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Lu Xiao Places First at ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals

Yuangfang Cai and Lu Xiao
CCI Associate Professor Yuanfang Cai (left) and PhD in computer science student Lu Xiao (right) at the ACM Awards Banquet at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 20.

July 6, 2015

Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) PhD in computer science student Lu Xiao was recognized at a June 20 ACM Awards Banquet at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco for her first place award in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) grand finals.

The ACM SRC, sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.

More than 200 students from all around the world participated in the SRC, with the two rounds of competition occurring at each conference hosting an SRC and a grand finals competition.

Xiao, a PhD student of CCI Associate Professor Yuanfang Cai, took first place at the SRC at the 22nd ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2014) in Hong Kong (Nov. 16-21, 2014).

After placing at FSE 2014, Xiao was recommended to attend the grand final round of the SRC where she competed against top research students from other disciplines, and where she placed first; Shupeng Sun of Carnegie Mellon University placed second and Omid Abari of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology placed third. Other winners earned awards at top computer science conferences such as Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) and Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM).

The SRC is a joint venture of the ACM and Microsoft Research. For more information, please visit the ACM Student Research Competition website.