44th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2024) Affiliated Workshop

Date: July 16, 2024
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Venue: co-located with ICDCS 2024

We invite scholars, industry experts, and practitioners to contribute to the Tech4Good workshop. This event seeks to explore the nuanced interplay between computational science and economics amid the complexities of modern distributed systems, which are pivotal to the digital economy’s growth and societal impact. With the digital economy’s landscape dramatically reshaped, our collective focus is on addressing the emergent intricacies and human interaction challenges within these systems. We emphasize research that extends its reach beyond academia, informing industry practices and shaping policy advice. Our commitment is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and harness a spectrum of research methodologies—be it theoretical analysis, empirical data studies, or hands-on experimental approaches. The spotlight is on pioneering technologies that not only drive economic growth but also navigate the delicate balance between scalability and privacy, security and efficiency, and the overarching demand for ethical frameworks in technological deployment.

Tracks for Submission:

  • Original Research Track: For submissions detailing new research findings in distributed system modeling, algorithms, or implementation.
  • Research Perspective Track: For contributions that review existing work, propose new research directions, or address interdisciplinary challenges.

Tech4Good caters to two distinct research tracks: the Original Research Track, spotlighting rigorous scientific inquiry into distributed systems modeling, algorithms, and implementation; and the Research Perspective Track, encouraging critical reviews and discussions on interdisciplinary challenges that shed light on future research directions. Both tracks are crafted to inspire innovation and push the frontiers of knowledge, accommodating diverse academic pursuits from theoretical advances to practical industry applications.

Topics of focus

We invite submissions that rigorously explore technical challenges, economic integration, and ethical issues within distributed systems. Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • distributed and federated machine learning
  • blockchain
  • generative AI
  • IoT
  • multi-agent systems
  • edge computing and networking
  • crowdsourcing
  • distributed big-data analytics
  • trust mechanisms in distributed environments.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 5, 2024
  • Camera-Ready Submission: May 10, 2024
  • Workshop Date: July 16, 2024

Submission Portal:

All workshop papers are limited to no more than six pages in IEEE format aligned with the IEEE-ICDCS main conference guidelines but with unlimited references and an appendix. You can also directly adopt the IEEE conference template on Overleaf.

Expected Outcomes:

Accepted workshop papers will be included in the IEEE ICDCS 2024 proceedings and published in the IEEE Xplore Library.

Participants will present their research, engage in scholarly discourse, and forge synergistic partnerships. Select papers will receive invitations for further development and potential publication in a special issue of a renowned academic journal or an open-source book project, highlighting the workshop’s commitment to interdisciplinary and industry-relevant themes. Furthermore, exceptional presentations may open doors for media coverage, interviews, or roles in task forces to define future research trajectories and industry standards.

Organizing Committee

by the alphabetical order of the last name

Program Committee:

The Tech4Good workshop’s program committee (PC) comprises diverse interdisciplinary experts at the nexus of economics and computation within distributed systems. They bring varied backgrounds, uniting to deliver deep insights and tangible impacts for social good. The committee’s role is to steer the workshop’s conversations, ensuring they cultivate technological advancements that are ethical, scalable, and profoundly impactful. Below is the PC name list in the alphabetical order of the last names.

  • Te Bao, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Wei Bao, Sydney University
  • Rafael Belchior, INESC-ID, Técnico Lisboa
  • Christophe Bisiere, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)
  • Dave Costenaro, Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Cornerstone Solution Group (CSG), Founder at Build Well
  • Gabriele D’Angelo, University of Bologna
  • Ningning Ding, Northwestern University
  • Ilaf Elard, New York University (NYU) Shanghai
  • Mark Esposito, Hult International Business School, Harvard University
  • Saleh Fahad, Wake Forest University
  • Zhixuan Fang, Tsinghua University
  • Gavin Feng, City University of Hong Kong
  • Javier Arroyo Ferrer, Co-founder at ICP Hub North America, Co-Founder of Quantum Leap Labs Incubator, Founder of ICP Master, Host of Let’s Talk ICP Podcast
  • Sander Gansen, Co-Founder of BananaCorp
  • Guoju Gao, Soochow University
  • Krzysztof Gogol, University of Zurich, Co-founder at StableSwiss
  • Hanna Halaburda, NYU Stern School of Business
  • Ken Huang, Distributedapps.ai, Cloud Security Alliance
  • George Iosifidis, Delft University of Technology
  • Juncheng Jia, Soochow University
  • Xiaofeng Jia, Beijing Big Data Centre
  • Yuang Jiang, Meta Platforms, Inc.
  • Klaudia Krawiecka, Meta Platforms, Inc., University of Oxford
  • Nicholas Lane, University of Cambridge, Flower
  • Alfred Lehar, Calgary University
  • Gordon Liao, Chief Economist at Circle Internet Financials
  • Guocheng Liao, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU)
  • Daniel Liebau, Singapore Management University
  • Tao Lin, Westlake University
  • Yulin Liu, Partner at Bochsler Group, Co-founder at SciEcon CIC
  • Yunshu Liu, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Chang Lu, University of British Columbia
  • Yuan Luo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHKSZ)
  • Qian Ma, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU)
  • Swapneel Mehta, Boston University and MIT, Founder at SimPPL
  • Andreas Park, University of Toronto, Canadian Securities Institute’s Research Foundation
  • Stjepan Picek, Radboud University
  • Weihong Qi, Datatang (Beijing) Technology Co.,Ltd
  • Daniel Rabetti, National University of Singapore
  • Qi Shao, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • Dieter Sommer, DFINITY Foundation
  • Sebastian Stein, University of Southampton
  • Peng Sun, Hunan University
  • Ming Tang, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
  • Paolo Tasca, University College London (UCL), Founder and director at Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Science Foundation
  • Yonglin Tian, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Xavier Vives, IESE Business School, Director at Banking Initiative
  • Jianzong Wang, Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., LLAM | Lab of Large Audio Model
  • Zhiyuan Wang, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA)
  • Roger Wattenhofer, ETH Zurich
  • Ming Wu, Cofounder and CTO at Conflux Blockchain, Shanghai TreeGraph Blockchain Research Institute
  • Jiaming Xu, Duke University
  • Haoran Yu, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)
  • Nicholas Yuan, Microsoft
  • Meng Zhang, Zhejiang University (ZJU)
  • Quanyan Zhu, New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering

The website is hosted on two Distributed Computing Systems—the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) and the IPFS InterPlanetary File System (IPFS)—to align with our commitment to the principles of advancing technology for good 💻❤️🌍:

  1. L. Cong is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ↩︎

  2. J. Huang is also with the Shenzhen Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Society (AIRS) ↩︎

  3. L. Zhang is also the co-founder of SciEcon CIC. ↩︎

  4. The website is hosted on a canister on the Internet Computer, identified by the canister ID ibitc-4qaaa-aaaad-qf66a-cai. The ICP canister ID ibitc-4qaaa-aaaad-qf66a-cai is a unique identifier for a canister smart contract on the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) network. Canisters are computational units that can run smart contracts or store data, with each canister being assigned a unique ID for interaction. ↩︎

  5. Our website is also accessible through IPFS hosting, providing a decentralized and resilient way to access content. IPFS, or the InterPlanetary File System, is a peer-to-peer protocol designed for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS hosting leverages this technology to serve websites and web applications in a decentralized manner, enhancing accessibility and resistance to censorship. By hosting content on IPFS, it is stored across multiple nodes globally, ensuring that it remains accessible even if some nodes go offline. ↩︎