SDP 2015, Hong Kong

Workshop of IEEE INFOCOM. April 27, 2015

Scope & Topics

PDF version of Call for Papers.

Announcement on Best Paper Award: The following papers were the co-recipient of the Bell Labs Best Paper Award for Smart Data Pricing research:

  • Chang Liu, Randall Berry, “Investing and Price Competition for Multiple Bands of Unlicensed Spectrum”
  • Xin Wang, Richard Ma, Yinlong Xu, “The Role of Data Cap in Two-part Pricing under Market Competition”

Demand for data in both wired and wireless broadband networks are almost doubling every year, inducing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to use pricing both as a congestion management tool and a revenue generation model. This changing landscape is evidenced by the elimination of flat-rate plans in favor of $10/GB usage based fees in the US and various other countries in Asia and Europe. More recently, new monetization approaches are taking off, such as the Sponsored Content plans from AT&T and other Asian telcos, and new peering agreements between content provider and service providers are being formed. Consequently, Smart Data Pricing (SDP) is now playing a major role in the future of mobile, broadband, and content distribution networks. SDP can refer to (a) time/location/app/congestion dependent dynamic pricing, (b) usage based pricing with throttling/booster, (c) WiFi offloading/proactive caching, (d) two-sided pricing/reverse billing/sponsored content, (e) quota-aware content distribution, (f) shared data pricing, and any combination or extensions of the above. SDP can help create happier consumers and enterprise users, less congestion, and better Quality of Experience, lower CapEx/OpEx, higher revenue/profit margin, less churn, more consumption and ad revenue to content/app providers. But it also requires developing pricing models that capture the interplay between technical and economic factors, interfaces among network providers and content/app providers, field trials, and a combination of smart ideas, smart execution, and smart policy.

The 4th Workshop on Smart Data Pricing (SDP), to be held on April 27, 2015, as a part of IEEE INFOCOM in Hong Kong, solicits contributions describing analyses of state-of-the-art pricing mechanisms, results of ongoing research, open issues, trends, pricing-related signaling protocols, net-neutrality related policy implications, standardization activities, and new ideas in smart pricing and economic models that can help alleviate network congestion. Topics of particular interest to SDP 2015 include, but not limited to:

  • Theories, models, and analyses of access pricing
  • Use of incentives and economic mechanisms to alleviate network congestion
  • Economics of WiFi offloading, femtocells, heterogeneous networks
  • Empirical studies of user behavior in response to price incentives
  • Novel system implementation, deployment, or field trials of smart pricing
  • Challenges in monetization of spectrum and emerging pricing trends
  • Two-sided pricing, reverse billing, and sponsored content
  • Network neutrality and regulatory aspects of pricing policies
  • Economic and pricing issues in smart grids, cloud computing, etc.
  • Hardware and software support for enabling smarter pricing practices
  • Security and privacy issues in smart pricing
  • Impact of pricing and policies on the Digital Divide
  • Human-computer interaction aspects of pricing practices
  • Activities on standardization of signaling protocols for smart pricing

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration Deadline (optional): December 1, 2014
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 7, 2014
  • Review Deadline: January 10, 2015
  • Author Notification: January 15, 2015
  • Camera-ready paper due: February 28, 2015
  • Workshop Date: April 27, 2015

Submission Instructions

SDP 2015 invites submission of both technical papers and position papers. Submitted papers should be original: Papers that have already appeared in conference proceedings or journals or are currently under review are ineligible for consideration. Questions about the eligibility of a potential submission should be mailed to the Organizing Committee. Papers will be selected based on both technical merit and potential to spark interesting discussion at the workshop. If accepted, at least one author should register for the workshop to present the paper.

Paper submissions should be at most 6 pages in length, including figures, and the bibliography. Your paper should be typeset in two-column format with 10-point fonts or larger. Additional information (including detailed proofs or experimental data) may be included in a clearly marked appendix that will be read at the discretion of the program committee members.

All papers submissions will be handled by EDAS submission system of INFOCOM available through this link


The accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE INFOCOM 2015 workshop proceedings and appear in IEEE Xplore.

Registration Information

Workshop registrations will be handled by the IEEE INFOCOM main website.

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