47th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science    Bolzano-Bozen, Italy    January 25 - 28, 2021

Student Research Forum (SRF2021)

The Student Research Forum (SRF) is organized with the aim of publishing and discussing student research projects in the field of theory and practice of Computer Science. The aim of the forum is to offer students the opportunity to receive feedback on the research originality and suggestions for the work in progress based on a submitted research proposal. Furthermore, participation to SRF can be the occasion for students to establish new valuable future collaborations. Participation to the SRF for students (including authors of research proposals) is free of charge.


Topics of interest deal with both theory and practice of computer science. List of topics are those relevant to SOFSEM. A non-complete list:

  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Automata and formal languages
  • Complexity theory
  • Cryptography and security
  • Graphs and networks
  • Machine learning
  • Methods and tools for improved software processes
  • Software architecture of complex software-intensive systems
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Model-based software engineering methods and tools
  • Data-driven improvement of methods, models, and tools
  • Methods and tools for software engineering applications
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Software architectures for self-adaptive and self-optimizing systems
  • Methods and models for cloud and edge-cloud systems
  • AI in modern software systems
  • Trustworthiness and qualities of modern software systems
  • Data Models and Query Languages
  • Data Integration and Interoperability
  • Query Processing and Optimization
  • Spatial, Temporal, Multimedia Data
  • Web- and Graph-based Data
  • Probabilistic and Uncertain Data
  • Information Extraction and Retrieval
  • Data Privacy, Security, and Trust
  • Distributed, Parallel, and P2P Data Processing and Management
  • Biological Networks
  • System Biology

Important Dates

Research proposal submission: October 18th 2020 December 11th 2020 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: November 1st 2020 January 11th 2021 (extended)
Presentation at SRF: January 25th-28th 2021
Camera ready for post-event proceedings: February 15th 2021

All deadlines expire at 11:59pm AoE.

Submission procedure

To submit as an author in the Student Research Forum, you have to submit a Research Proposal via the following link:

Suggested parts to be included in the research proposal:

  • Problem and Research Question(s): Which problems are addressed by the proposed research? Why are they important? What are the final outcomes that will advance the state of the art?
  • Related Works: what are the most important research works you relate your research to? What are expected differences with your research? Where do you think your research will make the major contributions compared to related works?
  • Method(s): which methodology you will use to conduct the research? What will be the goals of the research and how will you reach them? Do you have a long term plan to conduct the research? How is the methodology appropriate to reach the goals? How will you validate and verify the results?
  • Preliminary results: what are the initial results? How will these influence your methodology and future steps?
  • Future steps: what will be the next steps? How will you translate your research plan to a final dissertation?

The expected length of the research proposal is 2-4 pages in double column format submitted in Doc or Latex. Please use the following templates for the submission:

Research proposals will be selected based on the relevance of the topic for the conference, the originality of research, and the quality of the written research proposal. Students participating to the SRF session will present the research during the half day Student Research Forum session which will have online form (more details will follow). Two weeks after the SRF event, camera ready version of the papers can be submitted to be included in a post-conference proceedings volume.


  • Bruno Rossi (brossi[at], Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Nabil El Ioini (Nabil.ElIoini[at], Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  • Anton Dignös (dignoes[at], Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy