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The Extreme Conference on Communication (ExtremeCom) brings together researchers and practitioners in areas related to communications in rural and remote environments, in order to gain experience and insight into the challenges that such environments pose for the network and the users. We welcome a broad range of topics concerning both technical and economical aspects, for example delay tolerant networks and other networking paradigms, business and services models, low power devices and protocols, user experiences and web applications.

Following on from the success of ExtremeCom 2009 - The Midnight Sun Expedition in Laponia, Sweden, and ExtremeCom 2010 - The Himalayan Expedition in Dharamsala, India, we now offer ExtremeCom 2011 - The Amazon Expedition. In this edition, we aim to explore the challenges of the deep Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. The chosen spot, which is located 21 miles (34 km) from Manaus, is known as Praia do Tupé (Tupé beach), a beautiful and remote beach accessed only by boat through the waters of the Black River. The population is composed by natives living in little communities spread around the jungle and also on the river shore. These people experience constant communication interruptions and most of them do not have any access to the Internet, which makes this area a great field of experiments for extreme and rural communications.

Hosted by the Federal University Of Amazonas (UFAM), the conference will start with 3 days of immersion into the jungle where the conference participants will aid in setting up and deploying an extension of a DTN system in this area in order to provide connectivity to a new community. During this time the participants will have the chance to hike around the trails, interact with the locals and also know some natural phenomenons like the "meeting of the waters", where the black waters of the Negro River meet the brown waters of the Solimões River, flowing side by side without mixing for about 9 km.

The immersion will not only 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.

Upon reaching the end of the "field experience", there will be two days of paper presentations and demos in a more traditional conference venue at UFAM's facilities in Manaus. 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.

Submission guidelines

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Participants should submit 6 page papers about ideas and visions about the topics of the conference or demo proposals to be shown during the conference. Visionary and thought-provoking papers that are likely to generate much discussion during the conference are especially solicited. The aim of the conference is to maintain an informal environment, where new research ideas can be discussed and developed. We also hope to have a demo session where participants can show their implementations and systems. If you want to show a demo, please submit a 2 page demo proposal using the same submission system as for conference papers. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

We only accept PDF files, no greater than 6 pages in length (2 pages for the demos), including text, figures and references. Manuscripts should use the ACM templates (for LaTeX, please use Option 2 files), with 9pt fonts. Topics for the conference 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 conference in harmony with the local population and the environment, the number of participants will be limited. Priority will be given to authors of papers and those who register first.

Download and forward this Call For Papers:

Important dates

Submission deadline: June 6, 2011 June 20, 2011
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2011
Registration deadline: September 15, 2011 (early registration before August 26, 2011)

Conference dates: September 26-30, 2011
Field experience and network deployment: September 26-28
Technical sessions: September 29-30

iCalendar file with these new dates is available here: extremecom11.ics.