Student Research Competition

The Student Research Competition is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: June 26, 2023 
  • Notification: July 17, 2023 
  • Publication-ready deadline: August 05, 2023 

Submission Details 

  • Submission format: an abstract using ACM Master Article Submission Templates (single column, maximum of 4 pages excluding references), video (3-5min), proof of student status and – if accepted – poster (A0). Both poster and abstract submissions must meet SIGCHI accessibility requirements 
  • Submissions can be in German or English but should stay consistent for submission forms (pdf, video).  
  • Student(s) must be enrolled in a university or college at the time of the initial submission deadline, not necessarily at the time of the conference.  
  • Submission can be made by undergraduate or graduate (Masters) students. Prior research experience of the author(s) will be taken into account when reviewing the papers. 
  • Students can submit a single or team project with one designated presenter. At least the designated presenter has to register to and attend the MUC 2023 conference. 
  • Online submission: Conftool 

Note that supervisors are allowed as co-authors but one of the students need to present. Submission must *not* be anonymized 

Selection Process 

All submission will be reviewed and rated according to the presented:

  • Problem and motivation: 5 points 
  • Background and related work: 5 points 
  • Approach and uniqueness: 10 points 
  • Results and contribution: 10 points 
  • Total possible score: 30 points 

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. 

Authors of all accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit the publication-ready copy of their abstract. Deadline and instructions regarding publication-ready submissions are emailed to accepted authors. This email will also contain instructions of how to notify the Student Research Competition and Accessibility Chairs of any necessary accommodations. Authors will also receive instructions by email about poster design for presentation at the conference. If the authors are unable to meet these requirements by the Publication-Ready deadline, the venue Chairs will be notified and may be required to remove the submission from the program. 

Up to ten submissions in total will be chosen to participate in the competition at MUC 2023. 

At the Conference 

For accepted submission, one of the authors will give a presentation to selected judges and prepare a poster for the conference audience.  

After the Conference 

Accepted Student Research Competition abstracts will be distributed in the MUC Conference Extended Abstracts. They will be placed in the GI library where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide. 

Prizes and Awards 

Students whose SRC submission was accepted will be invited to the conference and get refunded for registration and transportation costs. Accommodation costs can be fully funded if SRC applicants additionally apply for an SV job (we have saved spots for SRC applicants).  The top three winners will be awarded during the closing plenary session of the MUC 2023 conference. 

Preparing Your Student Research Competition Submission 

A submission to the Student Research Competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research in any of the topic areas covered by MUC. Submissions should be original work that is neither in submission elsewhere nor already published in MUC or another conference or journal. Abstracts should describe: 

  • The research problem and motivation for the work 
  • Background and related work 
  • Novelty of the research 
  • Research approach 
  • Results 
  • Contributions to the field of HCI 

To participate in the Student Research Competition: 

  • Submit an extended abstract to the Student Research Competition category via the Conftool:
    • The submission must be a maximum length of 4 pages. References are not included in this page limit. 
    • The initial submission for this venue is *not* anonymized. Please include the name of the author(s) and the acknowledgment section as they will appear in the camera-ready version of the abstract.
  • Submit video describing and showing your project. The video should have a maximum of 5 min. (.mp4, .mov | 16:9) 
  • Submit proof of student status, including a stamp of the university. This could be submitted by:
    • sending a note signed by your academic supervisor verifying your status, stating the name of university/college, whether you were a graduate (i.e., Masters) or undergraduate (i.e., Bachelor level) when the work was done, and confirming that you are either currently registered in an academic program full-time, or will return to be a student in the upcoming 180 days (starting submission deadline). 
    • any form of official document from university (e.g., transcript of records, semester certificate, etc.) clearly showing that you were enrolled at the time of submission 

If your SRC submission is accepted, you will be asked to prepare the following: 

  • Prepare a presentation about your work. Details will be sent out in accordance with the acceptance letter.  
  • Prepare a poster which you will present at the official poster presentation at MUC 2023. Posters might also include QR codes to link to online materials (e.g., scenario videos, interactive prototypes). The typical poster size recommended is A0, a maximum of ~39.3 inches tall by ~39.3 inches wide (or a maximum of 1 meter tall by 1 meter wide). We recommend designing posters in the landscape format because they can be shown on-screen without zooming-out as much as in the portrait format.
    • Posters should include (1) the title, authors’ names, and affiliations, (2) a concise overview of the research, (3) clear illustrations of key aspects of the work, and (4) a compelling visual design. 
    • For guidance on how to create a research poster, see this XRDS article by Lorrie Cranor.