Poster Session Submissions



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Preliminary submission deadline: June 1, 2003, 23:59 EDT

Final submission deadline: June 8, 2003, 23:59 EDT

Notification of decisions: June 26, 2003

Final version of abstracts due back: July 28, 2003

This year we will be repeating the very popular poster session aimed showcasing "work-in-progress".  This is an opportunity to present and discuss current work in an informal setting during the SIGCOMM 2003 week.  Topics of interest are the same as research topics in the SIGCOMM conference CFP.  Preference will be given to student posters.

Preference will be given to posters for which the primary contribution is from one or more students. Posters will be reviewed by members of the SIGCOMM Poster Session Committee and the authors of accepted posters will be notified by July 26.  At the conference, student posters must be presented by a student.  Authors of accepted papers may not submit a poster of the work in those papers.

Why should you submit a poster?

This is a great chance especially for students to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on on-going research from a knowledgeable crowd at the conference.  Furthermore, student authors of accepted posters will be given some preference for SIGCOMM 2003 student travel grants.

What is a poster?

A poster is a 30in x 40in  or 74cm x 100 cm rectangular board on which you can affix visually appealing material that describes your research.  How you use this is up to you: you may choose to print out up to nine 8.5in x11in or A4 sheets of paper (e.g., paper copies of overheads) and "tile" the poster board with these pages.  Or, you may choose to format a single large sheet of paper describing the work and attach that to the poster board.  You may orient it with the long edge either horizontally or vertically.

You should prepare the best material (visually appealing and succinct) that effectively communicates your research problem, techniques, results, and what is novel and important about your work.

What, when, and where to submit?

Although the final deadline for submission is June 8, 2003, 23:59 EDT, for any submissions that arrive by June 1, 2003, 23:59 EDT, we will help with verify that printing, and formatting is appropriate and provide feedback within a couple of days (with time to make a final submission by the final deadline).  Any submissions that arrive after the earlier deadline will be taken as is and rejected if they do meet the criteria.  All submissions should be submitted to

1.   The Abstract: the abstract should identify the key contribution of the work being presented in the poster.  In addition, it should describe the particular the problem being addressed, what makes this problem interesting or important, and what your approach is to the problem.  Submit an ASCII text file (no figures) describing the research to be presented in the poster, in 500 words or less.  Include the title, authors, institutional affiliations, status (student, faculty, and so on) of each author and contact information for the poster (someone who will be reading and answering email around the important dates), in addition to the 500 words. In the final version of the abstract, you should also include a URL will provide attendees with a further point of contact and any other information you would like.

2.   The Poster: a poster is not a sequential talk, in which the viewer sees only one slide or tile at a time, but rather something the viewer sees more or less all at once.  Think about what you want to present and how best to present it in one large poster.  Submit a draft of the poster material (either up to 9 "tiles" or a single sheet of paper), in PDF or PostScript format only.  Include the title, authors, and institutional affiliations.

Submission process: For both deadlines, be sure that once you have submitted your abstract and poster, you also "finalize" your submission. If you are submitting for the earlier deadline (June 1) and quick formatting review, we will check it, and then "unfinalize" it. We will send you back feedback by email, with enough time for a revision. At a minimum, if you choose not to revise it, you will need to "finalize" it again. In the end, we will not consider anything that has not been "finalized". Be sure that the contact person for the poster is available and reading email during the critical times of this process. The contact person need not be the primary author, but must be reading email at the address provided in the submission form. Remember that the abstract is no more than 500 words in ASCII and the poster is in PDF or Postscript only.

At the conference, we will distribute to all conference attendees the abstracts in addition to the conference proceedings.  Accepted poster authors will have a about a month to revise their text prior to printing.  We will reproduce one side of one page per poster.  Because the conference will be in Germany, the final version of the papers must be formatted for A4 paper and the final size of the poster will be 74cm by 100cm.  We will provide poster board and glue for mounting the posters.

The SIGCOMM 2003 Poster Committee will select between 15 and 30 of the most interesting and thought-provoking posters by June 26, 2003 and notify all contact authors.  More details will be sent at that time.