[hpc-announce] CFP - EXTENDED DEADLINE - 1st Workshop on Edge Computing - Nara, Japan, June 2016

Alberto Montresor alberto.montresor at unitn.it
Sun Feb 7 00:35:18 CST 2016


The 1st Workshop on Edge Computing (WEC'16)


WEC'16 will be held in Nara, the old capital of Japan, in conjunction 
with IEEE ICDCS 2016

*Important dates*

Paper Submission            February 21th, 2016 (Extended)
Notification of Acceptance  March 21th, 2016
Final Manuscript Due	    April 28th, 2016
Workshop Date               June 27, 2016


In many aspects of human activity (e.g. governments and companies), 
there is a continuous struggle between the forces of centralization and 
decentralization. Computing exhibits the same phenomenon; from 
mainframes to PCs and local networks, and now back to centralized 
services in data centers and clouds. It is time for the balance to shift 

We advocate for Edge-centric Computing as a novel paradigm that will 
push the frontier of computing applications, data, and services away 
from centralized nodes to the periphery ("the edge") of the network. On 
the one hand, the massive proliferation of personal computing devices is 
opening up new human-centered designs that blur the boundaries between 
man and machine. On the other hand, the absence of central coordination 
may reduce the loss of privacy caused by centralized models for online 
social networks, search engines, e-commerce sites, rating and 
recommendation services, and so on. Edge computing architectures may 
include purely decentralized systems, but also hybrid ones that leverage 
on centralized components or global information to achieve simpler 
system design, better data consistency, etc. This paradigm will retain 
core advantages of using clouds as a support infrastructure, but will 
put back the control and trust decisions to the edges and allow for 
novel, human-centered computing applications.

This workshop is a follow-up of the IEEE International Conference on P2P 
computing, whose last edition has been the one of 2015. The scope of the 
P2P conference was limited to peer-to-peer systems, while edge computing 
will encompass a larger audience: besides P2P, we expect papers from 
research fields related to topic like content delivery networks, 
decentralized social networks, decentralized cloud architectures. Edge 
computing extends fog computing by also considering the human in the loop.
To have a more complete vision of the area, please refer to the position 
paper that some of the members of the Program Committee have recently 
written, published on SIGCOMM CCR.


The conference solicits papers on both fundamental and systems aspects, 
and on applications of Edge Computing including but not limited to:
- Human-centered distributed systems: User engagement and experience as 
the drivers for distributed systems and network design
- Crowdsource sensing systems: End users as the vantage point for mobile 
data acquisition and sensing
- Citizen participation systems: Edge-centric Smart Cities, online 
social networks, socially informed networks
- Edge-centric Mobile Computing: mesh networks, actuator networks, 
mobile cloud computing
- Peer-to-peer systems, overlay architectures and technologies, 
self-organization and self-management
- Datacenter support of edge computing: distribution of applications and 
their data across datacenters, nano-datacenters, personal clouds, and 
mobile devices; programming models and middleware for Edge Computing
- Decentralized cyber-economies, blockchain architectures and 
decentralized cryptocurrencies, incentives, fairness, policy enforcement
- User-centric security concerns: privacy, trust, reputations, 
anonymity, anti-censorship
- Performance, availability, robustness, and scalability aspects of Edge 
- Applications of Edge Computing: virtual and augmented reality 
platforms, fog computing, smart cities


Both short papers (up to 6 pages) and full papers (up to 10 pages) are 
considered, following the IEEE 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Format.

*Program Committee*

Anwitaman Datta, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dick Epema, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Pascal Felber, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Teruo Higashino, Osaka University, Japan
Adriana Iamnitchi, University of South Florida, USA
Pedro Garcia Lopez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain (Program Co-Chair)
Alberto Montresor, University of Trento, Italy (Program Co-Chair)
Etienne Riviere, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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