ACM ICN 2018, Boston, USA

Call for Papers

The 5th ACM conference on Information Centric Networking (ICN 2018) will be held in Boston, MA, USA, Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, 2018. We are inviting submissions that describe significant research contributions to ICN as broadly defined. The fundamental concept in Information Centric Networking (ICN) is to provide the ability to access named information as a principal service offered by the network, evolving the Internet from today’s host based packet delivery towards directly retrieving information objects and invoking services by name in a secure, resilient, scalable, and efficient way. These architectural design efforts aim to address the challenges that arise from the increasing demands from accessing cloud resources, from accelerated growth of mobile devices and edge computing, from wide deployment of Internet-of-things (IoT), and from the need to secure the global Internet. Papers pertaining to these and/or related fields are specifically encouraged.

ACM ICN 2018 will be a single track conference focusing on current ICN research topics, featuring paper presentations, posters, and demonstrations.

Topics of Interest

  • Use of ICN for both legacy problems and novel use cases, including but not limited to:
    • name-based access to fog/edge computing resources as well as to cloud services;
    • device and content mobility;
    • IoT and CPS (e.g., industrial IoT, smart city, smart homes, vehicular communications).

  • Network layer, mobility and architecture:
    • comparison of architectures, ICN styles and semantics;
    • interdependency of namespace design, routing, and resource control;
    • ICN support for ad hoc and direct peer-to-peer communication;
    • ICN for high-speed networking.

  • Security:
    • privacy, both generally and especially its interaction with caching;
    • trust management and access control;
    • IoT and CPS-specific security considerations.

  • Application layer, Evaluations and Testbeds:
    • ICN and application-layer messaging and stream processing frameworks (e.g., Kafka, Flink, QUIC);
    • APIs for transport, other higher-level abstractions, and their assessment;
    • experience from implementation, testbeds, and tools;
    • critical analysis of previous research in ICN, including reproducibility studies;
    • methodology and metrics.

  • Translational Research:
    • deployments of ICN;
    • ICN for distributed computation, cloud-based services, edge computing, database queries, big data manipulation as well as ICN-mediated sensor/actuator control loops;
    • ICN and in-network computation (e.g., NFN and related approaches);
    • ICN and SDN interactions;
    • ICN-inspired applications and systems.

  • Operations:
    • business and Economic models and their effects on deployability;
    • management of ICN networks and systems;
    • caching and its interaction with I/O performance;
    • scalability analysis;
    • traffic engineering.

  • Implementation challenges and experiences:
    • line speed caching;
    • routing scalability;
    • congestion control;
    • zero configuration ICN.

Submission Details

Full-papers can be up to 10 pages in length (excluding references), following the ACM SIGCOMM format, and should convey results of mature research. Short-papers can be up to 6 pages in length (excluding references): This format is suitable for less mature workshop-oriented work not ready for a full submission and for thought-provoking position papers. Submissions exceeding the 6 pages length will be considered as full-papers. Papers with doctoral students as first authors are particularly encouraged. Note that in order to ensure adequate citation of related work, extra pages of references are allowed (and encouraged).

Submissions will be reviewed (single-blind review process) and evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work. The program committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference. A “best paper award” will be attributed from the program committee to one among the accepted papers in each of the Full paper and Short paper categories. The program committee may invite authors of non-accepted papers to present their work with a poster accompanied by a 2-page extended abstract. Please note that ACM ICN 2018 also has a specific call for posters, demos, tutorials, and panel sessions.

Submission Instructions

To submit abstracts and papers to the ICN 2018 conference, first carefully read the submission policies, the conflicts of interest, and the formatting requirements specified on this page. Submissions can be made through HotCRP: please go to the ICN 2018 Submission Site.

  • Register your paper by May 1, 2018 on the paper submission site. Submit your paper by May 13 (May 14 7:59am EDT), 2018. Be sure to finalize your paper on the paper submission site to make it available for review.
  • A separate call for posters and demos will be published at a later time.

This is a hard deadline, and no extensions will be given.

We use different submission sites for full papers and poster/demo abstracts.

If your paper is accepted, we will provide further information for the camera-ready version.

If you have any questions about submitting papers to ICN 2018, or encounter problems with the paper submission site, contact the TPC chairs well before the deadline.

Important Dates

  • May 1, 2018

    Long and Short Paper Registration Deadline (HARD DEADLINE)

  • May 13, 2018

    Abstracts Submission Deadline (HARD DEADLINE)

  • May 13, 2018

    Long and Short Paper Submission Deadline (HARD DEADLINE)

  • July 18, 2018

    Acceptance Notification

  • August 21, 2018

    Camera-ready Due

  • September 21-23, 2018


AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.