Fourth International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM 2012)

Venue: Yaoundé

Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Event Date/Time: Nov 12, 2012 End Date/Time: Nov 14, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Jul 28, 2012
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Description

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Fourth International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries -
Africomm 2012
12th and 14th November 2012
Yaoundé, Cameroon
http://africommconference.org/2012
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HIGHLIGHTS

- The event is endorsed by the European Alliance for Innovation, a leading community-based organisation devoted to the advancement of innovation in the field of ICT
- All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries
- Proceedings will be submitted for indexing by Google Scholar, ISI, EI Compendex, Scopus and many more
- [Specific programme feature, e.g. keynotes, committee members, successful past editions]

CALL FOR PAPERS

[Scope]

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have proven to offer immense potential to development. However, designing, developing, and deploying infrastructures and solutions that are affordable and efficient when only limited resources are available is a very challenging task. This presents a setback for developing countries against reaping the benefits that ICTs offers. AFRICOMM 2012 aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in ICT to discuss issues and trends, recent research, innovation advances and on-the-field experiences related to e-Infrastructure, e-Governance, e-Business, and enabling policy and regulations with a deep focus on developing countries.

AFRICOMM invites submission of unpublished and quality research papers with novel contributions. All submitted contributions will undergo a double-blind peer review. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published by Springer’s LNICST series.

AFRICOMM 2012, the fourth conference of the series, includes workshops, tutorials, demos and a student track. Research papers may have conceptual as well as practical focus. In particular real-world experience reports are strongly encouraged.

[Topics]

Proposals to contribute are very welcomed and should focus on some of the following aspects:

Communication Infrastructures in Developing Countries

•Design and analysis of protocols and architectures for developing countries
•Existing and emerging wireless broadband access technologies, such as WiMAX, LTE, etc.
•Innovations in femtocells, picocells and relay network technologies
•Cognitive radio and advanced spectrum management methods
•Self-managed deployment, operation, and maintenance of IT infrastructures
•Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in developing country environments
•Exploitation of delay-tolerant networking
•Cooperative communications and networking
•Energy-aware ICT infrastructure, e.g., energy aware systems and networking
•ICT infrastructures based on alternative energies
•Network and IT security issues in developing countries
•Overlay networks (such as p2p, bitTorrent, etc) in developing countries
•ICT infrastructures for critical environmental conditions
•Testbeds and reference implementation for validating infrastructure requirements and usage
•Critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP)
•Geographic Information systems and applications
•ICT policy and regulations

Electronic Service for Developing Countries
Experiences and applications in areas such as:
•e-health, e-learning, e-agriculture, e-business, e-government, and e-participation
•Mobile health information systems, including voice-based interfaces
•ICT for development
•Mobile-based services and applications
•Mobile computing for next generation phones
•Cloud services (or specifically, mobile cloud services)
•Service creation environments, service delivery platforms
•Telco 2.0 vs over-the-top (OTT) services
•Emergency and disaster management
•Open source and open source models for e-services
•Participatory design and living labs
•E-services for environmental sustainability

ICT Policy and Regulatory Issues for Developing Countries

[Publications]

Accepted papers will be published in Springer's LNICST series and will appear in the SpringerLink, one of the largest digital libraries online that covers a variety of scientific disciplines, as well as in the ICST's own EU Digital Library (EUDL). LNICST volumes are submitted for inclusion to leading indexing services, including DBLP, Google Scholar, ACM Digital Library, ISI Proceedings, EI Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus. See
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-1068921-0 for more information about indexing.

[Paper submission]
The page limit for research papers is ten pages, demo descriptions and posters are limited to two-pages. All contributions should be formatted according to the LNICST Conference Publishing Services formatting instructions, including figures and references. All submissions must be in English.

Please visit the conference website for detailed submission instructions: http://www.africommconference.org. One author of each accepted contribution will be required to register and present the work at the conference.

[Important dates]

Submission: 28th July 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 25th August 2012
Camera Ready: 29th September 2012
Posters/Demos: 29th September 2012
Conference Date: 12th and 14th November 2012

[Conference organising committees]

General Chair:
Karl Jonas, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

TPC Chair:
Idris A. Rai, State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Local Chair:
Maurice Tchuente, University Yaoundé 1, Cameroon

Publication Chair:
Edward Mutafungwa, Aalto University, Finland

Publicity Chair:
Marina Grigorian, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Workshops and Demos:
Dirk Elias, Fraunhofer AICOS, Portugal

Posters and Panels Chair:
Hans Schotten, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Student affairs:
Thomas Djotio, University Yaoundé 1, Cameroon

Industrial participation:
Adolfo Villafiorita, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Darelle Van Greunen, NMMU, South Africa

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