Report on IEEE INFOCOM Global Internet 2016

The 19th IEEE INFOCOM Global Internet Symposium took place in San Francisco, USA, on the 11th of April 2016, in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2016.

There were 33 papers submitted to the symposium (not including 16 registered abstracts), from authors from 17 different countries.
Nine papers were accepted resulting in an acceptance ratio of 27%. This acceptance ratio is relatively low, compared to previous years and also compared to INFOCOM workshops, making GI a competitive symposium. Each paper received reviews from at least three TPC members, 24% of the papers received four and more reviews. There were 24 internationally well-known TPC members, so the review load was not excessive. During a very active online TPC meeting, the TPC members converged quickly to a set of strong papers to accept.

As in previous years, GI 2016 was a full-day event. We began with the keynote presentation by professor Henning Schulzrinne from Columbia University, USA, who used the opportunity of the (around) 50th anniversary of the Internet to share with the audience some of his rich professional experience and reflect on the past and expected future Internet innovations. The accepted papers were organized into three technical sessions on “Learning and Estimation”, “Routing and Forwarding”, and “Novel Paradigms and Applications”. We also awarded a best paper prize to the paper “OpenMeasure” by Liu et al. (UC Davis).

Overall, we are very happy with this year’s GI symposium and believe it was a success, both in terms of quality as well as high attendance: despite the concurrent INFOCOM events, we continuously had more than 30 attendees. All technical papers were presented by the authors in person, and our session chairs ensured a smooth transition between the presentations. There was also a good amount of discussion both during the sessions and in the session breaks.
We thank the steering committee of GI 2016, especially Jaime Lloret Mauri, for their guidance as well as the excellent technical program committee, distinguished keynote speaker, and the session chairs.

[Report submitted by Stefan Schmid and Sasu Tarkoma, Co-Chairs GI 2016]