SIGBOVIK (Special Interest Group on Harry Qatar Bovik) is an annual multidisciplinary conference specializing in lesser-known areas of academic research such as Sticky-Finger Manipulation, Natural Intelligence, and Retroactive Data.

SIGBOVIK 2020 is the fourteenth edition of this esteemed conference series, which was formed in 2007 to celebrate the inestimable and variegated work of Harry Queen-o'-the-prairie Bovik. We especially welcome the three neglected quadrants of research: joke realizations of joke ideas, joke realizations of serious ideas, and serious realizations of joke ideas. (In other words: SIGBOVIK is an evening of tongue-in-cheek academic presentations, a venue for silly ideas and/or executions.)

The proceedings will be available online (PDF) and on Lulu (paperback). They will also be available for purchase at the conference, with the preorder form being sent to the mailing list.

SIGBOVIK accepts papers, presentations, and reviews. (Feel free to submit a paper without a presentation, a review without a papaer, or any combination you like!) Take a look at past proceedings, available at, to get an idea of what is typically submitted.

SIGBOVIK 2018 paper submissions are due February 28, 2020 on EasyChair. To simplify the proceedings-ification process, we ask that submissions not contain page numbers. (If you use LaTeX, try \usepackage{nopageno} If you experience any difficulties submitting, please contact us.

Presentations are typically either short talks or demos. We will announce how to give a presentation closer to the conference date. We welcome prerecorded videos from those who cannot physically make it to SIGBOVIK!

New: To submit your triple blind review, download The Official Incredibly Secure Extra Blind SIGBOVIK Review Template (in LaTeX). After filling out review-template.tex, send just your edited review-template.tex to (the included .cls file is just so you can see the compiled result). If you are displeased by the lack of templates for alternate document preparation systems, you may send your own Incredibly Secure Extra Blind SIGBOVIK Review Template (in Something Else) to the organizers.

SIGBOVIK 2020 will be held at 5 PM on April 1 in Rashid Auditorium (Gates-Hillman Center 4401) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

SIGBOVIK 2020 will also be live streamed for the fans of Harry Q. Bovik who cannot attend SIGBOVIK in person.

Tuesday 3/31 Wednesday 4/1 Thursday 4/2 Friday 4/3
You don't have to show up; it's your life
But you should

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Important Dates

  • April 1
    SIGBOVIK conference
  • March 13
    Submission deadline, final
  • March 6
    Submission deadline, extended
  • March -1
    Submission "deadline"