**THE CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IS NOW CLOSED. NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT OUT ON MAY 16th**

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a great opportunity to gain professional visibility as a subject matter expert, expand your network and inspire other women in computing.

We thank the community for responding to the call by submitting an unprecedented number of submissions. Accept/Reject notifications will be emailed to the community on Friday, May 16th. Please add do_not_reply@linklings.com to your safe list to ensure that you receive these notifications.

This year’s conference will focus on key areas where emerging technologies are having a dramatic impact. Submit a proposal for one of the following session tracks:

There will be no deadline extensions. This is not a platform for recruiting or sales pitches; such submissions will not be accepted.


SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

The Software Engineering Track is a technical track looking for submissions that discuss the latest trends and research, pioneering tools and procedures, practical experiences and technical challenges, in this space. The focus is on technical topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Software Architecture and Methodology
  • Software Engineering Processes
  • Software Quality
  • Automation and Tools
  • Usability Engineering and Testing
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Program Management/Project Management

In particular, we are interested in the challenges that Software Engineers are facing in the following areas: Mobile development (smart phones, feature phones, tablets), Large-scale data-centers (cloud computing), Enterprise development, and Open source development. Valid Submission Formats (Please Read): Panels, Presentations, Lightning Talks, PhD Forum, Workshops and Birds of a Feather. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. *** Tag your submission: For this track, tag your submission as being at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level


HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION

Human–computer interaction (HCI) involves the study, planning, and design of the interaction between people (users) and computers. It is often regarded as the intersection of computer science, behavioral sciences, design and several other fields of study. We are accepting submissions that discuss the latest trends and research, pioneering tools and procedures, practical experiences and technical challenges, in the following areas:

  • User-centered design (Who Are You Designing For?)
  • Mobile Devices (You and Your Phone)
  • Social computing (Your Online Self)
  • Gender HCI (S/He Meets HCI)
  • Accessibility / Special Needs Users (children, disabled, elderly) (HCI Meets Everyone)
  • End-user programming (Programming by Anybody)

Valid Submission Formats (Please read): Panels, Presentations, Lightning Talks, PhD Forum, Workshops and Birds of a Feather. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. *** Tag your submission: For this track, tag your submission as being at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level


DATA SCIENCE

The proliferation of data in a wide range of application domains from science, finance, and education to medicine, national security, and business raises new challenges and opportunities for data-driven decision-making approaches. Data science is the study of translating the large scale, heterogeneous, often real-time data into actionable insights. This track provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the latest research, innovative tools and processes, case studies, and technical challenges in Data Science. We are looking for submissions related to: Big Data Analytics such as -

  • Applied statistical methods and experimentation
  • Visual Analytics
  • Text and unstructured data analytics
  • Information Retrieval
  • Stream analytics
  • Predictive analytics and modeling
  • Knowledge-driven mining
  • Web mining

Foundations and methodology

  • Scalable algorithms
  • Machine learning
  • Data Mining theory and methods
  • Large Scale Optimization

Platforms and Tools such as Hadoop, MapReduce, R, Hive, Teradata among many others. Applications and case studies in areas such as fraud detection, bioinformatics, social network analysis, recommendation systems, security systems, privacy, business analytics, all branches of science (physics, biology, ecology, environmental science, astronomy, anthropology, chemistry, climate, paleontology, linguistics, etc.), art, and education. Valid Submission Formats: Panels, Presentations, Lightning Talks, PhD Forum, Workshops. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. *** Tag your submission: For this track, tag your submission as being at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level


SECURITY/PRIVACY

This technical track provides a symposium for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the latest trends and research, pioneering tools and procedures, practical experiences and technical challenges in the field of security. We are looking for submissions related to one of the following themes:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Electronic/Internet Voting Security
  • Insider Threats
  • Security Analytics / Security Intelligence
  • Threats and Offensive Technologies (e.g. Advanced Persistent Threats)
  • Privacy policy and technologies.

Valid Submission Formats (Please Read): Presentation, Panel, and Workshop. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. *** Tag your submission: For this track, tag your submission as being at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level


GAMING/COMPUTER GRAPHICS/ANIMATION (GFX)

The new Gaming/Computer Graphics/Animation (GFX) track at GHC 2014 offers an exciting platform for dissemination of ground breaking work in these areas. These technical submissions can cover any topic in Gaming, Computer Graphics or Animation. Possibilities include new gaming, Mobile Gaming, Animation and Graphics techniques; novel applications of existing techniques; and technical developments in all three areas. This track will provide attendees with valuable information and new perspectives on topics relevant to attendees’ careers as technical women across entertainment, research and academia. Valid Submission Formats (Please Read): Panels, Presentations, Lightning Talks and Birds of a Feather. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. *** Tag your submission: For this track, tag your submission as being at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level


INTERNET OF THINGS/WEARABLE COMPUTING

The focus of this technical track is the growth of technology, devices, and processes that are connected to the Internet and how that impacts our society. We are specifically looking for submissions related to:

  • Wearable Computing – sensors, RFID, mobile computing devices, how data is collected/analyzed, wireless technologies
  • Manufacturing Automation – how connection to the Internet impacts the global supply chain and logistics
  • Medicine and Healthcare – virtual healthcare
  • Smart living – connected cities, smart homes, digitized economy, education, automotive
  • Environment – changes for sustainable and renewable resources – energy, food, agriculture, water supplies, waste reduction
  • Potential Problems – privacy, ethics, security, safety, scalability

Valid Submission Formats (Please read): Panels, Presentations, Lightning Talks, Workshop and Birds of a Feather. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. *** Tag your submission: For this track, tag your submission as being Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level.


FACULTY

We encourage submissions from a broad range of audiences to support diverse ideas for helping academic women succeed and advance in a global environment. The track will address topics that are relevant to all levels of professionals within higher education (i.e. Lecturer, Assistant Professor Associate Professor, Department Chair, Dean, etc.) from around the world. We invite submissions in, but not limited to, the following topics: Managing an academic career: Different paths (Tenure track, Administrative track, etc.), choosing the right department/school (culture, fit, funding, teaching vs. research, etc.), leadership development, managing dual-career job searches, work-life balance, mentoring, networking, getting research funding, publishing research results, life after tenure, etc. Leading the change in academia: Explore how the traditional engineering and computer science classroom (and class) has evolved, and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Descriptions of new learning environments and the technology that has enabled them are encouraged. Experience reports and perspectives from various stakeholders in education including, but not limited to: students, faculty, administrators, hiring managers in industry, professionals in corporate training and continuing education, etc. These reports could highlight new learning environments (particularly how they impact women and students from underrepresented groups); traditional and emerging best-practices for engaging women in computing; relationships among the stakeholders. Best Practices and New Ideas: Take-away ideas for engaging diverse populations in the classroom; practical suggestions for recruitment and retention of diverse students; ways to interact and connect with industry; advice for being a change leader within your organization, working with male advocates, etc. We encourage faculty who would like the opportunity to briefly share their technical work and/or research with others to submit to the “Lightning Talks” category. A number of speakers will be selected to give short 5-7 minute presentations in a “Faculty Lightning Talks” session. This is an opportunity to share your work and help you identify other attendees with similar or complementary research for future discussions and collaborations. Valid Submissions Types (Please read): Panels, Workshops, Lightning Talks, Presentations and Birds of a Feather. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. ***


CAREER TRACK

Women in technical roles and companies face a unique set of opportunities and challenges in the workplace and with their own professional development. This track will provide forums for attendees to learn and interact on a wide variety of topics to help them further advance their careers. Career topics of interest include but are not limited to: Career Management & Mastery:

  • Time management
  • How technical you need to be when you move up?
  • Professional image & presence
  • Balancing professional and personal commitments
  • Working in a male-dominated industry
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Happiness and career satisfaction
  • Challenges in a global workplace
  • Collaborations across boundaries

Career Planning & Development:

  • Mentoring, Coaching & Sponsorship for Career Development
  • Networking
  • Managing upwards and sideways
  • Moving from tactical to strategic roles
  • Technical innovation & patents
  • Career paths for technical, business & management
  • Intrapreneurship-related career development
  • Special assignments

Entrepreneur related topics:

  • Successful entrepreneurship skills
  • Startups vs. mid/large companies
  • Develop your Elevator pitch

Other Futuristic ideas:

  • The future of the workplace –what does it look like?
  • What it means to be in a virtual workplace
  • The impact of social media on the workplace
  • People analytics

Submitters are asked to specify the audience(s) that will benefit the most from their session: Students, Early Career Women (~0-5 years), Mid-Career Women (~5-15 years), Senior Women (~15+ years). Preference will be given to submissions that provide novel approaches or fresh perspectives. This is not a platform for recruiting or sales pitches; such submissions will not be accepted. Valid Submission Types (Please read): Panels, Presentations, Lightning Talks, Workshops and Birds of a Feather. Clicking the links above, provide you with more information regarding each of the submission types and provides you with a Starter Template. *** If you choose to use your own template, please ensure that all the sections listed in this Starter Template are incorporated to ensure consistency. ***


GRACE HOPPER STUDENT OPPORTUNITY LAB (SOL)

The Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) will be an interactive session where attendees can seek personalized advice. SOL is a wonderful opportunity to present more content in an interactive forum. The focus will be on students and the goal is to provide practical techniques/tools that can help them achieve their personal career aspirations. We will have a large room with several round tables seating 10, each with a topic. Each table will have a speaker(s) or mentor(s) who will hold several mini sessions and the attendees will rotate tables to attend the “sessions” they are interested in. The categories for which we are accepting submissions are: Careers In – Topics such as:

  • “Day in the life of” – Software Engineer, Program Manager etc.
  • Working in a specific area such as Cybersecurity, Big Data etc.

We recommend that you collaborate with people in similar fields from various organizations, to give the students a balanced perspective of that role or area. Skills – Topics such as:

  • How to get noticed and excel at technical interviews,
  • Resume Critiques,
  • Resume Do’s and Dont’s,
  • Polishing Up Your LinkedIn Profile are very popular.

Extracurricular – Topics such as:

  • Participating in Open Source Projects,
  • Participating in Hack-a-thons,
  • Internships – which one is right for you, navigating internship landscape,
  • Mentoring and other topics, that enables a students get a leg up are encouraged.

SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR SOL: Template.doc


GENERAL POSTER SESSION AND ACM STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITION

The goal of the poster session is to provide an opportunity for an informal discussion of one’s research with conference attendees. It is an excellent way to convey ideas and results not yet developed into a full paper. You can submit work that has already been accepted at other conference venues. Submission Overview: Your submission consists of two main components: an extended abstract and a summary paragraph. The extended abstract of up to 2 pages (approximately 800 words) describes the content of your poster, including the problem being solved, its significance, the approach adopted, and some key results. References do not count as part of the 2 page maximum. Your uploaded file must be in one of the following formats: PDF, ASCII text, or MS Word, in a double column. We recommend that you use one of these templates as a reference (Latex Link and Word Link) and submit the file in PDF. During the submission process, you will be asked for a separate paragraph (maximum of 100 words) for publication in the conference proceedings that serves as a succinct description of the project.

General Poster Session Submissions

Topics: The General Poster Session may include both technical and career-related topics. All accepted conference material will be published in our online conference proceedings. Due to the number of submissions received, we request you to submit only 1 poster per person for consideration. Who should submit: Submissions are encouraged from college or university students but will also be accepted from industry professionals and faculty members. Who can present at GHC: One author of each poster accepted is eligible to present at GHC. Multiple people cannot present the same poster. Extended Abstract Contents: The submission for a poster should contain the elements listed below.

  • Statement of Topic: A short title.
  • Author(s): Poster authors do not undergo blind review, so your submission should include as much of the following information as possible: name, affiliation, contact information (e.g., address, phone number, and email address, www address, etc.) Email is the preferred method of contact.
  • Problem and Motivation: Problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem, why it is significant, and why it is relevant to your research field.
  • Background and Related Work: Specialized and relevant background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain how is your work different from related work. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract.
  • Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in attacking the problem and how it is novel.
  • Results and Contributions: How the results of your work contribute to computer science and the significance of those results.
ACM Student Research Competition Submissions

Sponsored by: Individual students submitting posters for GHC can opt to have their posters also considered for the ACM Student Research Competition (sponsored by Microsoft Research). Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by the individual student. 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. All accepted conference material will be published in our online conference proceedings. Topics: Technical only. Who should submit: Undergraduate or Graduate students only. Description: The ACM Student Research Competition will be held in two phases, with prizes awarded based on judging during the conference. Student’ 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 Ceremony, and will continue on to ACM’s Grand Finals. Submission: The submission process is the same as for the General Poster Session. During the online submission process, you will indicate that you would like to be considered for the research competition. There are different eligibility criteria for the student research competition, described below: Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Participants must be currently enrolled in a university or college.
  2. If the student is not an ACM student member at the time of the poster submission, they must become one when they are accepted to qualify for awards or travel grants.
  3. Only individual research is accepted for consideration by an SRC. However, if an individual is part of a group research project and wishes to participate in an SRC, they can submit and present their individual contribution to the group research project. Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by the individual student.
  4. Submissions must be single-author.
  5. Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (July 1-June 30). If you applied to be part of the SRC at another conference this year, you are not eligible to apply.
  6. 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. Please work with your Department Chair to coordinate submissions.
  7. You cannot submit more than 2 posters as an individual for consideration.
  8. If selected, SRC program covers expenses up to $500 for all students invited to an SRC.

If your poster is not accepted to be part of the ACM Student Research competition, then it will automatically be considered for acceptance into the General Poster Session. Learn more: ACM Student Research Competition References: Check these links which have suggestions on how to propose/create a research poster:


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