Workshop on Internet Technologies and Systems (WITS) - Call for Papers

Workshop on Internet Technologies and Systems (WITS) - Call for Papers

Post by Jackson Do » Thu, 13 Feb 1997 04:00:00

        USENIX Workshop on Internet Technologies and Systems

                Announcement and Call for Papers
                        December 8-11, 1997
                        Monterey, California

Sponsored by the USENIX Association

Extended abstracts due:                 July 8, 1997
Notification to authors:                August 12, 1997
Full papers due for editorial review:   September 24, 1997
Camera-ready full papers due:           October 22, 1997


Carl Staelin, Hewlett-Packard (Chair)
Mary Baker, Stanford University
Matt Blaze, AT&T Laboratories
Eric Brewer, U.C. Berkeley and Inktomi
Paul De Bra, Eindhoven University
Richard Golding, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
Larry McVoy, Silicon Graphics
Pat Parseghian, Transmeta
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
Doug Tygar, Carnegie-Mellon University


The goal of this workshop is to bring together engineers and
researchers interested in developing innovative Internet applications
and technology.  This will be a 3.5 day workshop, with 1 day of
tutorials, followed by 2.5 days of refereed paper presentations,
invited talks, works-in-progress presentations, vendor displays/demos,
panel discussions, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions.

December 8, 1997

Tutorials for both technical staff and managers will provide immediately
useful, practical information on topics such as java, Tcl/Tk,
Web security, robots/spiders, and intranet architectures.
If you are interested in proposing a tutorial, contact the tutorial

December 9-11, 1997

The explosion of the Internet and World-Wide-Web technology has led to
the development of many new systems and the overload of the current
Internet infrastructure.  It has also created a critical need for many
new technologies, such as Web indexing and searching.  We are
especially interested in papers that describe new applications and
systems that were not feasible or necessary before the advent of the

WITS will emphasize both innovative research and quantified experience
in Internet applications, technologies, and systems.  We seek papers
describing original work concerning the design, implementation, and
application of Internet technologies.  Besides mature work, we
encourage submissions describing exceptionally promising prototypes,
or enlightening negative results.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

        - Internet agents (for searching, ...).
        - Information indexing/retrieval/management
        - Resource discovery
        - Distributed caching
        - Groupware
        - Intranet applications
        - Security
        - Electronic Commerce
        - Java, Inferno, Safe-Tcl, and other "Internet programming" tools
        - Performance
        - Case studies and experience papers
        - Web-optimized subsystem architectures

Where appropriate, authors will be able to demonstrate their applications
during their presentation using computers linked to the audio-visual system
and the Internet.  Also, space will be available to authors in the vendor
display room to demonstrate their work outside of their presentation in a
more relaxed and interactive environment.


Authors must submit an extended abstract by July 8, 1997.  This should
be 5-7 pages long or about 2500-3500 words, not counting references and
figures.  Longer submissions will be penalized in the review process.
The full papers resulting from accepted abstracts will go through an
editorial review cycle with a member of the program committee, and should
end up about 10-12 pages long.  Very similar papers must not have been
published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

The object of an extended abstract is to convince the reviewers that
a good paper and a 25-minute presentation will result.  It is important
to identify what has been accomplished, to explain why it is significant,
and to compare with prior work in the field, demonstrating knowledge of
the relevant literature.  The extended abstract should represent the
paper in "short form."  It must include the abstract as it will appear
in the final paper.  The body of the extended abstract should be complete
paragraphs, not just an outline of the paper.  (Sections present in the
full paper but omitted from the abstract may be summarized in terse form.)
Authors should include full references, figures when available, and as
is usually appropriate, performance data.  Such data also help indicate
the status of the implementation, often a crucial issue.  The abstract
will be judged on significance, originality, clarity, relevance, and
correctness.  (All submissions will be held in the highest confidence
prior to publication.  Papers accompanied by so called "non-disclosure
agreement" forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread.)

If you would like to receive detailed guidelines for submission and examples

or telephone the USENIX Association office at (510) 528-8649.


Please send one copy of an extended abstract to the program chair via
US Mail and if possible another copy via email.  All submissions will
be acknowledged.

o Email postscript, HTML, or ASCII

o Paper mail
        Carl Staelin
        Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, M/S 3L-9
        1501 Page Mill Road
        Palo Alto, CA 94303

For administrative reasons (not blind reviewing), every submission
should include one additional page containing:
        - paper title
        - author names, indicating any that are full-time students
        - for the author who will be the contact to the program committee
                - author's name
                - paper mail address
                - daytime and evening telephone numbers
                - FAX number
                - email address


Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea
that is not ready to be published?  Work-in-progress reports are for you!
Work-in-progress reports, scheduled during the technical sessions,
introduce new or ongoing work.  The USENIX audience provides valuable
discussion and feedback.  We are particularly interested in presentations
of student work.  To schedule your report, please contact the Works-in-


WITS will feature both vendor displays and demonstrations of
technologies and systems presented in some of the refereed
presentations.  Authors will be able to demonstrate their work in a
more relaxed and interactive environment.  Vendors will demonstrate
the technical innovations which distinguish their products, and
attendees can "kick the tires" and play with the systems.

We invite you to take part in the Vendor Display. Contact:
Cynthia Deno

Phone: 408.335.9445
Fax 408.335.5327


Materials containing all details of the technical and tutorial programs,
registration fees and forms, and hotel information will be mailed
September 1997.  If you wish to receive the registration materials,
please contact Usenix at:

        Usenix Conference Office
        22672 Lambert Street, Suite 613
        Lake Forest, CA 92630 USA
        +1 714-588-8649; Fax +1 714-588-9706