Last week, I found out that my paper was accepted at PLDI 2010. This was a joint work with several others at Purdue last semester, including Jan Vitek, Gregor Richards, and Sylvain Lebresne (who has since returned to France and found employment). The paper itself was submitted almost 3 months ago, in mid-November. We received our first round of reviews in the second week of this semester, and now things are wrapped up. The conference itself is June 5-10 in Toronto, which is dangerously close to the beginning of internships; hopefully I'll find a way to fly out there for a week.
PLDI was extremely rough terrain this year: out of 200 papers submitted, only 40 were accepted. Though 40 is a relatively high number of papers, this still results in a measly 5% acceptance rate for the conference. Two papers from Purdue were accepted. This is significantly above the overall 5% accept rate, but still many did not make the cut. That said, I'm really excited about some of the papers that have been accepted this year. I'm especially excited to see some of the new papers on verified compilers (Jean Yang, Zach Tatlock) and the profiler analysis work from Amer Diwan's group.
This is a major milestone for me: my first publication! I'm relieved that I actually finished a project, after a year of having no focus and research direction in Japan. Besides the ins and outs of research, I learned a lot about writing papers, moving fast, and gleaned at least some insight on the tricky problem of finding (and answering) the interesting questions of research. Unfortunately, most of the fellowship foundations and graduate schools have already looked and decided on my applications, so they will not be able to see my updated CV. At least I can update my website after applying... :)
Over the next few weeks we have some minor editing to do, and i'll be busy with some other project. Not to mention interviews for internships, grad school visits, and classes!