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Call for PhD Forum

The PhD Forum has been a regular event of the IEEE ICNP conference for the past years. This forum is intended for both doctoral students who are starting their PhD and those who are towards the end of their dissertation to discuss their work. In contrast to previous years, the PhD Forum of ICNP 2013 is designed as a full day event including keynote talks, short oral presentations by PhD students, and group discussions. Based on the quality of presentations, a selected number of students will be invited to give a pitch talk at the main conference. This forum will provide an opportunity to get advice, to train presentation skills, and to network.

The topics of interest coincide with ICNP 2013. They include, but are not limited to:
  • All aspects of network protocol research including design, specification, verification, implementation, measurement, testing, and analysis. 
  • Domain-specific solutions including protocols for network security, routing, user privacy, and network management. 
  • Application-layer protocols for peer-to-peer systems, social networks, and emerging systems.
  • Contributions to ICN architectures, specific algorithms and protocols, as well as results from implementations and experimentations. 

  • Special opportunity to discuss research plans and results face-to-face with professors and senior researchers in individual groups outside of the own lab.
  • Keynote talks by Eric Osterweil (Verisign Labs) and Emmanuel Baccelli (INRIA). 
  • Publication of accepted papers in the IEEE ICNP proceedings and in IEEE eXplore. 
  • Selected presentations will be invited to give a pitch talk at the main conference.
  • PhD best paper award.


Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts of up to 4 pages, in IEEE conference proceedings format (2-columns). All submissions will be reviewed by at least three reviewers.

Submissions will be handled via EDAS and should include:
  • A summary of the student'ss dissertation research (up to 3 pages) including a brief discussion of motivation, challenges, related work, and initial results. Students should clearly highlight the problem(s) they address and identify their contributions to the field of networking protocols design and analysis.
  • A biographical sketch (1 page max) describing the student'ss affiliations and research activities, as well as the date that the student expects to complete his/her dissertation.
You can submit your paper at


PhD Forum Chairs

Chen Qian, U. of Texas at Austin 
Matthias Wählisch, FU Berlin 

Program Committee

The TPC consists of senior researchers and professors but also of some selected PhD students. 

Aruna Balasubramanian, University of Washington 
Luca Cittadini, Universita' Roma Tre 
Rubén Cuevas, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 
Alberto Dainotti, CAIDA, UC San Diego 
Matthew Grosvenor, University of Cambridge 
Song Han, University of Texas 
Amir Houmansadr, University of Texas at Austin 
Jington Hu, University of Texas at Dallas
Luigi Iannone, Telecom ParisTech
Suman Jana, University of Texas at Austin
Hongxing Li, University of Hong Kong 
Ming Li, Utah State University 
Zhenhua Li, Peking University 
Cristian Lumezanu, NEC Labs 
Zhiyun Qian, NEC Labs 
Christian Rothenberg, University of Campinas 
Eric Rozner, AT&T 
Thomas Schmidt, HAW Hamburg 
Xiaozheng Tie, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Michael Tuexen, Muenster Universiy of Applied Sciences
Gareth Tyson, Queen Mary University 
Cong Wang, City University of Hong Kong 
Mike Wittie, Montana State University
Tianyin Xu, UC San Diego
George Xylomenos, Athens University of Economics and Business 


Paper submission: July 24, 2013 July 31, 2013 (firm)
Notification: August 9, 2013 
Final version: August 16, 2013 
Workshop: October 7, 2013



At the PhD Forum we will have two keynote talks given by young and well-established experts. Eric Osterweil and Emmanuel Baccelli will share their insights into specific technical topics, as well as experiences in professional research in academia and industry.

Eric Osterweil

Eric Osterweil is a Senior Research Engineer on the Verisign Labs team. He received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science department of UCLA in 2010. He did his thesis work in the Internet Research Lab (IRL) where his advisor was Professor Lixia Zhang, and his dissertation topic was a new substrate for Internet-scale security systems called "Measurable Security." 
Eric is an active member of the IETF and other research communities. In the IETF he participates in the evolution of protocols and systems such as DNS and DNSSEC. As part of his participation in the community, Eric has authored several utilities that have helped facilitate and evolve the DNSSEC deployment (including SecSpider, dnsfunnel, dnskey-grab, and Vantages). Much of Eric's operational interactions have lead to publications of his research results in various ACM and IEEE venues. More information can be found at Verisign Labs

Emmanuel Baccelli

Emmanuel Baccelli is a Scientific Researcher at INRIA, Paris, France. After working for AT&T Labs in Florham Park, New Jersey, USA, and for Metro-Optix Inc. in the Silicon Valley, as software engineer until 2002, he joined Hitachi Europe as research engineer. He received his Ph.D. from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France, in 2006 and joined INRIA in 2007. Emmanuel Baccelli received his Habilitation from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France in 2012, and he is currently visiting professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. His main research interests involve spontaneous wireless networks, mobility, design and analysis of network protocols and algorithms. Aside of his participation in the research community, Emmanuel Baccelli also contributes continuously in standardization efforts within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). More information can be found at