PerFail 2022

First International Workshop on Negative Results in Pervasive Computing

March 21, 2022, Pisa, Italy

Co-located with IEEE PerCom 2022

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Not all research leads to fruitful results, trying new ways or methods may surpass the state of the art, but sometimes the hypothesis is not proven or the improvement is insignificant. But failure to succeed is not failure to progress and this workshop aims to create a platform for sharing insights, experiences, and lessons learned when conducting research in the area of pervasive computing.

While the direct outcome of negative results might not contribute much to the field, the wisdom of hindsight could be a contribution itself, such that other researchers could avoid falling into similar pitfalls. We consider negative results to be studies that are run correctly (in the light of the current state of the art) and in good practice, but fail in terms of proving of the hypothesis or come up with no significance. The “badness” of the work can also come out as a properly but unfittingly designed data collection, or (non-trivial) lapses of hindsight especially in measurement studies.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The papers of this workshop should highlight lessons learned from the negative results. The main outcome of the workshop is to share experiences so that others avoid the pitfalls that the community generally overlooks in the final accepted publications. All areas of pervasive computing, networking and systems research are considered. While we take a very broad view of “negative results”, submissions based on opinions and non-fundamental circumstances (e.g. coding errors and “bugs”) are not in scope of the workshop as they do not indicate if the approach (or hypothesis) was bad.

The main topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

  1. Studies with unconvincing results which could not be verified (e.g. due to lack of datasets)
  2. Underperforming experiments due to oversights in system design, inadequate/misconfigured infrastructure, etc.
  3. Research studies with setbacks resulting in lessons learnt and acquired hindsights (e.g. hypothesis with too limiting or too broad assumptions)
  4. Unconventional, abnormal, or controversial results that contradict expectations of the community
  5. Unexpected problems affecting publications, e.g. ethical concerns, institutional policy breaches, etc.
  6. “Non-publishable” or “hard-to-publish” side-outcomes of the study, e.g . mis-trials of experiment methodology/design, preparations for proof-of-correctness of results, etc.

We also welcome submissions from experienced researchers that recounts post-mortem of experiments or research directions they have failed in the past (e.g. in a story-based format). With this workshop, our aim is to normalize the negative outcomes and inherent failures while conducting research in pervasive computing, systems and networking, and provide a complementary view to all the success stories in these fields.

Important Dates

Paper submission: November 14, 2021 November 28, 2021
Author notification: January 5, 2022
Camera-ready due: February 5, 2022
Workshop date: TBD

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Regular papers should present novel perspectives within the scope of the workshop: negative results, lessons learned, and other fruitful “failure” stories. Papers must be in PDF format and contain 6 pages maximum (including references), but also shorter submissions are welcome. Papers should contain names and affiliations of the authors (not blinded). All papers must be typeset in double-column IEEE format using 10pt fonts on US letter paper, with all fonts embedded. Submissions must be made via EDAS. The IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as related information, can be found at the IEEE Computer Society website.

PerFail will be held in conjunction with IEEE Percom 2022. All accepted papers will be included in the Percom workshops proceedings and included and indexed in the IEEE digital library Xplore. At least one author will be required to have a full registration in the Percom 2022 conference and present the paper during the workshop (either remotely or in location). There will be no workshop-only registration.

Submission link: here

TECHNICAL PROGRAM

To be announced

COMMITTEE

Organizing Committee

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Nitinder Mohan Technical University of Munich

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Ella Peltonen University of Oulu

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Peter Zdankin University of Duisburg-Essen

Technical Program Committee

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Aaron Ding TU Delft

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Apoorv Shukla Huawei Munich Research Center

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Atakan Aral University of Vienna

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Daniela Nicklas University of Bamberg

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Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou University of New Mexico

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Gregor Schiele University of Duisburg-Essen

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Gürkan Solmaz NEC Labs Europe

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Hamed Haddadi Imperial College London

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Javier Berrocal Universidad de Extremadura

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Jörg Ott Technical University of Munich

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Jussi Kangasharju University of Helsinki

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Lauri Lovén University of Oulu

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Lik-Hang Lee KAIST, South Korea

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Oliver Gasser MPI-Informatics

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Petteri Nurmi University of Helsinki

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Roman Kolcun University of Cambridge

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Stephan Sigg Aalto University

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Torben Weis University of Duisburg-Essen