Public minutes from the EC call on 2013-07-08

Meeting Date: 
8 July 2013
S. Keshav, Renata Teixeira, Joerg Ott, Henning Schulzrinne, Bruce Maggs, Hamed Haddadi, Jaudelice de Oliviera, Dina Papagiannaki, Neil Spring

1. Awards @ SIGCOMM 2013

There are four SIGCOMM awards:

The SIGCOMM award goes to Larry Peterson who will also be the keynote speaker at SIGCOMM.

The test of time award goes to two papers:

1) "PlanetLab: an overlay testbed for broad-coverage services" by Brent Chun, David Culler, Timothy Roscoe, Andy Bavier, Larry Peterson, Mike Wawrzoniak and Mic Bowman CCR, Volume 33 Issue 3 (July 2003).
2) "A delay-tolerant network architecture for challenged internets" by Kevin Fall, SICGOMM 2003.

The doctoral dissertation award goes to: Shyamnath Gollakota. The two runner-ups are Ashok Anand and Laurent Vanbever.

The rising star award is given to Teemu Koponen and was already presented at CoNEXT 2012.

Keshav will be in touch with the awardees for the organization of the award dinner at SIGCOMM 2013.

2. Work continued from the previous EC

Henning and Neil reported on ongoing activities for the new EC to be aware of and to carry on. A number of items were identified: Neil has a wish list on how to better support the information services from the SIG. The present EC members will add their observations on the conference process having all served as recent conference chairs.

A harassment policy has been put together to state clear behavior rules for conference attendees and identify contacts when violations are observed. This will be reviewed and then published. Keshav and Renata are to serve as the contact points, together with the respective general conference chairs.

A strategic vision on how conferences in the SIGCOMM community should evolve has been discussed repeatedly, but a vision is yet to formulated. For this, we can learn from other communities such as the database community who has been going quite some experimentation. What we have today (highly selective conferences and journals) may not be able to capture all of the community. Especially, we could look into further interaction and publication models, embrace new topics, take further steps to support geodiversity, among others. We should take a critical look at what makes sense for us to do. The SIG is financially stable and we can allow for some experimentation. This is a topic to be brought up in Hong Kong.

We should gather and review our experience from the first two years of experience with the community projects.

SIGCOMM has well-defined rules for granting in-cooperation status to conferences. This process for financial sponsorship need also to be documented. These items are at various stages of progress, which the previous EC will share with the current one.

3. Information-centric Networking (ICN) conference

The steering committee of the ICN workshop (held for the third time at SIGCOMM this year) has inquired about financial sponsorship. The EC
is inclined to support this idea for 2014, with the support being revisited on a year-by-year basis.

4. SIGCOMM Conference Technical Steering Committee

One senior member will be stepping down soon and one of the new PC chairs to join. Jau will prepare a list of members and the ends of
their respective terms so that we are aware when new members need to be appointed.

5. Meetings @ SIGCOMM 2013

The will be a numebr of meetings during the week of SIGCOMM 2013: the CCR meeting, the 2014 planning meeting, and the EC meeting.
Jau will send the usual schedule.

The preparation for the community feedback session starts. Keshav will start preparing a slide set and circulate. The topics will include announcing the eBook (Hamed Haddadi's and Olivier Bonaventure's effort). We will also discuss intensifying the use of other interaction channels (social media).

6. Budget

The SIGCOMM budget is currently very healthy. The previous and current EC are working on returning services to the community. One such mechanism have been the community projects. Also, the travel awards have grown from $20K to $50K in 2013 and the SIG is trying to reduce its balance by the end of 2013.

7. Ideas for projects

Keshav presents a number of ideas to be pursued further over the coming years. These include: 1) A fast turn-around journal (3-5 months from submission to publication instead of 2 years or more). 2) An industrial advisory board, also to help get more industrial participation. 3) Growing the membership. 4) Discussion on expanding the notion what networking means also towards other communities. 5) Ensuring minimum acceptance criteria for methodologies used in submitted (and accepted) papers, i.e., attacking the quality problem of reviews.

8. Closing

Keshav expresses thanks to Bruce Davie, Henning Schulzrinne, Tilman Wolf, and Neil Spring for their efforts (and for being here today).