Call for Papers (TXT)


More than a billion, less fortunate, people on this planet survive on less than a dollar a day. Appropriate Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) have the potential to significantly impact the lives of many in the bottom billion. The decreasing cost and increasing access to information and communication technologies (e.g., mobile phones) are rapidly enabling access to new services and markets for previously disconnected populations. However, due to a variety of factors, including cost, literacy, education, and organizational capacity, conventional approaches to technology design and implementation are often not relevant. Addressing this requires engagement of several disciplines, including but not limited to economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science, and expertise in a variety of application areas - including government, health, finance and agriculture. Thus, in addition to considering the specifics of networking protocols and architectures, the aim of the workshop is to consider the entire system by which networking and communication is provided, all the key technical stakeholders, and the overall system lifecycle from economic modeling to deployment.

NSDR specifically focuses on the technical networking and systems research challenges that arise in the development of new computing solutions appropriate for developing regions where conventional solutions are often inappropriate and the development of new research approaches and innovative designs and techniques is often required. NSDR solicits papers that either highlight important networking and systems challenges in this space or describe the deployment and evaluation of novel technologies or applications that address a specific need.

Papers, Topics of Interest

We encourage submission of position papers or the results of preliminary work describing interesting, original, previously unpublished ideas or results pertaining to the design, implementation and/or evaluation of networks and systems for developing regions. Accepted papers will:

  • Propose new research directions;
  • Target a specific application;
  • Inform design and/or deployment; and/or
  • Generate lively debate at the workshop.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Low-cost wireless connectivity
  • Intermittent and delay-tolerant systems
  • Rural network planning and spectrum management protocols and techniques
  • Mechanisms for emergency and urgent communications
  • Location-aware systems
  • Power-efficient systems
  • Low-cost computing devices
  • Mobile systems and applications
  • Middleware and mechanisms for minimizing energy, latency and storage (caching etc)
  • Adapting content and applications for local languages
  • User interfaces for low-literacy populations
  • Shared access devices and infrastructure, including personalization and privacy concerns
  • Design and evaluation of applications and in-depth case studies in the areas of public health, microfinance, agriculture, e-governance, education, monitoring, disaster management, etc.
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