Workgoup Meeting, October 13, 2009 - Sliema, Malta
17:30 - 18:30

Attendance: 37

Agenda: three tutorials were presented at NexTech 2009:

  • Secure Multicast Communications
  • Optimizing Communications in Wireless Sensor Networks with Machine Learning
  • Open Smart Cards for Access Control, Services and Applications

as well as three keynore speeches:

  • P2P Development: Do you need a lawyer?
  • Grids and Clouds for e-Science Applications
  • Tools and Services for Data Intensive Research

and one special demo

  • SmartMuseum

A discussion was held on the organization of future AP2PS and technical topics in P2P systems.

A summary was provided, post-meeting, by Prof. Nikos Antonopoulos and Prof. Antonio Liotta.

AP2PS 2009 was the first in, what is hoped, will be a successful conference series with the aim of publishing the current state-of-the-art in P2P networks. It comprised 33 papers in 8 sessions, with an acceptance rate of just under 30%. The papers presented covered the latest developments in the field; from replica optimisation schemes and resource discovery optimisations to novel P2P applications in personal networks. Furthermore, the plenary keynote on P2P legal issues sparked significant interest, highlighting prominent research issues at the boundary between science and regulatory constraints.

During the conference there were fruitful and interesting discussions regarding the emerging field of P2P as a strong candidate for deploying commercial and business applications on a large scale. There are numerous challenges until this vision is realised:

a) How to develop networks that provide compelling incentives to users to share information and services rather than just consume,

b) How to apply social sciences research into the design and operation of large scale P2P networks,

c) How to ensure that the networks adhere to established legal frameworks and successfully protect intellectual property owners,

d) How to build appropriate test beds to actually measure and evaluate the performance gains that the P2P methodology offers and

e) How does P2P compare to or compliment other emerging technologies such as Cloud computing

AP2PS 2010 will be looking specifically into all of the challenges above and, in particular, we would welcome workshop proposals that delve into the above topics. We are keen to support the development of real hands-on workshops that would enable the participants to brainstorm on focused topics under the guidance of a relevant expert. In this way, at the end of the workshop, the participants would have produced a draft output. It is expected that special sections of relevant IARIA journals will host the best contributions arising from the workshop. Ultimately, the aim is to create and facilitate opportunities for participants to network and find common interests.

Other issues were raised regarding new area that can benefit P2P systems.

For AP2PS, Malokhat Kamilova suggested, as her action item, post-meeting, the following new track

Track P2P paradigm in personalized networks:

  • Personal communications
  • Personal networks and their federations
  • Architectural frameworks for group-centric communication of personal networks
  • Cooperation of PNs over ad hoc networks, and infrastructure-based heterogeneous networks
  • Foreign communication of personal networks
  • Security and privacy issues in p2p cooperation of personal networks
  • Resource, service and context discovery, self-organization in p2p cooperation of personal networks
  • Reputation and trust issues in group cooperation of personal networks
  • Innovative applications of person-centric and group-centric communications of personal networks
  • Prototypes and demonstrations

See UBICOMM 2009 Program or AP2PS 2009 Program

Tutorials are posted at

Keynote speeches are posted at


  • The promotion of young researches and PhD candidates was again reinforced; they can play different roles, and they are encouraged of being session chairs.
  • An open call to suggest regular refresh to the topics for UBICOMM and AP2PS was launched
  • Please have a look at UBICOMM 2009 and AP2PS 2009
    Suggestions are welcome at
  • The procedure of invitation-only for extended versions of selected papers among those presented for on-line IARIA journals, with no additional fees, was appreciated.


  • Continue with ‘Poster’ and ‘Work in Progress’ tracks
  • Definitively, the technical program committee must be tuned to reflect new topics and assure a fair peer-to-peer review process.

Special topics for further consideration:

  • It is the IARIA Board position that everybody should benefit the same access and service during the conference; some suggested to have partial services and reduced registration fees for students. A detailed discussion went on the structure of the registration fees, simply sharing with the audience where each penny goes.
  • A particular suggestion will be implemented from the next event: Student Consortium.
  • Another suggestion was to have many POPs; while feasible, the drawback is that this will split the community. A try will be prepared for the next event.

Proceeding publications:

  • The option to publish in an open digital library was discussed; this will allow having all the proceedings of the co-located events on the same CD Proceedings, and full free access to any publication.
  • This issue will be carried further on to the IARIA Board to careful attention.
  • It was suggested that some national research Centers encourage scientist to rather publish in openly searchable digital libraries.

Next steps:

  • Develop the new topics via off-line exchanges
  • Extend invitations for UBICOMM and AP2PS committee membership
  • Attract scientists in the committee to cover the newly intended areas


AP2PS 2010:


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