The 1st Annual Conference on Silly and Egregious Violations of Common Sense seeks to present exciting, entertaining, probably original research related to the practice of computer science without the limitations of common sense. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the fields of computer science who have unconventional or nonsensical ideas that might not be accepted to other computer science conferences. SIGSEGV '14 will provide a high-baud-rate forum for presenting and discussing results, non-results, and half-baked ideas that further the expansion of the field of computer science beyond its traditional boundaries of respectability.
We solicit papers describing original and hopefully unpublished research including contributions to the area of nonsensical computer science. Striving for respectability and respecting the boundaries of common sense has traditionally limited the scope of computer science research, so our conference accepts submissions from a wide range of topics. Subjects of interest include, but are not limited to:
Since SIGSEGV is a minimally selective conference, papers should report reasonably novel results in a manner most likely to entertain the program committee. Submissions will be judged on originality, clarity, irreverence, humor, and likelihood of being rejected from mainstream computer science conferences. All accepted papers will be made available online one day before the conference, which will facilitate research discussion among members of the community with time travel devices. Submissions will be done electronically via the HotCRP system linked below.
Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism of other authors is usually considered unacceptable. However, SIGSEGV allows submissions that have been simultaneously or previously published in other conferences, as long as the other conference is not SIGBOVIK. Such papers will probably have reduced chances of acceptance, given that SIGSEGV seeks to promote work that would normally be unpublishable, but sufficiently unorthodox work will still be considered because we really need more submissions.
Plagiarism is still prohibited and will result in extreme disciplinary action being taken against the perpetrator. Even we have standards.
Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms, end-user license agreements, or any other wall of text filled with legal jargon will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the SIGSEGV web site; rejected submissions will be permanently destroyed and cease to exist, so their confidentiality is a non-issue.
Submit papers online here. Unfortunately, this site is only accessible within the Cornell CS network because of the eldritch horror known as the Department Firewall, which imprisons all CS department computers within an icy darkness of isolation and despair. If you cannot use an in-department computer to reach the website, have an in-department colleague submit the paper on your behalf.
If the link appears broken, but you are within the CS department, it may be the result of uncontrolled spacetime fluctuations or SPARCs in the Linux kernel. Sacrifice a goat to Richard Stallman and try again later.