April 2, 2018 · Cambridge, MA
Jonathan Behrens
Willie Boag
Machine Learning
PhD Student


SIGTBD will be taking place in the gorgeous Hewlett Room (32-G882). A sprawling conference room in the heart of Cambridgeport which can accommodate a bunch of people.
Navigate the the building located at ECEF coordinates: (1529595, -4465281, 4275399). Then, starting from the ground floor
take the #16 elevator down to the subsubbasement
(exit out the back)
walk through the stalagmites until you see a blue one
turn right, then immediately turn to face the West (Adam West, not Wild Wild West)
you should see a short flight of stairs over his left shoulder
Batman will take you to the ropeladder up to the main entrance.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or stories to share, you may reach the SIGTBD program committee via email at Please be sure to thank each conference organizer personally, and at length, in all your communications.

A reminder to all authors: SIGTBD employs a double-blind paper review process, and authors are prohibited from de-anonymizing their work, including via communications with the SIGTBD committee. Vague references to your submitted work, such as in form of poetic allusions or puzzles, are acceptable. Communication by any means with strong anonymity guarantees is also encouraged.

SIGTBD 2018 is the 3rd annual conference in TBD, and is a premiere venue for academic and semi-academic work, and simply has the best papers. Many papers! Including yours, if you submit your very finest work.

SIGTBD is the premiere forum for all areas of computer science research, including big data, machine learning, theory, programming languages, systems, networking and so on. SIGTBD's emphases includes innovative, elegant (to the point of simplicity) and creative approaches for solving problems that are not traditionally served by the academic community. These problem spaces may be obsolete or unrealistic even by academic standards and are often of debatable research taste. View last year's papers here

The Call For Papers (CFP) for SIGTBD can be found here, with more general info here. The submission site is at HotCRP.

Instructions for Submission to SIGTBD16

This document provides instructions for submitting papers to SIGTBD. In an effort to respect the efforts of reviewers and in the interest of fairness to all prospective authors, we request that all submissions to SIGTBD follow the formatting and submission rules detailed below. Submissions that violate these instructions may not be reviewed, at the discretion of the program chair, in order to maintain a review process that is fair to all potential authors.

The committee will make every effort to judge each submitted paper on its own merits. There will be no target acceptance rate. We expect to accept a wide range of papers with appropriate expectations for evaluation — while papers that build on significant past work with strong evaluations are valuable, papers that open new areas with less rigorous evaluation are equally welcome and especially encouraged. In either case, what is important is that the paper’s claims are no stronger than what is supported by the evaluation. Given the wide range of topics covered by SIGTBD, every effort will be made to find expert any reviewers.

All questions regarding paper formatting and submission should be directed to the program chair.

The paper submission site is HotCRP.

Submission Resources
General Submission Requirements
  • Paper must be submitted in printable PDF format.
  • Text must be in a minimum 10pt font (not 9pt).
  • Submissions are double blind and author names must be removed.
  • On the published copy, authors must be ordered by ascending number of vowels.
  • Papers must be at most 11 pages in US letter format, not including references.
  • additional appendices (beyond 11 pages) are allowed in the paper submission.
  • There is no page limit for references.
  • Each reference must specify all authors (no et al.).
Conference Requirements

Authors of all accepted papers will be required to give a regular conference talk and submit a tweet abstract (no longer than 280 characters), and may optionally submit a Vine video advertising their talk and an freehand illustration on a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. The published copy of the paper will be included in the SIGTBD18 Proceedings and available on the online SIGTBD digital library (subscription required for access).

Summary of requirements:

  • Required: A 10 minute conference talk
  • Required: A short form abstract (< 280 characters)
  • Optional: A Vine video advertising the talk (Example)
  • Optional: A freehand illustration on a 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper (Example)

You should specify the names that represent actual conflicts - where an individual who is a conflict in the context of this conference shares the same initials as one of the co-authors. Individuals declared a conflict will be tagged with a unique identifier to prevent aliasing of entries in the database.

Any interpersonal conflicts of interest must be declared in the form of a passive aggressive email sent to the PC chair. In the event an interpersonal conflict of interest is declared, the validity of the interpersonal conflict of interest will be determined by the PC. The best conflict of interest emails will be anonymized and included in the conference proceedings.

Submission Formatting

Papers must be submitted in PDF format and follow the standard two-column ACM proceedings style in 9-point font and be at most 10 pages, exclusive of the bibliography. The bibliography is excluded from the page count to encourage good citation practices and discourage illegible bibliographies. Citations can be either in numeric style or author-year style. Numeric citations always stand as a parenthetical note (e.g., “[42]”), while author-year citations may stand either as a noun phrase (e.g., “Church (1935)”), or as a parenthetical note (e.g., “(Church, 1935)”).

If you are using LaTeX to typeset your paper, then we strongly suggest that you use this LaTeX class file (with the ‘sigtbd’ class option) and template. If you are using Microsoft Word, we recommend you give up on following any of the formatting requirements and submit in whatever format you please.

Double Blind

Reviewing will be double blind; therefore, please do not include any author names or links to author’s website, etc. on any submitted documents except in the space provided on the online submission form. Please take time to read the SIGTBD FAQ on Double Blind Reviewing, which gives a more comprehensive and authoritative account than this short paragraph. If you are improving upon your prior work, refer to your prior work in the third person and include a full citation for the work in the bibliography. For example, if you happened to be Collins and McCarthy, building on your own prior work, you might say something like: “While prior work [Backus et al. 1960; Collins 1960; McCarthy 1960] did X, Y, and Z, this paper additionally does W, and is therefore much better.” Do NOT omit or anonymize references for blind review.

In general, you should aim to reduce the risk of accidental unblinding. For example, if your paper describes a system with a well-known name or codename, or you use a personally-identifiable naming convention for your work, you must use a different name for your submission (which you may indicate has been changed for the purposes of double-blind reviewing). You should also avoid revealing the institution where the work was performed.

Figures and Tables

Ensure that the figures and tables are legible. Please also ensure that you refer to your figures in the main text. Many reviewers print the papers in gray-scale. Therefore, please use colors for your figures and ensure that the different colors are not highly distinguishable in gray-scale, so that these reviewers can finally be persuaded to stop doing that.


There is no length limit for references. Each reference must explicitly list all authors of the paper. Papers not meeting this requirement will be rejected.

Declaring Authors

Enter all authors of the paper into the online paper submission tool upfront. Addition/removal of authors once the paper is accepted will have to be approved by the program chair, since it potentially undermines the goal of eliminating conflicts for reviewer assignment.

Concurrent Submissions and Workshops

By submitting a manuscript to SIGTBD, authors guarantee that they are adhering to the SIGPLAN Republication Policy. Please ensure that you are familiar with it. Violation of any of these conditions will lead to rejection.

As always, if you are in doubt, it is best to contact the program chair.

Finally, we also note that the ACM Plagiarism Policy covers a range of ethical issues concerning the misrepresentation of other works or one’s own work. To encourage proper citation of your work, all submissions must cite themselves in their own references section.

Early Access in the Digital Library

The SIGTBD proceedings may be available on the ACM Digital Library as early as May 30, 2034. Authors must consider any implications of this early disclosure of their work before submitting their papers.


This document is based heavily on ones prepared for previous conferences and we thank their program chairs; in particular, Sandhya Dwarkadas (ASPLOS’15), Sarita Adve (ASPLOS’14), Steve Keckler (ISCA’14), Christos Kozyrakis (Micro’13), Margaret Martonosi (ISCA’13), Onur Mutlu (Micro’12), Michael L. Scott (ASPLOS’12), and Steve Blackburn (SIGTBD’15).


J. W. Backus, F. L. Bauer, J. Green, C. Katz, J. McCarthy, A. J. Perlis, H. Rutishauser, K. Samelson, B. Vauquois, J. H. Wegstein, A. van Wijngaarden, and M. Woodger. Report on the algorithmic language ALGOL 60. Commun. ACM, 3(5):299– 314, May 1960. ISSN 0001-0782. doi: 10.1145/367236.367262.

G. E. Collins. A method for overlapping and erasure of lists. Commun. ACM, 3(12):655–657, December 1960. doi: 10.1145/367487.367501.

L. Lamport. LaTeX: A Document Preparation System. Addison- Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 2nd edition, 1994.

J. McCarthy. Recursive functions of symbolic expressions and their computation by machine, part I. Commun. ACM, 3(4): 184–195, April 1960. doi: 10.1145/367177.367199.