Travel funds for VL/HCC 2014

A small amount of travel support will be provided for selected university faculty and students through a contest. Only university-affiliated researchers are eligible to participate.

The contest is sponsored by National Instruments. We invite other companies to become sponsors, as well. Interested companies should contact Chris Scaffidi at for details.

Rules for faculty/students who wish to receive travel support

On or before 10 Feb 2014, interested faculty/students should submit a short paper (maximum 500 words not including references) in PDF format through an online form. The purpose of this short paper is to explain how the author's research could benefit National Instruments. Each submission must do the following:

  1. Give a concise title summarizing the content.
  2. Identify the author and the author's university-affiliated email address.
  3. Explain the chief contributions of research led by the author.
  4. Explain how these contributions could be used to benefit National Instruments. For example, the paper might explain how these contributions could be used to increase LabVIEW adoption.
  5. Summarize the author's experience with (a) producing useful research based on past industry grants, (b) collaborating with industrial partners, and/or (c) establishing spinoffs or other companies by applying research in industry.
  6. Provide a short list of references about where the judges can read more about these contributions.

Each paper does not need to contain a formal proposal of future work. It merely needs to explain how the author's research could be applied in industry.

Note that contest submissions are not considered to be part of the main conference proceedings. Contest submissions do not need to be written in the style of a research paper. Contest submissions will be used for contest judging, not for publication as part of the conference proceedings.

Making a contest submission will implicitly grant permission for National Instruments to share the submission internally. Submissions will otherwise be kept confidential to the extent that is reasonably feasible.

Other than the right to share submitted information throughout National Instruments, a contest submission does not convey any rights to use the submitted information beyond what is already allowed by copyright and patent law. In particular, if the contest sponsor wants to use the information for commercial purposes, then it will still be necessary to go through the appropriate technology licensing channels. A submission conveys information; it does not convey a license.

Other rules

We currently anticipate a limit of 1 submission per person. (Multiple submissions may be made by the same research group. It is highly unlikely that more than 1 winner will be chosen from the same research group.) If other companies choose to provide sponsorship, then we will alter this rule so that each participant may submit one paper per corporate sponsor; in this case, each submission should be tailored to address the specific needs of one particular corporate sponsor. Right now, because we have precisely 1 corporate sponsor (National Instruments), each person may submit only 1 paper.

To be eligible to win, an author must register for VL/HCC 2014.

Only faculty and students may submit papers.


Chris Scaffidi and two corporate sponsor representatives will review submissions to choose winners. Submissions will be rated based on:

  • Clarity of the submission
  • Overall relevance of the contribution to corporate products and services
  • Likelihood that the submitter would be a good partner for technology transfer

The latter two criteria will receive higher weight than the first criterion. National Instruments may identify additional judging criteria as needed, and the sponsor will retain final discretion about the selection of winners.


  • Grand prize of $2000, two "runner up" prizes of $1500 each
  • Additional prizes will become available if more companies become sponsors
  • If possible, prizes will be paid through the winner's university as "gifts" to faculty rather than grants, if doing so helps to reduce overhead rates. If it is simpler to do so, prizes might also be paid directly to winners, depending on the preferences of the winners and the sponsor.


10 Feb 2014 - Submissions due (Although the due date is 10 Feb, you may make late submissions up to 1 March. Late submissions might not receive full consideration if all 
available travel support is awarded to people who make submissions before the due date.)

1 April 2014 - Notifications (on or before)



1st Jan 2014  -  Workshops/tutorial proposals due

17th Feb 2014  --  Paper abstracts due in Easychair

24th Feb 2014  --  Papers due in EasyChair

7th April  - Author responses due

15th Apr 2014  --  Final notifications sent for papers


10th Apr 2014  --  Workshop, GC, and demo/posters due

20th Apr 2014  --  Workshop, GC, and demo/posters decisions

30th Apr 2014  --  Final camera-ready due at IEEE CPS