SOSP Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR) 2009

October 11, 2009

Big Sky Resort
Big Sky, MT

ACM SIGOPS In Cooperation with USENIX
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Call for Papers Workshop Website Important Dates Background

Following on two successful workshops hosted with ACM SIGCOMM in 2007 and 2008, the 3rd Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR '09) will provide a venue for researchers to present ideas and results concerning the design, implementation and evaluation of new computing and communications technologies serving developing regions.

The decreasing cost and increasing access to information and communication technologies (e.g., mobile phones) are rapidly enabling access to new services and markets for previously disconnected populations. However, due to a variety of factors, including cost, literacy, education, and organizational capacity, conventional approaches to technology design and implementation are often not relevant. Moreover, empirical evidence for the impact of such technologies is largely anecdotal, beyond a few well-known and well-cited examples.

Addressing this requires engagement of several disciplines, including but not limited to economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science, and expertise in a variety of application areas - including government, health, finance and agriculture. NSDR focuses on addressing significant technical challenges (e.g., communication infrastructure in rural areas, novel caching techniques for challenged networks, security issues arising in such contexts), and on the deployment and evaluation of novel technologies or applications that address a specific need (e.g. providing remote financial services or health care).


We encourage submission of position papers or the results of preliminary work describing interesting, original, previously unpublished ideas or results pertaining to the design, implementation and/or evaluation of networks and systems for developing regions.

Accepted papers will:

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages (six pages) in length (including figures and references), must be a PDF file, and must follow formatting guidelines and instructions at Submissions that deviate from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration. Reviews will be SINGLE-BLIND: authors' names and affiliations should be included in the submission.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop. Submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference or journal.

Program Committee
Sunday, October 11
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Session 1: Keynote & Introduction      
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Session 2: Money and Power       
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Session 3: Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose      
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Session 4: Plowing the Road Ahead      

Session 1: Keynote & Introduction       

To be announced

Session 2: Money and Power       

Signet: Low-cost Auditable Transactions Using SIMs and Mobile Phones
Michael Paik (NYU) and Lakshmi Subramanian (NYU)
Secure Branchless Banking
Ashlesh Sharma (NYU), Lakshmi Subramanian (NYU), and Dennis Shasha (NYU)
An Energy-Flow Model for Self-Powered Routers and its Application for Energy-Aware Routing
Veljko Pejovic (UCSB), Elizabeth Belding (UCSB), and Mahesh Marina (Univ. of Edinburgh)
Implementation and Evaluation of a TDMA MAC for WiFi-based Rural Mesh Networks
Ashutosh Dhekne (IIT Bombay), Nirav Uchat (IIT Bombay), and Bhaskaran Raman (IIT Bombay)

Session 3: Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose       

Message Phone: A User Study and Analysis of Asynchronous Messaging in Rural Uganda
Kurtis Heimerl (UC Berkeley), RJ Honicky (UC Berkeley), Eric Brewer (UC Berkeley),
and Tapan Parikh (UC Berkeley)
Lo3: Low-cost, Low-power, Local Voice and Messaging for Developing Regions
Bhaskaran Raman (IIT Bombay) and Kameswari Chebrolu (IIT Bombay)
Crowd Translator: On Building Localized Speech Recognizers through Micropayments
Jonathan Ledlie (Nokia Research), Billy Odero (Nokia Research), Einat Minkov (Nokia Research),
Imre Kiss (Nokia Research), and Joseph Polifroni (Nokia Research)
Development and Implementation of a Loosely Coupled, Multi-Site, Networked and Replicated
Electronic Medical Record in Haiti
William B Lober (Univ. of Washington), Stephen Wagner (Univ. of Washington),
and Christina Quiles (Univ. of Washington)

Session 4: Plowing the Road Ahead       

Beating Netbooks Into Servers: Making Some Computers More Equal Than Others
Anirudh Badam (Princeton) and Vivek Pai (Princeton)
MyMANET: A Customizable Mobile Ad hoc Network
Ashwin Paranjpe (Georgia Tech) and Santosh Vempala (Georgia Tech)
Challenges In Communication Assisted Road Transportation Systems for Developing Regions
Rijurekha Sen (IIT Bombay), Vishal Sevani (IIT Bombay), Prashima Sharma (IIT Bombay),
Zahir Koradia (IIT Bombay), and Bhaskaran Raman (IIT Bombay)
The C-LINK System for Collaborative Web Usage: A Real-World Deployment in Rural Nicaragua
Sibren Isaacman (Princeton) and Margaret Martonosi (Princeton)