During FY’10, some of the major events and accomplishments of SIGMIS include:
Held the SIGMIS CPR Conference May 20-22, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Awarded the “Magid Igbaria Outstanding Conference Paper of the Year Award”
In-cooperation with the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS2009) December 15-18, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona USA
Sponsored the Doctoral Dissertation Paper Award
Held the ninth annual reception for SIGMIS members at ICIS2009
Continued to represent ACM as a member of a select group to develop model curriculum for education in IS, both at the undergraduate and graduate level
Continued to fund a representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
Beginning with ICIS 1995, SIGMIS became the sponsor of the ICIS MIS Doctoral Dissertation Award. In 2009, the award was given to Nicholas Berente for his dissertation entitled, "Institutional Logics and Loosely Coupled Practices: The Case of NASA's Enterprise Information System Implementation," completed at Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, we had second and third place recipients this year. Second place was awarded to James Howison for his dissertation entitled, "Layered Collaboration: A Socio-Technical Theory of Motivation and Organization for Free and Open Source Software Development," completed at Syracuse University. Third place was awarded to Hong Guo for his dissertation entitled, "For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Two-Sided Market Analysis and Public Policy Implications for the Net Neutrality Debate," completed at University of Florida.
The recipients of the “Magid Igbaria Outstanding Conference Paper of the Year Award” at the 2010 SIGMIS CPR Conference are Maung Sein, University of Agder and Stig Nordheim, University of Agder, for their paper entitled “Learning Processes in User Training: The Case for Hermeneutics.”
SIGMIS held the SIGMIS CPR Conference May 20-22, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference program is available from the SIGMIS blog website at:
http://sigmiscpr2010.blogspot.com or directly at:
Additionally, SIGMIS publishes The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems (Data Base, for short), a quarterly peer-reviewed publication devoted to communicating advances in research and best practice in MIS. Beginning in January 2007, the editorship transitioned to Tom Stafford of the University of Memphis, who added Global Co-Editor Patrick Y.K. Chau, University of Hong Kong. Colleen Schwarz of Louisiana State University is the Managing Editor. For the current and previous issues of Data Base, please visit the SIGMIS website or go directly to http://the-database.org/.
3. Programs To promote professional interaction among SIGMIS members, the ninth annual reception at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS2009) was held on Monday, December 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona USA, just prior to the conference December 15-18, 2009.
4. Service to MIS Community
In conjunction with representatives of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), SIGMIS has been involved in the development of model curriculum for education in information systems both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The latest version of the curriculum, IS 2010 Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems, has been finalized. IS 2010 is now available as a Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) article at http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol26/iss1/18. The ACM news release is available at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/2010/is-2010-curriculum-report/view.
Additionally, the ACM and the IEEE Computing Society are founders of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). IFIP acts on behalf of member societies in carrying out international cooperation to advance the information processing profession. SIGMIS continues to fund the attendance of the ACM's representative for one of the annual meetings of IFIP to promote involvement among the membership of SIGMIS and IFIP.
5. Key Issues Plans for forthcoming annual CPR Conferences are underway. We discussed potential hosts at the SIGMIS Business Meeting at CPR 2010. The 2011 conference will be held in San Antonio, TX USA. The Conference Chair is Cindy Riemenschneider. We are now in the process of following up on suggestions for hosts for subsequent CPR conferences.
SIGMM FY’10 Annual Report
July 2009 – June 2010
Submitted by: Klara Nahrstedt, SIGMM Chair
Over the last year 2009-2010, we have given out one SIGMM-wide award, the SIGMM Technical Achievement award2009 to Dr. Lawrence Rowe from FXPal, USA for his technical achievements in the area of multimedia streaming and compression. The SIGMM Technical Achievement award was presented to Dr. Rowe at the SIGMM premier conference, the ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2009, held in October 2009 in Beijing, China.
At the ACM Multimedia 2010, held in Florence, Italy, we will be presenting our 3rdSIGMM Technical Achievement award 2010 to Prof. Ramesh Jain from UC Irvine for his technical achievements in the area of multimedia processing, retrieval and applications.
The awardees for 2009 and 2010 were selected by the SIGMM awards committee, consisting of Prof. Georganas, Dr. Zhang, SIGMM officer, Prof. Effelsberg (2009) and SIGMM officer, Prof. Rainer Lienhart (2010).
Our ACM TOMCCAP (Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communication and Applications) journal and its editorial board acknowledged every year at the ACM Multimedia conference the best TOMMCAP associate editor who provides most excellent services to the authors, reviewers, and the community. In 2009, Prof. Shervin Shirmohammadi from University of Ottawa was named the best associate editor of ACM TOMCCAP.
In 2009, we have applied for the SIGMM Best PhD thesis award which was approved and will be presented for the first time at the ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2010, held in October 2010 in Florence, Italy. We will present our first SIGMM Best PhD thesis award to Effrosyni Kokiopoulou from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The SIGMM awards committee for this award consisted of Prof. Svetha Venkatesh, Prof. Dick Bulterman and SIGMM officer, Prof. Rainer Lienhart.
At our SIGMM-sponsored conferences, we have given out various conference-specific awards as follows:
ACM Multimedia 2009: we have given out Best Papers award, Open Source Competition award, Grand Challenge award, Grant Challenge Participants for Most Practical Applications, Grand Challenge Participants for Best Presentation, and Student Travel award.
ACM CIVR 2010 (International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval): we have given out the best paper award.
ACM CIVR 2009: we have given out a best paper award.
There were several papers on new areas published in SIGMM-sponsored proceedings:
ACM Multimedia 2009:
We had papers/presentations in the brave new topics session that indicated a strong and new connection between neuro-scientists and image processing researchers.
We had research papers in interactive art, connected with a very interesting multimedia art exhibition.
We had interesting sessions/papers on learning and concept detection in multimedia; 3D mesh streaming, and much wider set of interesting papers on audio and music research.
Major research and significant papers are happening in Quality of Experience (QoE) as well as connecting QoE with underlying Quality of Service. This conference had a keynote speaker in this area as well as session with interesting papers.
ACM NOSSDAV 2009:
Significant papers started to come out in the areas of Understanding and Improving User Experiences by the multimedia systems and networking designers, i.e., connecting the user experiences with the underlying system and networking platforms.
ACM Multimedia Systems 2010: New papers appeared that combine multimedia systems and networking issues with narrative-driven virtual worlds, convergence of games, multimedia and real-world sensors, and reconfigurable video coders.
ACM CIVR 2009: The best paper and hence significant paper that combines relevance learning with social image retrieval was “Unsupervised Multi-Feature Tag Relevance Learning for Social Image Retrieval” by X. Li et al. from University of Amsterdam.
ACM CIVR 2010: The best paper represents the significant paper in this venue: “ Real-time Bag of Words, Approximately” by J. Uijlings et al.
ACM MIR 2010: Special sessions had interesting papers combining (1) statistical modeling and learning for multimedia, (2) processing data streams from body sensor networks and (3) multi-modal music information retrieval.
Throughout the SIGMM-sponsored conferences we had several significant programs that provided a springboard for future technical efforts:
ACM Multimedia 2009: Highlight of this conference was the Multimedia Grand Challenge program organized for the first time as a part of the conference program. Multimedia Grand Challenge is a set of problems and issues from a number of industry leaders geared to engage the multimedia research community in solving relevant, interesting and challenging questions about the industry’s 2-5 year horizon for multimedia. Researchers were encouraged to submit working systems in response to the challenge. A large number of submissions were received for this first edition of the competition. We will be continuing with this challenge in ACM Multimedia 2010.
ACM NOSSDAV 2009: We had a keynote speaker from a computer graphics area, Prof. Fuchs, who talked about the experiences in building 3D tele-immersive interactive systems for medical domain, and encouraging new directions.
ACM CIVR 2009: VideOlympics – an informal competition in which several state-of-the art systems are competing simultaneously on a video retrieval task.
ACM MIR 2010: MIRFLICKR Evaluation: The challenge of visual concept detection
Several SIGMM-sponsored conferences had innovative programs which provided service to technical community:
ACM Multimedia 2009: Open Source Competition brings major service to technical community since software is then released to the community with corresponding agreements in place.
ACM MMSys 2010:
Session of four invited speakers/papers from a diverse set of viewpoints on 3D worlds, games, sensors in games, and video gaming standards.
ACM CIVR 2009: Participation of CIVR practitioners such as content owners, creators, archivists, service providers, and policy makers.
ACM CIVR 2010: Practitioners’ Day included two sessions showing Asia perspectives and European perspectives in Image and Video Retrieval.
ACM MIR 2010: Mini-poster and mini-demo Introduction allowed each presenter in 1 minute to introduce his/her poster and/or demo and entice audience to come to his/her poster and/or demonstration
Industrial leadership session included invited speakers from industry to talk about research opportunities, challenges, and emerging multimedia technologies
Brief summary for the key issues that the memberships of SIGMM will have to deal with in the next 2-3 years
The key issues are:
Change by-laws of SIGMM to represent better the changes happening in the SIGMM community, e.g., extending the SIGMM officers’ time from 2 years to 3 years in first term and then allowing serve each officer two terms.
Prepare special events to celebrate 20th anniversary of ACM Multimedia conference in 2012.
Come up with a sustainable funding model for the multimedia art community within the SIGMM community and their participation at our premier ACM Multimedia conference.
Expand SIGMM presence in various social networks.
Increase industry participation in SIGMM activities to strengthen ties and increase impact between industry and academia.
Automate process for talks content, web, other SIGMM material preservation at SIGMM venues.
Increase SIGMM participation of female researchers.
Other Highlights in SIGMM activities
We have started a new SIGMM-sponsored conference, the ACM Multimedia Systems conference (MMSys 2010), this year, held in February 2010, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
We have formalized and streamlined the ACM Multimedia conference bidding process (our premier conference) and moved to three year bidding process. This year at ACM Multimedia 2010, we will hear bids for ACM Multimedia 2012 and 2013. This effort is led by the SIGMM officer, Dr. Mohan Kankanhalli.
Our SIGMM e-newsletter has been included into the ACM Digital Library due to the efforts of Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Carsten Griwodz.
We have made significant progress in SIGMM preservation efforts by (1) establishing presentation chair as part of the ACM Multimedia conference organization, (2) establishing a preservation committee, led by Dr. Mohamed Hefeeda, who set up a website to preserve past SIGMM-sponsored venues as well as establish processes towards presentation of SIGMM-sponsored venues and their websites, proceedings, etc.
We have new Editor-in-Chief for ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, Dr. Ralf Steinmetz.
We have established a SIGMM-specific educational committee which compiles and keeps up-to-date educational material in the area of multimedia computing, communications, and applications. This effort is led by Dr. Wei Tsang Ooi.
We have assisted Dr. Yong Rui to establish SIGMM chapter in China. This chapter has its own conference that is usually held in winter. The first conference was held in Winter (December) 2009.
We have volunteers, Dr. Baochun Li and Dr. Rainer Lienhart, who are looking into stronger ties between SIGMM researchers in academia and industry.
All established SIGMM-sponsored events have very competitive acceptance rates:
ACM Multimedia 2009 had 305 long paper submissions and 50 long papers were accepted (16.4% acceptance rate). The short paper track received 369 papers and 103 papers were accepted (27.9% acceptance rate).
ACM NOSSDAV 2009 had 71 submissions and 22 papers accepted;
ACM CIVR 2009 had 138 papers submitted and 45 accepted (18 oral papers and 27 posters).
ACM CIVR 2010 had 153 papers submitted and 53 papers were accepted (34.6% acceptance rate). Out of the 53 papers, 16 papers were arranged for oral presentation (10.5% acceptance rate) and 37 papers were arranged as poster presentations (24.2% acceptance rate).
ACM MIR 2010 had 29% acceptance rate.
All SIGMM-sponsored events have a strong industry sponsorship and/or industry participation via talks, papers, demonstrations, including companies such as Microsoft Research, FXPal, Yahoo!, Google, IBM, HP Labs, Phillips, Nokia, NEC labs, AT&T and many others.
We are planning to merge ACM CIVR and ACM MIR (started as a SIGMM-sponsored Multimedia Information Retrieval Workshop associated with ACM Multimedia) into a major conference, the ACM ICMR (International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval) that will start in 2011, and will be held in April 2011 in Trento, Italy.
SIGMOBILE FY'10 Annual Report
July 2009 - June 2010
Submitted by: Roy Want, SIGMOBILE Chair Introduction
SIGMOBILE is the ACM Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing. Its scope includes all aspects of mobile computing and communications, such as mobile systems and applications, wireless networking protocols and algorithms, and mobile information access and management. SIGMOBILE is a strong, vibrant SIG, with growing membership, healthy finances, well-respected, successful conferences, workshops, and publications, and valuable services for its members and the community.
The current elected officers in SIGMOBILE’s Executive Committee are:
* Chair: Dr. Roy Want (Intel, US);
* Vice Chair: Prof. Robert Steele (University of Sydney, Australia);
* Secretary: Prof. Ramesh Govindan (University of Southern California, US); and
* Treasurer: Prof. Lili Qiu (University of Texas at Austin, US).
The Executive Committee has now served one year since the 2009 elections, and also includes the Past Chair, Prof. David B. Johnson (Rice University, USA).
Committee Appointed Positions
SIGMOBILE’s leadership has four committee appointed positions:
* Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for SIGMOBILE's journal/newsletter for our members (Mobile Computing and Communications Review or MC2R), Prof. Suman Banerjee (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
* Information Director Prof. Robert Steele (University of Sydney, Australia),
* Workshop Coordinator Prof. Ahmed Helmy (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA),
* Digital Library Coordinator: Dr. Guanling Chen (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA).
In 2010, the previous Editor-in-chief for MC2R Prof. Srikanth Krishnamurthy (University of California, Riverside, USA) had served 2 years in the role and requested to step-down; we thank him for a job well done. The EIC position was advertised on the SIGMOBILE website requesting both suitable credentials and a position statement setting out a plan for bold new directions for the journal. Four candidates applied for the position, and were evaluated by a search committee including internal and external reviewers and chaired by Prof Robert Steele. By the end of February the committee selected Prof. Suman Banerjee as the new EIC, the most qualified candidate and previously an MC2R Area Editor with a clear vision for the future.
Sponsorship for the Mobile Computing Research Community
Also this year, SIGMOBILE provided sponsorship with financial support for three programs in the mobile computing research community.
* CRAWDAD: a Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth, is an archive of wireless-network traces that aims to help researchers to bridge the gap between research and the real-world use of wireless networks. Data captured from live wireless networks, when available, provide researchers with important information about how users, applications, and devices use networks under real-world conditions.
CRAWDAD has rapidly become the most important wireless-network data resource for the world's research community. As of June 2010, CRAWDAD has over 2,000 users from institutions in 72 countries, using 60 data sets and 23 tools contributed by over a hundred researchers. Hundreds of papers have been written about CRAWDAD data sets, many in the leading venues of the field, including MobiCom, MobiSys, MobiHoc, SIGCOMM, INFOCOM, and SenSys.
Tristan Henderson and David Kotz launched CRAWDAD in 2005 with support from the NSF CRI program, and continue to operate it today with support from SIGMOBILE and Intel. This support provides for staff and students who recruit new data sets, respond to user inquiries, develop new tools, and to process new data sets as researchers contribute them. In the past year they added five new data sets and three new tools, revamped the bibliography to support user contributions, and started developing tools that will enable self-service creation of the metadata of new data sets. In the coming year they hope to add many new data sets (including new data collected from the Dartmouth campus network), and to roll out the self-service metadata tools. New ideas and suggestions from the community are always welcome.
* N2Women: Networking-Networking Women is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields. The main goal of N^2 Women is to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. N^2 Women allows women to connect with other women who share the same research interests, who attend the same conferences, who face the same career hurdles, and who experience the same obstacles. The first meeting was held at the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc) on May 24th, 2006 in Florence, Italy. Since May 2006, 43 other N^2 Women meetings have been held at various ACM and IEEE research conferences (see the list under Events on the N^2 Women website). An email list has been created for the N^2 Women group, N2Women@acm.org, to facilitate further networking. N2 Women is an ACM SIGMOBILE program that is also supported by the IEEE Communications Society, Microsoft Research and HP Labs and currently has over 390 members.
The goal of N^2 Women is to provide opportunities for the under-represented women in our field to meet, network, and discuss issues of concern. This enables mentoring of the younger members of our community (and even the more senior members!). It also provides an opportunity for the younger members of the community (e.g., graduate students) to learn about the careers and research of successful women. We have heard from many students how inspirational this can be, and our hope is that this encourages even more women to pursue research careers.
* SIGMOBILE has also provided financial support to the Illinois Wireless Summer School, organized by the University of Illinois. The first event was on 3-7th August, 2009 with 190 attendees. The primary target audience for this summer school in wireless networking is graduate and undergraduate students from all universities, and it is also open to faculty and to researchers from industry and government organizations. The topics covered include antennas, physical layer issues, wireless networking protocols, wireless security, and wireless standards. Greater than 50% of the support came from NSF, and the rest from SIGMOBILE, Qualcomm, Microsoft Research, NEC Labs, and Rockwell Collins.
SIGMOBILE Conferences and Workshops
SIGMOBILE currently sponsors or co-sponsors five annual conferences, all recognized as the premier conferences on their particular topics and focus areas within the field:
* MobiCom: The Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, covers all areas of mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking at the link layer and above. MobiCom has been held every year since 1995.
* MobiHoc: The ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing, addresses the challenges emerging from wireless ad hoc networking and computing, with the focus being on issues at and above the MAC layer. MobiHoc has been held every year since 2000.
* MobiSys: The International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, addresses broad systems research issues in mobile computing and mobile networking, particularly valuing the practical experience gained from designing, building, and using mobile systems, applications, and services. MobiSys has been held every year since 2003.
* SenSys: The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, focuses on systems issues in the emerging area of embedded, networked sensors, spanning multiple disciplines, including wireless communication, networking, operating systems, architecture, low-power circuits, distributed algorithms, data processing, scheduling, sensors, energy harvesting, and signal processing. SenSys has been held every year since 2003.
* Ubicomp: The International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, addresses the interdisciplinary field of ubiquitous computing, which utilizes and integrates pervasive, wireless, embedded, wearable and/or mobile technologies to bridge the gaps between the digital and physical worlds. Ubicomp has been held every year since 1999, and SIGMOBILE began sponsoring it in 2009.
MobiCom 2009, the 15th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, was held September 20-25th, 2009, in Beijing China. Prof. Kang G. Shin (University of Michigan, USA) and Yongguang Zhang (Microsoft Research Asia, China) served as General Co-Chairs, and Rajive Bagrodia (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) Ramesh Govindan (University of Southern California, USA) served as the Program Co-Chairs.
The MobiCom 2009 technical program featured two keynote talks, one by Jeannette M. Wing Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation, entitled “Frontiers in Research and Education in Computing: A View from the National Science Foundation"; and a second by Moon-Ki Choi , President Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, entitled "Mobile Communication in Korea". The MobiCom 2009 program also included two days of workshops.
The workshops, on September 21st and 25th, together featured 5 full-day workshops:
* CoRoNet 2009: The ACM International Workshop on Cognitive Radio Networks
* MICNET 2009: The ACM International Workshop on Mobile Internet Through Cellular Networks
* WiNTECH 2009: The Fourth ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental Evaluation and Characterization
* CHANTS 2009: The Fourth ACM Workshop on Challenged Networks
* VANET 2009: The Sixth ACM International Workshop on VehiculAr Inter-NETworking
In addition, continuing a tradition started at MobiCom 2005, and again for 2009, the conference hosted an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) and poster session (see awards section). It also supported the traditional N^2 Women lunch meeting. The conference included a notable excursion to the Great Wall of China at Juyongguan (Juyong Pass), where the conference banquet was also held; a location hard to better by future conferences organizers. MobiCom 2010 will be held September 20-24, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois, USA; and co-located with ACM MobiHoc 2010 (MobiHoc’09 May 2009 was summarized in last year’s annual report).
MobiSys 2010, the 8th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, was held June 15-18th, 2010, in San Francisco, California, USA and in-cooperation with SIGOPS. Sujata Banerjee (HP Labs, USA) served as the General Chair, and Prof. S. Keshav (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Alec Wolman (Microsoft Research Redmond, USA) served as the Program Co-Chairs.
The MobiSys 2010 technical program featured a keynote talk by Prof. Rosalind W. Picard entitled "Mobile Emotional Intelligence." Rosalind is a founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory, co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the lab, and leader of the new and growing Autism Communication Technology Initiative at MIT.
On June 17th (day 2), the SIGMOBILE 2009 Outstanding Contributions Award (OCA), the most prestigious SIGMOBILE technical award, was presented to Prof Deborah Estrin. She had not been able to attend MobiCom’09 in Beijing and the Executive Committee had postponed the presentation to MobiSys’10. She also gave a plenary talk entitled, “Participatory Sensing: Applications and Architecture”. Deborah Estrin (Ph.D., MIT, 1985; B.S., UC Berkeley, 1980) is a Professor of Computer Science at UCLA and Founding Director of the NSF-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin's current work focuses on participatory sensing systems, leveraging the location, image, and user-contributed data streams increasingly available globally from mobile SmartPhones. Projects include Participatory Sensing campaigns for civic engagement, and privacy-aware self-monitoring applications for health and wellness. Estrin's recognitions include: Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Innovation and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
The MobiSys program also featured 3 workshops and a PhD Forum on Tuesday, June 15th:
* NSDR 2010: 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions
* HotPlanet 2010: The 2nd ACM International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet Scale Measurement
* MCS 2010: The 1st International Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing & Services: Social Networks and Beyond
* PhD Forum on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
In addition, the MobiSys 2010 program included an N^2 Women lunch on Wednesday, June 16th.
MobiSys 2011 is being planned for June 2011 on the East Coast, USA; and will likely be in Washington.
SenSys 2009, the 7th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, was held November 4-6, 2009, in Berkeley, California, USA. Prof. David Culler (University of California, Berkeley, USA) served as the General Chair, and Jie Liu (Microsoft Research, USA) and Matt Welsh (Harvard University, USA) served as the Program Co-Chairs. SenSys is co-sponsored by SIGMOBILE and SIGCOMM (30% each); and SIGARCH, SIGOPS, SIGMETRICS, and SIGBED (10% each) and the NSF.
The SenSys 2009 technical program featured a keynote talk by Bill Weihl (Google, CA, USA) on “The power of Energy Information”. The program also included three full-day workshops on November 3rd.
* BuildSys'09: The First ACM Workshop on Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
* WISP Summit’09: First workshop on Wirelessly Powered Sensor Networks and Computational RFID
* WUWNet'09: The Fourth ACM International Workshop on Underwater Networks
In addition, the SenSys 2009 program included an N^2 Women luncheon on Thursday November 5th.
SenSys 2010 will be held November 3-5th, 2010, in Zurich Switzerland.
Ubicomp 2009, the 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing was held September 29th- October 3rd, 2009, in Orlando, Florida, USA, and co-sponsored with SIGCHI. Sumi Helal (University of Florida, USA) served as the General Chair, and Hans Gellersen (University of Lancaster) and Sunny Consolvo (Intel Labs, USA) served as the Program Co-Chairs.
Two keynote presentations were made on the first and last day: 1) “Poor Man’s Ubicomp”, by Dr Henry Tirri, Sr. Vice President, head of Nokia Research Center Nokia; and 2) “Honest Signals from Reality Mining”, Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ubicomp’09 also supported a Doctoral Colloquium on Tuesday, 29th September, and six all-day workshops on Wednesday 30th September:
* MELT’09: The 2nd International Workshop on Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking in a GPS-less Environment.
* Globicomp: Taking Ubiquitous Computing Beyond Developed Worlds
* DIPSO’09: The 3rd International Workshop on Design and Interaction Principles for Smart Objects
* Hybrid Design Practice (HDP): Situating UbiComp’s Interdisciplinary
* Architectural Robotics: An Emerging Case of Ubiquitous Computing in the Built Environment
* PerEd’09: Workshop on Pervasive Computing Education
In addition to the conferences and co-located workshops above, SIGMOBILE also sponsors the HotMobile (previously known as WMCSA) workshop as a stand-alone event, not co-located with a conference. The HotMobile workshop series focuses on mobile applications, systems, and environments, as well as their underlying state-of-the-art technologies, in a small workshop format that makes it ideal for presenting and discussing new directions or controversial approaches. The Executive Committee encourages the MobiCom Program Committee meeting be collocated with HotMobile to ensure a representative selection of senior researchers attend the event. This workshop was previously sponsored each year by the IEEE Computer Society but has been sponsored instead by SIGMOBILE since HotMobile 2008.
HotMobile 2010, the 11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, was held February 22-23, 2010, in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Angela Dalton (JHU Applied Physics Lab, USA) served as the General Chair, and Roy Want (Intel Labs, USA) served as the Program Chair. The HotMobile 2010 technical program featured a keynote talk by Dr. Allison Druin entitled, “The Future Users You May Not Be Thinking About: From older adults to children, from the developing world to the streets of Chicago”. Allison is the Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland (USA) College of Information Studies. Since 1998, she has led interdisciplinary research teams of computer scientists’ educational researchers, librarians, artists, and children to create new educational technologies for learning.
HotMobile 2010 also included a Doctoral Consortium, providing feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions, offering each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their own institution, and promoting the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research. HotMobile 2011 will be held March 1-2nd, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
SIGMOBILE continues to be fortunate to receive strong support for its conferences and workshops from leading-edge companies and organizations from around the world. This last year, the organizations that have contributed to SIGMOBILE conferences and workshops, helping to ensure their success, include: Intel Labs, Microsoft Research, Nokia, HP labs, Deutsche Telecom Inc R&D Lab USA, Euro-NF, Google Research, IBM, Motorola, NEC Laboratories, Research In Motion, NSF, AT&T Labs Research, IXIA, Samsung, ETRI, NSFC, Arch Rock, Crossbow, MAXFOR Technology, iFIve, Citris, Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence (CONET), Synapsense. SIGMOBILE sincerely thanks each of them for their support.
Each year, SIGMOBILE is also "in-cooperation" with a number of different events sponsored by other organizations. Events offered "in-cooperation with" SIGMOBILE allow SIGMOBILE members to register at the same discounted rate as for members of other sponsoring organizations for the event, providing a significant savings to SIGMOBILE members. During this past year (July 2009 through June 2010), SIGMOBILE was in-cooperation with the following events:
* Mobility’09: The International Conference on Mobile Technology, Applications and Services, Nice, France, 2-4 September, 2009
* MobileHCI’09: 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. September 15-18th, 2009 at the University of Bonn in the city of Bonn in Germany
* MoMM’09: The 7th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14-16 December, 2009
* COMSNETS’10: The 2nd International Conference on COMmunication Systems and NETworkS, Bangalore, India, January 5-9, 2010
* WiSec’10: The 3rd ACM Conference on Wireless Security, Hoboken, NJ, USA, March 22-24th 2010
In addition to the proceedings for each of the conferences and workshops that SIGMOBILE sponsors, SIGMOBILE also publishes a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal/newsletter for SIGMOBILE members, Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R). Others may also subscribe to MC2R, and MC2R is available in the ACM Digital Library. The Editor-in-Chief for MC2R is Prof. Suman Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA). The current Area Editors for MC2R are Prof. Aditya Akella (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Prof. Christian Bettstetter (University of Klagenfurt, Germany), Prof. Srdjan Capkun (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland), Prof. Landon Cox (Duke University, USA), Prof. Eylem Ekici (Ohio State University, USA), Prof. Adrian Friday (Lancaster University, UK), Dr. Michelle Gong (Intel, USA) , Prof. Bhaskar Krishnamachari (University of Southern California, USA), Prof. Prashant Krishnamurthy (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Prof. Panos Papadimitratos (EPFL, Switzerland), Prof. Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University, USA), and Prof. Lin Zhong (Rice University, USA). In addition, MC2R currently has two Feature Editors: Dr. Ian Chakeres (The Boeing Company, USA), reporting on activities in the IETF MANET Working Group, and Prof. James C. Lin (The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), reporting on health aspects of wireless communication.
MC2R publishes articles that provide a balance between state-of-the-art research and practice, with a thorough pre-publication review of every article by experts in the field. Beyond papers reporting the latest research results in all areas related to SIGMOBILE's scope, MC2R keeps the SIGMOBILE community apprised of relevant happenings in the area, by providing regular features on the status of major international mobile computing and communications standards, such as those from IETF, ITU, ISO, and IEEE. The journal also provides a variety of additional resources, such as bibliographies of recent publications in other journals, paper and book reviews, workshop and conference reports, calls for papers, information on research groups throughout the world, bibliographies and locations of technical reports, and other general news in the field.
MC2R places a strong emphasis on quick publication of interesting completed or work-in-progress technical work; the average turnaround time for papers published in MC2R is about 6 months. Papers in MC2R are selected mainly from an ongoing open call for papers, plus special sections based on conferences and workshops, occasional special topic issues, and some invited papers. The acceptance rate for papers submitted through the open call for papers is quite selective, remaining under about 20%. All aspects of the journal's operation are run entirely by volunteers, including final assembly of each issue.
SIGMOBILE also publishes a monthly E-Mail Newsletter for its members. This electronic newsletter was started in 2004 and is edited by SIGMOBILE's Information Director, Prof. Robert Steele (University of, Sydney, Australia). The newsletter includes SIGMOBILE announcements, pointers to relevant mainstream news articles of interest to SIGMOBILE members, a calendar of upcoming events of interest to our members, and pointers to developer news for active developers in the area of mobile computing and wireless networking.
As an additional resource for our members and the community, SIGMOBILE maintains an extensive web site at http://www.sigmobile.org, including information about SIGMOBILE and its activities, information about our journal/newsletter MC2R, and information about membership in SIGMOBILE. This web site also contains archived copies of most SIGMOBILE conference web sites, including all previous years of MobiCom, MobiHoc, and MobiSys.
SIGMOBILE Local Chapters
There are currently three Local Chapters of SIGMOBILE chartered with ACM:
* Nanyang Technological University Student Chapter: This is a Student Chapter of SIGMOBILE, organized within the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ACM club in Singapore.
* Sydney Professional Chapter: This is a Professional Chapter of SIGMOBILE, organized in Sydney, Australia.
* Taiwan Chapter (NEW in February, 2010): This is a University Based Chapter organized by Institute of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National I-lan University (NIU), Taiwan
Local Chapters provide a local focus to activities related to the area of SIGMOBILE, including mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking, and continue the work of SIGMOBILE within their local regions.
We encourage interested groups around the world to form a SIGMOBILE chapter in their local community, school, city, or region. For details about the benefits and procedures for forming a Local SIGMOBILE Chapter, see http://www.sigmobile.org/chapters/.
SIGMOBILE provides substantial benefits to our members, including:
* The quarterly journal and newsletter Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R), serving both as a newsletter keeping SIGMOBILE members informed, and as a scientific journal publishing high-quality peer-reviewed research papers on mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking.
* A monthly e-mail SIGMOBILE newsletter, including SIGMOBILE announcements, pointers to relevant mainstream news articles of interest to SIGMOBILE members, a calendar of upcoming events of interest to our members, and pointers to developer news for active developers in the area of mobile computing and wireless networking.
* Qualify for the lowest registration rates at conferences and workshops sponsored by SIGMOBILE, and for the many events that are "in cooperation" with SIGMOBILE. SIGMOBILE sponsors five conferences each year (MobiCom, MobiHoc, MobiSys, SenSys, and Ubicomp) and the HotMobile workshop.
* Opportunities to share ideas, learn new results and practices, network with colleagues, and be active in a vibrant community of colleagues in all areas of mobility of systems, users, data, and computing.
* Through the Member Value Plus program, automatically receive a CDROM after each of SIGMOBILE's five conferences, containing the full conference Proceedings.
In addition, SIGMOBILE provides additional benefits to the broader community served by SIGMOBILE:
* Organization and sponsorship of five annual conferences (MobiCom, MobiHoc, MobiSys, SenSys, Ubicomp), and promotion of emerging new areas through sponsorship of numerous workshops each year.
* A range of full-day and half-day tutorials at many SIGMOBILE conferences, offering attendees an easy way to broaden their knowledge.
* Announcements via a moderated email distribution list about events of interest to those in the mobile computing and wireless networking community, such as conference Calls for Papers and Calls for Participation.
* The SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award, given to recognize an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the research on mobile computing and communications and wireless networking.
* The SIGMOBILE Distinguished Service Award, given to recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to ACM SIGMOBILE, its conferences, publications, or its local activities.
* Other awards including Best Paper awards and often also Best Demo or Best Presentation awards at SIGMOBILE conferences and workshops.
* Support for students at SIGMOBILE conferences and workshops, through reduced registration fees, student travel awards for some conferences, student poster sessions, and hosting the ACM Student Research Competition at some conferences.
* Continuing financial support and hosting meetings for the group "Networking Networking Women" (N^2 Women), whose goal is to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields.
* Financial support for CRAWDAD, the Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth, which archives wireless trace data and develops better tools for collecting, anonymizing, and analyzing the data.
* Financial support for the Illinois Wireless Summer School August 3-7, 2009, which provides an opportunity for students interested in wireless systems to learn more and interact with top professionals in the field.
* The SIGMOBILE web site at http://www.sigmobile.org, including a wealth of information for the community, such as complete details on SIGMOBILE conferences and workshops; information on SIGMOBILE membership, chapters, awards, and publications; and a Ph.D. thesis collection.
At MobiCom 2009, the Best Paper Award was presented to Vivek Shrivastava, Nabeel Ahmed, Shravan Rayanchu, Suman Banerjee, Srinivasan Keshav, Konstantina Papagiannaki, Arunesh Mishra (University of Waterloo, Madison and Intel Labs) for the paper entitled, "CENTAUR: Realizing the Full Potential of Centralized WLANs through a Hybrid Data Path" was presented by Vivek Shrivastava. The MobiCom Best Paper Award is given to the authors of the best paper from among all papers submitted to the conference that year; the MobiCom Technical Program Committee forms the Selection Committee for this award.
The MobiCom 2009 ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) resulted in two candidates for the short list in the SRC Grand Final (2010). This is a great achievement in itself, but were not selected in the competition’s final top three placements. We recognize them both for the high standard of their work and as a credit to SIGMOBILE:
* Undergraduate candidate: Ahmed Saeed (MobiCom 09 Second Place)
* Graduate candidate: Dimitrios Koutsonikolas (MobiCom 09 First Place)
At SenSys 2009, two Best Paper Awards were presented at the conference banquet. The papers are “VTrack: Accurate, Energy-Aware Traffic Delay Estimation Using Mobile Phones”, by Arvind Thiagarajan, Lenin Sivalingam, Katrina LaCurts, Sivan Toledo, Sam Madden, Hari Balakrishnan (MIT), Jakob Eriksson (UIC), and “Low-power clock synchronization using electromagnetic energy radiating from AC power lines” Anthony Rowe, Vikram Gupta, Raj Rajkumar (Carnegie Mellon University). The best poster award went to, “The FlockLab Testbed Architecture” by Jan Beutel, Roman Lim, Andreas Meier, Lothar Thiele, Christoph Walser, Matthias Woehrle, Mustafa Yuecel (ETH).
At MobiSys 2010, the Best Paper Award was given for "ParkNet: Drive-By Sensing of Road-Side Parking Statistics" by Suhas Mathur, Tong Jin, Nikhil Kasturirangan, Janani Chandrashekharan, Wenzhi Xue, Marco Gruteser, Wade Trappe. Best Poster Award: “Vehicular Networking Using Optical Transceivers” by Aaron Ganick, Matthew Figueroa, Jonathan Lobo, Peter Schimitsch, Travis Rich, Thomas D.C. Little, (Boston University); and Best Demo Award: “Playing Pacman with Sensei-UU: A relocatable testbed with support for mobile nodes” Olof Rensfelt, Joel Samuelsson, Frederik Hermans, Per Gunningberg, Lars-Ake Larzon (Uppsala University).
At HotMobile 2010, the two Best Paper Presentation awards went to 1) Simo Hosio for his presentation of "Supporting Distributed Private and Public User Interface in Urban Environment" by Simo Hosio, Marko Jurmu, Hannu Kukka, Jukka Riekki, and Timo Ojala; and 2) Jonathan Hull for his presentation of "Mobile Image Recognition: Architectures and Tradeoffs" by Jonathan Hull, Xu Liu, Berna Erol, Jarney Graham, and Jorge Moraledai. The Best Poster/Demo Awards was given for "Chameleon: Color Adaptation on OLED Displays" by Mian Dong, and Lin Zhong
Finally, SIGMOBILE is proud to announce that Prof. Deborah Estrin (UCLA, USA) was the recipient of the ACM SIGMOBILE 2009 Outstanding Contributions Award, for significant and lasting contribution to research on mobile computing and communications and wireless networking, presented at MobiSys 2010, June, in San Francisco (see MobiSys’10 conference summary).
An on-going challenge for SIGMOBILE is to deliver compelling value to its members in an environment where more and more of the information we provide can also be found freely on the Internet. Increasing the visibility and relevance of our MC2R publication is a good place to start, and with Prof. Suman Banerjee as a new Editor-in-chief we are well positioned.
This year our membership figures are near steady on last year. This nevertheless indicates the need to work to maintain existing members and attract new members. One way that we may bolster SIGMOBILE membership in the future is to expand the number of chapters. This year we added one more, a total of three, but this is still a small number, and the potential to expand them internationally to support SIGMOBILE interests holds potential. Another way to build mindshare around SIGMOBILE is to form alliances with other SIGS. This year MobiSys was held in-cooperation with SIGOPS. The SOSP conference has significantly grown in recent years and MobiSys and SIGMOBILE could also benefit from this expansion.
A goal for 2010/11 is to add the Pervasive conference to our current list of five sponsored conferences. Pervasive has traditionally had a close relationship with Ubicomp as it covers a similar research agenda and the program committees, the publication standards, and the attendees are all similar. Pervasive and Ubicomp have also cooperated each year to ensure they are 6 months apart, allowing two equally spaced opportunities per year to publish in these venues. Now Ubicomp is officially a SIGMOBILE sponsored conference, Pervasive is an obvious candidate to bring into the portfolio.
Finally, after 15 years of service as Chair of the Awards Search Committee, Victor Bahl has requested that he pass the torch onto a new champion. Although hard to replace, we will actively look for a new Chair in the coming year.
SIGMOBILE continues to be a strong, successful SIG. Our conferences, workshops, and publications are well respected and well supported, our finances are healthy, and our membership is growing and active.
SIGMOD FY’10 ANNUAL REPORT
July 2009 – June 2010
Submitted by: Yannis Ioannidis, Chair Mission ACM SIGMOD (Special Interest Group on Management of Data) is concerned with the principles, techniques, and applications of database management systems and data management technology:
“The goal of SIGMOD is to be the premier international community for innovative dissemination of knowledge concerning the management of data, broadly defined to include all aspects of data description, storage, querying, analysis, security, and privacy.”
Membership Levels and Associated Benefits There is a trend in the SIGMOD membership toward a preference for online content over content distributed using physical media. This has previously led to the following revised membership-level structure that took effect in July 2007 and remains in effect:
SIGMOD Online (through the http://www.sigmod.org website)
Information about SIGMOD
SIGMOD Record (4 issues per year)
SIGMOD/PODS conference proceedings (available one month before the conference)
SIGMOD Anthology metadata, linking to the ACM Digital Library
Database resources (e.g., public domain software, list of graduating grad students)
Registration discounts for SIGMOD/PODS conference and other SIGMOD-related conferences and workshops
Discounts on purchases of SIGMOD materials, such as the SIGMOD Anthology Silver Edition (2 DVDs collecting all Anthology volumes)
In addition, we have the Member Plus option, which can be used in conjunction with either of the online memberships and offers additional benefits:
SIGMOD DiSC, DVD version; DiSC 07/08 shipped recently, and DiSC 09/10 is expected to be ready for shipping October 15
SIGMOD/PODS conference proceedings in CD format
Periodic SIGMOD Anthology volumes in DVD format
Last but not least, SIGMOD offers student memberships at an affordable rate.
Beyond the above benefits that come with the various levels of “formal” membership to SIGMOD, members of the database community in general receive the following benefits:
Online access to
Information about SIGMOD
Database resources (e.g., public domain software, list of graduating grad students)
Purchase of SIGMOD Anthology Silver Edition 2 DVD collection via the ACM e-store at https://campus.acm.org/public/qj/Estore_Window/estore_foyer2.cfm?src=item&offering=473022&CFID=15151515&CFTOKEN=6184618 (members receive a substantial rebate)
Historical materials collected by or commissioned by SIGMOD (e.g., an oral history of Charles Bachman, one of the pioneers of database field)
SIGMOD also supports the following activities that benefit the database community:
Support for DBLP - a bibliography of computer science publications (http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/)
Sponsorship of SIGMOD and PODS conferences annually, co-sponsorship of SOCC, SIGKDD, and other conferences/workshops on occasion
The SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovation Award and the SIGMOD Contributions Award
SIGMOD Best Paper and Test-of-Time awards
The SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award
The PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award
Undergraduate scholarships to enable undergraduates to attend SIGMOD/PODS Conferences
The SIGMOD/VLDB Digital Library Donation Program - contributes SIGMOD Anthology Silver Edition DVDs to research institutions in needy countries
A book donation program - contributes books collected from SIGMOD/PODS conference attendees to research institutions in needy countries
The soon to take off SIGMOD/VLDB Traveling Speakers Program - organizing multi-day visits to major campuses in a chosen country by a pair of senior database researchers
Cooperation with ETH Zurich on the PubZone non-profit discussion forum for publications in the database community
We now describe some of the above benefits in more detail:
SIGMOD Online — The online component (http://sigmod.org/), managed by our Information Director Prof. Jeffrey Yu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), has undergone a complete technological upgrade during the reporting period. It includes the following:
References to the SIGMOD and PODS conference proceedings, and to the proceedings of affiliated, co-sponsored events (with the papers residing in the ACM Digital Library)
SIGMOD Record, available in html/PDF
Videos of interviews of distinguished profiles in databases
dbworld, a very popular mailing list with web-based posting and archives
Web-based repositories of information on graduating database students, database events database research groups, database publications servers, and free/public-domain software
Links to journal publications that are available to SIGMOD members at special rates
We are currently searching for a new Information Director.
SIGMOD Anthology — This is a collection of over 130,000 digitized pages of the database research literature, including back issues of three journals (IEEE TKDE, ACM TODS and VLDBJ), 27 conferences (ADBIS, CIKM, CoopIS, DASFAA, DBPL, DL, DOLAP, EDBT, ER, GIS, Hypertext, ICDE, ICDT, KRDB, MFDBS, MobiDE, NPIV, PDIS, PODS, SIGBDP, SIGIR, SIGMOD, SIS&R, SSDBM, VLDB, WIDM and WorkshopOODS) five newsletters (SIGBDP DATA BASE, SIGFIDET Newsletter, SIGKDD Explorations, SIGMOD Record and IEEE Data Engineering), several books, and meta-data (DBLP). Volume 6 of the Anthology shipped recently. After producing over 20 CDs, we moved to DVD technology for Volume 6. Anthology metadata is available online (we do not have permissions to put pdfs online). Prof. Curtis Dyreson (Utah State University) remains in charge of the Anthology.
When preparing Volume 6, Curtis made a survey of content that was not in previous volumes, but that we would like to have in new volumes. Almost all of that content is copyrighted by Springer, Elsevier, or Blackwell. Unfortunately, we have not been able to obtain permission from them to include anything. Thus, the combined volumes of the Anthology now contain all research content that we believe that we can get; we find that the Anthology effort has achieved its purpose with the publication of Volume 6.
SIGMOD Digital Symposium Collection (DiSC) — This is an annual electronic publication containing the proceedings for that year for a number of conferences, several newsletters, as well video of some conference sessions. DiSC is available on DVD, and metadata is available online (we do not have permissions to put pdfs and videos online).
As we have evolved towards a situation where almost content on the DiSC DVDs is available in the ACM DL, we are questioning whether or not to continue to ship DiSC after DiSC 09/10.
SIGMOD Record — SIGMOD Record continues to be a high quality newsletter and its coverage has been growing. Over the past years, several columns were added (influential papers, database principles, systems and prototypes, and standards). During the reporting period, Prof. Alex Labrinidis has stepped down as editor-in-chief (he is now Secretary/Treasurer of SIGMOD) and Prof. Ioana Manolescu (INRIA) has taken over. It has been decided to recruit associate editors to help the editor-in-chief stay on top of the workload. Ioana is developing an editorial policy for the Record.
SIGMOD/PODS Conferences — These continue to be very successful and highly regarded events. As discussed in Section 4, we have taken steps to periodically hold these events outside North America. We have an EC-level Conference Coordinator to provide continuity in the organization of the conference from year-to-year. Prof. Lisa Singh (Georgetown University) has been the Conference Coordinator during the reporting period. Starting with SIGMOD/PODS 2011, Dr. Sihem Amer-Yahia (Yahoo! Inc.) will take over. Lisa remains on board until after this conference to ensure a smooth transition to Sihem.
New and On-Going Initiatives The following are some new or on-going initiatives that have been active in the reporting period:
Web-site migration to Plone. Our Information Director, Prof. Jeffrey Yu, has led the effort to migrate our Web site at http://www.sigmod.org to use the Plone content-management system, which was chosen by the ACM as the preferred CMS for SIGs. Having moved all earlier content to the new site, including almost 30 years of conference proceedings, newsletter issues, and video from the last few plenary sessions, we are now planning to modify the structure of the site itself, to increase its usefulness, readability, and searchability. We intend to move in this direction as soon as the new Information Director joins the EC.
Experiment repeatability trial. After its launch in the 2008 SIGMOD conference, the program of evaluating the “repeatability” of experimental results reported in SIGMOD papers has entered a 3-year trial period in which authors of accepted papers are extended the option of having the experimental aspects of their work validated by a separate SIGMOD-sponsored experimental program committee. This is de-coupled from the conference reviewing, both in terms of the program committees and timelines. Validated papers are listed in a SIGMOD Record article and can make reference to this, as an incentive for authors to participate in this effort to improve the standards of experimentation in the database field. The first two years of this trial period (at the 2009 and 2010 SIGMOD Conferences) have been quite successful and the community has learned several lessons from this activity. It will be repeated once again during the 2011 SIGMOD Conference and its future will then be thoroughly evaluated.
Educational, Conference, and Membership Activities The SIGMOD/PODS conference is a highly prestigious event bringing together theoreticians & experimentalists and continues to be very well attended, approaching record numbers in Indianapolis in 2010 (coming behind only the 2007 event in Beijing, China). In addition to the high-quality research and other results presented in the various kinds of conference sessions, the value of SIGMOD/PODS is also enhanced by several other SIGMOD (co-)sponsored meetings that are co-located with the main conference, such as several workshops and the Symposium On Cloud Computing (SOCC), held for the first time in 2010 right after SIGMOD/PODS (see below for details). Indicative of the impact that SIGMOD/PODS has in the community are the facts that, in a list of the most referenced papers (http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/˜ley/db/about/top.html), papers from the SIGMOD conference appeared more often than any other conference, other studies have reported similar results, while SIGMOD papers continue to be among the most popular downloads from the ACM Digital Library.
As part of its educational mission, SIGMOD has an ongoing Undergraduate Scholarship Program that subsidizes undergraduate students (six of them in 2010) from various institutions around the world to attend the annual conference and present posters on their research work. There is an open call for undergraduate posters and a selection process led by a conference officer dedicated to the task. In addition, SIGMOD subsidizes several graduate students to attend the conference who would otherwise not have been able to do it. Finally, there are several special events during the SIGMOD/PODS conference that focus on young researchers, such as the IDAR workshop (PhD forum) and a “Life after Graduation” panel, which is widely attended. In 2010, there was also a Database Mentoring workshop (DB ME), co-organized with CRA and CDC, with additional funds from NSF.
We continue to be in close collaboration on various activities with our sister societies, such as VLDB, EDBT, ICDT. Especially with VLDB, we have a series of on-going initiatives, i.e., the library donation program, the Traveling Speakers Program, the inclusion of VLDB material in the ACM DL, and others. We are also carefully observing their PVLDB journal initiative, where VLDB conference presentations are associated with PVLDB journal papers published during the preceding year and are not chosen by a special program committee, and will evaluate it from the SIGMOD viewpoint in the near future. Additionally, we are coordinating with EDBT/ICDT so that every year SIGMOD/PODS is held outside North America (such as in 2011), the corresponding event is held in North America, instead of Europe.
We are also cooperating closely with several other ACM SIGs on various activities. Examples, include our cooperation with SIGIR in the DL, with SIGKDD in membership promotions and in SIGMOD’s small contribution to sponsoring the KDD Conference, with SIGSOFT in co-sponsoring the Distributed Event-Based Systems Conference (DEBS), and with SIGKDD, SIGIR, and SIGWEB in co-sponsoring the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM, http://www.wsdm-conference.org), which has been running very successfully for three years now.
Recently, in cooperation with SIGOPS, we have launched the new Symposium on Cloud Computing (SOCC), which as mentioned earlier, was held for the first time in 2010, co-located with SIGMOD/PODS. The event was very successful, it was attended by more than 200 participants, and its program included three keynotes by distinguished members of the two communities and 23 paper presentations selected among 119 submissions. Next year, SOCC will be held in conjunction with the SOSP conference, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Current Status and Future Issues SIGMOD is a thriving, very active SIG with healthy finances in spite of the economic downturn. This is largely thanks to the efforts of our corporate-sponsorship chairs of the last few years, who have been able to secure sponsorship funds for the SIGMOD conference in excess of $100,000 on the average annually, ensuring profitability of the individual conferences as well as financial security of the SIG overall. Given this balance, we are considering expanding our annual allocation for travel grants, scholarships, and special programs, especially those that support students at all levels and students and faculty in developing regions. A first step in this direction was taken in relation to the 2010 SIGMOD/PODS conference and we expect to go one step further in the 2011 conference.
SIGMOD is also one of the largest SIGs, the sixth largest overall. Still, our membership is decreasing and we are working hard to identify ways to reverse the current trend. Our efforts are in the directions of (a) introducing new superior benefits or refining and improving existing ones and (b) engaging in community mobilization activities and other beneficial initiatives. Students as well as researchers in developing countries are important target groups in these efforts. To help our work within (a) we have distributed a questionnaire during the 2010 SIGMOD/PODS Conference, which has been filled out by over 200 participants and has provided us with very useful input in terms of what is important to conference attendees (most of them members) and how we may improve the event itself.
While these concerns are real, we feel that SIGMOD is a strong organization, and we have every expectation of it continuing to provide useful benefits to its members, and thereby, continuing to grow.