Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department graduate alumnus Yong Liu, now an associate professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has won the best paper award at the 2012 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), presented by the Association for Computing Machinery. The paper is entitled "Video Telephony for End-consumers: Measurement Study of Google+, iChat, and Skype." The authors are: Yang Xu, Chenguang Yu, Jingjiang Li, and Liu. ECE Professor Weibo Gong was Liu’s advisor at UMass Amherst. The conference was held from November 14 to 16 in Boston.

The IMC is an annual conference focusing on Internet measurement and analysis. The aim is that papers presented at the conference contribute to the current understanding of how to collect or analyze Internet measurements, or give insight into how the Internet behaves.

IMC was begun as a workshop in 2001 in response to the difficulty at that time finding appropriate publication/presentation venues for high-quality Internet measurement research. Papers are submitted in May with notifications in July and camera-ready papers due in August. The acceptance rate to date has been around 25 percent.

To encourage broader data sharing in the community, each year IMC will present a best paper award for the top paper that makes its data sets publically available by the time of camera ready submission. Several papers are selected for "fast-track" submission to IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. (November 2012)