MERIT 2019

Midscale Education and Research Infrastructure and Tools (MERIT) Community Event

An NSF sponsored Workshop at the
27th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2019)
Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 7, 2019

MERIT 2019

Conference Venue

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East
750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

You can find the interactive map of the building here.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks ― SCE Cardinal Room

Merit ― SCE Dearborn B

Reception/Demo ― SCE Cardinal Room
Reception/Poster ― SCE East Terrace


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Travel Grants

If you are a U.S. based participant, you may apply for a travel grant to the MERIT workshop by filling out this form

Travel grant application deadline (extended): Friday, September 6, 2019 Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
Travel grant notification (extended): Monday, September 9, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019.

Call for Abstracts, Posters, and Demos

The MERIT Community Event is an opportunity for researchers, technical experts, and educators to share experiences and advance the state of the art in experimental research and pedagogy using publicly available midscale infrastructure projects such as GENI, the Chameleon and CloudLab cloud testbeds, EdgeNet, the COSMOS and POWDER/RENEW Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR).

We solicit two-page abstracts, with demo and/or poster proposals, describing experimental research and/or pedagogy from areas including, but not limited to:

Submission Instructions

All abstracts submitted must be in two-column, 10pt, IEEE conference format. Abstracts must include authors’ names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Please submit your abstract via All accepted abstracts will be published in IEEE Xplore. All abstracts are encouraged to participate in the poster and demo session. One additional page is permitted in the initial submission to provide a poster or demo proposal associated with the abstract (detailed below).

Demo proposals should include up to a one-page summary describing the demonstration. Please ensure that your demo proposal includes:

Poster proposals should include up to a one-page summary describing the poster. The default poster set-up is an easel and poster board for displaying the poster (default size 3x4 foot) in portrait mode. Please indicate if a larger poster is to be produced.

Accepted abstracts will be selected for presentation and/or participation in the poster and demo session. At least one of the authors of each accepted abstract must attend the workshop. A limited number of travel grants supported by the National Science Foundation are available.

Important Dates

Submission deadline August 2, 2019 August 9, 2019 (extended)
Notification of acceptance August 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 (extended)
Camera-ready version August 23, 2019 (hard deadline)

Organizing Committee

Steering Co-Chairs

Ibrahim Matta (Boston University)
Violet Syrotiuk (Arizona State University)

Technical Program Committee

Ibrahim Matta (Boston University)
Paul Ruth (RENCI - UNC Chapel Hill)
Vicraj Thomas (Architecture Technology Corporation)
Nabeel Akhtar (Boston University)
Yuefeng Wang (Akamai Technologies, Inc)
Fraida Fund (Polytechnic Institute of NYU)
Violet Syrotiuk (Arizona State University)
Flavio Esposito (Saint Louis University)
Dmitry Duplyakin (University of Utah)