ACM SIGCOMM – Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions – Call for Papers

ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions
(NSDR 2007 with ACM SIGCOMM 2007)
Kyoto Japan, Monday 27th August, 2007.
The ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions
(NSDR) will provide a venue for researchers to propose and discuss ideas
and to participate in the sustainable development and deployment of
Internet and communication technologies for developing countries.
Benefits of the Internet and communication technologies are limited to a
fraction of the world’s population e.g. according to a 2006 survey Internet
penetration in North America is 69.1% of population compared to 3.6% for
Africa and 10.8% for Asia. Cost factors, low literacy, and limited access
to power and bandwidth in developing regions seem to suggest that there is
a need for communication technology research specifically aimed to meet the
special needs of developing regions.
The great and diverse needs of developing regions (e.g. economic problems,
social issues) call for a multi-disciplinary research agenda. However, the
focus of NSDR is on communication and networking aspects of developing
regions research (e.g. communication infrastructure in rural areas, systems
build using such infrastructure that solve some specific problem).

We encourage submission of early works (position papers) describing
interesting, original, previously unpublished ideas pertaining to networked
systems for developing regions, which:
* propose new research directions,
* target a specific application,
* have the potential to significantly enhance the design and
sustainable deployment of networked systems in deceloping regions,
* or could generate lively debate at the workshop.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Delay Tolerant Networking: delay-tolerant Internet access in
developing regions, DTN routing over wireless rural links
* Rural Wireless: long-distance 802.11, WiMaX solutions, directional
* Low-cost Computing Devices: low-cost end-user devices which
constitute the network, mobile phones as primary computing devices,
task-specific devices
* Sensor Networks: sensor-nets designed specifically for developing
* Power-Efficient Systems: power-efficient computing architectures,
power-efficient network infrastructure, power-efficient mobile systems
* Sustainable Deployment: pricing models for sustainable deployment of
communication infrastructure
* Applications: healthcare, disaster management, education
Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages (six pages) in length
(including figures and references), must be a PDF file, and must follow the
formatting guidelines at Submissions that
deviate from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration.
Reviews will be SINGLE-BLIND: authors name and affiliation should be
included in the submission. All submissions will be handled electronically
via EDAS (
Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the
workshop. Submissions must be original work not under review at any other
workshop, conference, or journal.
Submission: Fri, 6th April, 2007
Notification: Fri, 18th May, 2007
Camera-ready: Wed, 13th June, 2007
Workshop: Mon, 27th Aug, 2007

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