals on both technical topics and on career-related topics. Submissions in keeping with the theme of the conference, “I Invent the Future,” are especially welcome. For technical contributions, we seek submissions on technology benefiting humanity (both the technology and how people use it to meet social, environmental, or political needs) and topics on security and information management (e.g., privacy, id theft, cyber tools). We also seek submissions on other leading edge technical topics in computer science (e.g., nanotechnology, networking, ubiquitous computing, low-powered processors, Internet technologies and services, high performance computing). Professional topics of interest include mentoring, professional development, networking, time management and balancing professional and personal commitments. Finally, we also welcome collections of three or four submissions that cover different aspects of a common topic or theme, to form a mini-track that can be scheduled appropriately.
Panel, workshop and presentation proposals may be at most 3 pages using a minimum of 10pt type. Proposals should provide the following:
- The objectives of the panel/workshop/presentation.
- The targeted audience and any restrictions on attendance to workshops (size, background knowledge, etc.).
- The format of the panel/workshop/presentation.
- Proposed session length.
- An overview of the information to be presented.
- A description of any written materials that will be available.
- A discussion of any competing points of view that will be covered.
- The number, names, and affiliation of the speaker(s) or panelists.
- The educational, technical, and professional background/qualifications of the speaker(s).
If a proposal belongs to a set of coordinated submissions on a specific topic to form a mini-track, it should be indicated as such and the common theme should be identified and labeled consistently in all proposals in the collection.
The deadline for submission of proposals for panels, workshops, and presentations is April 15, 2007 and notification of status will be made on June 8, 2007. Submissions must be made electronically. For further information, contact us.
The goal of the technical poster session is to provide an opportunity for an informal discussion of one’s research with conference attendees. Furthermore, it is an excellent way to convey ideas and results not yet developed into a full paper. See these suggestions on how to propose/create a research poster.
Individual students who enter technical posters are encouraged to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research. Winners will receive cash awards and recognition, and the SRC provides partial funding for the competitors to attend the conference. For more details on the competition, see ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) below.
How should the poster proposal be formatted?
The proposal for a technical poster should contain the elements listed below. Submissions should be formatted as plain text, in a single column.
Proposer(s): Poster proposals do not undergo blind review, so your proposal should include as much of the following information as possible: name, address, phone and fax numbers, email address (expect most correspondence by email), WWW address (if applicable), etc.
ACM SRC Entry (optional): Student proposers should also indicate whether they would like to have their poster considered for the ACM Student Research Competition (see below). SRC candidates should also include research advisor’s name; ACM student member number; and category (undergraduate or graduate).
Statement of Topic: A short title.
Summary: Include a separate paragraph (maximum of 100 words) for publication in the conference proceedings that serves as a succinct description of the project.
Significance and Relevance of the Topic: Please submit an extended abstract of up to 2 pages (800 words) that explains why the topic is significant.
- Problem and Motivation: Problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.
- Background and Related Work: Specialized and relevant 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.
- Approach and Uniqueness: Your approach in attacking the problem and how your approach is novel.
- Results and Contributions: How the results of your work contribute to computer science and should explain the significance of those results.
The deadline for poster submissions is April 29, 2007 and notification of status will be made on June 18, 2007. Submissions must be made electronically. For further information, contact us.
ACM Student Research Competition (SRC)
Individual students submitting posters for GHC can opt to have their posters also considered for the ACM Student Research Competition (sponsored by Microsoft Research). In addition to being eligible for the standard GHC conference scholarships, selected contestants may receive partial support from ACM to cover part of the costs of attending the conference.
The ACM Student Research Competition will be held in two phases, with prizes awarded based on judging during the conference. Students’ research will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the work, and the quality and clarity of both an oral and visual presentation.
The first round of the competition evaluates the student’s research during the opening reception and poster presentation. Those students who are selected by the judges to advance to the second round will continue in the competition by giving a formal, short, conference presentation of their research the next day.
The winners from the second round of the competition will be announced at the Grace Hopper Awards Banquet, and will continue on to ACM’s Grand Finals.
Research and Development from all areas of computer science qualifies. Only individual research may be submitted.
The Student Research Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students whose posters are accepted by the Research Posters program. Proposers must be students at the time of the poster submission and ACM student members in order to qualify for awards or travel grants.
No more than three research projects will be accepted from a single department and no more than two of those can be in a single category. Departments are determined by the location of the research advisor. Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by individual students.
Travel grants of up to $500 may be available for students who do not have another source of funding and are ACM student members.
The deadline for SRC poster submissions is April 29, 2007 and notification of status will be made on June 18, 2007. Submit SRC poster proposals as indicated (above), and specify ‘SRC’. For further information, contact us.
Birds of a Feather Sessions (BOFs)
“Birds of a Feather” sessions (BOFs) are an ideal forum for discussing technical and social issues in an informal but meaningful way. BOFs provide a way for groups of concerned people to bring issues for informal discussion by the larger community. Previous BOFs have brought together women interested in mobile computing, networking, student-led mentoring programs, and academic hiring issues. We particularly encourage students to suggest BOF topics!
A BOF proposal should include a title, a brief description of the topic, a description of the expected audience, and a summary of the qualifications of the session leader(s). Submissions can be no more than two (2) pages in length (using no less than 10pt type) and they must be submitted electronically. The primary deadline for BOF proposals is April 29, 2007 and notification of submission status will be made on June 18, 2007. For further information, contact us.
New Investigator Technical Papers
The goal of these technical papers is to highlight the broad range of technical work by women who are “new investigators” in the computing field. Topics can be from any technical computing field. All papers will be reviewed for technical merit, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Although preferred, original research is not a requirement for a technical paper submission; for instance, thesis highlights, problem statements, and overviews of an author’s technical field are welcomed. GHC2007 will have an award for the best new investigator paper.
Papers may be no more than six (6) pages including text, references, and figures using a minimum of 10pt type. The submission must include a statement that the primary author of the paper is a new investigator; that is, a woman in an advanced degree program or a recent graduate (within three years at the time of submission) of such a program. The deadline for the submission of New Investigator Papers is April 29, 2007 and notification of status will be made on June 18, 2007. Submissions must be made electronically. For further information, contact us.1745