ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, APRIL 7, 2010

TMA Workshop --- Call for Papers

Motivations: the quest for validation works

Research works dealing with network measurements and traffic monitoring have surged in the last decade, making this area of research one of the most active ones within the networking community. This type of research is empirical in nature as it ultimately deals with data obtained from a real-world system: the network and its users. In any field of experimental research, it is of paramount importance for the scientists to guarantee reproducibility of the experiment, which enables independent validation of results. As a matter of fact, validation works are rare in our community, and too often reproducibility of the results is regarded as a nice-to-have optional rather than a must-have requirement. Unfortunately, validation works are expensive to perform and bring little benefit to their authors. On the other hand, these works are important to improve the quality and credibility of the results. Independent validation works as well as reports about practical experience gained with real-world measurements and monitoring activities should be regarded as a service of fundamental importance offered to the research community, and as such they should be explicitly promoted.

Scope of the Workshop

To this aim we dedicate the second edition of the TMA Workshop primarily to this type of works. With respect to the area of network measurements, monitoring and analysis of network traffic at wide, we are soliciting papers that:

  • Report on independent validation or critical revision of earlier works on traffic analysis and network measurements;
  • Provide technology and material to enable and promote validation works, e.g. shared datasets, tools, collaborative platforms etc.
  • Report on hands-on lessons learned and operational experience gained with performing measurement/monitoring in a real network setting, e.g. discuss practical problems and workarounds in large-scale monitoring campaigns for production use.
  • Define methodologies for collecting and analyzing measurements in different network environments (wireless and wired infrastructures, sensor, social networks).
  • Propose benchmarking methodologies to compare competing solution in the field of traffic analysis. Describe Open Software tools for supporting measurement collection and validation, analysis and modeling.
  • Define techniques for improving the repeatability of tests, benchmarks, and validation studies.
  • Propose novel measurement and analysis techniques while providing all the necessary material for independent validation (tools, data sets, etc.).

Paper Submission

Submissions should not exceed 14 pages (8.5x11) , including figures, tables, and references, using the LNCS format. The conference proceedings will be published as hard-copy in a dedicated volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series by Springer Verlag.

Please, use the LNCS users' guide to format your paper.

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Camera Ready version of the paper

Camera ready version of the paper should not exceed 14 pages (8.5x11) , including figures, tables, and references, using the LNCS format. Some papers have been granted some additional pages, and authors have been notified accordingly.
The conference proceedings will be published as hard-copy in a dedicated volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series by Springer Verlag. It is then REQUIRED to use the LNCS users' guide to format your paper.

Submission site up: Then camera ready version of the paper must be submitted to the My Review site. Detailed instructions have been sent by email.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration: November 6, 2009 23:59pm GMT (UK Time)
    November 13, 2009 23:59pm GMT (UK Time)
  • Paper Submission: November 13, 2009 23:59pm GMT (UK Time)
    November 21, 2009 23:59pm GMT (UK Time)
  • Notification of Decision: December 15, 2009
  • Camera Ready: January 15, 2010
  • Workshop April 7, 2010

Submission Instructions

Submission will be managed electronically. Please, refer to My Review page for details.