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Kaleidoscope 2016 : ITU Kaleidoscope 2016 - ICTs for a Sustainable World


When Nov 14, 2016 - Nov 16, 2016
Where Bangkok, Thailand
Submission Deadline Jul 11, 2016
Notification Due Sep 26, 2016
Final Version Due Oct 10, 2016

Call For Papers

Call for Papers

Kaleidoscope 2016: ICTs for a Sustainable World is the eighth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions. The aim of the Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify emerging developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society.

In 2015, the United Nations agreed a new global development agenda, “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The comprehensive set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs -, and the 169 Targets within, will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance to humanity and our planet. The SDGs do not only replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also build on them, making them more “integrated and indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable”. While the MDGs focused on poverty eradication, education and health goals for developing countries, the SDGs cover economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development to be applicable to ALL countries.
The Agenda recognizes that “the spread of information and communication technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation across areas as diverse as medicine and energy.”

ICTs have great potential to improve development outcomes in both developing and developed countries by increasing the sustainability of the processes underlying social and economic activity.
The cross-cutting application of ICTs has popularized terms such as e-governance, e-health, e-learning, e-commerce, mobile money, smart grid, smart water management, smart agriculture, intelligent transport systems, smart sustainable cities, and more. Big data and advancing data analytics techniques will help us to draw useful information from the vast seas of data generated by the ICT-enabled systems that now support nearly every aspect of business and daily life.
ICTs are omnipresent. They are applied as enabling technologies in the business processes of virtually all sectors of industry and society, and it is clear that they will play an essential role as enabling technologies in achieving social, environmental and economic sustainability.
The SDGs call for every industry sector to innovate in the interests of sustainable development. Innovations will be plentiful, multifaceted and tailored to context, but all innovators are looking to ICTs to form part of their portfolio of sustainability measures.
Kaleidoscope 2016 will highlight research into ICT developments capable of supporting the broad spectrum of innovation required to achieve the SDGs, and in particular how international ICT standards will provide the platform for this innovation to achieve its aims on a global scale.

The eighth Kaleidoscope conference calls for academic papers presenting research into ICT technical developments, innovative ICT applications or policy and regulatory considerations relevant to supporting the achievement of the SDGs.

Kaleidoscope 2016 targets specialists in the fields of ICT and socio-economic development, including researchers, academics, students, engineers, policymakers, regulators, innovators and futurists.

Submission of papers
Prospective authors from ITU Member States are invited to submit full, original papers with a maximum length of eight pages. The submission should be within eight pages, including a summary and references, using the template available on the event website. All papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Submission must be made electronically; see for more details on online submission (EDAS). Paper proposals will be evaluated according to content, originality, clarity, relevance to the conference’s theme and, in particular, significance to future standards.

Publication and presentation
Accepted and presented papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore. The best papers will also be evaluated for potential publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. In addition, extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Technology Marketing, the International Journal of Standardization Research, or the Journal of ICT Standardization.

A prize fund totaling CHF 6,000 will be shared among the authors of the three best papers, as judged by the Steering and Technical Programme Committees. In addition, young authors of up to 30 years of age presenting accepted papers will receive Young Author Recognition certificates.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), standards, standardization, technological innovation, information society, converging technologies, ubiquitous networks, internet of things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M), e-applications, trustworthiness, security, privacy, reliability, smart grid, green IT, mobile banking services, radio spectrum, ethics, sustainability, development, human-oriented technologies, environment, equality, inclusiveness.

Suggested (non-exclusive) list of topics
Track 1: Technology, network infrastructure and architecture evolution
• Use of 5G system and sensory networks to manage natural and human-built systems
• Environmental actuators and sensors
• Security-, privacy-, and trust-enhancing technologies
• Software-defined everything in a multi-vendor market
• Architecture for machine-oriented communications such as M2M, IoT, sensor networks
• Quality of service, quality of experience, performance
• Protocol architecture convergence and interoperability
• Disaster relief systems, network resilience and recovery
• Optical and wireless communication convergence systems
• Architecture considerations for seamless mobility
• Green-power networks and intelligent grids
• Long-distance and ultra-high-speed transmission network systems (terabit, exabit)
• Mobility and nomadicity
• Nanonetworks
• ICT in waste reuse and disposal
• Vehicle and infrastructure convergence
• Energy consumption and the cloud
• Infrastructures for e-mobility

Track 2: ICT applications and services for sustainable development
• E-services
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• ICT and road management systems
• Automated vehicles and vehicle communications
• Multimedia coding
• Digital financial services (e.g., mobile money and mobile payments)
• Big data analytics and quality assessment of sustainable development
• Effect of cloud computing services on the environment
• Green applications of robots and drones
• Innovative applications and content delivery (IPTV, games, etc.)
• Ageing and ambient assistive living
• Over-the-top (OTT) services
• ICT support of smart homes and cities
• The smart grid

Track 3: Social, economic, environmental and policy aspects of ICT for sustainable development
• Economic models and the role of ICT in sustainable development
• Intellectual property rights
• Conformance and interoperability aspects
• Inclusiveness, affordability and equal access
• Strategies for integrating sustainable development into standardization and international public policy
• Network neutrality
• Regulation
• Accessibility and usability
• Digital rights and identity management
• Engineering education about sustainable development and standardization.
• ICT to support environmental standards
• Standards and regulations for ICT energy consumption

Steering Committee
Christoph Dosch (ITU-R Study Group 6 Vice-Chairman; IRT GmbH, Germany)
Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Takuro Sato (Waseda University, Japan)
Mostafa Hashem Sherif (AT&T, USA)

Technical Programme Committee
Chairman: Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

The full text of the Call for Papers can be found at:

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