[Ndn-interest] ACM ICN'21 Call for Paper (2 days to abstract submission deadline 5/7/21)

Lan Wang (lanwang) lanwang at memphis.edu
Wed May 5 20:40:55 PDT 2021

8th ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN) 2021


22--24 September 2021 (Paris, France)


Paper registration:   7 May 2021
Paper submission: 14 May 2021
Acceptance notification: 20 July 2021
Camera-ready deadline: 20 August 2021


The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to submit your work for presentation at the 8th ACM conference on Information Centric Networking (ICN 2021), to be held virtually 22-24 September 2021.

ACM ICN 2021 is a single-track conference focusing on significant research contributions to ICN as broadly defined, and featuring paper presentations, posters, and demonstrations.

ICN deals with all aspects of an information- or data-centric approach toward supporting networked applications. Such an approach treats digital objects (i.e., collections of bits) as first-class objects, and supports identification, creation, retrieval, authentication, and access control for such objects through a global service.

ACM ICN 2021 solicits research contributions across the full spectrum of technologies and architectures related to ICN, including work that advances core ICN concepts, architectures, 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 include, but are not limited to:

- Vision papers identifying and scoping future research directions for ICN (limited to short papers). Submissions will be distinguished by the prefix "Vision:" in the title.
- Systematization of knowledge (SoK) papers that evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge. Suitable papers are those that provide an important new viewpoint on an established, major ICN research area, support or challenge long-held beliefs in such an area with compelling evidence, or present a convincing, comprehensive new taxonomy of such an area. Survey papers without such insights are not appropriate and may be rejected without full review. Submissions will be distinguished by the prefix "SoK:" in the title.
- Design and implementation of global and local information-centric approaches, such as named-data, publish-subscribe, and distribution-oriented systems, including domain-specific designs
- Namespace management approaches, case studies, and empirical evaluation campaigns
- Security including identity bootstrapping, confidentiality and access control, authentication, and non-repudiation, as well as infrastructure resilience
- Privacy of consumers and producers of content objects
- Routing, forwarding, and caching for ICN
- Policing, QoS, multimedia transport, and adaptive network functions in ICN
- ICN solutions supporting mobile or constrained environments including 5G and network slicing, vehicular networking, autonomous driving, and machine-to-machine communication
- ICN platforms allowing specification of computations on data, and orchestration of such computations, including named computing functions at the network edge
- ICN solutions for integrating big data platforms and machine learning frameworks
- Virtualization, operation, and orchestration of named network resources including forwarding, storage, computation, and the distributed Web
- ICN network management, e.g., monitoring and fault diagnosis
- Software design and architectures to support ICN including testing and verification
- Experiences with application of information-centric networking and computation in various domains such as Internet-of-things,. edge computing, and social media.
- Measurement and analysis of ICN protocols, applications, and infrastructure
- ICN implementation approaches based on software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), or other emerging technologies
- Implementation challenges and experiences: line speed caching, routing scalability, congestion control, network management at scale, zeroconf bootstrapping and operation
- Approaches to coexistence/evolution of information-centric and host-centric networking, including IP-based protocols in support of information-centric operations
- Incentives, money flow, and other socio technical aspects of information-centric networking


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 to the field, 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<https://github.com/conference-websites/acmart-sigproc-template/> (10pt font, sigconf option for acmart style), and should convey the results of mature research. 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; vision papers must be submitted as short papers. 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.


Register and submit your paper by the deadline in the conference submission site (HotCRP)<https://icn21.hotcrp.com/paper/new>..

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 2021, or encounter problems with the paper submission site, contact the TPC chairs before the deadline.


Papers submitted for consideration must not have been already published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere during the consideration period. Specifically, authors are required to adhere to the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism<http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/plagiarism_policy> and the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions<http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/sim_submissions>.

Like other conferences and journals, ICN prohibits violation of the above ACM Policies and may take action against authors who violate them. In some cases, the program committee may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the compliance of papers under consideration. If the TPC discovers a violation of these principles, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, contacting the institutions of the authors and publicizing the details of the case.

ICN will review extended versions of previously-published short preliminary papers (such as workshop papers) in accordance with published ACM SIGCOMM<http://www.sigcomm.org/about/policies/frequently-asked-questions-faq/> policies. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement requests will not be considered.


Paper registration:   7 May 2021
Paper submission: 14 May 2021
Acceptance notification: 20 July 2021
Camera-ready deadline: 20 August 2021


Giovanna Carofiglio - Cisco
Dave Oran - MIT / Network Systems Research & Design


Lan Wang - University of Memphis
Jörg Ott - Technische Universität München

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