Events for students

June 16, 2004

12:45 - 13:30Quick lunch at CEPSR, room 414
13:30 - 14:30Bus ride from Columbia to IBM Hawthorne
14:30 - 15:30Floor demo at the Industry Solution Lab
15:30 - 16:00Introduction of IBM Research by Dr. Alfred Spector (VP, Services and Software)
16:00 - 16:30Tour around the IBM Hawthorne Lab
16:30 - 18:00Bus ride from IBM Hawthorne to Columbia

Due to a limited number of possible attendees, this event is by invitation only. Students who are interested in joining the event should contact Li Zhang at

Travel Support for Students

The goal of the travel grant program is to encourage participation in the SIGMETRICS/PERFORMANCE conference by students that would normally find it difficult to attend. Applications are accepted from students at degree granting institutions throughout the world.
The committee thanks IBM Research, Performance Modeling and Analysis at IBM Research, and Computer Performance Foundation (of the IFIP Working Group 7.3) for funding this program for all students.

Who Should Apply

All Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply. Selection criteria will include evidence of a serious interest in measurement and modeling of computer systems, as demonstrated by publications, coursework and project experience. SIGMETRICS/PERFORMANCE encourages participation of women and under-represented minorities.

What is Covered

The amount of support provided to each student is intended to cover the student's conference, workshops, and tutorials registration fees (early registration only), travel (economy airfare, public transportation such as bus and train fares only), and lodging for three (if the student does not register for workshops or tutorials) or four (if the student registers for workshops and tutorials) nights. The breakdown of cost will differ based on the student's location. The maximum grant amount is $800 for domestic and international students.

How to Apply

An application for a travel grant will consist of:
  1. A letter from the student,
  2. A recommendation letter from the student's advisor.
The letter from the student should: In addition, the student's advisor should send a letter of recommendation to the committee:
Please send application and recommendation letters by e-mail to:
Li Zhang ( for North American institutions or to:
Philippe Nain ( for all others in ASCII, PostScript or PDF format.
Please use the same e-mail addresses also for questions regarding the student travel grant program.

Reimbursement Procedure

Please contact the finance chair Sambit Sahu ( regarding the reimbursement procedure.

Important Dates

A deadline of April 15, 2004 has been set for the receipt of applications and recommendation letters. The targeted notification date is May 1, 2004. The early notification will assist in finding cheaper airline tickets.

Student Activities

IBM Research is hosting a student visit to IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. The details of the event will be coming soon.

On-campus rooms

Cheap on-campus rooms are also available. For more information visit Columbia University's Summer Conference Housing Program. Here is the application form. Applicants should select ACM Sigmetrics in the pull down menu of Name of Conference (the fourth item of the menu).

This site was last updated on April, 2004 by A. Stavrou and H. Feng