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Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries

November 12–14, 2012 | Yaounde, Cameroon


Download the .pdf version of the Call for Student Papers here


AFRICOMM’2012 is an annual conference with aim of addressing Information and Communication Technologies for Developing Countries (ICT4DCs). It is the fourth of the series that includes workshops, tutorials, demos and a student track. Research papers may have conceptual as well as practical focus. In particular real-world experience reports are strongly encouraged.

This Student Call for Paper is to support and encourage research at the graduate level. Papers may be based on research undertaken for a Master’s thesis, a Ph.D. dissertation, or other supervised analytical writing. It may also be based on Master’s or PhD’s work in progress. A paper may be submitted to the main conference or to the student special CFP, but not to both. Papers with multiple student authors are acceptable.


Proposals to contribute are very welcomed and should focus on some of the following aspects:

Communication Infrastructures in Developing Countries

•Design and analysis of protocols and architectures for developing countries

•Existing and emerging wireless broadband access technologies, such as WiMAX, LTE, etc.

•Innovations in femtocells, picocells and relay network technologies

•Cognitive radio and advanced spectrum management methods

•Self-managed deployment, operation, and maintenance of IT infrastructures

•Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in developing country environments

•Exploitation of delay-tolerant networking

•Cooperative communications and networking

•Energy-aware ICT infrastructure, e.g., energy aware systems and networking

•ICT infrastructures based on alternative energies

•Network and IT security issues in developing countries

•Overlay networks (such as p2p, bitTorrent, etc) in developing countries

•ICT infrastructures for critical environmental conditions

•Testbeds and reference implementation for validating infrastructure requirements and usage

•Critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP)

•Geographic Information systems and applications

•ICT policy and regulations

Electronic Service for Developing Countries

Experiences and applications in areas such as:

•e-health, e-learning, e-agriculture, e-business, e-government, and e-participation

•Mobile health information systems, including voice-based interfaces

•ICT for development

•Mobile-based services and applications

•Mobile computing for next generation phones

•Cloud services (or specifically, mobile cloud services)

•Service creation environments, service delivery platforms

•Telco 2.0 vs over-the-top (OTT) services

•Emergency and disaster management

•Open source and open source models for e-services

•Participatory design and living labs

•E-services for environmental sustainability

ICT Policy and Regulatory Issues for Developing Countries

Publishing and indexing

Accepted papers will be published in Springer's LNICST series and will appear in the SpringerLink, one of the largest digital libraries online that covers a variety of scientific disciplines, as well as in the ICST's own EU Digital Library (EUDL). LNICST volumes are submitted for inclusion to leading indexing services, including DBLP, Google Scholar, ACM Digital Library, ISI Proceedings, EI Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus.

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Paper submission

The page limit for student research papers is four pages, demo descriptions and posters are limited to two-pages. All contributions should be formatted according to the LNICST Conference Publishing Services formatting instructions, including figures and references. All submissions must be in English.

Please visit the conference website for detailed submission instructions: The student author of each accepted contribution will be required to register and present the work at the conference in the required track.

Important dates

Submission: 15th August 2012

Notification of Acceptance: 15th September 2012

Camera Ready: 29th September 2012

Posters/Demos: 29th September 2012

Conference Date: 12th and 14th November 2012

Conference organising committees

General Chair:

Karl Jonas, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

TPC Chair:

Idris A. Rai, State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Local Chair:

Maurice Tchuente, University Yaoundé 1, Cameroon

Publication Chair:

Edward Mutafungwa, Aalto University, Finland

Publicity Chair:

Marina Grigorian, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Workshops and Demos:

Dirk Elias, Fraunhofer AICOS, Portugal

Posters and Panels Chair:

Hans Schotten, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Student affairs:

Thomas Djotio, University Yaoundé 1, Cameroon

Industrial participation:

Adolfo Villafiorita, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Darelle Van Greunen, NMMU, South Africa