ACM NanoCom 2021

Call for Papers

Communication technologies at micro- and nanoscale are essential for tackling numerous challenges in many fields, including ICT, medicine, pharmacology, synthetic biology, and materials science. The interdisciplinary nature of the related research challenges has prompted the creation of new multidisciplinary work groups.

The 8th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (ACM NanoCom 2021) aims to further grow the research community that contributes to nanocomputing and communications, and to stimulate the knowledge transfer to industries. In this time and age where lives are impacted by COVID-19, NanoCom also rises as an opportunity to discuss novel ways to model and address this problem from the nanocommunications perspective.

ACM NanoCom 2021 will highlight novel research results and breakthrough ideas, and identify directions for short and medium term exploitation. Novel theoretical and experimental research contributions are welcome. The conference will feature contributed and invited papers, posters, demos and keynote addresses in this emerging inter-disciplinary field.

We invite submissions in areas including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Electromagnetic communication at (sub-)THz and optical frequencies
    • Coding, modulation, detection, and estimation
    • Channel modeling including free-space propagation and intra-chip/intra-body propagation
    • Devices based on nanomaterials and metamaterials
    • Localization and positioning
  • Molecular communication in the biological, chemical, or mechanical environments
    • Signal design, detection, estimation, and sensing
    • Modeling channels of free diffusion, guided transport, microfluidic, in-vivo/in-vitro biological systems
    • Molecular communication components including signal sources and encoders/decoders
  • Quantum communications in integrated quantum computers
    • Design and modeling of quantum-coherent interconnects
    • Communication theoretic approaches for quantum communications
    • Quantum communication protocol design
  • Interfaces for molecular and electromagnetic nanoscale communications
  • Nanoscale communication network protocols for nanosensor and biological networks
  • Simulation tools and experimental testbeds for nanonetworks
    • Design and formal methods for specifying components and parameters
    • Experimental demonstrations of nano-communication systems
  • Integration of nano- and traditional macroscale communication systems
  • Nano-computing paradigms, including neuromorphic computing, DNA and molecular computing, membrane computing, quantum computing, and biological computing
  • Applications, such as the Internet of Nano(-Bio)-things, nanosensor networks, systems on chip, nanomedicine, tissue engineering, future and emerging applications, nanonetworks in exotic materials such as functional meta-surfaces and meta-materials

Call for Posters and Demos

ACM NanoCom 2021 solicits submissions for a poster and demo session dedicated to sharing late-breaking results or work-in-progress on any topic related to nanoscale communication, computing and networks. Posters and demos provide a chance for in-depth research discussions with other conference attendees and are therefore especially well suited for obtaining feedback on ongoing research or controversial ideas. A demo proposal is expected to insist on how the demonstration supports innovative research results or original applications and/or the value for the community of the test platform (please see the topics of interest above). Demonstrations will be selected based on the expected interest from the Nanocom audience. Poster and demo papers will be presented in an appropriate session.

Paper Submission

Regular papers submitted to ACM NanoCom 2021 must be original, not previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, and they must not be submitted to any other event or publication during the entire review process. Regular papers are limited to 6 pages including figures and references. They should describe novel advances in topics within the scope of the conference. Authors may submit a 7-page manuscript for review, but an extra page charge of $100 is required for accepted papers.

Prospective poster presenters should submit a poster abstract with a maximum length of 2 pages, including all figures and references. Poster abstracts must be formatted with the ACM style sheet. The abstract title should begin with "Poster: ". If you are using LaTeX, you can make use of a simplified ACM conference template. The review is single-blind, that is, the author names should be listed on the submission.

A demo submission requires an extended abstract with a maximum length of 2 pages, including all figures and references, describing the demonstration as well as any special requirements (other than a demo booth/table). The extended abstract should be formatted with the ACM style sheet. If you are using LaTeX, you can make use of a simplified ACM conference template. The demo title should begin with "Demo: ".

The submission should include
  • the names, affiliations, and email addresses of the authors,
  • equipment to be used for the demo,
  • space needed and the required setup time,
  • additional facilities needed, including power and Internet/wireless access.

Paper submissions should follow the ACM double-column format for conferences. Please be sure to use the latest ACM templates available at https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template (use the “sample-sigconf.tex” template).

All submitted papers will undergo a peer review process, as coordinated by the Technical Program Committee Chairs.

Accepted poster and demo abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings and listed on the conference website. Each accepted poster must be presented in person at the conference. Easels will be provided at the conference for A0 posters.

Authors of accepted Demo proposals are encouraged to submit a companion video clip showcasing their demo. Video clips should highlight the technical contributions of the demo and be no more than 90 seconds in length. Demo video clips will be posted on the conference website. Videos can be submitted by including a link to the video along with the extended abstract submission.

Submissions are now accepted through EDAS:
[Start a new submission here]

Information for Presenters

All authors are required to upload a pre-recorded version of the presentation of the paper using EDAS by September 3rd, 2021. The presentation can be recorded by any of the co-authors and will be available during the original dates of the conference and on-demand for the Q&A after the pre-recorded presentation.

Guidelines for Preparing Your Video

  • Duration: 15 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Q&A for regular papers (Special Sessions will receive guidelines for presentation from their chairs), and 1 minutes presentation for short papers & posters (Breakout rooms will be available where you can present your work as would be in a conference in person) and 5 min presentation for data competition presenters.
  • File size: 100MB max
  • Video file format: mp4
  • Dimensions: Minimum height 480 pixels, aspect ratio: 16:9

Please note the final specifications will be checked at the time of submission and files not compliant may not be uploaded.

Please be sure the video includes the title of the paper, the authors, and a mention to ACM NanoCom 2021.

Upload it on EDAS.

Guidelines for Preparing Your Poster/Short Paper Presentation

  • It is recommended to keep the title of the poster same as in the submitted abstract.
  • Must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Authors can either make a poster in Landscape or Portrait form or a slide deck using PowerPoint (Landscape or Portrait) and then save either as a PDF.
  • The top of the Poster should display the following information: Title of your Paper, Name(s) of the Author(s) and Affiliation(s).
  • Make sure that the specific sections (such as the background, methods, results, and conclusions) are easy to locate in the poster.
  • Use only static images and do not embed any videos or animation in your poster.
  • Upload it on EDAS.

Video Conferencing Tools for Pre-Recorded Presentation

There are several video conferencing tools available to easily record a presentation. In this method, you can show your face via webcam (if you’d like) and display your slides as you talk. You can use any meeting software as long as you get a good quality recording and your final file is in the MP4 format. Here are some links to instructions on recording a meeting on common platforms:

You can also use the two step method covered below:

Our recommended approach to record a compatible video from content displayed on your computer screen and voice recorded via the computer microphone, is to record the presentation using Zoom, available to users on most platforms and in most countries:

Instructions for recording your presentation with Zoom:
https://ieeetv.ieee.org/mobile/video/recording-your-presentation-with-zoom

Tips for Recording

  • Use as quiet an area as possible
  • Avoid areas that have echo
  • Rooms should be fairly small
  • Sound dampening with carpeting, curtains, furniture 3. Hardline internet connection recommended, but if unavailable, a strong Wi-Fi connection 4. Good headset with microphone close to mouth BUT away from direct line of mouth to reduce "pops". Avoid using default built-in microphone on computer.
  • Do a test recording of a couple of minutes and review the sound and picture quality, MP4 format, and bit rate before recording the entire presentation. Make adjustments if needed.

If you have any issues with uploading your presentation, please contact the TPC chairs.

Important Dates

Regular papers due: April 15, 2021 May 12, 2021
Poster and Demo Abstracts due: July 7, 2021
Notification of Acceptance for Regular Papers: June 30, 2021
Notification of Acceptance for Poster/Demo Abstracts: July 25, 2021
Camera ready paper due: July 31, 2021


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