The 2008 edition of the ACM Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (ACM CoNEXT 2008) will be held in Madrid, Spain.
This year, 166 high quality papers were submitted to the conference. We received papers covering a broad and diverse set of topics. Given the high quality of the submissions, selecting a program was both easy and challenging, as we had a plethora of worthy candidates but could not accept them all. The selection process was extensive and thorough and proceeded in three rounds during which all papers received at least three reviews, and often more.
The first round of the review process took place over the summer shortly after the submission deadline, at which time three TPC members were assigned to each paper. As one of CoNEXT's major objectives is to provide fair and accurate evaluations, TPC members were asked to review papers mostly by themselves and encouraged to provide detailed feedback to the authors. Each review was then cross-checked by the program chairs.
During the second round, the TPC members assigned to each paper read the other reviewer's opinions and debated the relative merits of the paper. The outcome of this discussion was either a unanimous recommendation on how to classify the paper in preparation for the TPC meeting, or a disagreement in which case additional reviews were requested inside and outside the TPC. Papers for which agreement could be reached were assigned to one of three categories: "accept", "discuss", and "reject". Papers for which no agreement was reached were assigned to the "discuss" category pending the completion of the additional reviews that were requested. The bulk of the papers landed in the "discuss" category, with only a handful of papers accepted up-front, and the remainder of the papers being viewed as not yet ready for publication.
The third round of the selection process was the TPC meeting itself, which was held in Paris, France, with TPC members either physically present in the room or participating through audio-conference. The bulk of the meeting was spent individually evaluating papers in the "discuss" category and ranking them as either above or below an "accept" threshold based on the calibration that emerged from the discussion phase. At the end of the day, we had identified 29 high quality papers that were selected for presentation at CoNEXT'08. The papers in the conference proceedings have been revised by the authors to account for the reviewers' comments and suggestions. The papers are organized in 8 sessions that illustrate the breadth of topics that currently make up the field of networking, with not only papers on wireless, sensors, ad hoc and peer to peer networks, but also papers proposing new architectures and protocols or techniques to better engineer, model or measure networks and improve communication efficiency. In addition, the ever-present aspect of security, resiliency, scalability and economical issues also found their place in the program.
The CoNEXT'08 best paper award goes to the paper entitled "Opportunistic Use of Client Repeaters to Improve Performance of WLANs", by Victor Bahl, Ranveer Chandra, Patrick P. C. Lee, Vishal Misra, Jitendra Padhye, Dan Rubenstein, Yan Yu. The paper was unanimously selected from a highly competitive field. The TPC felt the paper did a particularly nice job at combining analysis with experimental validation.
As in 2006 and 2007, CoNEXT'08 also awards a CoNEXT Rising Star Award. This year the award goes to Konstantina (Dina) Papagiannaki (Intel-Research Pittsburgh, USA). Dina was selected in recognition for outstanding research contributions early in her career on the role of measurements for the development of efficient algorithms in the design, planning, and management of wired and wireless IP networks. Dina will be giving the CoNEXT keynote talk in the first session of the conference. Please join us in congratulating Dina for this remarkable achievement.
In addition to the technical program, Benoit Donnet, Boon Thau Loo and Ryuji Wakikawa have organized a wonderful workshop for students. It also attracted a record number of submissions, which both illustrates the high level of current interest in the field and bodes well for its future. Moreover ReArch'08 workshop organized by Olivier Bonaventure, Marcelo Bagnulo and Joe Touch, and ROADS'08 workshop organized by Andy Bavier, Krishna Gummadi and Pablo Rodriguez were also held together with CoNext 2008.
In parallel to the official CoNEXT TPC, Olivier Bonaventure and Augustin Chaintreau organized a purely educational shadow TCP whose objective was to allow young Ph.D. graduates to have an inside view into the paper selection process of a major conference. 81 of the papers submitted to CoNEXT received additional feedback from the 41 participants in the shadow TPC.
Last but not least, we would like to thank and acknowledge the many individuals whose help and hard work made CoNEXT'08 possible, and, in particular the two general chairs of the conference, Arturo Azcorra and Gustavo de Veciana, who oversaw all the details of its organization.
We hope you will enjoy your stay in Madrid as well as CoNEXT'08 exciting technical program, and take full advantage of all the "networking" opportunities the conference has to offer.
Keith W. Ross, Polytechnic University, USA
Leandros Tassiulas, University of Thessaly, Greece
Program Co-Chairs, 2008 ACM CoNEXT