NSDR 2010: 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions

(merged with the ACM Wireless Networks and Systems for Developing Regions Workshop - WiNS-DR)

More than a billion, less fortunate, people on this planet survive on less than a dollar a day. Appropriate Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) has the potential to significantly impact the lives of many in the bottom billion. The decreasing cost and increasing access to information and communication technologies (e.g., mobile phones) are rapidly enabling access to new services and markets for previously disconnected populations. However, due to a variety of factors, including cost, literacy, education, and organizational capacity, conventional approaches to technology design and implementation are often not relevant. Addressing this requires engagement of several disciplines, including but not limited to economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science, and expertise in a variety of application areas - including government, health, finance and agriculture. Thus, in addition to considering the specifics of networking protocols and architectures, the aim of the workshop is to consider the entire system by which networking and communication is provided, all the key technical stakeholders, and the overall system lifecycle from economic modeling to deployment.

NSDR specifically focuses on the technical networking and systems research challenges that arise in the development of new computing solutions appropriate for developing regions where conventional solutions are often inappropriate and the development of new research approaches and innovative designs and techniques is often required. Please visit the NSDR 2010 website for more information.

Program Co-Chairs:
Gaetano Borriello, U. Washington
Bhaskaran Raman, IIT-Mumbai

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: April 9, 2010
Notification of acceptance: May 3, 2010
Final Camera-ready: May 17, 2010
Workshop Date: June 15, 2010


MCS 2010: The 1st International Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing & Services: Social Networks and Beyond

Mobile phone applications are exploding in popularity, and can strongly benefit from services and resources offered by cloud computing. This workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the intersection of mobile computing and cloud computing.
The scope of the MCS workshop will encompass system and networking topics such as mobile cloud computing platforms and services, mobile social networks, device virtualization, notification services, data mining services and location services. We highly encourage industrial participation, especially from the local mobile social networking community.

Please visit the MCS 2010 website for more information.

Program Co-Chairs:
Richard Han, University of Colorado
Li Erran Li, Bell Labs

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2010 by 11:55pm ET
Notification of acceptance: May 3, 2010
Final Camera-ready: May 17, 2010
Workshop Date: June 15, 2010


HotPlanet 2010 : The 2nd International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet-scale Measurement

It is well-known that successfully researching, designing and building new mobile, ad hoc, mesh and opportunistic networking systems and algorithms requires access to large-scale data on human mobility, encounter, and social network patterns. Unfortunately, the wireless and mobile research communities lack such data, with typical human contact traces consisting of less than 100 nodes. We believe that large-scale datasets are important, not only in communication network design, but also for fundamental study in other academic disciplines, e.g., epidemiology, urban planning, and social science. Complex networks research has flourished since 1989 when the first large Internet (and later WWW) datasets became available. To achieve similar improvements in mobile networking and related fields, large-scale, and ideally planet-scale, datasets must be collected and made available.

Following a successful introductory event at ACM MobiSys 2009, this year's workshop will challenge the community to collect large-scale human mobility traces. Our aim is to highlight the issues in collecting data on a planet-wide scale, so that the community can help develop mechanisms to collect, share and analyze such data.

Please visit the HotPlanet 2010 website for more information.

Program Co-Chairs:
Tristan Henderson, University of St. Andrews, UK
Pablo Vidales, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany


PhD Forum

The PhD Forum provides a friendly and supportive environment for doctoral students to present and discuss their dissertation research both with their peers and with a panel of experienced researchers from academia and industry. In addition to providing feedback and advice, this forum will provide an opportunity for students to network as well as to practice presenting their research clearly and concisely. $500 will be awarded for the best presentation at the forum. Please visit the PhD Forum website for more information.

General Chairs:
Damon McCoy, UC San Diego
Jeffrey Pang, AT&T Research
Program Chairs:
Aruna Balasubramanian, UMass-Amherst
Iqbal Mohomed, Microsoft Research

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2010
Notification Deadline: April 9, 2010
Camera-ready: April 23, 2010
Forum Date: June 15, 2010