NSDR 2008

An ACM SIGCOMM 2008 workshop

NSDR 2008 — The Second ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions

The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to NSDR 2008, co-located with ACM SIGCOMM 2008 in Seattle, WA, USA.

Following on a successful workshop at SIGCOMM 2007, NSDR'08 will provide a venue for researchers to propose and discuss ideas concerning the deployment of Internet and communication technologies for sustainable development of developing regions. NSDR'08 will be held at Seattle, WA, on 18th August, 2008.


  • 2009-01-15: NSDR 2009 will be held with SOSP'09.
  • 2008-07-01: NSDR program lets you read papers (as PDF) and leave comments.
  • 2008-06-25: Keynote by Kenneth Kenniston (MIT).
  • 2008-06-25: NSDR program is available online.
  • 2008-05-09: NSDR camera ready instructions are available for accepted papers.
  • 2008-03-02: Paper submission deadline has been extended to Friday, 7th March, 2008 (23:59 PST).
  • 2008-01-23: Paper submission is now open through EDAS.
  • 2008-01-05: Call for papers is available as *.PDF and *.TXT.
  • 2007-10-03: NSDR'07 session videos are available online.

Call for Papers (PDF), (TXT)

The benefits of the Internet and communication technologies are limited to a fraction of the world's population. For example, according to the Internet World Stats 2007, Internet penetration in North America is 69.7% of population compared to 3.6% for Africa and 10.7% for Asia. Cost factors, low literacy, and limited access to power and bandwidth in developing regions seem to suggest that there is a need for communication technology research specifically aimed to meet the special needs of developing regions.

Although the diverse challenges of developing regions along economic, social, political, and educational dimensions necessarily call for a multi-disciplinary approach, the focus of NSDR is on the technical side of communication and networking research for developing regions (e.g., communication infrastructure in rural areas, systems build using such infrastructure that solve some specific problem). We encourage submission of position papers or the results of preliminary work describing interesting, original, previously unpublished ideas pertaining to networked systems for developing regions, which ...
  • propose new research directions,
  • target a specific application,
  • have the potential to significantly enhance the design and sustainable deployment of networked systems in developing regions, or
  • would generate lively debate at the workshop.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Delay Tolerant Networking: delay-tolerant Internet access in developing regions, DTN routing over wireless rural links
  • Rural wireless: long-distance 802.11, WiMaX solutions, directional antennas, designed for low-income rural areas or urban areas
  • Sensor networks: sensor-net systems designed specifically for developing regions
  • Low-cost networking: devices, architectures, or systems which allow communication and networking at low cost
  • Power-efficient systems: power-efficient computing architectures, power-efficient network infrastructure, power-efficient mobile systems
  • Applications of networking in healthcare, agriculture, disaster management, education, etc.

Important Dates

Submission:Sunday, 2nd March, 2008
Friday, 7th March, 2008 (23:59 PST) - Extended Deadline
Notification:Friday, 25th April, 2008
Camera-ready:Friday, 6th June, 2008 (9:00 AM EST, NY time) - See instructions.
Workshop:Monday, 18th August, 2008


Program Chairs    
Kentaro Toyama,Microsoft Research, India   
Lakshmi Subramanian,   NYU, USA
Muneeb Ali,TU Delft, Netherlands

Program Committee    
Philip Levis,Stanford University, USA
Eric Brewer,UC Berkeley, USA
Tom Anderson,Univ. of Washington, USA
Umar Saif,LUMS, Pakistan
S. Keshav,Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
Venkata Padmanabhan,Microsoft Research, India   
Adam Dunkels,SICS, Sweden
Matthew Caesar,UIUC, USA
Jan Beutel,ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Rahul Tongia,CMU, USA
Joseph Polastre,Sentilla, USA
Bhaskaran Raman,IIT Bombay, India
Jinyang Li,NYU, USA
John Bennett,Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Arun Venkataramani,Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Nicolas Chevrollier,TNO, Netherlands
Tapan Parikh,UC Berkeley, USA

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