Science Conference Accepts Students "Content-Free" Paper

In case you thought anyone was actually paying attention when professional conferences are scheduled in places like Orlando..

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) — In a victory for pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bunch of computer-generated gibberish masquerading as an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference.

Jeremy Stribling said Thursday that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with “context-free grammar,” charts and diagrams.

The trio submitted two of the randomly assembled papers to the World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI), scheduled to be held July 10-13 in Orlando, Florida.

To their surprise, one of the papers — “Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy” — was accepted for presentation.Of course they’re planning on going to the conference and presenting their nonsense paper using a nonsense speech. Sounds about right…

The unanswered question is whether they could they turn in the Rooter paper for a class and get something besides an F?

Related: SCIgen – An Automatic CS Paper Generator [MIT]
Here’s a PDF version of another great paper submitted to the WMSCI conference. I’ve excerpted my favorite part of the paper below, the powerfully convincing Figure 1.

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