Students working towards their Masters or PhD degree are strongly encouraged to participate in the SPC.
SPC is an excellent opportunity for personal leadership and strong involvement of students in a prospective scientific/technical activity. It gives the possibility for all participants, students, counselors, professors and many others to be involved and to participate in such an important and interesting student activity.
Character of the Papers
Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject related to the track areas specified at the conference website. The work need not be original in engineering content, but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.
Student Paper Competition Guidelines
Students interested in participating in the competition should:
SPC submissions will be reviewed in the usual manner by the Conference Editorial Board for their suitability to be included in the technical program of the Conference. Those receiving high scores in the initial review will then be reviewed by the SPC Committee to short-list the Finalists. The nomination by faculty advisors is a very important document here (remember it must be received by the paper submission deadline).
The following evaluation and review guidelines will be given to the SPC Committee and the Reviewers:
Please use a percentage numerical score from 0 % - 100 % to evaluate a paper. In addition to the numerical score, you could provide a technical review of up to 1 page, like a review you would do for journals by assessing the scientific merit of the paper and the student’s contribution to the work. Your detailed expert review comments would be most useful to the committee.
Please use the following four main criteria to review the paper – each suggests some areas you might want to look into. The relative weighting of each area is shown in %. We need an overall % score for the paper - in order to try and calibrate the scores - aim such that anything > 90% is a world leading research paper.
Q1. Is the scientific contribution of the work to the field real and identifiable? (35%)
Q2. What is the technical quality of the paper? (35%) - Is there a good introduction to the problem and rationale for the study?
Q3. From the paper and nomination, how would you rate the contribution from the student author? (20%)
Q4. Is the paper formatted and put together well (10%)