Shadow TPC

A Shadow TPC is a parallel TPC (Technical Program Committee) formed by PhD students and junior faculty members. The Shadow TPC performs the same work as the regular TPC, but has absolutely no influence on the actual paper selection process. Its main goal is of educational form in training PhD students to work in TPCs. Former Shadow TPCs have been performed at SIGCOMM 2005, SOSP 2007, CoNEXT 2007, CoNEXT 2008, and SIGMETRICS 2010 -- some of them produced a final report that provides more insight [1,2,3]. Authors need to opt-in to have their paper reviewed by the Shadow TPC. Comments from Shadow TPC go back to the authors, however the comments and ratings have no influence on the final paper decision.

Both TPCs act completely separate. To further guarantee a separation, the real TPC is handled through EDAS, whereas the Shadow TPC is hosted at Easychair. Authors of papers only come in contact with EDAS, there they can opt-in for their paper taking part in the Shadow TPC process. Papers opted-in will be manually transferred by us to the Easychair Shadow TPC. Shadow TPC members will work on the papers based on Easychair and will not have any access to the real TPC handled through EDAS (and vice versa). The Shadow TPC will have a meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany or in Klagenfurt, Austria. There will be no discussions of any kind on paper contents with the members of the real TPC.

[1] Report on the 2007 SOSP shadow program committee
[2] Experiences from the Sigcomm 2005 European shadow PC experiment
[3] The CoNEXT shadow TPC

Shadow Committee

Shad. General Chair Oliver P. Waldhorst KIT, Germany
Shad. TPC Co-Chairs Christoph P. Mayer KIT, Germany
Denis Martin KIT, Germany
Shad. TPC Members Iwan Adhicandra Univ. Pisa, Italy
Ahmad Al-Hammouri Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Egemen K. Cetinkaya Univ. Kansas, USA
Soo-Hyun Choi Univ. College London, England
Desislava Dimitrova Univ. Twente, Netherlands
István Fehérvári Univ. Klagenfurt, Austria
Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez Telefónica, Madrid, Univ. Paderborn, Germany
Md. Akbar Hossain Univ. Aalborg, Denmark and AIT, Greece
Christian Hübsch KIT, Germany
Apostolis Kousaridas Univ. Athens, Greece
Sebastian Meiling Univ. Hamburg, Germany
Danda B. Rawat Old Dominion University, USA
Justin P. Rohrer Univ. Kansas, USA
Corinna Schmitt TU Munich, Germany
Ingo Scholtes Univ. Trier, Germany
Muhammad Naseer ul Islam TU Illmenau, Germany


Participation in the Shadow TPC is based on application. If you want to participate in the Shadow TPC, please send us

  • a short resumé,
  • a small paragraph on why you would like to participate, and
  • a short list with fields of research interests.

In addition, please state whether you generally can participate in a Shadow TPC meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany or in Klagenfurt, Austria. We will not select Shadow TPC members based on their number of papers etc., we just want to make sure that the research topics of IWSOS fall into your area, and you have some experience with reading/writing/reviewing papers. Send your application by e-mail to Christoph Mayer and Denis Martin.

Important dates

The timeline of the Shadow TPC and the main Workshop dates are as follows (Shadow dates in bold):

  • 04. Oct 2010: IWSOS Submission Deadline (extended)
  • 30. Sep 2010: Deadline for application as Shadow TPC member (extended)
  • 04. Oct 2010: Notification of acceptance as a Shadow TPC member
  • 11. Oct - 14. Oct 2010: Paper review bids (4 days)
  • 16. Oct - 14. Nov 2010: Paper review period (29 days)
  • 17. Nov 2010: IWSOS Notification
  • 24. Nov 2010: Shadow TPC Reviews sent to authors (wihout rating)
  • 01. Dec: Online Shadow TPC meeting
  • 23. Feb - 24. Feb 2011: IWSOS Workshop (2 days)

After all papers available for Shadow TPC review have been transferred to Easychair, the accepted Shadow TPC members bid on papers they would like to review. The Shadow TPC Chairs will assign papers for review based on these bids and the fields of interests of the respective Shadow TPC member.

During the Shadow TPC meeting, selected papers will be discussed based on the reviews. In addition, papers, where some larger discrepancies between TPC review and Shadow TPC review can be observered, are discussed. The purpose of this is to determine why those different reviews came up, and thus is part of the learning process itself. Again, this will not have any influence on the paper selection done by the normal TPC.