Call for Participation
“Diversity Matters!” Conforming to this year’s theme, we target a program comprised of an array of technical, professional and personal enrichment and development opportunities. And, of course, the Tapia conference offers the unique opportunity to engage in large and small group discussions about diversity and broadening participation. Anticipating a well-balanced program for academic, research and industrial interests, we invite you to submit your content to the appropriate sub-program: doctoral consortium, posters, workshops, panels. The Tapia conference also provides student scholarship opportunities.
Program Notifications will go out on Monday, February 22, 2016.
Missed one of our Tapia Program Submission Webinar sessions? Listen to this webinar hosted by Dilma da Silva, Tapia 2016 General Chair and get advice on putting together your submission for the conference.
The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers in computing. The one-day Doctoral Consortium will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, immediately after the Tapia main conference. PhD students who have decided on their thesis research topics and have produced (either preliminary or substantial) thesis research results are eligible to submit. The typical proposer, therefore, is in the mid or late stages of their PhD program. Doctoral Consortium proposals must include:
- a thesis summary (up to 4 pages);
- a thesis abstract (up to 300 words);
- a CV;
- contact information for the thesis advisor; and
- a statement of expectations (up to 500 words, stating what you expect to gain from presenting and participating in the Doctoral Consortium as well as what you think you can contribute)
Students selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium will receive a scholarship that includes full conference registration, a reimbursable travel stipend and hotel accommodations. Priority for Doctoral Consortium scholarships goes to students who are attending U.S. institutions/institutions in US territories. Please note: You must submit your application for a Tapia scholarship by Friday, January 29, 2016 (your deadline is earlier than the general scholarship deadline). Scholarship Applications open Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Deadline to Submit Doctoral Consortium Proposals: Monday, February 8, 2016 [UPDATED]
We invite community members to submit proposals to organize BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions at 2016 Tapia Conference. Students are particularly encouraged to suggest BOF proposals sessions. BOF sessions provide an informal forum for the discussion of technical or social issues among interested parties and they provide a venue for communities (existing or dynamically organized) to network. Previous conferences have included BOF topics such as robotics, cybersecurity, diversity in computing, and the enhancement of diversity initiatives in computer science research. BOFs are scheduled at the end of the day and limited to 1 hour. To encourage informal discussion, no projectors or machines will be provided for BOF sessions. A BOF proposal must include:
- BoF Title
- Organizer(s) Information (name, email, affiliation)
- Brief Topic Description (up to 250 words) and
- The Target Audience (Including Estimate of the Number of Attendees to help in room organization)
BOF proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to the conference, originality, and quality of the proposal.
Deadline to Submit BOF Proposals: Friday, January 29, 2016 [UPDATED].
We solicit proposals for workshops that aim to: (1) expose attendees to research or professional development content; or (2) offer introductory training in state-of-the-practice tools or techniques (e.g. hardware, software, mathematics, statistics, etc.). The primary goal of proposed workshops should be to improve the attendees’ understanding or performance in the specified focus area or skill. All workshops will be 90 minutes in length and should be organized and led by one or more individuals who are knowledgeable experts in the offered subject matter. A workshop proposal must include:
- a title;
- an abstract (up to 250 words);
- CVs or resumes for each organizer/presenter;
- a statement of the organizers’ qualifications (up to 250 words);
- the target audience; and
- a detailed description of the proposed workshop in .pdf format (up to 2 pages in length)
The detailed description should describe the target audience, the topic(s) to be covered, an outline of the workshop’s agenda including a timeline and the execution plan for the workshop. The execution plan will describe how the workshop will be carried out by its organizers. For example, workshops may provide guided, hands-on activities, lecture-style instruction, interactive audience participatory activities, etc. We encourage workshops that have been successfully presented at other conferences. Workshops will be evaluated based on relevance to the conference and its attendees, technical soundness, technical importance, originality, quality of the proposed content, anticipated interest, and qualifications of the organizers/presenters.
Deadline to Submit Workshop Proposals: Friday, January 29, 2016 [UPDATED]
We solicit proposals for panel sessions that aim to engage and stimulate significant discussions on a particular topic. The format for the typical Tapia 2016 Panel format will be 90minute sessions that begin with short presentations by three to four leading experts in the relevant field, followed by a moderated dialogue among the panelists and the audience members. We seek a broad range of panels including technical discussion and professional development topics, as well as those that address issues and problems faced by underrepresented scientists or minority-serving institutions. Panel proposals may be submitted by professionals (faculty, industry, government) or graduate students and must include:
- a title;
- an abstract (up to 250 words);
- CVs or resumes for the moderator and panelists;
- position statements for each panelist;
- the target audience; and
- a detailed description of the proposed panel in .pdf format (up to 2 pages in length)
The detailed description should include a description of the panel format (if unconventional) and the position statements for each of the panelists. It is preferred that the specific set of panelists (and their relevant expertise) be set and named at the time of the submission. The description should also describe the format for the post-presentation moderated discussion. Panel proposals will be evaluated based on: relevance to the conference and its attendees, technical soundness, technical importance, originality and quality of proposal presentation.
Deadline to Submit Panel Proposals: Friday, January 29, 2016 [UPDATED]
The technical poster session provides an opportunity for students to present their latest research results and methodologies to a wide conference audience and to network with peers and experts in their research area. Posters are appropriate for work in progress, preliminary results, and late-breaking research results. If your poster submission is accepted, it will be displayed for a 2-hour time period on Thursday, September 15, 2016. At least one student author for each accepted poster must register to attend the conference and be designated to present the poster during the 2-hour session. During this time, a panel of judges will score the posters. We will recognize posters during the conference banquet for two separate categories—1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for undergraduate students and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for graduate students. An attendee may present only one poster. Posters must represent original work and cannot be previously published in another venue.Your poster proposal must include:
- the names of the authors;
- a designated presenter (must be a student);
- the name of the advisor;
- a title;
- an abstract (up to 250 words); and
- a 2-page full proposal description in .PDF format
The 2-page description will be used as the basis for reviewing your submission. Poster proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to the conference, technical soundness, technical importance, originality and quality of the proposal presentation.
The designated student Poster Presenter will be eligible to receive a scholarship that includes full conference registration, a reimbursable travel stipend and hotel accommodations. Please note: You must submit your application for a Tapia scholarship by Friday, January 29, 2016 (your deadline is earlier than the general scholarship deadline). Scholarship Applications open Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Deadline to Submit Poster Proposal: Friday, January 29, 2016 [UPDATED]
For questions regarding submissions please contact the Program Committee