Welcome to the Extreme Conference on Communication!check past edition: ExtremeCom 2012

ExtremeCom 2013 was amazing, thanks to all the participants!

The Extreme Conference on Communication (ExtremeCom) brings together researchers and practitioners in areas related to communications in rural, remote or other extreme 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 wireless communication, mobile computing, low power devices and protocols, delay tolerant networks and other networking paradigms, distributed computing paradigms, business and services models, user experiences and web applications. Researches addressing computing challenges in general mobile environments (even not completely extreme) are also welcomed by the conference.

Following on from the success of ExtremeCom 2009 - The Midnight Sun Expedition in Laponia, Sweden, ExtremeCom 2010 - The Himalayan Expedition in Dharamsala, India, ExtremeCom 2011 - The Amazon Expedition in Manaus, Brazil, ExtremeCom 2012 - The Swiss Alps Winter Expedition in Zurich, Switzerland, we now offer ExtremeCom 2013 - The Volcanic Expedition in the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano region Iceland.

The conference will start with 3-4 days of hiking in the volcanic landscape of Iceland, leading up to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Along the way, participants will get to see and experience breathtaking views over a harsh landscape and understand the challenges involved in networking in this region. The immersion will not only give a better idea of both the technical and user requirements of such an harsh environment, 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 hike, there will be two days of paper presentations and demos. 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 limited to:

  • Testbeds for large-scale sustainable testing of moobile communication 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
  • Mesh networks and sensor networks
  • Mechanisms for emergency and urgent communications
  • Distributed computing for mobile environments
  • Networked applications and services
  • Operating system and middleware support for mobile computing and networking
  • Security, privacy, and trustworthiness of extreme communications
  • Mining and modeling of mobility and social network

Due to logistics, the number of participants will be limited. Priority will be given to authors of papers and those who register first.

Important dates

Submission deadline: May 12 May 19, 2013 (deadline extented)
Notification of acceptance: June 2, 2013
Conference dates: August 24-29, 2013