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ICIN 2013 : 17th International Conference on Intelligence in Next Generation Networks (ICIN)


When Oct 14, 2013 - Oct 17, 2013
Where Venice, Italy
Submission Deadline Apr 26, 2013
Notification Due Jun 4, 2013
Final Version Due Jun 28, 2013
Categories    communications   telecom   internet

Call For Papers

ICIN 2013, 14-17 October 2013, Venice, Italy

Technically co-sponsored by IEEE ComSoc.

Since 1989 the ICIN series of conferences has been bringing together leading telecom and internet experts from industry, universities and government worldwide. ICIN operates on a rigorous peer review process and has an enviable track record of identifying key technology and service trends – and analysing their impact on business models – before they become widely recognized.

The primary focus of ICIN 2013 will be twofold, addressing both how to make networks smarter with a stream on the transformation of Telcos’ networks and how to make smarter things with these networks with a stream on the future of real-time communications.

Important Dates
• Paper submission deadline: 12 April 2013
*********** EXTENDED DEADLINE 26 APRIL *********

• Acceptance notification: 4 June 2013
• Speaker registration: 28 June 2013
• Full Conference Paper: 30 July 2013

Event Format
ICIN 2013 will include keynote presentations from industry leaders, providing insights into strategic thinking within the communications industry, as well as panel sessions providing the opportunity for interactive debate with invited experts. The conference traditionally includes tutorials and workshops given by leading authorities to introduce delegates to key technical issues. Proposals for tutorials or workshops should be submitted to the chairman of the Technical Programme Committee by the Paper Submission deadline.

The regular technical paper programme will again be strengthened by a combined Poster and Demonstration session. This is a further opportunity for presenting late-breaking results, on-going research projects, and speculative or innovative work in progress. Posters and demos aim at providing authors and attendees with an even greater opportunity to gather and to discuss technical issues about their work.

Poster/Demonstration style and lecture style presentations are two equally important and valuable methods for presenting papers at ICIN 2013.
ICIN 2013 seeks original and unpublished contributions of either technical research reports, results of field trials, or in-depth analysis of business models in topics related to its two main Conference Themes.

Conference Themes and Topics of Interest

Conference Theme A
Agile telco networks for innovative services

As traditional business models come under serious threat from OTT players, operators need to make their networks more agile and cost-efficient to compete with these players in offering services to their regular customers and at the same time serve them as a new breed of customers. Therefore it is all the more critical that these networks will have to respond to very diverse requirements. On one side cloud computing applications and content services such as live and on-demand video will continue to impose a huge bandwidth demand, stressing networks to their limits, transforming communications networks into information delivery networks, possibly requiring new control and routeing paradigms. On the other side, they will have to be resilient enough to support mission critical services. To compensate for income transfer to OTT players and bandwidth-driven investments, network operators will have to look for solutions enabling exposing and monetizing network capabilities and data assets to OTT players without damaging their own applications and trust relationships with their customers.

In response to these challenges, an increasing number of industry initiatives aimed at making networks more agile, more open and more cost-efficient are being launched, each focussing on different tools such as autonomic network management to overcome network complexity, network functions virtualization to consolidate network equipment and benefit from the economies of scale of the IT industry, software-driven networking to quickly respond to different requirements and perform intelligent application-aware traffic management, and APIzation of interfaces to safely expose capabilities to OTT players.

In the above context, ICIN 2013 seeks original and unpublished contributions aimed at, but not limited to, answering the following questions
 Is there a need for a new control and management platform to both compete with and serve the demands of OTT players at the same time?
 What should be the control and management architecture of a Telco to leverage policy and data access/mining to profitably service the needs of content providers and other OTT players?
 What are the relevant business models for Telcos to monetize bandwidth and professional content delivery?
 How can network functions virtualization and cloud technologies meet Telcos’ requirements (including those on security and resilience)?
 What are the technical and business challenges associated with supporting inter-person communication services, multimedia content delivery services and transactional services over the same infrastructure?
 What are the migration paths from today’s legacy architectures to the future?

Technologies and Keywords: OSS, BSS, Software Defined/Driven Networks (SDN), Flexible and Autonomic Network Management, Policy-based Charging and QoS control, CDN, Smart Pipes, Network Intelligence Capability Enhancement (ITU NICE), Network Functions Virtualization, Network Clouds…

Conference Theme B
The future of real-time communications

Voice and real-time communications are undergoing a major transformation as a result of a number of factors: New technologies enabling voice to be integrated in Web applications, rapid consumer adoption of new communication means such as video chat, instant messaging and real-time collaboration, and communication networks evolving into content-centric networks. At the same time, traditional telecommunication service providers are facing stagnation of call volumes, erosion of prices and competition from OTT players, both on the fixed and mobile market.

Furthermore, the evolution of voice communication as a synonym for Telephony into a component of multimodal communications is a sustainable trend that can already be observed in multiple market segments such as enterprises (e.g. contact centre applications combining Web and audio contact), governments (e.g. REACH112 emergency communications for people with disabilities, using the concept of Total Conversation).

Among the technologies that are likely to significantly and rapidly contribute to transforming voice and real time communications for both traditional Telcos and OTT players is WebRTC, a technology enabling web applications to leverage web browsers to make real-time voice and video communications without downloading a plug-in and without standardizing any call control protocol.
In the above context, ICIN 2013 seeks original and unpublished contributions aimed at, but not limited to, answering the following questions

 Is WebRTC a threat or an opportunity to Telcos’ business?
 Is WebRTC on mobile devices a fully-fledged alternative to VoLTE and RCS?
 What are security and privacy implications of future real-time communications?
 What is the future of emergency communications?
 What will be the challenges of supporting voice over content-centric networks (VoCCN)?
 Will IMS be an advantage for Telcos to convert voice communications into multimodal communications?

Technologies and Keywords: WebRTC, VoLTE vs. OTT voice, RCS, VoCCN, voice in social media, real-time collaboration, Emergency calls, REACH112, eCall, IETF VIPER, Telepresence, Browser-based communications, IMS, Total Conversation, Communication-as-a-service (CaaS).

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be original, previously unpublished work that is either technical or business oriented and not currently under review by other conferences or publications. Commercial presentations will be automatically rejected.

The Technical Papers track with lecture style presentation at ICIN 2013 requires the submission of full papers.

The Poster/Demonstration track at ICIN 2013 requires the submission of extended abstracts of between 1000 and 1500 words. Extended abstracts should include relevant figures and tables describing results and should indicate how the manuscript will evolve into a final paper.

Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process and all submissions must be done electronically through EDAS at A short (50 word) abstract is requested on registration of the submission. A full paper (or extended abstract for the Poster/Demonstration track) should then be uploaded for review by the ICIN 2013 Technical Programme Committee (TPC).

All submissions must be written in English with a maximum paper length of eight (8) printed pages (10-point font) including tables, figures and references and must use standard IEEE two-column conference templates that can be downloaded from Final manuscripts should be prepared using the most current version of Microsoft Word to help reduce Word-to-PDF conversion issues such as embedded fonts, bookmarks, etc. A PDF conversion facility will be provided. Submitted PDFs must not include page numbers or headers/footers and must have non-zero top and bottom margins (typically, at least 0.5 inches).
Papers submitted to ICIN are peer reviewed, on average, by more than 15 different reviewers and assessed on the basis of originality, significance, technical soundness, clarity of expression and interest to a wide audience. Submissions may be accepted for oral presentation, demo/poster or panel sessions. All presentation formats have equal status. All papers presented at the conference will appear in the ICIN 2013 conference proceedings published within the IEEE Conference Publications Program (CPP). IEEE has a long-standing commitment to ensuring the high quality of its conferences and of the conference proceedings published in IEEE Xplore®. Therefore, IEEE reserves the right to withhold publishing of proceedings that do not meet the IEEE quality standards.

Acceptance of papers can be conditional subject to revisions required as a result of reviewers' comments. Accepted authors will be invited to submit a final paper taking account of feedback provided by 30 July 2013. Session chairmen may recommend rejection of final papers that do not take account of reviewers' requirements and expectations in an acceptable manner. The TPC reserves the right to remove such papers from the programme.

Accepted papers should be presented at the conference by one of the authors. An author of an accepted paper is required to complete paid registration at full (member or non-member) rate for the conference prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. There is no refund for cancellation but substitutions may be made at any time prior to the event. Speakers must register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate even if they are a student.

Failure to complete paid speaker registration before the deadline of 28 June 2013 will result in automatic withdrawal of the paper from the conference programme and the proceedings. ICIN Events also reserves the right to exclude a paper from the programme and from the conference proceedings and from distribution after the conference if the paper is not presented at the conference.

ICIN 2013 Committees

International Advisory Board

Chairman Stuart Sharrock Telemates UK
Vice-Chairman Marko Jagodic Iskratel Slovenia
Secretary Philip Kelley Alcatel-Lucent France
Heinrich Arnold Telekom Innovation Labs Germany
Steve Bell KeySo Global USA
Hermann Brand ETSI France
Bosco Fernandes Huawei Technologies Germany
NK Goyal CMAI India
Bichlien Hoang IEEE USA
Hagen Hultzsch Deutsche Telekom Germany
Seung Ku Hwang ETRI Korea
Toby Johnson ITU Switzerland
Leo Nikkari Comcast Wireless USA
Ulf Olsson Ericsson Sweden
Sigurd Schuster Nokia Siemens Networks Germany

Technical Programme Committee

Chairman Bruno Chatras Orange Labs France
Vice-Chairmen Dan Fahrman Ericsson Sweden
Hui-Lan Lu Alcatel-Lucent USA
Osamu Mizuno Kogakuin University Japan
Mauricio Arango Oracle USA
Pieter Ballon IBBT Belgium
Hendrik Berndt DOCOMO Euro-Labs Germany
Niklas Blum Fraunhofer FOKUS Germany
Thomas Michael Bohnert Zurich University Switzerland
Udo Bub EICT Germany
Marc Cheboldaeff T-Systems International Germany
Chi-Ming Chen AT&T USA
Graham Cobb Ericsson UK
Rebecca Copeland Core Viewpoint UK
Noël Crespi Institut Mines-Telecom France
Herbert Damker Deutsche Telekom Germany
Igor Faynberg Alcatel-Lucent USA
Peter Bukhave Hansen Dansk Kabel TV Denmark
Masami Iio NTT Japan
Bijan Jabbari George Mason University USA
Sune Jakobsson Telenor R&I Norway
Stephen Johnson BT UK
Hakyong Kim LG U+ Korea
Kristofer Kimbler K2K Interactive UAE
Ernö Kovacs NEC Europe Germany
Latif Ladid IPv6 Forum Luxembourg
Juan Carlos Luengo Intel Iberia Spain
Anders Lundqvist Oracle Sweden
Thomas Magedanz TU Berlin Germany
Chet McQuaide StraDis Consulting USA
Max Michel France Telecom France
Roberto Minerva Telecom Italia Italy
Daniel Minoli SES Astra USA
Warren Montgomery Insight Research USA
Mohamed Moustafa Arab Information Union Egypt
Yoshihiro Niitsu Shibaura Institute Japan
Christian Nord Sony Mobile Comms Sweden
John O’Connell Hewlett-Packard France
Hiroshi Ota ITU-T Switzerland
Esko Pättikangas Nokia Siemens Networks Finland
Hans Stokking TNO The Netherlands
Meenakshi Sundaram Nokia Siemens Networks India
Graham Trickey GSM Association UK
Kurt Tutschku University of Vienna Austria
Stefan Uellner T-Systems Germany
Bernard Vilain Cassidian France
Bostjan Vlaovic University of Maribor Slovenia
Yasushi Wakahara University of Tokyo Japan
Yoshio Yasumoto Osaka City University Japan

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