DIMACS 1996-2000 Special Year on Networks: Overview
DIMACS will continue its Special Focus program on Networks through August 2000. This Special Year brings together researchers and practitioners in
a wide variety of fields connected to the common theme of "Networks"
and ranging from questions of infrastructure to ones of applications.
Special emphasis is placed on Internet-related topics, as this is
a young and growing area where theoretical computer science and discrete
mathematics have a chance to make a real impact.
The Special Focus is concentrating on four overlapping areas:
Our goal is to engage theoreticians with these problems and foster
communication between them and real-world practitioners.
Practitioners have much to tell theorists about what the key issues
are, and theorists may themselves be able to provide crucial insights
and solutions to practitioners.
- Network Security: protocols for electronic commerce, public key
infrastructure, network security and threat models.
- Network Applications: information retrieval,
databases and the Web,
multimedia transmission and coding distributed and collaborative computing.
- Network Control: routing, congestion and admission control,
network protocols, mobile computing
- Network Design: topology and connectivity,
switch design, facilities location
Most workshops are structured so as to include both theorists
and practitioners, with the practitioners being drawn both from the systems
side of academia and from a broad spectrum of industry, including
key support from three of the industrial partners in DIMACS (AT&T
Labs - Research,
Bell Laboratories, and Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore).
There is an active visitor program, including
long and short-term visitors, both at the
official DIMACS locations on the Rutgers and Princeton campuses and at the
Seminar series and Distinguished Lecturer series
also rotate among the sponsoring institutions.
And of course there have been many workshops, of varying durations,
from quickly-planned one day get-togethers on fast-breaking topics
to more elaborate week long conferences on broader subject areas.
For additional information, contact the organizers:
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Document last modified on June 7, 1999.