ACM SIGCOMM 2017, Los Angeles, CA

The Sixth Networking Networking Women Workshop (N2Women’17): Professional Development Workshop


The N2Women workshop aims to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The 6th N2Women Workshop also welcomes men who share the same research interests, attend the same conferences, and often face the same career hurdles and obstacles to join us!

The N2Women workshop has three main goals:

  • Connect newer generations of networking women researchers with the community and create mentorship relationships.
  • Create a research forum in which students and junior researchers learn and discuss current trends in networking, present their research and receive feedback.
  • Engage a diverse body of junior researchers in the field.

N2Women'17 Group Photo


Registration to the workshop is FREE. The registration is through the [SIGCOMM conference registration].

Workshop Program

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • 8:00am - 8:30am Registrations and Breakfast

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • 8:30am - 8:45am Greetings

    Session Chair: Workshop chairs

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • 8:45am - 9:00am Opening Remarks

    Session Chair: Prof. Lixia Zhang, UCLA - ACM SIGCOMM'17 General Chair

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Keynote 1

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • Keynote: The Internet: A complex system at its limits

    Anja Feldman

    Abstract: While the Internet is a hugely successful, human made artifact that has changed the society fundamentally, it has become a complex system with many challenges. In this talk I will outline some of them and also point out a number of surprises in terms of our mental models of the Internet that we develop over the years. Next, I will focus on the evolution of the Internet and discuss methods for detecting Internet infrastructure outages, how to extend software-defined networking concepts to wireless networking, how to achieve predictable performance in distributed systems. I will end with an outlook on how we may evolve the Internet to tackle the future challenges of ubiquitous data availability from sensors and devices everywhere.


    Bio: Anja Feldmann is a full professor at the TU Berlin, Germany, since 2006. Her research interests include Internet measurement, traffic engineering and traffic characterization, network performance debugging, intrusion detection, network architecture. She has published more than 60 papers and has served on more than 50 program committees, including as Co-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2003 and ACM IMC 2011 and as Co-PC-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM, ACM IMC, and ACM HotNets. From 2009 to 2013 she was Dean of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department of TU Berlin, Germany. From 2000 to 2006 she headed the network architectures group first at Saarland University and then at TU München. Before that she was a member of AT&T Labs - Research in Florham Park, NJ. She received a M.S. degree from the University of Paderborn, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the BBAW, the supervisory board of SAP SE. She is a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis 2011 and the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis 2011.


  • 10:00am - 10:30am Coffee Break (Foyer)

  • 10:30am - 11:30am Panel

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • Moderator: Theophilus Benson, Duke University; Panelists: Lixia Zhang, UCLA; James Mickens, Harvard; Te-Yuan Huang, Netflix; George Porter, UCSD.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm Discussion Groups

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch Break (Foyer)

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Keynote 2

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • Keynote: The minority advantages: Benefits of being a female professor in science

    Wenjing Lou

    Abstract: Being female in a male-dominated profession is oftentimes perceived as a disadvantage. Special challenges we face can include work-life balance, relations with other colleagues, perceived discrimination, alienation, and exclusion, etc. At the same time, we know that diversity is critical to ensure a robust community and we have seen continuous effort being made to increase diversity and inclusion at different levels.  In this talk, I will share my 14 years of career experience as a female science professor. I will discuss my views on how being a minority can be an advantage in your career development, and ways to make it happen (i.e., a recipe of turning the lemons into lemonade). In addition, in my role as a NSF program director, this talk will also offer a broad view of wireless networking and security research and funding opportunities from the perspective of NSF investment in these areas.


    Bio: Wenjing Lou is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include wireless networks and cyber security. Since August 2014, Prof. Lou has been serving as a program director at the US National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, her responsibilities include the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program, a core program of the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) division within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), and the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, a cross-cutting security program led by CISE/CNS.


  • 3:00pm - 3:45pm Lightning Presentations (2-min talks by the poster presenters)

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • 3:45pm - 4:45pm Posters Session + Coffee Break (Foyer)

  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm Awards and Concluding Remarks

    Session Chair: Workshop Chairs and Professor Sami Rollins, N2Women Chair

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm 1x1 Mentoring (sign up required)

    Room: 3400 - Boelter Hall


The N2Women workshop will be held in the Boelter Hall Building. Entrance to the building is on from the Court of Sciences, on the fifth floor of the building. The workshop will be held at BH 3400, two floors below the entrance.

The map below shows the recommended way between Luskin Center and the entrance to Boelter Hall.

Accessibility: Note that this way requires climbing some stairs. That long arrow between Ackerman Union and Engineering VI is primarily up flights of stairs. One can avoid the stairs by going into Ackerman Union and taking an elevator up two floors. You can then walk out to the area between Ackerman and Kerckhoff and get back on that long red arrow.

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Mentoring Program

N2Women will have a mentor/mentee program. We would like to extend mentoring throughout the week for the students who are staying for SIGCOMM. In this case, we are hoping to find mentors who can host mentees with similar research interests during the main SIGCOMM conference and workshops. If you are a SIGCOMM regular attendee and a senior researcher, please consider volunteering as a mentor. If you are interested in helping out, please email one of the mentoring session organizer.

Please, see the list of the confirmed mentors so far:

  • Mentors
  • Ethan Katz-bassett


  • George Porter


  • Karen Sollins


  • Keith Winstein

    Stanford Univ.

  • James Mickens

    Harvard Univ.

  • Jiasi Chen


  • Justine Sherry


  • Marco Canini


  • Rachit Agarwal


  • Samantha Lo


  • Sami Rollins

    University of San Francisco

  • Te-Yuan Huang


  • Yashar Ganjali

    Toronto Univ.

  • Ying Zhang


Call for Posters

Posters are solicited for research related to any aspect of networking and communications. All researchers in the networking and communications fields are welcome to submit their work for presentation at this workshop. Posters will not be published and can therefore be under submission to other conferences or workshops. Authors of accepted posters will be invited to present their work as part of a lightning presentations session. One poster will be selected to receive a Best Poster Award.

Presenting a poster is a great opportunity, especially for students, to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on ongoing research from mentors and a knowledgeable crowd at the workshop. Participants who are submitting posters are highly encouraged to examine if they are eligible for workshop travel grants.

Poster Submission

Each submission should be formatted as an extended abstract, describing the research to be presented in the poster. The length of the extended abstract should be at most TWO pages (formatted into the US letter size of 8.5 x 11 inches with fonts no smaller than 10-point size), including all figures and references. The extended abstract must include the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors and should be submitted as a single PDF file at

For more information, please contact the Workshop Chairs:

Accepted Posters

  • Mahmuda Naznin - Data Collection by Mobile Data Collector in a Clustered Network
  • Fatima Muhammad Anwar - Network-wide Optimizations for Time-Coordinated Applications
  • Diana Andreea Popescu - Characterizing Network Latency Impact on Cloud Applications’ Performance
  • Khulan Batbayar - Connectivity sharing for wireless mesh networks
  • Colleen Josephson - Freerider: Backscattering Ambient ISM Band Signals
  • María José Erquiaga - Observer effect: How Intercepting HTTPS traffic forces malware to change its behavior
  • Safieh Khodadoustan - Cross-Layer Methods to Improve Reliability and Energy Efficiency in Wireless Body Area Networks as Part of IoT
  • Kanza Bayad - Implementing an Information Security Risk Management Standard on VANET
  • Qianru Zhou - SeaNet: Semantic Empowered Autonomic Software Defined Network Management
  • Mahmuda Naznin - Low Overhead ID for IOT Nodes
  • Mariko Kobayashi - Analysis of a Survey on Behaviors of Captive Portal
  • Wafa Badreddine - Broadcast Strategies in Wireless Body Area Networks
  • Nancy Ronquillo - Measurement Dependent Noisy Search in Communications Systems
  • Cherifa Boucetta - Cuckoo Search based Clustering Routing for Large Scale Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Francesca Soro - Big-DAMA - a Big Data Analytics Framework for Large-Scale Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis
  • Michele Nogueira - Transmission of Medical Alerts on Wireless Networks Aware of Illness Early Signs

Travel Grants

N2Women is pleased to provide travel grants to its annual workshop, co-located with SIGCOMM’17. N2Women aims to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The 6th N2Women Workshop also welcomes men who share the same research interests, attend the same conferences, and often face the same career hurdles and obstacles to join us!

The travel grants will be given to applicants who participate in the N2women workshop. Applicants can be at any stage of their career, both in academia and industry. Priority for the travel grants will be given to applicants who are women, under-represented groups in their country of residence, and people with disabilities.

How to Apply?

N2Women runs a joint travel-grant applications process with SIGCOMM’17. Applicants for the travel award should apply using the following link:

Applications not supported by N2Women will still be considered for a SIGCOMM travel grant. We therefore recommend applicants to comply with the SIGCOMM application requirements as well. The format requirements of SIGCOMM travel grant applications can be found at:

For those applications that do not use the SIGCOMM travel grant format, the N2women travel grant applications should include the curriculum vita of the applicants, and a short personal statement (maximum one page). The personal statement should include an overview of the research interests/accomplishments and a description of how attending the N2Women Workshop will be beneficial.  The applicant must also state if he/she has submitted a N2Women’17 workshop poster and/or has accepted SIGCOMM 2017 paper, poster, or demo.

Student applicants (i.e., Bachelors, Masters, and PhDs) should have their advisor send to a supporting letter including the details specified: (1) Confirmation that the student is a Bachelor, a Master, or a Ph.D. candidate in good standing within his/her graduate program; (2) Ways in which attending the workshop and main conference would benefit the particular student.

Travel Support

The N2Women Travel Grants Committee will review applications, and the grants will be announced by June 23, 2017. Travel grant awards are meant to partially cover the cost of attending and participating in N2Women 2017. Note that the award recipients will need to pay for the expenses ahead of time and get reimbursed after the after the N2Women workshop and under receipts reception. The exact number of awards will depend on the availability of funds and will be determined as funding amounts are finalized.


For any questions, please contact the N2Women Travel Grant Committee at

Important Dates

  • June 2, 2017 June 9, 2017

    Poster submission deadline

  • June 16, 2017

    Poster acceptance notification

  • June 9, 2017

    Travel grants deadline

  • August 20, 2017

    Workshop Date


  • Workshop Co-Chairs
  • Noa Zilberman

    University of Cambridge, UK

  • Yingying Chen

    Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Organizing Committee
  • Theophilus Benson


  • Monia Ghobadi


  • Jorjeta Jetcheva

    Fujitsu Laboratories of America

  • Qianru Li


  • Michele Noguiera

    UFPR, Brazil

  • Ping Ji


  • Radhika Niranjan Mysore


  • Guiling Wang


  • Wendy Hui Wang

    Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Wenye Wang


  • Zhehui Zhang


  • Steering Committee
  • Katia Jaffres-Runser

    Université de Toulouse

  • Sami Rollins

    University of San Francisco

  • Tracy Camp

    Colorado School of Mines

  • Wendi Heinzelman

    University of Rochester


This workshop is possible thanks to the generous support of SIGCOMM, IEEE COMSOC, NSF, Facebook and Google.