REMINDER: AG Retreat 2006 - Call for Participation

Susanne Lefvert lefvert at
Mon Apr 3 11:03:24 CDT 2006

The 6th Annual Access Grid Retreat - May 15-17, 2006
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Co-hosted by Internet2

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday April 7, 2006

The 6th Annual Access Grid (AG) Retreat will be held May 15-17 in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, USA. This year's meeting will be co-hosted by Internet2.

The Access Grid is an ensemble of resources including multimedia
large-format displays, presentation and interactive environments, and
interfaces to Grid middleware and to visualization environments. These
resources are used to support group-to-group interactions across the Grid.
For example, the AG is used for large-scale distributed meetings,
collaborative work sessions, seminars, lectures, tutorials, and training.
The Access Grid began as a community effort in terms of development,
support, education, and training and it continues to grow as a result of
this approach. The AG Retreats, an annual tradition, reflect this community
involvement and are critical to the continued development, utility, and
improvement of the AG.

The AG Retreat program provides an interactive forum for the Access Grid
community including developers, node operators and users. This year's
Retreat will include information about the current state of the Access Grid
software and community, and the road ahead, including the next major release
of the Access Grid software, AG3. Presentations in the following subject
areas are encouraged:

- Technology presentations 
     Extensions of core Access Grid software 
     Shared Applications and Services 
     Distributed systems 
     Streaming audio and video 
     Networking: Multicast and multicast bridging 
     Meeting archiving 
     Security issues 

- Innovative uses of the AG
     Scientific domains
     Remote access to instruments

- Distance education
- Regional updates
- User requirements and improvements
- Requirements from diverse communities 

(Presentations outside of these areas will be given equal consideration)

The Access Grid Retreat is an ideal environment for the AG community to
share recent experiences and research findings, to present ideas for future
AG technical directions, and to train and educate AG newcomers. Two tracks
of sessions allow participants to focus on either AG technical issues or
activities related to AG operations. This annual meeting will not be
broadcast over the Access Grid, but, as with past retreats, focus on
bringing the global community together with face-to-face discussions on
topics ranging from AG collaboration experiences to node installation and
troubleshooting to AG development directions. Given that this year's AG
Retreat will be located in Internet2 facilities, presenters are encouraged
to include demonstrations that leverage the excellent network capabilities
available. The most impressive presentations, as decided by the Program
Committee, will be awarded with a prize.


Speakers are requested to submit extended abstracts of no more than 1000
words, not including figures or references. Speakers should define their
interest in submitting a proposed panel discussion (including title and
proposed speakers), or an individual presentation (including title).
Abstracts should be written so as to be self-contained and to provide the
technical substance required for the program committee to evaluate the
presenter's contribution, and to provide sufficient detail for the program.
Presentations including live demonstrations, for example introducing a new
shared application or service, must list the hardware and network
requirements necessary for the demonstration.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, Apr il 7, 2006. Please submit to
agr2006 at

Speakers will be selected by Friday, April 14, 2006. Confirmations will be
sent via email.

For more information, please contact the AG Retreat Program Committee at
agr2006 at


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