Traditionally, technical research papers are published without including any artifacts (such as tools, data, models, videos, etc.), even though the artifacts may serve as crucial and detailed evidence for the quality of the results that the associated paper offers. They support the repeatability of experiments and precise comparison with alternative approaches, thus enabling higher quality in the research area as a whole. They may also make it easier for other researchers to perform their own experiments, thus helping the original authors disseminating their ideas in detail. Hence, artifacts should be taken seriously and recognized separately.
Last year, PPoPP 2016 successfully ran artifact evaluation process for the second time. PPoPP 2017 continues this experiment.
Artifacts have been already evaluated at several other conferences and workshops including recent CGO 2016, PACT 2016, PPoPP 2016 and ADAPT 2016. Our eventual goal is to develop common evaluation methodology gradually and collaboratively.
Call for Artifact Evaluations
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to formally submit their supporting materials to the Artifact Evaluation process. The Artifact Evaluation process is run by a separate committee whose task is to assess how the artifacts support the work described in the papers. This submission is voluntary and will not influence the final decision regarding the papers. Papers that go through the Artifact Evaluation process successfully will receive a seal of approval printed on the papers themselves. Further information is available on the PPoPP AEC web page. Authors of accepted papers are encouraged (but not obliged) to make these materials publicly available upon publication of the proceedings, by including them as “source materials” in the ACM Digital Library.
- Paper decision:
12 Nov 2016
- Artifact submission:
20 Nov 2016 AoE
- Technical clarification:
5-10 Dec 2016
- Decision announced:
13 Dec 2016
- Public discussion: 6 Feb 2017
How to pack and submit
The review process is described in detail here.
Artifact Evaluation Committee (AEC)
- Wonsun Ahn (PPoPP Chair), University of Pittsburgh, USA
- Joe Devietti (CGO Chair), University of Pennsylvania, USA
Committee (joint with CGO'17):
- See here
We consider AE as a continuous learning curve. If you have questions or comments and suggestions on how to improve packaging and reviewing process, please get in touch!
Our presentation about Artifact Evaluation Experience at CGO/PPoPP'15 is available online here.