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NSDR 2011 : 5th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions


When Jun 28, 2011 - Jun 28, 2011
Where Washington, D.C.
Submission Deadline Mar 25, 2011
Notification Due Apr 25, 2011
Final Version Due May 10, 2011
Categories    networking   operating systems   developing regions   ICTD

Call For Papers


5th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR 2011)
Co-located with MobiSys 2011

Washington, D.C., USA
June 28th, 2011

Important Dates

* Submission Deadline (Firm): March 25, 2011 (23:59 EST)
* Notification: April 25, 2011
* Camera-ready: May 10, 2011
* Workshop: June 28, 2011


Following four successful workshops of NSDR at SIGCOMM 2007, SIGCOMM
2008, SOSP 2009, and MobiSys 2010, the 5th ACM Workshop on Networked
Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR11) will provide a venue for
researchers to propose and discuss ideas concerning the design,
implementation and evaluation of new computing and communications
technologies to support the sustainable development of developing

NSDR specifically focuses on the technical networking and systems
research challenges that arise in the development of new computing
solutions appropriate for developing regions where conventional
solutions are often inappropriate and the development of new research
approaches and innovative designs and techniques is often required.
NSDR solicits papers that either highlight important networking and
systems challenges in this space or describe the deployment and
evaluation of novel technologies or applications that address a
specific need.

Papers, Topics of Interest

We encourage submission of position papers or the results of
preliminary work describing interesting, original, previously
unpublished ideas or results pertaining to the design, implementation
and/or evaluation of networks and systems for developing regions.
Accepted papers will:

* Propose new research directions;
* Target a specific application;
* Inform design and/or deployment; and/or
* Generate lively debate at the workshop.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Low-cost wireless connectivity
* Intermittent and delay-tolerant systems
* Rural network planning and spectrum management protocols and
* Mechanisms for emergency and urgent communications
* Location-aware systems
* Power-efficient systems
* Low-cost computing devices
* Mobile systems and applications
* Middleware and mechanisms for minimizing energy, latency and
storage (caching etc)
* Adapting content and applications for local languages
* User interfaces for low-literacy populations
* Shared access devices and infrastructure, including
personalization and privacy concerns
* Design and evaluation of applications and in-depth case studies
in the areas of public health, microfinance, agriculture,
e-governance, education, monitoring, disaster management, etc.

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages (six pages) in length
(including figures and references), must use a minimum 10pt font and
minimum 1inch margins, must be in the form of a PDF file, and must
follow formatting guidelines and instructions at:

Submissions that deviate from these guidelines will be rejected
without consideration. Reviews will be SINGLE-BLIND: authors' names
and affiliations should be included in the submission. 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.

Program Committee

Richard Anderson, U. Washington (Program co-chair)
Bill Thies, Microsoft Research India (Program co-chair)
Muneeb Ali, Princeton
Saman Amarasinghe, MIT
John Bennett, U. Colorado
Gaetano Borrielo, U. Washington
Eric Brewer, UC Berkeley
S. Keshav, U. Waterloo
Jonathan Ledlie, Nokia Research
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton
Tapan Parikh, UC Berkeley
Bhaskar Raman, IIT Bombay
Umar Saif, LUMS
Lakshmi Subramanian, NYU

Steering Committee

Elizabeth Belding, UC Santa Barbara
Gaetano Borriello, U. Washington
Eric Brewer, UC Berkeley
Ravi Jain, Google
Umar Saif, LUMS
Lakshmi Subramanian, NYU

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