Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
Encryption, encryption, encryption! Government surveillance, cyber threats, personal data leaks, the Apple versus FBI case, and the recent announcement of WhatsApp providing end-to-end encryption have all hit the major media news headlines this month. Many of us in the networking research community face a variety of challenges in this space: from trying to mine encrypted network traffic for anomalies, to interacting with governments and hacktivists, to facing ethical dilemmas and challenges when performing experiments in-the-wild. Sadly, unlike selecting papers for the SIGCOMM conference, deep-learning will not be the mother-of-all-solutions to these challenges. Hence this year we also made sure that the SIGCOMM conference and the USENIX Security conference do not overlap, giving you just enough time in August to switch from your cowboy hats to havaianas and sunglasses.
Here is the news for this month:
1. The MOOC "Internet Measurements: a Hands-on Introduction"
2. Featured ACM Member: Jennifer Rexford
3. Conext 2016 CFP and CFW
4. Call for industrial demos at SIGCOMM 2016
5. Advice for Travellers to SIGCOMM 2016 in Florianópolis
6. ACM and Infosys Foundation Honor Stefan Savage, Innovator in Network Security Research
7. SIGCOMM 2016 list of accepted tutorials
8. Tristan Henderson joins the EC as the SIGCOMM Education Director
1. A free MOOC on "Internet Measurements: a Hands-on Introduction" will soon be held at France Université Numérique. This MOOC is taught by SIGCOMM members Timur Friedman from UPMC and Renata Teixeira from Inria. It will be available from May, 23, to June, 19, 2016. Registrations are already open:
2. Ex-SIGCOMM Chair Professor Jennifer Rexford was featured in an interview in the online feature “People of ACM”. Read more about Professor Rexford’s research and contributions to the community here:
3. The CoNEXT 2016 Call for Papers is now available at:
Paper Registration: June 10, 2016 (14:59 PDT)
Paper Submission: June 17, 2016 (14:59 PDT)
Please also consider submitting proposals for co-located workshops. The call for Workshops co-located with ACM CoNEXT 2016 is also available at:
The workshop proposal deadline is April 29, 2016 and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by May 6, 2016.
4. The deadline for submitting an industrial demo to Sigcomm 2016 is May 20th, 2016. The industrial demo session showcases demos from industry in the area of networking, networked systems, and networked applications. The objective of this session is to bring together industry and academia around demos of innovative and cutting-edge networking products. Please pass this on to your friends in industry!
5. Up to date advice for travellers to SIGCOMM 2016, which has been moved to Florianópolis from Salvador, will soon be made available at:
6. ACM and the Infosys Foundation have named well-known SIG member Stefan Savage as the recipient of the 2015 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. He was cited for innovative research in network security, privacy and reliability that has taught us to view attacks and attackers as elements of an integrated technological, societal and economic system. Stefan is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department's Systems and Networking Group at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering. A Sloan Fellow and an ACM Fellow, he is also a recipient of the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award.
The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recognizes the finest recent innovations by young scientists and system developers in the computing field. ACM will present the award at its annual Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco, California.
7. SIGCOMM 2016 will feature 5 interesting tutorials from academia and industry. Find the full list here:
8. We are pleased to announce that Tristan Henderson has been appointed as the SIGCOMM Education Director. We will be sharing more news on Tristan’s plans in future newsletters. EC watchers will note that Tristan takes the place of Olivier Bonaventure, who remains on the EC, but in his new role as Editor of CCR.
That’s all for now!