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PACE 2012 : 1st International Workshop on Policy and Context Evolution: Session Passage Rights and Chargeability within Dynamic Network Context


When Oct 11, 2012 - Oct 11, 2012
Where Berlin, Germany
Submission Deadline Apr 9, 2012
Notification Due May 28, 2012
Final Version Due Jul 30, 2012
Categories    policy   control   communications   ICIN

Call For Papers


First International Workshop on
Session Passage Rights and Chargeability within Dynamic Network Context

Collocated with ICIN 2012
October 11, 2012
Berlin, Germany


* Paper submission deadline: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 APRIL (HARD DEADLINE)
* Acceptance notification: 28 May 2012
* Speaker registration: 25 June 2012
* Full Conference Paper: 30 July 2012



Changing user behaviour and expectations is driving the Policy and Context Evolution (PACE). Where services are ‘discovered’, applications are downloaded, content streamed from the Cloud, business use and personal use are blurred and access methods can be selected or swapped.

Policy, especially when based on Context, is now entering a second phase, and it is growing in importance and complexity. The Context determination and the Policy Decision are becoming central to the ubiquitous delivery of service on whichever network, whichever access technology and any terminal. Policy and Context affects all types of usage – Data services, Entertainment, Internet and Voice/Video calls alike.

The portfolio of detected context (for ‘things’ and not just people), processed triggers and available actions could increase over time and with it – the intricacy of the decision-making. This will require balancing of complexity against richer functionality, and weighing priorities generated by several stakeholders (or ‘actors’) to arrive at a single, coherent and consistent decision with a clear action.

The Internet and Cloud facilities are becoming the universal vehicle for applications and content delivery, but they need Policy & Context to enable them to be monetised. Mobile Broadband services, where resources are constraint, demand stricter policies than fixed connections. Policies can determine switching to alternative access methods or other delivery networks as a result of priorities and context. Therefore, the Policy decision is essential to implementing strategies, and must be a flexible, adaptive and dynamic process.


The PACE workshop is a specialised platform to discuss all of the above and more. We aim to attract experts in this field and encourage innovation in this evolving sphere.


Policy strategy and new services
- Policy hierarchy, distribution and synchronisation
- Regulation policy aspects e.g. fair usage, equal opportunity, consumer protection
- Network neutrality
- Subscriber controlled privacy and usage policies (by budget, by service type, roaming etc.)
- Subscribers’ own policies for home network resource management
- Monetising QoS (Quality of Service) and gauging users’ attitudes
- Net neutrality versus traffic shaping with advanced policy and context
- Security context & policies for types of connections, services and users
- PACE for access selection and ‘always-best-connected’
- Policy-based services for differentiation and user retention.

Policy for the value chain and stakeholders
- Policies for M2M and non-human users
- Policies for Home Networks and Home Gateways
- Policies for non-subscribers, roaming users and unknown /anonymous users
- Enterprise communication network policies
- Policies applied to App Stores and 3rd party content aggregators
- Policy and context for virtual Network operators
- Policy and context for data storage services (local /cloud /server)
- Negotiating policies for Web service providers and content providers
- Security for the policy process and cross-entity interaction.

Business models, Charging and Monetising Policies
- Services driven by charging rules and context
- Using PACE for monetising Internet and Cloud services
- Online Charging System and PCRF – dividing roles and responsibilities
- New business models for Policy-driven data services
- Policy-driven business models that create value and gain users’ acceptance.

Policy and Context capture, interworking and protocols
- Policy Description Languages
- Performance policies for defining latency, bandwidth, jitter and routing algorithms
- Protocols to manage and convey policy and context
- Algorithms to evaluate pre-set conditions
- Resolving policy contradictions and negotiation contention
- Inter-carrier PACE interworking
- PACE for Cloud services.

QoS, QoE and Context Evaluation and Telemetry
- Evolution of traffic detection and DPI into rich context
- Measuring and monitoring QoS and selective policy for monitoring
- Evaluating and monitoring QoE (Quality of Experience)
- Green Policies e.g. power saving, based on environmental context
- Context derived from sensors and telemetry
- Context and Presence, differences and overlaps and potential convergence
- Context capturing methods and data structures.


The PACE12 workshop requires the submission of FULL PAPERS. Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process. Registration and Paper Submission are through the EDAS system at A short (50 word) abstract is requested on registration of the submission. A full paper should then be uploaded for review by the BMMP12 Technical Programme Committee.

Detailed submission instructions are at

To be published in the ICIN 2012 Conference Proceedings published within the IEEE Conference Publications Program and IEEE Xplore, at least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop at the full or member rate and the paper must be presented at the workshop. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE-formatted, publication ready version of the paper.


Rebecca Copeland, Core Viewpoint, UK (Chair)
Francisco Alcoba, Ericsson, USA
Niklas Blum, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Michael Brenner, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Marc Cheboldaeff, Alcatel-Lucent, Germany
Noel Crespi, Telecom Sud-Paris, France
Anders Lundqvist, Oracle, Sweden
Toon Norp, TNO, The Netherlands
Sebastian Peters, TU Berlin, Germany
Ece Saygun, Ericsson, Turkey
Roland Schott, Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Jens Schumacher, Vorarlberg University, Austria
Kurt Tutschku, University of Vienna, Austria

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