Call for Participation:


Early Registration Deadline
March 10, 2020
Student Travel Grant Application
February 20, 2020

Boston, MA, USA
April 5-7, 2020

The IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) provides a forum for sharing advanced academic and industrial research work focused on performance analysis in the design of computer systems and software. ISPASS 2020 will be held April 5 through 7, 2020 in Boston, MA.  The SECRISC-V 2020 and FastPath 2020 workshops, as well as tutorials on evaluating deep neural network accelerators (Timeloop/Accelergy) and deep learning benchmarks will be held in conjunction with the conference.

The preliminary conference program has been posted, and registration and hotel reservations are now open.  A detailed program is available on the conference website at

The early registration and discount hotel reservation deadlines are both March 10.  See the conference website for more information.    

Through the generous support of the sponsoring IEEE Technical Committees and our industry sponsors, the conference is pleased to offer travel grants to enable students to attend.  Travel grant applications are due Feb. 20, 2020.  See the conference website for details.

We invite all to attend the conference and hope to see you in Boston.

Michael Ferdman
ISPASS 2020 Program Chair

Dave Kaeli
Kelly Shaw
ISPASS 2020 Co-General Chairs

ISPASS Student Travel Support

ISPASS 2020 is now offering travel support to encourage student participation at the conference. Applications and the grant amount will be decided on a case-by-case basis (i.e., funding is NOT guaranteed). All undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning and sharing the research in system software performance analysis are welcome to apply. Students do not need to be authors/presenters on an accepted paper at ISPASS to qualify for the student travel grant award.

You are highly encouraged to apply if you fall into any of the following categories; applications in these categories will be prioritized:

    – Junior and senior undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research in the area of performance analysis of computer systems and software. If you have previous research experience (e.g., via REU programs, independent studies, or supervised projects) in the relevant area, please mention in the application package (see detailed application instructions below). Make sure to include how attending ISPASS will enrich your technical knowledge and benefit you professionally.
    – Students from small institutions and universities that do not have a strong tradition in the ISPASS research domain.
    – US citizens/permanent residents.
    – Attendees who belong to underrepresented groups (including women).
    – Students presenting their research at ISPASS.
    – Students who do not have access to financial support from other sources.

The deadline for submitting travel funding applications is Feb 20th (11:59:59pm AOE). Please send them by email to the Student Travel Grant Chair: Devesh Tiwari ( Use the subject line “ISPASS 2019 Student Travel Grant Application” and submit the full application as a single PDF file. 

The travel grant application must include (in the following order):

    – The name of the student, the student’s institution; US citizenship or residency information; membership in an underrepresented group if applicable.
    – An estimate of conference-related expenses.
    – Information about other sources of funding, if available.
    – A cover letter stating the reason for attending ISPASS and a description of research interests.
    – A resume (including IEEE and/or ACM student membership numbers if available).
    – A one-page statement from the student’s advisor confirming the student’s eligibility and recommending the student to attend ISPASS. This statement is a must requirement for graduate student applicants. Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to include a support letter from their undergraduate research/curriculum adviser. Please make your adviser aware that a support letter including other helpful information, besides confirming the student’s eligibility and recommendation for participation, is welcome. Such information may include the availability of partial financial support from other funding sources, historical underrepresentation of the Institute at ISPASS, if the student belongs to an underrepresented group, and other potential broader impact of the student’s participation at ISPASS.

Students with disabilities or those attending with a child under one year of age may request additional funds to support a travel companion in their application.

Important notes: Student travel support applications with an incorrect subject line, past the deadline, missing details, missing adviser’s support statement are automatically considered ineligible for the award. Please note that the one-page support letter from the student’s advisor needs to included in the application form by the application deadline – no further extensions will be provided.

By applying to this award, you implicitly accept the following responsibilities and expectations, in the case you are awarded the student travel grant.

 – Awardees must save original receipts and mail them in or present them at the conference to verify their expenditures.
– Each awardee is required to prepare and email a small essay (approx. two pages) to the Student Travel Grant Chair: Devesh Tiwari ( by April 15th describing his/her experience at ISPASS and learnings. The essay can include both text and graphic illustrations. These essays, with light editorial input as needed, will be published as a highlight blog-post on the conference website.
– Expenses will be reimbursed after the conference.
– Awardees from U.S. schools must fly with U.S-based carriers for airfare reimbursement.
– If selected, you will be notified via email by March 5, 2020.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Student Travel Grant Chair: Devesh Tiwari (