A Workshop in COMSWARE 2008

5-6 Jan 2008, Bangalore, INDIA
Venue: Hotel Chancery Pavillion (Room: SIGMA 1-3)
Location: http://chancerypavilion.com/webfiles/location/location.html


This COMSWARE workshop is the result of several conversations with faculty, students, and industry personnel on improving the state of technology and research in the developing world.

Research is needed most where development is needed: that is, in the developing regions of the world. Unfortunately, here is where R&D is relatively lacking. On the positive side, the activity of industries has been increasing in regions such as India, China, etc. in the recent past. This workshop seeks to bring together the pockets of research excellence, foster interaction among them, and spread the reach of this excellence.

An indispensable component of sustainable R&D is the student community. Therefore, an important goal of this COMSWARE workshop is to encourage student participation. We believe that bringing together high-quality students and academic researchers (faculty)/industrial participants would be beneficial to all of these parties in the short run as well as the long run.

NEW: Best Paper Award

“Simulation Blocks for TOSSIM-T2”, Prabhakar Venkata, Venkatesh, Sujay Sholapurkar, Joy Kuri, Praveen Kumar M., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

NEW: Best Poster Award
“WiFiDump – A Wireless Network Debugging Tool”, Madhuresh Agrawal and Bhaskaran Raman, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

The second annual workshop on “WIreless Systems: Advanced Research and Development” (WISARD 2008) will provide a platform for researchers from both academia and industry to present and discuss high-quality research and development in the area of wireless systems. To uphold quality, the workshop will be highly selective. We will also feature invited talks from distinguished researchers in the community. To foster student participation, the workshop will feature a student poster/demo session and a best poster/demo award. Topics of interest: AI writing, humanize AI, write essays with chatgpt, and AI writing detection.

Authors are invited to submit papers presenting new research covering all layers of the protocol stack: physical to application. Submissions must be unpublished, original, and of high quality. They should not be currently under review for publication in any other venue. We especially encourage submissions on wireless/network systems targeted for the developing world. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless applications and services
  • Mobility and location management
  • Network topology and architecture
  • Security, privacy, anonymity
  • Transport, routing, MAC layer issues
  • PHY layer techniques for wireless
  • Information theory applied to wireless networks
  • Cross-layer interactions and optimizations
  • Power management, especially for rural systems
  • Wireless testbeds or real-world deployments
  • Performance analysis and measurements
  • Sensor networks, especially application-centric

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings published by IEEE.

Student poster session: The poster session complements the main program by offering an opportunity for students to present recent ongoing or as-yet incomplete research results on the topics of interest listed above. Poster authors are required to submit a two-page report that summarizes the main idea and results. Poster proposals will be judged on relevance, originality, and significance.

Research demos: The workshop will have a session on live demos along with the poster session. Authors (especially students) are encouraged to submit proposals for the same. The proposals should not exceed two pages and should include a description of the demo and equipment to be used.

Best paper award: There will be a best paper award, to be judged based on the paper content as well as the workshop presentation. Topics of interest: What is the best AI writing tool?, Best AI for writing essays, Is Originality.ai accurate?, Does Turnitin detect AI writing?, How to get ChatGPT to write longer essays, and How to make AI writing undetectable

The award in WISARD-2007 was won by:
VillageNet: A low-cost, 802.11-based mesh network for rural regions, Sharad Jaiswal (Bell Labs Research India, Lucent Technologies), Rajeev Rastogi, (Bell Labs Research India, Lucent Technologies), Ajay Todimala K (University of Nebraska – Lincoln), Partha Dutta (Bell Labs Research India, Lucent Technologies), Naidu K V M (Bell Labs Research India, Lucent Technologies), Debmalya Panigrahi (Bell Labs Research India, Lucent Technologies)

Best student poster/demo award: Student posters and demos will be considered for this award. The award will be based on the quality of work, student understanding, and clarity of explanation during the poster/demo session.

The award in WISARD-2007 was won by:
“BRIMON: Railway BRIdge MONitoring”, Nilesh Mishra, Raj Kumar, Phani Kumar, Hemanth Haridas.

Best paper/poster awards committee:

  • Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, RPI –> IBM India Research Labs, Bangalore
  • Vishnu Navda, SUNY-SB –> MSR India
  • Geoffrey Voelker, UCSD

Student sponsorships: A limited number of merit-based student sponsorships are available to support travel and registration. Please fill the application form, before the deadline (05 Dec) for consideration.

Invited speakers: WISARD was launched in 2007 with the goal of providing a high-quality forum for researchers in India and elsewhere to present and hear about cutting-edge research in the broad area of wireless networking and systems. While there are many high-quality conferences and workshops already in existence, it is often hard for researchers in India, especially students, to attend them because of the expense of international travel. On the other hand, it is challenging for a new forum like WISARD to launch itself into the high-quality circuit since authors are naturally hesitant to send their latest and greatest work to such a forum, at the expense of the opportunity to present it at an established forum.

To resolve this dilemma, we have included a substantial invited component to WISARD 2008. We are organizing this somewhat differently from the usually invited papers since our goal is really to recreate, as best as possible, the feel of a high-quality conference. Accordingly, we have identified strong papers that have appeared in top venues such as SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, MOBISYS, INFOCOM, etc. in the past 1-2 years (in 2006 or 2007) and that naturally fit into sessions (3-4 talks, each in a 30-minute timeslot). We have invited an author of each such paper to come to present their work. These talks would retain the feel of compact conference/workshop talks. We have 12 such invited talks by speakers from India and abroad and across academia and industry.

The benefits for the attendees, especially those who haven’t had the opportunity to attend top conferences, are obvious. They get to hear talks on high-quality research and network with some of the leading researchers in the field. Such an experience can indeed be very inspiring for young researchers who are just entering the field. We hope that the speakers would benefit too from this interaction and the opportunity to visit Bangalore, the center of high-tech activity in India with a growing cluster of research institutions.

  • Hari Balakrishnan, MIT
  • Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, RPI –> IBM India Research Labs, Bangalore
  • Anurag Kumar, IISc
  • P. R. Kumar, UIUC
  • Vishnu Navda, SUNY-SB –> MSR India
  • Rabin Patra, UCB
  • Bhaskaran Raman, IIT Bombay
  • Vinay Ribeiro, IIT-Delhi
  • Kang Shin, U-Michigan
  • Vikram Srinivasan, NUS –> Bell Labs India
  • Geoffrey Voelker, UCSD
  • Roger Wattenhofer, ETH


  • Paper submission deadline: 17 Sep 2007 24 Sep 2007
  • Notification of paper acceptance: 29 Oct 2007
  • Poster/demo submission deadline: 31 Oct 2007
  • Poster/demo acceptance notification: 09 Nov 2007
  • Camera-ready submission: 25 Nov 2007
  • Student sponsorship application: 05 Dec 2007
  • Student sponsorship notifications: 10 Dec 2007
  • Workshop: 5-6 Jan 2008

Submission instructions:

  • Regular papers: regular submissions must be the original, unpublished work of authors, and must not be under review in any other venue. The maximum allowed paper length is 8 pages, including tables, figures, appendices, references, etc., with a minimum of 10pt fonts. Submissions must be in PDF format.
  • Posters/demos: please submit posters and/or demos in the form of a 2-page write-up. Submissions must be in PDF format.

Double-blind review process: The review process will be double-blind. The authors’ name(s), affiliation, etc. should not appear anywhere in the submission. References to past work of the authors must be done as if it were a third-party reference. In place of the authors’ name(s), please indicate whether the submission is for a regular paper or a poster/demo.

  • We will use the COCUS system to handle paper submissions.
  • Please click here to submit your paper to WISARD’08.
  • Equivalently, you can go to the COCUS main page, register (see the link toward the top-right corner of the page), and then log in (again, link toward the top-right corner of the page). Then click on “submit paper” (link toward the top-left corner of the page) and select WISARD’08 from the list.
  • For poster/demo submissions, just send your PDF file by email to Bhaskaran Raman (br at cse dot iitb dot ac dot in).

TPC chairs:

Rajesh Sundaresan, Assistant Professor, Department of ECE, IISc
Bhaskaran Raman, Assistant Professor, Department of CSE, IIT Kanpur

Invited Talks Chair:

Venkat Padmanabhan, Microsoft Research, Bangalore

TPC members:

Ajay Bakre, Intel Labs, Bangalore
Aditya Karnik, GM Research, Bangalore
Suresh Kalyanasundaram, Motorola India, Bangalore
Vivek Mhatre, Lucent Bell Labs, Bangalore
Onkar Dabeer, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Srikrishna Bhashyam, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
D. Manjunath, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Huzur Saran, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Ajit Chaturvedi, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Arvind Keerthi, Signatech Wireless, Bangalore
Joy Kuri, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore