November 2014 SIGCOMM Newsletter

Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

Having just returned from inside the ‘Halal Internet’ in Iran, I can fully confirm that the open Internet is both useful and fun! It was exciting to see a significant number of papers at IMC this year focusing on this topic, though care needs to be taken when performing such studies. Now that complications around Net-Neutrality may force the FCC to delay their rules for a while*, we can focus on the SIGCOMM debate on the ethics of measurement studies. There will also be a workshop held during SIGCOMM 2015 to provide a venue for continued open debate on this important topic.


Here is the news for this month:


1. SIGCOMM 2015 CFP now available

2. Nominations solicited for the 2014 SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award

3. Aditya Akella to be the new SIGCOMM Guru in CCR!

4. Cyber-security summer school in to be held July 13-17 2015 in Estonia

5. IMC 2015 to be held in Japan

6. List of SIGCOMM 2015 workshops


1. SIGCOMM 2015, will take place on August 17-21, 2015 in London, UK. The CFP can be found at

Abstracts are due on January 23, 2015 and full papers by January 30, 2015 (both at 7:59 PM GMT).

2. Nominations are now open for the SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award. To be eligible, the final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee’s host institution during the 12 months before the submission deadline. Submissions must be received by the current SIGCOMM Awards Chair, (Bruce Maggs) by November 30. Please see the nominations page for more information:

3. Starting Jan 2015, Aditya Akella (UW-Madison) will be hosting a quarterly student-mentoring column in ACM SIGCOMM CCR. The idea is to offer advice to students interested in networking on a broad set of topics that includes, but is not limited to, research methods, tools/testbeds/datasets, time management ahead of conference deadlines, career choices (industry vs. academia), choosing courses, and teaching networking. Students can send their queries on any of these issues to .

Aditya will collate related questions and provide guidance via this column, potentially by collecting opinions from different members of the community. The names of students asking questions will not be published by default, unless students request otherwise.

4. A summer school on Information Security for PhD students and junior research is to be held in Estonia  from 13-17 July 2015. A number of researchers from the SIGCOMM community will attempt to answer questions on how to keep data safe, how to safely share it, how to anonymise it, what it takes to reverse engineer data, etc.. The event is supported by the Estonian government, EU metrics project, and ACM SIGCOMM, and is being conducted by Olaf Maennel (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia) and Jon Crowcroft (Cambridge University, UK).  Details can be found at

5. IMC 2015 will be held during October 28-30, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

General chairs: Kenjiro Cho (IIJ), Kensuke Fukuda (National Institute of Informatics)

Program chairs: Vivek Pai (Google), Neil Spring (University of Maryland)

Paper abstract deadline: April 29, 2015

Paper submission deadline: May 6, 2015

6. SIGCOMM 2015 program will include four workshops:

  • Crowdsourcing and crowd-sharing of Big (Internet) Data, Organised by Fabian E. Bustamante (Northwestern U.) Balachander Krishnamurthy (AT&T Labs Research), Walter Willinger (Niksun)

  • HotMiddlebox : Hot Topics in Middleboxes and Network Function Virtualization, Organised by Theophilus Benson (Duke University) and Costin Raiciu (Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti)

  • Ethics in Networked Systems Research, Organised by Bendert Zevenbergen (Oxford Internet Institute)

  • ACM Workshop on All Things Cellular: Operations, Applications and Challenges, Organised by Kobus Van der Merwe (University of Utah) and Dave Choffnes (Northeastern University)

That’s all for now!

CFPs for Upcoming SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences:

CFPs for Upcoming in-cooperation-with SIGCOMM conferences: