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Welcome to the Extreme Conference on Communication!check past edition: ExtremeCom 2011

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, ExtremeCom 2010 - The Himalayan Expedition in Dharamsala, India, and ExtremeCom 2011 - The Amazon Expedition in Manaus Brazil, we now offer ExtremeCom 2012 - The Swiss Alps Winter Expedition. In this first winter edition, we aim to explore the challenges of the Swiss Alps during winter.

Organized by the ETH Zurich, the conference will combine technical sessions (green powered), a visit of the Permasense sensor testbed and outdoor activities such as snowshoe hikes and igloo building where participants will perform sensor and delay-tolerant networking experiments. We will stay at the Berggasthaus Waldspitz (1903m), a high altitude hut in the Bernese Oberland Swiss Alps.

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 are encouraged to test and demonstrate it within this environment.

The technical presentations and demos will take place at the hut but also at the Jungfraujoch (Tof of Europe - 3454m), for one of the highest technical session ever. We will rely as much as possible on solar panels and wind turbines to power smartphones, notebooks and beamers. Focus will still be on informal research discussions, with the hope that the testbed visits and 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 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, 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: December 21, 2011 January 7, 2012
Notification of acceptance: January 21, 2012 January 30, 2012
Registration deadline: March 1, 2012 (early registration before February 15, 2012)

Conference dates: March 10-14, 2012
Field experience and network deployment: March 10-12, 2012
Technical sessions: March 13-14, 2012

iCalendar file with these new dates is available here: extremecom12.ics.