Research Symposium

The School of Information Technology (SoIT) is pleased to invite you to participate in a forum for the exchange and dissemination of research ideas through the IT Expo on April 14, 2020. Research will be presented in the forms of talk and poster presentations during this session. Research topics may range from state-of-the-art system development to recent progresses in scientific endeavors that are theoretical or applied areas of Information Technology, such as advanced storage technologies, computer-mediated communication, cloud computing, cyber security, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), IT infrastructure, mobile security, interactive gaming, technologies for smart and connected cities, and user-centered design.

The primary purpose of the symposium is to exchange research ideas among graduate students, faculty, industry, and practitioners involved in IT research in our field. All presenters will be featured on the Expo website and entered into a competition for best submission. The award for best submission will be a cash prize of $500 and recognition of the award will be made at the IT Expo and School of Information Technology website.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed, accepted abstracts will be archived through the University of Cincinnati Libraries and published in open-access digital proceedings of the Research Symposium. Presenters will be expected to attend and present their work at IT Expo 2020 in the form of a research talk or poster presentation. IT student posters will be printed free of charge.


Submissions should contain:

  1. a brief summary of the research project
  2. a problem statement
  3. research questions
  4. a statement of research methods used (or planned to use if early work)
  5. a statement of research contributions and the significance

All submissions should use the ACM Small Template (single column) and should be valuable but concise contributions that do not exceed 6 pages maximum.

Proposals are due on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:59pm. Please submit at the following link:


Participation in the research symposium is open to all students. Industry, practitioners, and faculty in departments outside of the School of Information Technology must become a sponsor in order to participate. Verification of eligibility will be conducted after notification of acceptance.


March 4, 2020: Deadline for MSIT students to email draft of submission to advisor for review

March 11, 2020: Deadline to submit online

March 27, 2020: Notification of acceptance by email

April 8, 2020: Final submissions of PDFs in camera ready form, for inclusion in the digital proceedings. (Presenter verification of eligibility conducted)

April 14, 2020: Information Technology Research Symposium

For more information on submission deadlines and other important dates, you may direct any questions that you have to Dr. Jess Kropczynski at

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you at IT Expo 2020!