Monday, August 22, 2016

SIGCOMM 2016 - Opening Keynote, August 22th, 2016 (Welcome to SIGCOMM )

Opening Keynote Agenda:
Welcome - General Chair
review process and best paper awards
Test of time and dissertation awards- awards chair
SigCOMM award winner

Some Statistics for SIGCOMM 2016:
383+ attendees
139+/73+work shop tutorial attendees
34+ countries
191+ students
122 travel award recipients

Overview of SIGCOMM
41 full papers (2 from CCR)
5 workshops + 4 tutorials
21 posters, 12 main track poster, 18 demos and 8 industrial demos

Social Events:
welcome reception
N2women dinner
SIGCOMM awards dinner
Student dinner at Ataliba churrascaria
Conference banquet at Slaviero Ingleses

mentoring moments
topic review
community feedback session
live webcast of main conference sessions
Remote representations with interactive Q/A.

From Awards Chair: Bruce Maggs 

Best Paper Award Winners:
1. Don't Mind the Gap: Bridging Network-wide Objectives and Device-level Configuration; Ryan Beckett (Princeton Univ.), Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft), Todd Millstein (UCLA), Jitendra  Padhye (Microsoft)
2. Eliminating Channel Feedback in Next-Generation Cellular Networks; Deepak Vasisht (MIT), Swarun Kumar (CMU), Hariharan Rahul (MIT), Dina Katabi (MIT)
3. Inter-Technology Backscatter: Towards Internet Connectivity for Implanted Devices; Vikram Iyer (Univ. of Washington), Vamsi Talla  (Univ. of Washington), Bryce Kellogg  (Univ. of Washington, Shyamnath Gollakota  (Univ. of Washington, Joshua Smith  (Univ. of Washington)

Test of Time Award Winners
1. A First-Principles Approach to Understanding the Internet's Router-Level Topology, Proc SIGCOMM 2004, Lun Li, David Alderson, Walter Willinger, John Doyle
2. Link-Level Measurements from an 802.11b Mesh Network, Proc SIGCOMM 2004, Daniel Aguayo, John Bicket, Sanjit Biswas, Glenn Judd, Robert Morris

SIGCOMM dissertation Award:
1. Mosharaf Chowdury (Advisor: Ion Stoica, U.C. Berkeley), Colflow: A Networking Abstraction for Distributed Data-Parallel Applications

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Kurose

Keynote Speaker: Jim Kurose

Professor Kurose shares Ten Insights for younger Researcher in Networking Research, Education, Mentoring and Service topics.:
#1 Picking Research problems: Carefully
#2 Choosing, defining a research problem.
#3 Teaching
#4 Teaching: a Prediction
#5 Computer Science Education
#6 Service
#7 Mentoring: the process of doing research
#8 Learn how to write really well
#9 Learn how to speak really well
#10 Identify role models

Final Observations:
Networking research community: Vibrant in topics includes SDN, NFV, mobility, cybersecurity, data, IoT
Constant need to "prove" yourself
privileged to be doing what we do
work we do is great; People Matters.

Q: Is it useful to look at another people work in your field? and what could cause system failure using modern network technology?
A: Its great to see another people's work and idea and share your ideas as well. In terms of system failure, roughly 95% are mostly organizational failures. Interaction between human and technology is critical.

Q: 20 years ago in 1997, What was your approach to solve multicast ?
A: Solve the problem in one controlled domain first such as in an inter-domain or intra-domain, which was much easier. Now applying SDN/NFV concepts can bring us new ways to look at multicast problem.

Q: What other possible network research topics in the future and which are important?
A: Some topics are more popular than the other. The life cycle is also different, some are longer than the others. Take SDN as an example,  SDN does have a longer life cycle in both research and industry word. When you are trying to solve a real work problem, always thinking forward for the future.