Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting: Ten Years and Looking Forward
4-7 December 2006
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Call for Track Session Proposals
The Call for Proposals is now closed.
The Internet2 Member Meeting Program Committee is now accepting proposals for concurrent track sessions at the 2006 Fall Member Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from December 4–7. Please circulate this Call to interested individuals on your campus, in your organization, and among your peers and colleagues in the Internet2 community.
Below is information on
- Themes and Areas of focus
- Track descriptions
- Proposal evaluation criteria
- Submission information
Themes and Areas of Focus for the Fall Meeting
Community Participation, Sharing and Networking - Internet2 Member Meetings convene faculty, researchers, scientists, educators, CIOs and regional network members from a range of disciplines and organizations around the world. When we gather for the Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting this December, attendees will participate in both the formal program and informal interactions--making connections, sharing insights, and learning from the achievements of others. Together, we will focus on the future of advanced networking for research and education, as our community continues to build on accomplishments in the areas of applications, network architecture, middleware, teaching and learning, security, and more.
Innovative Applications and New Network Focus - The program in Chicago will offer sessions that highlight innovative uses of advanced networking and technical sessions on the development and evolution of high-performance network infrastructures. Sessions will provide opportunities for participants to examine strategic priorities for the uses of advanced networking, such as dynamic high-end service provisioning for Grid computing and experimental science applications, as well as chances to learn about key projects that are currently underway. Current news and input about the Internet2 community’s innovative design for the next generation research and education network in the US will play a significant role in the agenda.
Demos, Collaborations and Promising Practices - The program committee encourages presentations that incorporate technology demonstrations, panels that provide different perspectives or cross-discipline experiences, and presentations that talk about collaborations between and among members. In the selection of track sessions, the program committee also intends to identify a small number of sessions that showcase a promising practice or produce a recommended set of practices in the areas of innovation, community building and/or shared infrastructure, in support of the recommendations of the Campus Expectations Task Force (CETF). (See http://www.internet2.edu/files/CETF-FinalReport.pdf for their full report.)
Ten Years and Looking Forward - In 1996, the higher education research and education community came together around the idea of transforming advanced networking in this country and, a decade later, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on what our community has accomplished together. The Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting will recognize this community achievement through a variety of activities, including during the program track sessions. Program track session presenters are encouraged to not only reflect on the successes of the last ten years, but more importantly will focus on where research and education advanced networking is going in the future by building on these accomplishments.
Topics to be emphasized in the Fall 2006 Member Meeting program are highlighted in the following tracks:
Advancing Applications: What's working? What's not? What's needed? - Sessions in this category will focus on case study or promising practice examples of applications that have worked and that have not worked, with a strong focus on why and what's needed. Representatives from higher education, government and industry are invited to submit their examples and perspectives on these issues related to using advanced networking. Examples from arts and humanities, health sciences, science and engineering, business and law, and other disciplines are encouraged.
Middleware: Sessions in this category will focus on forward-looking examples, on-going development, and policy work in the areas of identification, authentication, authorization, and workflow. Within these general categories, examples of session topics might include: Identity Management, Shibboleth in general and Shibboleth use within federal agencies, NSF's Middleware Initiative, PKI (especially for government and education), federations (especially for e-government) and federated authentication, middleware for wireless networking, middleware-enabled collaboration, authority management systems (Signet & Grouper), middleware diagnostics, middleware for video and for virtual organizations, workflow management middleware.
Network Planning and Engineering: Sessions in this category will provide an opportunity for discussion of advanced network services, network infrastructure developments, end-to-end performance and performance measurement, disaster recovery, cyberinfrastructure, wireless networks and solutions and next generation networks. Examples of topics that might be considered include: sensor networks, hybrid optical packet infrastructures, experimental network testbeds, mesh network coverage, regional optical networks (RONs) and optical regional education networks (ORENs), national or international research and educational networks (NREN's),and the drivers of the next-generation Internet. The Network Planning and Engineering track will also accommodate discussion of specific emerging technologies such as optical multicast, jumbo frames, IPv6, emerging techniques, and network operational policy issues—such as data collection privacy rights, and network measurement and monitor policies.
Security for Advanced Networks: Sessions in this category will focus on the technical, policy, and management issues in network security—addressing immediate term to longer range planning and research. Suggested topics include: critical infrastructure protection, SALSA initiatives, homeland security, VoIP security, secure ad hoc collaboration, balancing security and performance, and the national strategy to secure cyberspace. Policy and management issues might include end user education, funding for basic security R&D, funding for security software tools, and cross-network cooperation (at the campus, national, and international levels).
Teaching and Learning/K20: Sessions will focus on initiatives and projects that explore ways in which advanced network applications, services, tools and digital content enhance teaching and learning. Suggested topics might include: K20 partnerships, K20 and the national agenda, the role of advanced networking to further international initiatives, student and teacher experiences in using Internet2, assessment and accountability of pedagogical outcomes, interactive educational gaming environments, and the transformation of libraries, museum, science and cultural center projects through uses of advanced networking. Particular focus will be given to introducing promising practices and highlighting case studies in Teaching and Learning/K20.
What's Next for the Net?: Sessions will examine key technology trends; with special focus on developing and evolving applications. Presenters are encouraged to describe new technological breakthroughs and what they might mean for universities and the Internet2 community. Proposed topics for this area include broadband wireless, all-optical networks, hybrid networks, network monitoring tools, grid computing, identity management, collaboration tools, web services, mash-ups, multi-mode mobile devices and the explosive growth of video services, etc.
Please note - specific technology or application sessions that address issues and impact in more than one category (e.g. how middleware, security and collaboration will be affected by advanced content delivery) are encouraged.
Proposals will be considered on the basis of the following criteria:
- demonstration of the value of Internet2 (the community and network) to members
- extent to which session supports the track topic and theme
- extent to which a project or initiative will provoke discussion and interaction
- presentation of significant achievement (i.e. promising practices) rather than status updates
- engagement of the Internet2 community
- degree of interaction and information sharing among participants at different levels of engagement
- focus on new technological breakthroughs, developing and evolving applications
- degree to which session itself utilizes and/or demonstrates advanced and innovative technologies
- overall proposal quality and balance of topics
The Program Committee will select approximately 60 proposals to fill track session slots, and may also select some proposals for inclusion as poster sessions.
Track sessions are either 60 or 75 minutes in length, depending on the number of speakers and the amount of session content. If you have a short talk (10-15 minutes), please submit it with a note indicating that if selected, it should be part of a larger session rather than standing on its own.
Track sessions will be scheduled for the mornings and afternoons of Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 6th and for the morning of Thursday, December 7th. More information on the meeting schedule will be available on the Internet2 website in September.
Required information on the submission form includes:
- a title
- a session abstract of no more than 200 words
- at least one speaker name
- primary track assignment
- session format
- audience information (who you’re targeting and what level of understanding they should have coming into the session)
- permission to netcast your session if it’s selected for the program and for netcasting
- a contact name and email address
Submission deadline Friday, September 15, 2006
Notification by Friday, September 29, 2006
The Call for Proposals is now closed.
Contact for Additional Information
Marianne Smith, Assistant Director, Member Activities <firstname.lastname@example.org>