ACM SIGCOMM 2020, New York City, USA

ACM SIGCOMM 2020 Workshop on Networking for Emerging Applications and Technologies (NEAT 2020)

Call for Papers

The best-effort Internet of today is well suited for traditional terminals and web-based applications. However, the new type of devices like handhelds, sensors, robots, and display technologies are changing the way machines and humans interact. The network resource demands from the applications attached to these terminals in the emerging verticals are changing accordingly. For example, the functions of networks such as low latency, responsiveness and bandwidth availability are not just inherent but more stringent to verticals such as Smart cities, Smart health, Smart agriculture, Industrial automation Remote-controlled operations, etc.

Because in large number of emerging applications, human beings are not involved at either end of the connection, the tolerance to network delays, packet losses or outages is extremely low, instead guarantees from the network for precise per-packet delivery become necessary. This type of accuracy in network services is known as High-Precision Communications (HPC). HPC mechanisms help in resolving challenges beyond the best-effort service delivery paradigm over the current (or classical) Internet. As an example, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), the core enabling technology in both Industry 4.0 and Industrial internet, are a network of both digital systems and physical systems combined. The feedback loops in such delay sensitive CPS systems require guaranteed times of commands delivered to end systems reliably.

On the other hand, hologram-based applications are a natural progression to the evolution of media. The current network infrastructures just barely meet the demands of high bandwidth and low latency combined together for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) but networked-holograms require a paradigm shift in a media communication methodology – termed as called Holographic Type Communications (HTC). Their influence is not just anticipated in the entertainment and gaming industry but inspire the next generation of immersive and visualization technologies in the fields of personal & social communications, education, design, medicine, etc.

Our future society mandates a tighter integration of the networks, the user interface and the application logic. We need to develop network technologies that blend in seamlessly and provide network resource guarantees of reliability, performance, throughput, short latencies, etc. as well as programmability, customizability, and trustability. The challenge is a non-trivial one and asks researchers to think beyond traditional techniques of coarse-grained quality of service, congestion / management / traffic engineering, and flow control.

The goal is to explore possibilities such as those beyond statistical resource scheduling in favor of deterministic packet delivery techniques, exploring new precision-based packet delivery, algorithms, switching and multiplexing technologies wherever necessary in large scale networks. Potential authors will be able to share their viewpoints, the latest research and project findings.

Topics of Interest

We solicit stimulating, original, previously unpublished ideas on completed work, position papers, and/or work-in-progress papers in the form of extended abstracts. We further encourage papers that propose new research directions or could stimulate lively debate at the workshop.

We invite submissions on a wide range of topics of interest, including, but not limited to:

  • Architecture and frameworks for delivering high precision of services
  • Convergence and optimizations of network protocols for Industrial and Tactile networks
  • Investigations, survey and techniques in data plane for Industrial and Tactile internet.
  • Scheduling in networks for high-precision applications
  • Mechanisms to support ultra-low-latency in packet based networks
  • Verification and proof of service delivery in high-precision networks
  • Maximizing link utilization for high-throughput applications
  • Architecture and protocols for reliable and lossless packet delivery
  • Network security and privacy issues in Industrial and Tactile internet
  • Resource allocation mechanisms for deterministic, reliable and lossless data transmission
  • Requirements and challenges in Holographic type communications
  • Networking requirements and challenges of VR/AR
  • Media formats for holographic type communications
  • Methods for transmission of multi-sensory holographic media
  • High-throughput transport for VR/AR and Holographic type communications
  • Adaptive video streaming for network/user dynamics
  • Video analytics and smart offloading for VR/AR
  • Measurement study of existing VR/AR and HTC applications

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must use the new ACM template (using sigconf document type) from the 2018 ACM consolidated template package (you can also use this barebone LaTeX template). The font size must be 9 points. The length of the final paper with all its content except references must not exceed 6 pages. Papers must include author’s names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.

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Attendance of the workshop is by open registration and subject to the same registration fees and rules as all the other SIGCOMM 2020 workshops. The registrants of the workshop may freely attend any workshop on the same day.

Camera-ready instructions

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Important Dates

  • August 10, 2020

    Workshop program

  • June 10, 2020

    Camera-ready deadline

  • May 25, 2020

    Paper acceptance notification

  • May 01, 2020 (23:59 PDT)

    Submission deadline (firm)

  • May 01, 2020

    Paper registration deadline


  • General Chairs
  • Yong Liu

    NYU, USA

  • Kiran Makhijani

    Futurewei, CA, USA

  • Program Committee Chairs
  • Richard Li

    Future Networks, Futurewei, CA, USA

  • Tarik Taleb

    School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland

  • Stuart Clayman

    University College London, London, UK

  • Technical Program Committee
  • Barbara Martini

    CNIT, Italy

  • Daphne Tuncer

    Imperial College. UK

  • Diego R. Lopez

    Telefonica, Spain

  • Federica Paganelli

    University of Florence, Italy

  • Feng Qian

    UMN, USA

  • Flavio Esposito

    Saint Louis University, USA

  • Francesco Tusa

    UCL, UK

  • Javier Rubio Loyola

    CINVESTAV, Mexico

  • Larysa Globa

    Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine

  • Lefteris Mamatas

    University of Macedonia, Greece

  • Lixia Zhang


  • Mohamed Faten Zhani

    l'École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Canada

  • Mostafa Essa

    Vodafone, Egypt

  • Muge Sayit

    Ege University, Turkey

  • Ning Wang

    University of Surrey, UK

  • Panagiotis Papadimitriou

    University of Macedonia, Greece

  • Pedro Martinez-Julia

    NICT, Tokyo

  • Qiong (Jo) Zhang

    Fujitsu Laboratories, USA

  • Rui Aguiar

    Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

  • Stefano Secci

    LIP6, France

  • Stewart Bryant

    University of Surrey, UK

  • Tao Huang

    BUPT, China

  • Tim Wauters

    University of Gent, Belgium

  • TV Lakshman

    Nokia Bell Labs, USA

  • Walter Cerroni

    University of Bologna, Italy