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Recent News

  • October 2, 2017

    September 2017 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Soliciting site proposals for SIGCOMM 2019
    SIGCOMM rising star for 2017
    SIGCOMM CCR Community Feedback
    News on behalf of sister SIGs

    Soliciting site proposals for SIGCOMM 2019
    SIGCOMM is actively soliciting site proposals for the 2019 conference. In keeping with past practice, the 2019 conference will be held at a wildcard site that can, therefore, be located anywhere in the world. Site proposals are short (two pages); requirements are described at: http://www.sigcomm.org/conference-planning/sigcomm-planning/site-proposal-instructions.

    • Site proposals should be sent by email to the SIGCOMM Conference Coordinator, Jussi Kangasharju (Jussi.Kangasharju@helsinki.fi).
    • Proposals are due by Oct. 15, 2017.


    SIGCOMM rising star for 2017
    Congratulations to Mohammadreza Alizadeh Attar from MIT on being named the SIGCOMM rising star for 2017. The award is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in the area of large scale datacenter network architectures and protocols. The rising star award committee comprised of Sujata Banerjee (VMWare Research), Sylvia Ratnasamy (UC Berkeley), Peter Steenkiste (CMU), and Balachander Krishnamurthy (AT&T Research).

    SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
    To encourage the exchange of ideas within the community, CCR now allows authors to post their submitted papers on https://ccronline.sigcomm.org/category/community-feedback/ to sollicit public and constructive comments. Six of the papers submitted for the January 2018 issue have been posted in this community feedback section.

    News on behalf of sister-SIGs
    MobiCom 2017 - Call for Participation

    • ACM MobiCom 2017, the 23rd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, will be held at the SnowBird resort close to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, October 16 -20 2017: https://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2017/. In addition to a technical program representing the latest research in mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking, this year's program features keynote addresses by Prof. Hari Balakrishnan from MIT and Dr.Thyaga Nandagopal from NSF, an address by the 2017 SIGMOBILE RockStar winner, Shyam Gollakota, eight co-located workshops, the Mobile App Competition, the MobiCom Student Research Competition, an N2Woman event, and the MobiJob student career event!
    • Important Dates:
      • Early-bird registration: Sept 8, 2017
      • Hotel conference rate cutoff: Sept 14, 2017
      • Conference dates: Oct 16-20, 2017

    NEW! AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society

    • ACM SIGAI is pleased to announce the launch of the AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, to be co-located with AAAI-18, February 2-3, 2018 in New Orleans. The Call for Papers is available at  http://www.aies-conference.com/. Please note the October 31 deadline for submissions. We hope to see you at the new conference in New Orleans next February!
  • September 18, 2017

    SIGCOMM 2017
    IMC call for posters, site proposal

    SIGCOMM 2017
    The ACM SIGCOMM 2017 conference was held at the newly opened UCLA Luskin Conference Center from August 21-25, 2017. The whole week 'festival' of conference, workshops, tutorials, topic preview and mentoring sessions and other events drew close to 800 attendees. The workshop and conference proceedings were streamed in real-time throughout the 5 days for free access to remote participants, much to the appreciation of the worldwide networking community. The recorded video will also go online in the near future.  The conference featured Keynotes from Prof. Raj Jain (Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award) and Prof. Jennifer Rexford (Athena Lecture Award). The conference closing was graced by remarks by Prof. Leonard Kleinrock (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Kleinrock, whose group sent the very first Internet packet back in Sept. 1969), challenging the new generation of networking researchers to invent the future.

    • SIGCOMM Best Paper Award Winners

    Re-architecting datacenter networks and stacks for low latency and high performance
    Mark Handley (University College London), Costin Raiciu, Alexandru Agache, and Andrei Voinescu (University Politehnica of Bucharest), and Andrew Moore, Gianni Antichi, and Marcin Wójcik (University of Cambridge),
    Language-directed hardware design for network performance monitoring
    Srinivas Narayana, Anirudh Sivaraman, Vikram Nathan, and Prateesh Goyal (MIT CSAIL), Venkat Arun (IIT Guwahati), Mohammad Alizadeh (MIT CSAIL), Vimalkumar Jeyakumar (Cisco Tetration Analytics), and Changhoon Kim (Barefoot Networks)

    • Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan's award and travel grant

    During the opening ceremony, the SIG and the conference also recognized Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan, a long-time SIG member and indefatigable volunteer whose spirit, enthusiasm, and many contributions over the years have had an enormously positive impact.  Chris recently passed away and was recognized by a special Service Recognition Award that her husband, Christopher Yurkanan, was able to accept on her behalf.  Chris' contributions will also be remembered by a travel grant named in her honor, and awarded each year to a woman, preferably but not necessarily a student, whose interest in and dedication to the SIG best exemplify Chris' spirit.  The grant will support travel to the SIGCOMM conference, and its awarding will be overseen by the N2Women group in coordination with the SIG. The grant is intended to support travel to the SIGCOMM conference. Candidates will be drawn from women applying for travel grants to the SIGCOMM conference, but an additional statement of purpose may be requested.

    • Business and Community Feedback Session

    The community feedback session featured a presentation by Roch Guerin (SIGCOMM Chair).  There were extensive discussions on various aspects related to how to continue improving the SIG and the SIGCOMM conference.  A survey will be sent out as a follow-up to those discussions to get input from the community on possible initiatives.

    IMC 2017 CFP, 2018 Site Proposal

    • IMC 2017 Call for Posters

    The 2017 Internet Measurement Conference will include a poster session. The poster session is an opportunity for researchers to discuss their early/ongoing work, tools, and datasets to attendees of IMC. Submissions should not be previously published in a workshop, conference, or journal. Previously presented poster and demo ideas are ok, as are descriptions of previously published tools/datasets that have new features. Submit your poster abstract by Sep 15, 2017 and get notified one week later. URL: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2017/call-for-posters/

    • IMC 2018 Site Proposal

    The ACM IMC Steering Committee (IMC SC) is soliciting site proposals for the 2018 conference.

    CCR 2017 July Issue
    The last issue of CCR was published in July. You can find it at https://ccronline.sigcomm.org.
    It contains three scientific articles:

    Two workshop reports

    CCR Online now also includes a Community Feedback section ( https://ccronline.sigcomm.org/uncategorized/community-feedback/ ). Authors who submit papers can opt to announce their papers in this section to receive feedback from the SIGCOMM community. This is also an opportunity to read papers that are currently being reviewed.
    Each year, the CCR Editorial Board selects the best papers that have been published during the previous CCR for presentation during SIGCOMM. This year's best papers were:

  • June 13, 2017

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    This will be my final newsletter as the SIGCOMM Information Services Director. It has been a pleasure to serve the outgoing EC and the SIGCOMM community over the last four years. I wish the best for the new EC (see item 1) in promoting diversity, inclusiveness, transparency, and scientific excellence, during their term serving the SIGCOMM family.
    Here is the news for this month:

    1. SIGCOMM EC Election Results
    2. Raj Jain is the winner of SIGCOMM Award 2017
    3. HotNets 2017 position papers
    4. Tribute to Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan
    5. Networking Technology & Systems Early-Career Investigators (NeTS-ECI) Workshop
    6. Call for Nominations: Editor-in-Chief, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks

    1. The elections are over, and the results are out… (roll the drums).....Congratulations to the new EC members: Roch Guerin (chair), Aditya Akella (vice-chair), and Lars Eggert (secretary-treasurer). Their term starts July 1, 2017.
    2. Congratulations to Raj Jain for winning the 2017 SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contribution. The award to Raj is For life-long contributions to computer networking including traffic management, congestion control, and performance analysis.

    3. The PC chairs would like to call your attention to a renewed emphasis in HotNets 2017 on publishing *position* papers that will catalyze reflection and discussion within the networking research community. We seek early-stage work, where the authors can benefit from  community feedback. An ideal submission has the potential to open a line of inquiry for the community that results in multiple conference papers in related venues, rather than a single follow-on conference paper. The program committee will explicitly favor early work and papers likely to stimulate reflection and discussion over  "conference papers in miniature." For the full CFP, please see:

    4. We are sad to report the passing away of longtime ACM SIGCOMM member and enthusiastic volunteer, Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan on May 23 after a lengthy and disabling illness. She had been a faculty member in the Computer Sciences department at the University of Texas, Austin, for more than two decades and helped organize the SIGCOMM conference at Austin in 1989. Her obituary can be found here: http://wcfish.tributes.com/obituary/read/Chris-Edmondson-Yurkanan-104821831

    Importantly, one of her main passions was Internet (and SIGCOMM) history: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e842/1d62b47d568e11dc6893f7f5603fd99d6a4c.pdf

    5. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Networking Technology and Systems Early-Career Investigators (NeTS-ECI) Workshop aims to develop the early-career NeTS research community to address emerging challenges and pursue promising research opportunities in the domain of computer and information networking. NeTS-ECI provides an opportunity for early-career researchers (see below for eligibility) to engage in discussions with peers to share perspectives and explore new research frontiers.  Each workshop participant will also have an opportunity to showcase his/her research interests, build a collaborator network, kick-start collaborations, and benefit from professional development activities such as presentations on the NSF merit review process and elements of successful NSF proposals.
    Eligibility:  The workshop is by invitation only.  We invite research statement summaries (similar to a NSF proposal summary) from  US-based senior graduate students (who are within 1 year from the completion of their Ph.D. degrees) and early-career Ph.D. graduates (who received their Ph.D. degrees within the last 3 years). See submission instructions here:

    6. The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) is coming to an end, and the ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the next EiC. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for a three-year term as TOSN EiC, beginning on September 1st, 2017. The EiC appointment may be renewed at most one time. This is an entirely voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support.  
    The EiC is responsible for maintaining the highest editorial quality, for setting technical direction of the papers published in TOSN, and for maintaining a reasonable pipeline of articles for publication. He/she has final say on acceptance of papers, size of the Editorial Board, and appointment of Associate Editors. The EiC is expected to adhere to the commitments expressed in the policy on Rights and Responsibilities in ACM Publishing. For more information about the role of the EiC, see ACM's Evaluation Criteria for Editors-in-Chief.
    Nominations should include a vita along with a brief statement of why the nominee should be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged, and should include a statement of the candidate’s vision for the future development of TOSN. The deadline for submitting nominations is August 11th, 2017, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please send all nominations to the nominating committee chair, Jie Liu (jie.liu@microsoft.com).   
    That’s all for now!
    CFPs for Upcoming SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences:

    CFPs for Upcoming in-cooperation-with SIGCOMM conferences:




  • April 26, 2017

    For the first time, the Internet Measurement Conference includes a shadow PC program. Authors can opt-in to make their papers available to shadow PC reviewers and benefit from extra reviews. This is a totally independent process and does not in any way influence the main TPC decisions. Young researchers, PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to apply for the Shado PC program. The details are available here:

  • October 7, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for last month, with slight delay:

    1. Doctoral Dissertation Award Nominations Due November 30, 2016
    2. DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions workshop
    3. Symposium on SDN Research 2016
    4. The updated ACM SIGCOMM Anti-Harassment Policy


    1. The SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer networking and data communication. The winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the SIGCOMM conference. The award winner will receive a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium, and a complimentary registration to the following year’s ACM SIGCOMM Conference.  The runners-up each will receive a plaque.  Nominations are due by November 30, 2016.  See the URL below for more details.

    2.DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions (DINR) is a workshop to discuss the research landscape around DNS and Internet naming---what are the important problems and the tools you need to get there. The workshop takes place at USC/ISI in Marina del Rey
    on 2016-11-17 (the day after IMC). The format will be short talks and discussion.
    Abstracts are due October 3, 2016.
    Co-chairs: John Heidemann (USC/ISI), David Dagon (Georgia Tech), and Mark Allman (ICSI).

    3. The Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN, building on past years' successful SOSR and HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshops. This year, SOSR will be co-located with the Open Networking Summit (ONS), providing greater opportunity for industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN.  http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sosr/2017/cfp.html

    Important Dates:
    Paper registration (with abstract): October 28, 2016 (5pm US Pacific Time)
    Paper submission: November 4, 2016 (5pm US Pacific Time)
    Notification: January 13, 2017
    Camera-ready due: March 1, 2017
    Conference: April 3-4, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA

    4. The updated ACM SIGCOMM anti-harassment policy is now available on:

    That’s all for now!


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