ACM ICN 2019, Hong Kong, CHINA
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Call for Papers

Please note the revised and broadened focus of this CFP over those of previous years!

The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to submit your work for presentation at the 6th ACM conference on Information Centric Networking (ICN 2019), to be held in Hong Kong, SAR China from September 24-26, 2019.

ACM ICN 2019 is a single-track conference focusing on significant research contributions to ICN as broadly defined, and featuring paper presentations, posters, and demonstrations.

The fundamental concept of Information Centric Networking (ICN) is to provide the ability to access, manage, and manipulate named entities as a principal service offered by the network, evolving the emphasis of network architecture and technology from today’s packet-level delivery functions towards directly retrieving information objects and invoking services by name in a secure, resilient, scalable, and efficient way.

This architectural re-conception of networking aims to address the challenges that arise from, among other forces, the dramatic growth of mobile devices and edge computing, the emergence and wide deployment of Internet-of-things (IoT) technologies, rapidly increasing demand for cloud computing services and resources, and the continuing need to scale, stabilize, and secure the global Internet.

Previous successful research results have brought Information-Centric Networking concepts from early-stage academic effort to an increasingly sophisticated level of intellectual, technical, and practical maturity, offering the real promise of dramatic and tangible impact across the broad field of networking in the foreseeable future.

ACM ICN 2019 solicits research contributions across the full spectrum of objectives motivated by this observation, including work that advances core ICN concepts, technologies, and capabilities; extends current ICN concepts to new networking environments and use cases; realizes, demonstrates, and quantifies the benefits of ICN in traditional and emerging application domains; and catalyzes, incentivizes, simplifies, and supports ICN deployments in realistic, operational environments and settings.

Topics of Interest

ACM ICN 2019 seeks research contributions across the following broad topic areas:

Core ICN research
Research that advances key ICN concepts, algorithms, technologies, and capabilities, addressing topics in areas such:

  • Architectural Development, Refinement, and Extension:
    • Modularity, evolvability and extensibility of ICN architectures;
    • Extension of ICN concepts to in-network computation and service provision;
    • Strategies to support efficient device and content mobility.


  • Algorithms and Protocols:
    • Inter-domain, policy-based, and extreme scale ICN routing algorithms;
    • Resource management, congestion control, and quality of service;
    • Auto and zero configuration ICN;
    • Algorithms and implementations targeting ultra-high performance.


  • Security and Privacy:
    • Privacy and information protection, both generally and especially its interaction with caching;
    • ICN trust management and access control;
    • IoT and cyberphysical systems specific ICN security considerations and mechanisms.

Network Measurement, Characterization, and Instrumentation
Research focused on tools and methodologies for measuring, characterizing, and instrumenting current and future ICN networks.

    • Metrics for meaningful ICN network characterization;
    • ICN network measurement methodologies, tools and algorithms;
    • Architectural support for ICN network instrumentation;
    • Advances in ICN network simulation, modeling, and emulation;
    • Measurement and data-driven studies of existing information-centric networks and applications.

Use Cases and Applications
Research that advances the use of ICN networking to support current and emerging applications:

  • ICN algorithmic support, realization, and evaluation for concrete, domain-specific settings, such as:
    • Realtime and cyberphysical systems (e.g., ICN-mediated sensor/actuator control, industrial IoT, smart city, smart homes, vehicular communications);
    • Fog and edge computing;
    • Data-intensive environments: distributed
  • Application-level ICN toolkits and structuring principles:
    • ICN application-layer messaging and stream processing frameworks;
    • Intuitive application support APIs, other higher-level abstractions, and their assessment.

Deployment, Operations, and Real-World Considerations
Research that explores incentives, paths, and obstacles for ICN transition from research to widespread deployment, and research that addresses challenges unique to large-scale and commercially motivated ICN deployments.

  • Translational Research:
    • Incentives and technical approaches for incremental deployment of ICN;
    • ICN implementation over existing programmable networking: SDN, NFV, etc.;
    • ICN business and economic models and their effects on deployability;
  • ICN Network Operations:
    • Management of ICN networks and systems;
    • Algorithms and tools for ICN traffic engineering;
  • Experience and Evaluation:
    • Lessons learned from current implementations and deployments;
    • Critical analysis of previous research in ICN, including reproducibility studies;

Submission Details

The conference solicits both full and short papers. Submissions will be reviewed through a double-blind process, and evaluated on the basis of intellectual merit, originality, importance of contribution, soundness and strength of evaluation (for full papers), quality and clarity of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work.

Full papers may be up to 10 pages in length, excluding references, following the ACM SIGCOMM format, and should convey the results of mature research. Full papers will be evaluated and selected primarily in terms of their contribution to the body of ICN-related knowledge and their ability to advance the progress of ICN towards broader real-world impact.

Short papers may be up to 6 pages in length, excluding references. Short papers should illustrate important challenges or promising new lines of research in the realm of ICN, either through the presentation of illuminating early research results or through the vehicle of a well-reasoned and thought-provoking position statement. Short papers will be evaluated primarily on their ability to contribute to the future evolution of ICN research in light of the goals described above.

Submission Instructions

To submit abstracts and papers to the ICN 2019 conference, please first 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 2019 Submission Site.

If you have any questions about submitting papers to ICN 2019, or encounter problems with the paper submission site, contact the TPC Chairs well before the deadline.

Important Dates

  • May 3, 2019

    Paper Registration Deadline (HARD DEADLINE)

  • May 10, 2019

    Paper Submission Deadline (HARD DEADLINE)

  • July 24, 2019

    Acceptance Notification

  • August 23, 2019

    Camera-ready Papers Due

  • September 24-26, 2019

    Conference

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.