Call for Papers

The Ninth Annual Conference on Undergraduate Research on Applied Computing (URC 2017) aims to provide a forum for undergraduate students to present their ideas and interact with other young researchers from educational institutions in the UAE, other GCC countries, and the rest of the Arab world, as well as expert faculty and leaders from the IT industry. So, if you are an undergraduate student (in UAE, GCC counrties, other Arab countries) working on a final year project or doing research in any computing field, you are encouraged to submit an abstract for a live demo, lightning talk, mobile app for humanitarian aid, or poster presentation. There are four types of submissions (for live demo, lightning talk or oral presentation, and poster presentation), and all submissions will be reviewed by expert faculty and feedback will be provided to all submissions.

Download the call for research project abstracts in PDF format.

Abstracts for lightning presentations, mobile apps, live demos, or poster presentations should report on a novel application (live demo), a completed app for humanitarian aid (mobile app), or research project work (for lightning presentation or poster presentation) done by undergraduate students, and the first author should be an undergraduate student. Your research project can be in progress at this point but results should be available and presented at the conference. URC2017 welcomes four types of submissions:

1. Live demos: for students who are interested in presenting a live demo of an application/system/tool they have fully developed; they will be presented in front of conference participants and a judging panel.
2. Lightning presentations: students will be given 5 to 7 minutes to present their research projects in front of conference participants and a judging panel.
3. Mobile apps for humanitarian aid: students who have designed and fully developed mobile app for humanitarian aid; theu will be presented in a special session in front of conference participants and a judging panel. Please note that this session is for mobile apps specifically developed for humanitarian aid. If your project is concerning a mobile app for another domain then please submit it for live demo or poster.
4. Poster presentations: students will present their research projects in a poster format that will be displayed at the conference and presented by students during special periods of time during the conference. A panel of judges will be evaluating poster presentations.

Submission Guidelines

  • The submission deadline for all abstracts is February 15, 2017 February 26, 2017
  • All submissions must be written in English
  • You may have one or more co-authors, but the first author must be an undergraduate student
  • You may have more than one submission
  • Use this template in MS Word format for your submission (for all submission type). For your information, here are some sample abstracts (please follow the same style): sample-abstract1.doc, sample-abstract2.doc, sample-abstract3.doc
  • Make sure you specify whether you want to present your work in a live demo, lightining presentation or a poster presentation format

All submissions must be made online at Note: If you don't already have an account, sign up for one (click on create an account) is free and it only takes 2 minutes. Once you login, create a new submission and fill out the necessary information. Please make sure you upload your MS Word (.doc or .docx) file containing the abstract. Please use this template for abstract submission.

Conference Proceedings

Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to finalize their abstracts before final submission for inclusion in the ebook of abstracts (for your information, here is the book of abstracts from URC2016).