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 2018 is the twelfth 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 are now available online (PDF) or on Lulu (paperback). If you're local, you can buy a copy from the ACH at the conference or afterwards by contacting the organizers.

SIGBOVIK accepts both papers and presentations. (Feel free to submit a paper without a presentation, or vice versa!) Take a look at past proceedings, available at, to get an idea of what is typically submitted.

New: To simplify the proceedings-ification process, we ask that submissions not contain page numbers. (If you use LaTeX, try \usepackage{nopageno}.)

SIGBOVIK 2018 paper submissions are due March 13, 2018 on EasyChair. 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!

SIGBOVIK 2018 will be held at 5 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Rashid Auditorium (Gates-Hillman Center 4401) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Please note this is rescheduled from our original announcement of March 30!)

SIGBOVIK 2018 will also be live streamed for the fans of Harry Q. Bovik who cannot attend SIGBOVIK in person. Unfortunately, we did not manage to record SIGBOVIK this year.

Wednesday 3/28 Thursday 3/29 Friday 3/30 Saturday 3/31
You don't have to show up; it's your life
But you should

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Important Dates

  • March 29, 2018
    SIGBOVIK conference
  • March 13, 2018
    Submission deadline, final
  • March 9, 2018
    Submission deadline, extended
  • March 4, 2018
    Submission "deadline"