SDP 2016, San Francisco

Workshop of IEEE INFOCOM. Monday, April 11, 2016

Scope & Topics

Announcement on Best Paper Award: SDP 2016 will give out the Bell Labs Best Paper Award for Smart Data Pricing research. All accepted papers will be considered for the award.

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 providers and service providers are being formed. The rise of Ad-blockers is also affecting many economic relationships. Consequently, Smart Data Pricing (SDP) is 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, 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 5th Workshop on Smart Data Pricing (SDP), to be held on April 11, 2016, as a part of IEEE INFOCOM 2016 in San Francisco, CA, USA 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.

  • 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.
  • Models for mobile advertising (including Adblockers)
  • 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): Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: Monday, December 14, 2015 (23:59 EST)
  • Review Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Author Notification: Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Camera-ready paper due: Friday, February 26, 2016
  • Workshop Date: April 11, 2016

Submission Instructions

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, but not counting 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. Details to follow shortly.

Registration Information

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