October 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter

October 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
SIGCOMM 2019 Call for Papers
SIGCOMM Dissertation award nominations DUE by November 30th 2018
Call for proposals for hosting CoNEXT 2019
SenSys 2018 Call for Participation
Call for Nominations, Editor-In-Chief, ACM Books

SIGCOMM 2019 Call for Papers
The ACM SIGCOMM 2019 conference seeks papers making significant research contributions to the field of data communication networks and networked systems. The conference takes a broad view of networking research, which includes new ideas relating (but not limited) to :

-   Different network types, layers, and devices:
    - Wide-area, data-center, home, enterprise
    - Sensors and Internet of Things
    - Network access in remote or under-served areas
    - Wireless and mobility
    - Routers, middleboxes, network functions, end-host network stacks
    - Link and transport layers
    - Applications, including distributed systems and social networks
    - Virtual networks and SDNs
    - Future network architectures: clean slate and evolution
-   Aspects and properties of networks:
    - Correctness and performance
    - Security and privacy
    - Fault tolerance
    - Energy consumption
    - Usability
    - Emergent properties
    - Management
    - Resource allocation, provisioning and planning
    - Economics
    - Topology
-   Different evaluation methods:
    - Theory
    - Experiments
    - Measurement
    - Deployment and experience

We expect submissions to be daring and emphasize novelty and creativity. We recognize that more novel concepts can be harder to fully develop and evaluate, and the review process will take this into account. We encourage authors to discuss the limitations of their ideas in addition
to the benefits.

Unlike some previous years, SIGCOMM 2019 will not have a separate experience track. However, we do encourage the submission of experience papers, particularly from industry, that provide detailed technical insight into real-world deployments of novel networking technologies and systems.

In addition to the main conference, SIGCOMM 2019 will have a series of co-located workshops, tutorials, poster and demo sessions, a travel grant program, and conference best paper and SIGCOMM awards.

For more information about SIGCOMM 2019, please see https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/

Submissions should report novel results that are supported by experimentation, deployment, simulation, or analysis. Submissions must be in 2-column, 10-point format and can be up to 12 pages long, with as many additional pages as necessary for references.

New in 2019: Submissions and final papers may include appendices (following references, also not counting against the 12 pages). Appendices will not be considered in reviews, so we caution authors to ensure that the core paper is complete and self-contained. (For example, if the appendix provides details of a proof or experiment, the body should summarize the key result.) For accepted papers, the shepherd will review appendices and must approve their need. Appendices may also include non-traditional material, such as videos, datasets, code, etc.

Detailed submission instructions, including sample templates, can be found at https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/submission.html.

Ethical Concerns
New in 2019: All papers must include, in the main body of the paper, a statement about ethical issues. This could be simply the sentence "This work does not raise any ethical issues." If the work involves human subjects or any potentially sensitive data (e.g., user traffic or social network information, evaluation of censorship, etc), the paper should clearly discuss these issues, perhaps in a separate subsection.

Papers must follow basic precepts of ethical research and subscribe to community norms. These include: respect for privacy, secure storage of sensitive data, voluntary and informed consent if users are placed at risk, avoiding deceptive practices when not essential, beneficence
(maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing potential harms to an individual), and risk mitigation. Authors may want to consult the Menlo Report for further information on ethical principles, and they may find the Allman/Paxson paper in IMC 2007 helpful for a perspective on ethical data sharing.

Many organizations have an ethics review process (sometimes called an Institutional Research Board, IRB). In some cases, research work may clearly have no human subjects, and formal institutional review may not be required. (However, a sentence in the paper stating this evaluation is still required.) In many cases, IRB involvement is appropriate. IRB approval of research is an important factor (and should be mentioned), but the TPC will still evaluate ethical soundness of the work, just as they evaluate technical soundness.

If there are questions about the ethics process, please contact the program committee co-chairs. The PC takes a broad view of what constitutes an ethical concern, and the TPC chairs may reach out to authors during the review process if questions arise.

Research Reproducibility
ACM is promoting research reproducibility by encouraging papers to document the artifacts needed for others to reproduce their work. ACM has details at https://www.acm.org/publications/policies/artifact-review-badging. They will award accepted papers a "reproducibility badge" if the paper provides pointers to public code and other information as described at the above link. Authors who wish to participate in this process should document such information in an appendix to the paper. Information about reproducibility is not required at paper submission, but is required at camera ready. As an appendix, it will need to be provided to the shepherd with adequate time for review. While we encourage authors to
participate, formal participation is not a factor in SIGCOMM reviewing.

Important dates
-   Thursday, January 24, 2019 23:59 UTC: abstract registration
-   Thursday, January 31, 2019 23:59 UTC: paper submissions
-   Friday May 10, 2019: reviews returned to authors
-   Thursday June 20, 2019: camera-ready papers due
-   the week of August 19, 2019: conference

SIGCOMM Dissertation award nominations DUE by November 30th 2018
The doctoral dissertation award was created by SIGCOMM in 2011, and will recognize excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer networking and data communication. The SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the ACM 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 limited to one doctoral dissertation per department.
The final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee’s host institution during the 12 months before the submission deadline (see below).
Submissions must be received by the current SIGCOMM Awards Chair (Konstantina (Dina) Papagiannaki) by November 30 of each year.  Each submitted doctoral dissertation must be on a topic related to computer networking and data communication. The determination of whether a thesis is in scope for the award will be made by the Award Committee. Each nominated dissertation must also have been successfully defended by the candidate, and the final version of each nominated dissertation must have been accepted by the candidate's academic unit. An English-language version of the dissertation must be submitted with the nomination. A dissertation can be nominated for both the SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.


Call for proposals for hosting CoNEXT 2019
The CoNEXT Steering Committee is soliciting proposals for hosting CoNEXT 2019. Please see here for details on CoNEXT and instructions for site proposals. Information about the conference and the format of site proposals can be found on the web:
The deadline for full site proposals is November 15, 2018, but proposers are encouraged to let the steering committee know about their intent to propose earlier.  Please e-mail site proposals, intent to propose, and questions to the SC Chair, Peter Steenkiste (prs@cs.cmu.edu).


SenSys 2018 Call for Participation
November 4-7, 2018, Shenzhen, China
This year, SenSys 2018 and BuildSys 2018 will be co-located and held at Shenzhen, China. You are cordially invited to share your research with the community, enjoying the modern cityscape and delicious Cantonese food. 
More information can be found on the conference website soon: http://sensys.acm.org/2018/
We look forward to meeting you in Shenzhen!
SenSys 2018 Organizing Committee


Call for Nominations, Editor-In-Chief, ACM Books
The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of ACM Books [http://books.acm.org] Professor Tamer Özsu 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. ACM Books was established in 2012 and has been experiencing steady growth, with 22 books produced and a similar number in preparation. 
Nominations, including self nominations, are invited for a three-year term as ACM Books EiC, beginning on 1 st May 2019. The EiC appointment may be renewed at most one time. This is an
entirely voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support.
Appointed by the ACM Publications Board, the Editor-in-Chief is delegated full responsibility for
the editorial management of the Books series consistent with general ACM policies. The Board
relies on EiC to ensure that the content of the ACM Books is of high quality and that the
editorial review process is both timely and fair. He/she has final say on acceptance of books,
size of the Editorial Board, and appointment of Associate Editors. A complete list of
responsibilities is found in the ACM Volunteer Editors Position Descriptions . Additional
information can be found in the following document: 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 and a statement of the candidate’s vision for the future development of ACM
Books. Self-nominations are encouraged. The deadline for submitting nominations is 31 January 2019, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
Please send all nominations to the nominating committee chair, Ron Perrott
The nominating committee members are:
Ron Perrott, University of Oxford, UK, Chair
David Abramson, University of Queensland, Australia
Tiziana Catarci, University of Rome, Italy
Mathai Joseph, Maharashtra, India
Y. Annie Liu, Stony Brook University, USA
Thomas J. Misa, University of Minnesota, USA
Chris Hankin, ACM Publications Board Liaison
Divesh Srivastava, ACM Publications Board Liaison