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ICFP 2020
Thu 20 - Fri 28 August 2020

How to Participate (2020-08-21)

Poster Session

  1. Log into Clowdr (https://icfp2020.clowdr.org/)
  2. Go to Exhibit Hall > Student Research Competition
  3. Click on a specific poster
  4. Click on the “Join Breakout Room” button

Finalist Presentation Sessions

  1. Log into Clowdr (https://icfp2020.clowdr.org/)
  2. Go to Sessions > Live Sessions > Upcoming > Student Research Competition
  3. Click on “Join By Zoom App” or “Join by Browser”

Note: On the right side of the screen, you will see a text chat dedicated to a specific poster or finalist presentations. You are welcome to use this chat to communicate with the students.

Lightning Talks (2020-08-12)

Check out the lightning talks by the SRC participants!


COVID-19 Update (2020-05-23)

As ICFP 2020 has been shifted to a virtual conference, the Student Research Competition will also be held online. To make the virtual competition fruitful, we will make sure that every student will have an “invited audience” (e.g., the ICFP review committee) during the poster session.  We are also planning to organize a social event for the students. More details coming soon!


The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) will take place again this year at ICFP, providing undergraduate and graduate researchers an opportunity to present their original research. The goal is to give students a place to discuss their research with experts in their field and to help them sharpen their research and communication skills.

Following SRC guidelines, the ICFP 2020 SRC consists of three rounds:

Round 1: Extended Abstracts. All students are encouraged to submit a 3-page extended abstract outlining their research. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Round 2: Poster Session at ICFP. Based on the abstracts, a panel of judges will select the most promising entrants to participate in the poster session which will take place at ICFP. Students who make it to this round will be eligible for some travel support to attend the conference. In the poster session, students will have the opportunity to present their work to the judges, who will select three finalists in each category (graduate/undergraduate) to advance to the next round.

Round 3: Presentations at ICFP. The last round will consist of an oral presentation at ICFP to compete for the final awards in each category and selection of an overall winner who will advance to the ACM SRC Grand Finals.


The SRC is open to both undergraduate (not in a MS or PhD program) and graduate students (in a MS or PhD program). Upon submission, entrants must be enrolled as a student at their universities and be current ACM student members.

Furthermore, there are some constraints on what kind of work may be submitted:

Previously published work: Submissions should consist of original work (not yet accepted for publication). If the work is a continuation of previously published work, the submission should focus on the contribution over what has already been published. We encourage students to see this as an opportunity to get early feedback and exposure for the work they plan to submit to the next ICFP.

Collaborative work: Graduate students are encouraged to submit work they have been conducting in collaboration with others, including advisors, internship mentors, or other students. However, graduate submissions are individual, so they must focus on the contributions of the student.

Team submissions: Team projects will be only accepted from undergrads. One person should be designated by the team to make the oral presentation. If a graduate (Masters or PhD program) student 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.

Outcomes and SRC Grand Finalists

The top three graduate and the top three undergraduate winners will receive prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

All six winners will receive award medals and a one-year complimentary ACM student membership, including a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library.

The first place winners of the SRC will be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the winners of other conference-hosted SRCs.

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 (also known as the Nobel Prize of Computing).

The top three Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200. All Grand Finalists will receive Grand Finalist certificates.


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Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring this event.

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Mon 24 Aug

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10:30 - 11:30
A GHC-Plugin to Compile Effectful Languages
Student Research Competition
Certified double sided auction mechanisms
Student Research Competition
Certified Optimisation of Stream Operations Using Heterogeneous Staging
Student Research Competition
James Lowenthal University of Cambridge
Pattern Matching with Typed Holes
Student Research Competition
Yongwei Yuan University of Michigan
Type Hole Inference
Student Research Competition
Zhiyi Pan University of Michigan
Semantics for a Simple Differentiable Language Using Distribution Theory
Student Research Competition
Christopher Lam Cornell University
Gradual Enforcement of IO Trace Properties
Student Research Competition
Cezar-Constantin Andrici Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Tue 25 Aug

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11:30 - 12:15
SRC Finalist Presentation 1
Student Research Competition

23:30 - 00:15
SRC Finalist Presentation 2
Student Research Competition

Call for Submissions

ICFP invites students to participate in the Student Research Competition in order to present their research and get feedback from prominent members of the programming language research community. Please submit your extended abstracts through the submission website.

Each submission (referred to as “abstract” below) should include the student author’s name and e-mail address; institutional affiliation; research advisor’s name; ACM student member number; category (undergraduate or graduate); research title; and an extended abstract addressing the following:

Problem and Motivation: Clearly state the problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.

Background and Related Work: Describe the specialized (but pertinent) background necessary to appreciate the work in the context of ICFP areas of interest. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain where your work departs from that done by others.

Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in addressing the problem and clearly state how your approach is novel.

Results and Contributions: Clearly show how the results of your work contribute to programming language design and implementation in particular and to computer science in general; explain the significance of those results.

Submissions must be original research that is not already published at ICFP or another conference or journal. One of the goals of the SRC is to give students feedback on ongoing, unpublished work. Furthermore, the abstract must be authored solely by the student. If the work is collaborative with others and*or part of a larger group project, the abstract should make clear what the student’s role was and should focus on that portion of the work.

Formatting: Submissions must be in PDF format, printable in black and white on US Letter sized paper, and interpretable by common PDF tools. All submissions must adhere to the “ACM Small” template that is available (in both LaTeX and Word formats) from https://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions. For authors using LaTeX, a lighter-weight package, including only the essential files, is available from http://sigplan.org/Resources/Author/#acmart-format. The submission must not exceed 3 pages in PDF format. Reference lists do not count towards the 3-page limit. You may use the “nonacm” option to remove venue information, DOI, categories, and copyright notices, since we will not publish the abstracts in a proceedings.

Undergraduate Category

First Place: James Lowenthal. Certified Optimisation of Stream Operations Using Heterogeneous Staging

Second Place: Christopher Lam. Semantics for a Simple Differentiable Language Using Distribution Theory

Third Place: Zhiyi Pan. Type Hole Inference

Graduate Category

First Place: Cezar-Constantin Andrici. Gradual Enforcement of IO Trace Properties

Second Place: Suneel Sarswat. Certified double sided auction mechanisms

Third Place: Kai-Oliver Prott. A GHC-Plugin to Compile Effectful Languages

Questions? Use the ICFP Student Research Competition contact form.