Welcome to the Extreme Workshop on Communication!


The Extreme Workshop on Communication (ExtremeCom) intends to bring together researchers and practitioners in areas related to delay tolerant networks and other networking paradigms for rural and remote areas, in order to gain experience and insight into the challenges that such environments pose for the network and the users.

We aim to do this through real-life experience in the Arctic Circle region. The Padjelanta national park in Laponia, Sweden is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the home of the Saami population of semi-nomadic reindeer herders. Due to the lack of infrastructure in this area, a DTN-based networking system for the area has been developed by the SNC and N4C projects. During the summer of 2009, the fourth summer of deployment and testing for this system will take place, which makes this a unique opportunity to experience a real deployment of a DTN system.

Co-ordinated with the N4C summer tests

The workshop will start with a 5 day field trip into the mountain regions where the DTN system is deployed. During this time, participants will be given the opportunity to hike along the trails in the mountains and visit the Saami settlements to meet the local population and users of the system. Not only will this give a better idea of both the technical and user requirements of such a system, but it will also give many opportunities for informal research discussions between the participants. Participants that have their own software for scenarios like this will also, to as great an extent as possible, be encouraged to test and demonstrate it within this environment. (We are currently planning the mountain-based part of the workshop together with the local population, and some details are subject to change.)

Upon reaching the end of the hike, there will be two days of paper presentations and demos in a more traditional conference venue. Focus will still be on informal research discussions, with the hope that the field experience will give participants the ability to discuss the topics in a new light.

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Participants should submit 2-page position papers about ideas and visions about the topics of the workshop or demo proposals to be shown during the workshop. Visionary and thought-provoking papers that are likely to generate much discussion during the workshop are especially solicited. The aim of the workshop is to maintain an informal environment, where new research ideas can be discussed and developed. We have the intention to publish proceedings after the workshop in Springer LNCS. Authors will be permitted to submit extended versions of their papers for this publication (possibly incorporating experiences and discussions from the workshop).

Topics for the workshop include, but are not limted to:

  • Testbeds for large-scale sustainable testing of DTN systems
  • Real deployments of networks in extreme environments
  • Business and service models for networks in rural, remote, and other challenging environments
  • User experience research
  • Delay tolerant networking
  • Low-power and intermittent-power protocols
  • Mechanisms for emergency and urgent communications
  • Networked applications and services

Due to logistics and the need to conduct the workshop in harmony with the local population and the environment, the number of participants will be limited. Priority will be given to authors of papers.

Download and forward this Call For Papers:
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Important dates

Submission deadline: April 10, 2009 Extended to April 30, 2009!
Notification of acceptance: May 14, 2009 May 25, 2009
Registration deadline: July 6, 2009
Workshop dates: August 8-14, 2009 (Mountain hike: 8-12, Presentations & Demos: 13-14)

iCalendar file with these new dates is available here: extremecom09.ics.