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9th EAI International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries

December 11–12, 2017 | Lagos, Nigeria

IMRA Workshop

International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa

Aim

To facilitate discussions around mechanisms and challenges of measuring Africa’s Internet topology, to formulate strategic directions for Internet measurements research in Africa, and to share a common understanding of the breadth of Internet research in Africa and beyond. The workshop also aims to initiate and accelerate collaboration among Internet researchers in the continent.

Summary
 
Internet measurements is a well know research area in networking, but it is still at an early stage in many developing regions including Africa. Typically, Internet measurements provide information with regards to accessibility of the Internet (e.g. coverage of WiFi and cellular networks) and Internet usage; topological structure; and performance (e.g. Internet throughput and latency). Internet measurements data is also useful for guiding Internet policy formulation and monitoring the effects of regulatory and policy interventions. 
 
Given that the Internet ecosystem comprises a diversity of stakeholders and service providers, as well as Internet users and research communities, it is difficult for any other single entity, to access all of Africa's Internet topology data without the cooperation of the Internet community. For this reason, appropriate acquisition of Internet data requires a variety of cooperative research methods, including wide distribution of Internet probes for technical measurements, located in diverse locations and networks, as well as region-specific techniques and demand-side surveys on Internet access and use. Development and deployment of Internet measurement infrastructure and methods therefore require cooperation among the different Internet players.  
 
Despite the need for cooperation in Internet measurements research, there has been almost no coordination or cooperation among Africa’s Internet measurement researchers. This workshop is intended to build an African community of researchers on Internet measurements, and to formulate shared strategic directions for such research. The workshop will also aim to foster collaboration among African Internet research, for the development of shared measurement infrastructure, as well as the sharing of research methods, analysis tools and data. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss and compare existing Internet measurement platforms and research methods. 
 
 

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Gareth Tyson, Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Enrico Calandro, Research ICT Africa

Workshop Co- Chair:

Amreesh Phokeer, AFRINIC

Josiah Chavula, AFRINIC

Technical Program Committee
Gareth Tyson, Queen Mary University of London
David Johnson, University of Cape Town
Nick Feamster, Princeton University
Elizabeth Belding, University of California
Arjuna Sathiaseelan, University of Cambridge
Enrico Calandro, Research ICT Africa
Senka Hadzic, University of Cape Town / Meraka Institute (CSIR)
Natasha Zlobinsky, Meraka Institute (CSIR)
Amreesh Phokeer, AFRINIC
Josiah Chavula, AFRINIC
Ahmed Elmokashfi, Simula Research Lab
Antoine Bagula,University of the Western Cape
 
Call for Papers
 
Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa
 
Internet measurements provide useful insights into the accessibility of the Internet (e.g. coverage of WiFi and cellular networks), performance (e.g. Internet throughput and latency) and Internet usage. Internet development campaigners, national regulators, and policy makers in the developing regions are recognising the crucial role that Internet measurement data can play in facilitating evidence-based policy-making and regulation. While the Internet ecosystem comprises a diversity of stakeholders and service providers, it is difficult for any single stakeholder to access all of Internet topology data without the cooperation of the rest of the Internet community. For this reason, appropriate acquisition of Internet data requires a variety of cooperative research methods, including wide distribution of Internet probes for technical measurements, located in diverse locations and networks, as well as region-specific techniques and demand-side surveys on Internet access and usage. 
 
The aim of the workshop is to facilitate discussions around mechanisms and challenges of measuring Africa’s Internet; to evaluate the breadth of Internet measurements research and to formulate strategic directions for such research in Africa; and to initiate and accelerate collaboration among Africa’s Internet measurements researchers.
 
The workshop is calling for high-quality papers that are focused on Internet measurements research in Africa. Papers are invited on topics related to:
End-to-end Internet performance metrics
Internet topology characteristics, including peering and routing
Application-level performance, including DNS, Web, CDNs, Cloud Computing
Physical layer performance measurements, including for TVWS, WiFi, and 3G/4G
Detection of middleboxes, censorship, and content filtering
Data analytics for network monitoring, traffic analysis and network 
Network topology and performance visualization 
Internet access, use, and Quality of Experience (QoE)
 
Submissions should be made electronically as PDF in the Confy system: IMRA track .
Papers will be selected through a single-blind peer-review process.
Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and will be published in Springer digital library.
 

Important deadlines

 

Submission

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Notification

1 OCTOBER 2017

Camera-ready submission

30 OCTOBER 2017

Conference takes place

11-12 DECEMBER 2017

 

Submission Guidelines and Paper Submission:
 
Please check the submission guidelines here: http://africommconference.org/2017/show/initial-submission
All the papers should be in English and formatted according to the Author's Kit
IMRA papers should be submitted into IMRA track in confy
 
Publications:
Accepted papers will be published in Springer's LNICST series and will appear in the SpringerLink, one of the largest digital libraries online that covers a variety of scientific disciplines, as well as in the EAI's own EU Digital Library (EUDL). LNICST volumes are submitted for inclusion to leading indexing services, including DBLP, Google Scholar, ISI Proceedings, EI Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus.