Call for Presentations:

Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) at ASPLOS 2020

Final Submission Deadline
January 31, 2020

Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) at ASPLOS 2020

Submissions Due: January 31, 2020

The Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) session is a time-honored tradition at ASPLOS that frees researchers from the shackles of realism, removes the blinders of short-term thinking, and opens the scientific mind to uncharted frontiers. Since 1998, WACI has provided a counterweight to the conservative impulses wrought by the traditional peer review path.

This is your moment to propose something huge—something no one else is talking about. Craft a talk proposal that:

  • Falls within the ASPLOS purview. Your idea should combine elements of at least two of architecture, programming languages, and operating systems.
  • Is not (yet) publishable research. Propose something neither you nor anyone else in the community is actually working on—for example, because it seems only barely feasible, because it requires thinking far into the future, because it strays into intellectual domains too far from core ASPLOS expertise, or because it directly contradicts the conventional wisdom.
  • Might change the world. Your idea must be enormous. Unshackle your ambition.

Ideas may also be funny—we encourage it!—but we think ideas are funniest when they build on an element of real, world-changing, convention-challenging research thought.

Submit a one-paragraph abstract of your idea by January 31 via the submission form. If the WACI chairs select your abstract for a talk, here’s what you can expect:

  • You write a longer version of your idea (limit: two pages) for publication on the WACI website.
  • The WACI chairs work with you to craft an excellent, compact, entertaining talk for the WACI session in Lausanne.

Contact the WACI chairs, Adrian Sampson and Christina Delimitrou, with any questions.