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ACM SIGMETRICS 2008 encourages participation of students, women and under-represented minority groups. In addition to the regular conference activities, the following events may be of particular interest to student and women/minority researchers:

·        Student Thesis Panel: June 3-5, 2008

·        Student Job Fair: June 2, 2008

·        Student Dinner: June 3, 2008

·        Women/Minority Researcher Lunch: June 4, 2008

Travel support for students. The goal of the travel grant program is to encourage participation in the SIGMETRICS 2008 conference by students that would normally find it difficult to attend. Applications are accepted from students at degree granting institutions throughout the world. The deadline for the receipt of applications and recommendation letters is April 27, 2008.


The SIGMETRICS 2008 is encouraging students to submit extended abstracts describing work-in-progress thesis research to the student thesis panel. The thesis panel provides a live forum for students to promote and get feedback on their work, exchange research experiences, and interact with established researchers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance evaluation studies of: computer networks, Internet servers, network applications, topology and routing, computer architectures, database systems, operating systems, distributed systems, multimedia systems, file and storage systems, memory systems, language and runtime systems, real-time systems, sensor networks, mobile devices and wireless networks, security, and fault-tolerant systems.
  • Performance methodology techniques and algorithms for: analytic modeling, system measurement and monitoring, model verification and validation, workload characterization, simulation, statistical analysis, stochastic modeling, experimental design, reliability analysis and management, performance optimization and hybrid models.

Both analytical and empirical studies are encouraged to be submitted to the student thesis panel.  

Student Thesis Panel:

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel committee, from which a number of abstracts will be selected for presentation at the thesis panel. Each thesis panel is chaired by a well established researcher in the field and student authors of accepted submissions will speak as panelists.

An Award (and a prize) will be given to the best student panelist. A limited number of student travel grants will also be available to the accepted student authors who will present at the student thesis panel.

Submission Guidelines:

Extended abstracts should not exceed 2 pages double column including figures and tables in standard ACM format. All submissions should be in PDF format.

Please submit extended abstract via email to Jia Wang ( with the subject line “ACM SIGMETRICS 2008 Student Thesis Panel”.

Important Dates:

March 31, 2008

Submission deadline

April 15, 2008

Acceptance notifications

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ACM SIGMETRICS 2008 invites industrial labs and students to participate in the job fair which will be held in parallel with tutorials and MAMA workshop. The job fair aims at provide a communication channel between industrial labs and students to identify mutually interested topics.  Industrial labs can use this opportunity to attract bright students who actively work in the field. Students will learn exciting opportunities of working at industrial labs either as a regular employ or as a summer intern.

The job fair will start with short presentations given by participating industrial labs on their general research area and recruiting process (both regular positions and summer intern opportunities). Detailed information will be posted at the conference site as well as on the Web. Students are also encouraged to follow up with the representative in each lab to obtain further information.

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Participating Industrial Labs:

There are limited time slots for industrial labs to presenting research/development interests. To participate in the job fair, please subscribe by sending email Jia Wang ( with the subject line “ACM SIGMETRICS 2008 Student Job Fair” before the subscription deadline.

Participating Companies

  • AT&T Labs – Research (Shubho Sen)

  • Google (Jon Feldman)

  • HP Labs (Xiaoyun Zhu)

  • IBM Research (Hao Yang)

  • Microsoft Research (Sudipta Sengupta, Joe Hellerstein)

 Important Date: 

May 10, 2008

Subscription deadline


ACM SIGMETRICS 2008 invites all students who register the main conference to the student dinner.

·        Time: 20:00 -  21:30, June 3, 2008

·        Location: Phillips Annapolis Harbor Restaurant (12 Dock St., Annapolis, MD)

·        Sponsor: AT&T Labs


ACM SIGMETRICS 2008 invites women/minority students and researchers to a special lunch on June 4, 2008. During the lunch, well-established researchers will share their experiences on career development.


The goal of the travel grant program is to encourage participation in the SIGMETRICS 2008 conference by students that would normally find it difficult to attend. Applications are accepted from students at degree granting institutions throughout the world.

The travel grant is intended to contribute towards the conference registration fee, travel cost and lodging expenses, with the amount of support depending on the total funds available, the location of the student's institution and the number of qualifying applications received.  

Higher priority will generally be given to students who have serious interests in SIGMETRICS but do not have guaranteed financial support from their home organization (e.g. without a full paper – the committee believes that full paper authors should be covered by their advisors). The committee will also give higher priority to students who have *not* received travel grants from SIGMETRICS in the past. The maximum travel grant amount is limited to $600 USD.

The committee thanks AT&T Labs, HP Labs, IBM Research, Intel, Seagate, and VMware for funding this program for all students.

Who Should Apply?

All graduate students (Ph.D. students preferred) are encouraged to apply. Selection criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in measurement and modeling of computer systems, as demonstrated by publications, coursework, and project experience. Activities such as past or future SIGMETRICS paper submissions or conference participation would help. Students are highly encouraged to attend the Tutorial program and the Student Activities.  SIGMETRICS 2008 encourages participation of women and under-represented minorities.

How to Apply

An application for a travel grant will consist of:

  1. a letter from the student,
  2. the student's curriculum vitae, and
  3. a recommendation letter from the student's advisor.

The letter from the student should:

  • indicate why the student believes he or she would benefit from attending the SIGMETRICS 2008 conference,

  • briefly summarize research interests and accomplishments to date,

  • describe areas reflected in the SIGMETRICS 2008 program that would impact the student's research, and

  • indicate whether he or she has received the SIGMETRICS travel grant in the past.


The letter from the student's advisor should:

  • indicate why the advisor believes the student would benefit from attending the conference, and
  • give the advisor's opinion about the strengths and potential research contributions of the student.

Please send application and recommendation letters in ASCII, PostScript, or PDF format (only) by e-mail to:

Cathy Xia, (cathyx at us dot ibm dot com)

The advisor's recommendation letter may either be sent by the student along with the first two items, or separately by the advisor.

Reimbursement Procedure

Granted financial support will be either in the form of a free conference registration, or offered through a reimbursement check.  Further details will be announced in the notification email.

Important Dates

The deadline for the receipt of applications and recommendation letters is April 27, 2008. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The targeted notification date is May 5, 2008.

Last updated:05/29/2008