EWSN 2019 Dependability Competition - Call for Competitors
Following the success of the first three editions (2016, 2017, and 2018), the International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks will host also this year a dependability competition to benchmark the performance of WSN and IoT communication protocols in harsh RF environments.
Over the last decade, a large number of low-power wireless communication protocols has been proposed by both academia and industry. Their performance, however, has rarely been benchmarked under the exact same settings. Furthermore, little is known about the performance of most low-power wireless protocols in the presence of RF interference, which often leads to an increase in packet loss, end-to-end latency, and energy consumption.
Since 2016, the EWSN dependability competition aims to fill this gap by quantitatively comparing the dependability of state-of-the-art WSN and IoT communication protocols under the same settings and in environments rich of radio interference.
The EWSN 2019 dependability competition will take place remotely and the final results will be announced during EWSN in Beijing.
Remote preparation phase. After successfully registering to the conference, accepted contestants will obtain the credentials to remotely access the competition infrastructure. During the official preparation phase, all competing teams will have the possibility to test and optimize their solution for this year's competition scenario. In particular, contestants will be able to program all nodes in the competition infrastructure and download their serial output, as well as the evaluation results. The latter will be published on a leaderboard that will be visible to all other competing teams.
Final evaluation phase. At the end of the preparation phase, each team needs to provide one single ihex binary file for each competition category. During the evaluation phase, this binary file will be used to extensively benchmark the performance of the competing solution.
Competition abstracts. Each team will have the possibility to publish a competition abstract as part of the EWSN proceedings that will appear in the ACM Digital Library. The competition abstracts will follow the same camera-ready deadline as the EWSN poster abstracts and are expected to include a description of the competing solution, as well as preliminary results and lessons learned from the preparation phase.
Poster session. A poster session dedicated to the dependability competition will take place during the main EWSN conference. All competing teams must present their solution in the poster session and will have the possibility to engage in lively discussions with the other conference attendees.
Awards and winners' presentations. The winners of each competition's category will be awarded during a dedicated plenary session of the main conference. After receiving the award, the winning teams must hold a plenary short presentation about their solution, followed by a discussion session.
The EWSN 2019 dependability competition foresees the following two categories:
Both academia and industry submissions are encouraged. All wireless communication protocols used in low-power wireless sensor networks are welcome, and there is no restriction on the operating system used to program the sensor nodes. There is also no requirement on the originality of the competing solutions: the demonstration of good use of well-known or previously-published protocols is strongly encouraged.
The EWSN 2019 dependability competition will take place if at least five teams competing in the same category respond to this preliminary call for competitors.
Contestants must submit a short abstract describing their approach by the competition entry deadline. The abstract should prominently include the name of all members of the team, as well as their affiliation and contact information. Furthermore, the abstract should clearly state the category for which the solution is intended (category 1 only, category 2 only, both category 1 and 2). For teams that intend to participate using a previously-published solution, a shorter abstract is sufficient, provided that it clearly embeds a reference to the prior work and that it points out which changes or extensions are planned compared to the published version. All submissions will be treated as confidential until the camera-ready deadline.
Formatting requirements. Abstracts must be written in English and can have a maximum length of 2 pages including figures, tables, and references. Pages must have 8.5" x 11" (letter) two-column format, using 10-point type on 11-point leading, with a maximum text block of 7" wide x 9" deep with an inter-column spacing of 0.25". Authors may use the LaTeX templates provided here.
Submission. To submit your competition entry, please email your abstract to cboano(at)tugraz.at with the following subject line: "EWSN 2019 Competition - Submission".
Camera-ready. The abstracts will be used to pre-select the teams competing in the competition. Accepted contestants will be able to edit their abstract and add results and lesson learned during the competition's preparation phase in their final abstract. Accepted abstracts will appear in the ACM Digital Library, unless authors explicitly mark their submission as confidential.
Carlo Alberto Boano (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
Markus Schuß (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
As for the 2018 edition of the competition, a blog and a Slack group will be made available after the notification date for a quicker communication between organizers and contestants. For further questions and clarifications, please send an e-mail to cboano(at)tugraz.at.
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