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UMINF 15.03

Proceedings of Umeå's 19th Student Conference in Computing Science

The Umeå Student Conference in Computing Science (USCCS) is organized annually by the Computing Science department at Umeå University with the objective of giving students a practical introduction to independent research, scientific writing, and oral presentation. A student who participates in the course first selects a topic and a research question that he or she is interested in. If the topic is accepted, the student outlines a paper and composes an annotated bibliography to give a survey of the research topic. The main work consists in conducting the actual research that answers the question asked, and convincingly and clearly reporting the results in a scientific paper. Another major part of the course is multiple internal peer review meetings in which groups of students read each others' papers and give feedback to the author. This process gives valuable training in both giving and receiving criticism in a constructive manner. Altogether, the students learn to formulate and develop their own ideas in a scientific manner, in a process involving internal peer reviewing of each other's work, and incremental development and refinement of a scientific paper. Each scientific paper is submitted to the conference of the USCCS through an on-line submission system, and receives two or more reviews written by members of the Computing Science department. Based on the reviews, the editors of the conference proceedings (the teachers of the course) issue a decision of preliminary acceptance of the paper to each author. If, after final revision, a paper is accepted, the student is given the opportunity to present the work at the USCCS conference. The review process and the conference format aims at mimicking realistic settings for publishing and participation at scientific conferences. The conference is the highlight of the USCCS and this year, the conference received thirteen submissions (out of a possible sixteen), which were carefully reviewed by the reviewers listed on the following page.We are very grateful to the reviewers who did an excellent job despite the very tight time frame. As a result of the reviewing process, twelve submissions were accepted for presentation at the conference.


Student conference


Suna Bensch and Thomas Hellström

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