Track Descriptions

ICCCN 2018 Conference Track Description

Cognitive, Cellular and Mobile Networks (CCM):

With the proliferation of smart handheld devices, mobile data is projected to grow drastically in the next few years. Coupled with emerging machine-to-machine communications, there is a compelling need to significantly improve the current network capacity and architecture. To meeting this challenge, traditional cellular networks must be more adaptive and intelligent, e.g., adaptive to different types of spectrum (white space or dedicated) and traffic patterns. They must also interconnect with other coexisting wireless networks such as Wi-Fi, wireless mesh network, femtocells and small cells, etc., to support a wide range of applications.

Track Topics

  • Cellular networks
  • Seamless heterogeneous wireless networks
  • Dynamic spectrum access wireless networks
  • Cognitive radio networks
  • Wireless programming paradigms and middleware technologies
  • Mobility management and modeling
  • Wireless infrastructure planning and deployment
  • Lessons learned from long-term deployment experiences of wireless technologies
  • Radio access technologies and evolution
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Wireless mesh networks
  • RFID technologies
  • Energy-efficient protocol design
  • Wireless MAC, routing and transport layer protocols
  • Cross-layer design and optimization
  • Wireless data offloading
  • Wireless network coding
  • Device to Device communication
  • Communication Interference control
  • Performance measurement

Communication Networks Architectures, Algorithms, Measurement and Performance Evaluation (CAAME):

Design of efficient network architectures and algorithms is one of the fundamental issues in computer networking. To this end novel analytical, measurement, and simulation tools are required for evaluating the behavior and performance of complex communication networks. This track provides researchers, industry professionals and practitioners a forum to present the latest results in the rapidly evolving areas of network architectures, network algorithms, and performance evaluation. We solicit original and unpublished research work on theoretical, analytical, measurement, and simulation aspects of network architectures, network algorithms, and performance evaluation as well as efficient methods of algorithm design that apply to various areas of networking.

Track Topics

  • Routing algorithms
  • Distributed algorithms
  • Congestion control algorithms
  • Error control algorithms
  • Algorithms for QoS support
  • QoS routing and scheduling
  • QoS analysis and modeling
  • Inter-domain QoS
  • Packet classification algorithms
  • Packet scheduling and buffer management
  • Address lookup algorithms
  • Admission control algorithms
  • Algorithms and protocols for traffic engineering
  • Capacity planning
  • Traffic modeling, engineering and control
  • Network coding
  • Reliability and survivability
  • Resource allocation and management
  • Algorithmic foundations of networking
  • Performance evaluation of web and social networking services
  • Analytical, measurement, and simulation techniques
  • Network design methodologies
  • Algorithms and optimization techniques for protocol design
  • Data center networking
  • Optical networks

Data Centers and Big Data Computing (DCBC):

Datacenters constitute critical infrastructure for keeping up with the ever-increasing volume, velocity, and variety of big data. This track invites submissions describing novel ideas, techniques, and results in the general area of big data computing in datacenters.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Data center networks and infrastructure
  • Application of software defined techniques to datacenters
  • Autonomic datacenter management
  • Data access and management
  • Datacenter federation
  • Big data processing and storage
  • Novel design paradigms and technologies for big data
  • Big data analytics
  • Case studies describing practical experience
  • Performance modeling and evaluation

Green Networking and Sustainable Computing (GREEN):

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have significantly altered our operations to solve society’s sustainability issues. ICTs can facilitate innovations and social and economic restructuring globally to help reduce overall global carbon emissions. It is estimated that by 2020, ICT applications could help reduce global carbon emissions by 15%. On the other hand, the ever-increasing footprint of ICTs has started contributing to greenhouse emissions considerably (2%-2.5% of global carbon emissions). This calls for energy-efficient and sustainable solutions for ICTs. This track focuses on novel contributions to green networking and sustainable computing by improving energy efficiency of end-hosts, data centers, cloud operations, and forthcoming additions to the ICTs, and by developing novel strategies for sustainable integration with the grid. Developments are sought in hardware/software design, network architectures, protocols and algorithms that will lead to sustainable, reliable, and energy efficient networking infrastructure, as well as novel approaches that will improve the manageability, security, and reliability of ICT as it is applied to solve global sustainability challenges.

Track Topics:

  • Architectures, algorithms, and protocols
  • Applications of green networking technologies and principles
  • Cognitive networks for energy efficiency
  • Economy and pricing for green communication and services
  • Green communication in 5G systems
  • Green networking in IoTs
  • Green network monitoring and measurements
  • Green optical communications, switching and networking
  • Green traffic shaping and policy implementation
  • Energy cost models for network operators
  • Energy efficiency for the core network
  • Energy-efficient optimization for communications and computing
  • Energy-efficient routers and switches
  • Energy efficient scheduling and resource allocation
  • Energy harvesting, storage, and recycling
  • Energy minimization in core, metro, access and local area networks
  • Experimental testbeds for green communications and computing
  • Modeling and analysis for green communications and networking
  • Modeling the environmental footprint of communications
  • Sustainable integration of networking and computing into the grid
  • Networking processor and hardware designs
  • Non-energy based green issues and approaches
  • Power consumption trends and reduction for communications (wireless, wired, Internet, core, metro, access, home)
  • Power-efficient cooling and air-conditioning systems for communications and computing
  • Security in green networking and sustainable computing
  • Standards and regulations for energy efficiency in communications and networking
  • Sustainable storage and cloud computing
  • Theory, modeling, and performance analysis
  • Virtualization techniques for energy efficiency

Grid, Cloud, Internet and Middleware Computing and Communication (GCIM):

The rapid advances in processing, communication and systems/middleware technologies are bringing about the explosive growth of the online applications and services in Internet, and driving Grid and Cloud to be dominating paradigms and platforms for computation and data in academia as well as industry. The social networking services in Internet represent a simplified, managed (and walled-garden) version of the Web, providing identifiability of their participants between each other and serving the large-scale access to huge amounts of user generated content, images, and messages that their users share with their contacts in an efficient way. P2P technology effectively supports Internet Streaming and Content Distribution with high scalability and availability for such services. Grids enable the sharing of distributed computing and data resources such as processing, network bandwidth and storage capacity to create a cohesive resource environment for executing distributed applications, while Clouds provide elastic, on-demand as-a-service access to compute, data, and software resources. The Grid, Cloud, Internet and Middleware Computing and Communication track of the ICCCN conference aims to the key issues underlying these paradigms, and welcomes paper submissions on innovative work from researchers in academia, industry and government describing original research. Topics of interest range from architectures and enabling technologies, programming models, systems and tools, management structures and policies, performance modeling and management, security and privacy, algorithms, network and storage, applications and experiences, and associated legal, regulatory, and social issues. We solicit original and unpublished research achievements in various aspects of this field, including, but not limited to, the following topics.

Track Topics

  • Grid security and identity management
  • Grid scheduling and load balancing
  • Grid data management
  • Grid self-configuration and management
  • Grid applications
  • Grid information services and monitoring
  • Grid QoS and SLA management
  • Grid performance and benchmarking
  • Architectures & tools for integration of clouds, clusters & grids
  • Service oriented architectures for HPC
  • Workflows
  • Problem solving environments and portals
  • Cloud administration and manageability
  • Cloud data privacy and security
  • Cloud data services architectures
  • Cloud distributed and parallel Query processing
  • Cloud energy management
  • Distributed and cloud networking
  • Cloud reliability and high availability
  • Cloud resource management and performance
  • Cloud provisioning and metering
  • Cloud infrastructure technologies
  • Cloud scheduling algorithms
  • Compute and storage cloud architectures
  • Cloud programming models and tools
  • Cloud service level agreements
  • Cloud federation models, policies and mechanism
  • Cloud interoperability mechanisms and standards
  • Governance structures and regulatory mechanism for Clouds
  • Scientific applications for clouds
  • Hybrid Grid/Cloud infrastructure and programming support
  • Hybrid Grid/Cloud usage modes and application scenarios
  • Virtualization technologies
  • Virtual networks
  • Internet and mobile streaming
  • Content Distribution Network (CDN) and CDN federation
  • Cloud and content distribution using cloud
  • Content adaptation and sharing
  • Multimedia applications over wired and wireless/cellular networks
  • P2P based content streaming/distribution
  • Security issues in content distribution
  • Operating system middleware and network support
  • Future Internet and clean-slate design
  • Architectures and systems design for social networks
  • Search strategies in social networks
  • Social Web Content Provisioning
  • Social Networking Platform Apps
  • Mobile social networks
  • Distributed Systems enabled by Social Networks
  • Transport networks for Internet
  • Optical Networks

Internet of Things (IoT):

The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered as a key player in the network of the future. Every object in IoT can be seen as one component needed to be well connected. Numerous efforts are focusing on systems and protocols to build a powerful IoT. However, partly due to the large variations on the “things” in the Internet, IoT is still in an initial state.
IoT is generally characterized by limited computation and communication capacity, the presence of sensors in tiny objects, and the associated challenges, e.g., concerning security, energy efficiency, data caching and storage. To address these, both theoretical and systems approaches are invaluable. In this track, we invite submissions of research works with novel contributions of either type.

Track Topics (may include, but are not limited to):

  • Security and Trustworthiness in IoT
  • Secure Operating Systems for IoT
  • Attack Strategies for Internet of Things
  • Energy-aware IoT hardware
  • Energy-efficient IoT networking
  • Power consumption and optimization in IoT
  • Routing and Control Protocols
  • Scalability and Robustness for Internet of Things
  • Programming abstractions and middleware for IoT
  • Cloud back-ends and resource management for IoT applications
  • Edge Computing, Fog Computing and IoT
  • Distributed Storage, Data Fusion
  • Sensor Data Management, IoT Mining and Analytics
  • Crowd-sensing, human centric sensing
  • Mobile and pervasive applications built atop IoT
  • IoT for Smart Cities, Smart Homes, and other applications
  • Formal foundations and theories for IoT
  • Green IoT: Sustainable Design and Technologies
  • Analytic foundations and theory of the Internet of Things

Multimedia services and Real-time Networking (MRN):

With the rapid deployment of all IP networks as well as the wide adoption of smart mobile devices, various modern multimedia applications such as movie on demand, video streaming and conference, and IPTV are offered over heterogeneous networks. The major challenge for those applications is to meet the high Quality of Service requirement for real-time content over limited bandwidth. Network traffic management technologies are critical to enable fair use of network resources among different types of traffic, while still achieving efficient and robust content delivery. This focuses track on the latest challenges, opportunities, and recent advances and developments in multimedia services and real-time networking. We seek original research contributions in various aspects of these fields, including, but not limited to the following topics.

Track Topics

  • Multimedia systems: storage, search, and retrieval
  • Multimedia services, transport and sharing protocols
  • Mobile multimedia services and location-based systems
  • Content delivery networks
  • Cloud storage and computing
  • Content/Information/Network-aware network design and optimization
  • Network security for multimedia communication services
  • Real-time network architectures and protocols
  • Resource-constrained systems and mission critical applications
  • Massive multiplayer online gaming
  • Analysis and modeling of mobile and social media networks
  • Network modeling, analysis, and simulation
  • Internet measurement and modeling
  • Real-time management for wired, wireless, ubiquitous, and hybrid networks

Track on Security, Privacy, and Trust (SPTI):

The rapid development and increasing complexity of computer communication and networking systems has brought new challenges to trust, security, privacy, incentive technologies and measures. To meet the requirements of large scale, heterogeneous, software-defined, mobile, wireless, or distributed networks, we need to design protocols and build systems that can preserve trust, security, and privacy, provide collaboration incentives, and at the same time keep the quality of services.This track aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the fields of security, privacy, and trusted systems as well as incentive mechanisms. The track seeks novel contributions on algorithm and system design, implementation, and evaluations.

Track Topics

  • Anonymization and privacy
  • Applied cryptography in networking systems
  • Cloud security
  • Computer and network forensics
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Data and application security
  • Information hiding and watermarking
  • Internet security
  • Security and privacy in social networks
  • Security and privacy in parallel and distributed systems
  • Security and privacy in mobile and wireless networks
  • Security and privacy in grid/cloud/pervasive computing
  • Security and privacy in software-defined networks
  • Trust, security and privacy in 5G
  • Smart cards and secure hardware
  • Trust models and trust management
  • Vulnerability, exploitation tools, and virus/worm analysis
  • Incentives and game theory

Sensor/Embedded Networks and Pervasive Computing (SNPC):

The miniaturization and integration of sensors, processors, and wireless radios continues to drive the rapid development in sensor networks and pervasive computing systems. Simultaneously, advances in miniaturized mechanical systems are pushing energy harvesting and wireless transfer to an extent that allows to redefine the traditional energy constraints. Mobile computing platforms such as smartphones, wearables, and drones are ultimately bringing sensing to places where no other technology can reach.The Sensor/Embedded Networks and Pervasive Computing (SNPC) track aims at providing a forum for scientists and practitioners to discuss solutions to challenges in the networking and communication aspects of these areas. This track invites original and high-quality papers on recent advances in networking and communications models, protocols, systems, and implementations for sensor networks, networked embedded systems, as well as pervasive and mobile systems. We particularly invite submissions that demonstrably advance the state-of-the-art and are likely to inspire researchers as well as practitioners in these areas.

Software Defined Networks and Network Testing and Deployment (SDN):

Software defined networking (SDN) unveils a new paradigm for centralized and programmatic control of network infrastructure. Through open and standardized programming interfaces, SDN enables flexible packet forwarding over and across networks unconstrained by legacy networking protocols. With the paradigm comes opportunities in novel network protocol architecture, network operation, testing, deployment, and advanced networking and computing services, as well as challenges in network control software’s capabilities, security, scalability, and application-driven design methodology. SDN not only enables new concepts but it also prompts us to re-examine our knowledge in distributed and centralized system design, methodologies. Transformative changes are imminent in industries, academia, and IT professional sectors. This track serves as a forum for identifying core challenges and advanced solutions for SDN design, operation, and application.

Track Topics

  • SDN architecture and implementation
  • SDN enabled applications and network-aware application design
  • SDN control and operation approaches
  • SDN testing approaches
  • SDN deployment and management approaches
  • SDN security analysis and design
  • SDN scalability analysis and design

Wireless LAN, Ad Hoc, and Mesh Networks (WAM):

Wireless networks have crossed the chasm. Popular technologies such the 802.11 were the catalyst for the widespread use of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Nomadic computing, home networks, and Wi-Fi services are now common place. The transition to multi-hop wireless networks has seemed natural for quite some time now, but has yet to happen. Nonetheless, wireless networks have become important to a range of applications and systems. New communication standards including Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, etc. are extending the traditional wireless networks to an extended area by forming Ad Hoc Networks. Numerous research efforts contributed systems and protocols for that purpose and lead to new, lower cost equipment, products, and services. At the same time, impromptu and on-demand formation of networks, often ephemeral, volatile, or highly mobile, got increased attention in the community, resulting in a large volume of novel schemes to basically revise networking.The increasing capabilities and the proliferation of wireless devices, and the increasing needs of their users raise new technical challenges. To address those, both theoretical and systems approaches are invaluable. In this track, we invite submissions of works with novel contributions of either type.
We are primarily interested in submissions of papers concerned with:

  • Wireless local area networks
  • Wireless mesh networks
  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Vehicular ad hoc networks
  • Opportunistic and delay tolerant networks
  • Home area networks
  • Body area networks
  • Smart Grid communication networks

Social Networks and Computing (SNC):

Computing on social networks has gained huge popularity with the rise of social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. which provide access to social network data to third parties (taking into account relevant privacy practices). As these platforms are providing richer features, such as geotagged tweets, photo sharing through Instagram, live video sharing, the set of application areas is ever increasing.This year, at ICCCN, we will continue with the track on Social Networks and Computing and look to bringing together researchers in the area of applying computing to social networks. Our scope will include platforms for social computing – mobile and backend, sensing as part of social networks, data mining on social networks, cloud integration of social network platforms, human-in-the-loop social networking systems, and any other relevant areas related to social networking and computing. This track seeks original ideas and submissions and will follow the policies as per the main ICCCN conference policies.

Hot Topics on Networking (HOT):

The Hot Topics and Networking (HOT) track invites researchers and practitioners to submit novel and innovative papers in the broad area of computer networking. Topics include, but not limited to, mobile networks, wide-area networking, wireless networking, data-centric networking, fog networks, sensor networks, social networks, and data center networking. The HOT track hopes to bring together researchers working on various aspects of systems, theories, and applications of networking to engage in active discussions on the future of networking research. We encourage submissions of early-stage works that propose novel ideas with preliminary results, but may not be fully evaluated. Non-traditional and controversial papers that advocate new technologies, application areas, and research directions are also encouraged. Submitted papers will be evaluated based on originality, technical merit and innovation as well as their potential to stimulate interesting discussions and exchange of ideas.

Track Topics

  • Mobile and wireless networking
  • Wide-area networking
  • Data-centric networking
  • Fog networks
  • Sensor networks
  • Social networking
  • Data center networking
  • Network security and privacy
  • Novel applications in networking