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Symposia Programme

ICC 2007 will consist of 10 specialist symposia sponsored and run by IEEE ComCoc Technical Program Committees.

Topics of Interest

Symposium 1:
Communications QoS, Reliability & Performance Modelling

The symposium deals with performance issues for enabling current and next-generation networks and services.The Communications Systems Integration and Modelling Technical Committee will give the CSIM Best Conference Paper Award for a selected paper from the ICC 2007 COMMUNICATIONS QoS, RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE MODELLING symposium.


Supporting TCs:
- Communications Quality & Reliability TC,
- Communications System Integration &

Modelling TC:
- Satellite & Space Communications TC

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1) Qos in Multimedia Networks, VoIP QoS
2) QoS in the Internet
3) QoS and Routing, MPLS, Mullticast Service
4) QoS Metrics
5) QoS of Network services, VPN, WEB
6) QoS for Wireless Networks including Mobile and Sensor Networks
7) QoS Aspects for PSTN /IP-NW Interworking
8) QoS Network Architectures
9) Standardization Aspects of QoS and Reliability
10) Traffic Modeling and characterization
11) Traffic Control
12) Performance Modeling
13) Network Design
14) Simulation techniques
15) Measurements techniques
16) Tools and software for Performance Evaluation
17) Satellite network and transport protocols
18) QoS-oriented solutions for IP over satellite
19) Satellite/terrestrial QoS mapping
20) Satellite adaptation layers and interfaces
21) Reliable satellite transport architectures
22) End-to-end QoS satellite architectures
23) QoS signaling over satellite networks
24) Peer-to-peer application over satellite
25) Satellite call admission control
26) QoS routing in satellite networks
27) Satellite resource allocation and planning
28) Network management in satellite networks
29) Emerging standards over Satellite

Nelson Fonseca
UNICAMP, Brazil,

Hiromi Ueda
Tokyo University of Technology, Japan

Abbas Jamalipour
University of Sydney, Australia,

Symposium 2:
Communication Theory

The IEEE ICC 2007 Communication Theory Symposium will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from June 25th to June 27th, within the framework of ICC 2007. This symposium welcomes original research papers on theoretical and applied aspects of wireless, mobile and wireline communication systems. Topics-of-interest address a wide range of physical layer issues including modulation, coding (such as turbo, LDPC, space-time, concatenated aspects), joint source-channel coding, synchronization, equalization (including soft and turbo-equalization), channel estimation, interference avoidance and advanced multiple access strategies. Theoretical performance analysis and design issues of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, ultrawideband (UWB) transmission, optical communication (such as optical CDMA, wireless optical) and cooperative diversity (including diversity/multiplexing tradeoffs, distributed coding and signal processing as applied to ad-hoc and sensor networks) will be also featured. Research results on communication theory aspects of genetics, bioinformatics and quantum information processing are warmly welcome as well.


Supporting TCs:
- Communications Theory

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1) Turbo, LDPC, space-time and other designs of channel codes
2) Iterative detection and decoding for concatenated systems
3) Space-time coding and processing
4) MIMO system design and analysis
5) Low complexity decoding algorithms
6) Distributed coding and processing: ad-hoc and sensor networks
7) Source Compression and joint source/channel coding
8) OFDM and multi-carrier methods
9) CDMA and multi-user detection
10) Diversity, cooperative systems and diversity/multiplexing tradeoff
11) Interference cancellation and avoidance
12) UWB systems and analysis
13) Soft and traditional equalization/decoding:
14) Adaptive systems for communications
15) Channel estimation and identification: training sequence optimization

Peter McLane
Queens University, Canada

Murat Uysal
University of Waterloo, Canada

Symposium 3:
Computer and Communications Network Security

The IEEE ICC 2007 Communications Network Security, Data and Systems Symposium will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 24-28 June 2007. With the advent of pervasive computer in communications networks and the proliferation of heterogeneous networks, network security has become paramount. The proposed Communications and Computer Network Security Symposium will address aspects of modeling, design, implementation, deployment, network management, and security algorithms, protocols, architectures, systems and testbeds. Original papers are invited in the area of network security, source authentication, protocols, data encryption algorithms, attack scenarios, source mimicking, denial of service, countermeasure scenarios, link layer security, and so on. Furthermore, contributions devoted to the evaluation, optimization, or enhancement of security mechanisms for current technologies as well as devising efficient security and privacy solutions for emerging technologies are solicited. Papers must represent high-quality and previously unpublished work. Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following:


Supporting TCs:
- Communications Security Technical Sub-Committee

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1) 3G, 4G security
2) 802.11 security, 802.11i
3) Ad hoc network security
4) Advance cryptography and Quantum cryptography
5) Application/network penetration testing
6) Authentication protocols
7) Biometric security: technologies, risks and vulnerabilities
8) Bluetooth security
9) Computer communication security
10) Computer and network forensics
11) Critical infrastructure security
12) Cryptography Issues
13) Data and system integrity
14) Deployment and management of computer/network security policies
15) Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDOS) attacks and countermeasures
16) Distributed systems security
17) DNS spoofing and security
18) Encryption standards
19) Encryption vulnerabilities
20) Financial cryptosystems
21) Firewalls
22) Formal trust models
23) Information hiding and watermarking
24) Intrusion detection, localization, and avoidance
25) IPv6 security, IPSec
26) Key distribution methods and management
27) Light-weight cryptography
28) Message authentication
29) Mobile code security
30) Network security metrics and performance evaluation
31) Network traffic analysis techniques
32) Operating System(OS) security and log analysis tools
33) Optical Network security
34) Peer-to-peer systems
35) Public-key cryptography
36) Quantum cryptography and implementation platforms
37) Quantum Key Distribution methods
38) Revocation of malicious parties
39) Robust Security Network (RSN)
40) Secure naming
41) Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
42) Security modeling and protocol design
43) Security specification techniques
44) Self-healing networks
45) Sensor network security
46) Single- and multi-source intrusion detection and response (automation)
47) Smart cards and secure hardware
48) Source and link authentication
49) Symmetric and asymmetric key cryptography
50) Testbeds
51) Transport Layer Security (TLS)
52) Trust establishment
53) Upper-layer authentication
54) Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
55) Vulnerability, exploitation tools, and virus/worm analysis
56) Web, e-commerce, m-commerce, and e-mail security
57) Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

Stamatios Kartalopoulos
Oklahoma University, USA

Hsiao-Hwa Chen
Natl Sun Yat-Sen Univ., Taiwan

Mohsen Guizani
West Michigan University, USA

Symposium 4:
Multimedia Communications & Home Services

Papers offering novel research contributions in any aspect of Multimedia Communications, Services and Home Networking are solicited for submission to the ICC2007 Multimedia Communications and Home Services Symposium. Papers may present theories, techniques, applications, or practical experiences on topics including but not limited to the tracks shown right.


Supporting TCs:
- Multimedia Communications TC

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Media streaming and real-time delivery
1) Techniques and architectures for streaming media and IP telephony
2) Joint source and channel coding and error control schemes
3) Scalability and transcoding technologies for heterogeneous networks
4) Multimedia delivery to wireless embedded devices
5) Cross protocol layer design and optimizations
Mobile multimedia communications
6) Cross-layer design for multimedia communication
7) Medium access control for multimedia over wireless local area network and personal area network
8) Mobile content distribution networks
9) Mobility management for wireless multimedia
10) Software-radio-based techniques for multimedia communication
Quality of service in multimedia communications
11) Multimedia QoS support for wired and wireless networks
12) MAC protocols with multimedia QoS support in wireless networks
13) Transport/streaming protocols for end-to-end QoS support
14) Multimedia QoS in peer-to-peer and overlay networks
15) VoIP/RTC support in wireless multi-hop networks
Multimedia communications systems and applications
16) Online gaming (Service, architecture, protocol, and security)
17) Virtual home environment
18) Content distribution and web services (including media caching and replication)
19) Distributed services middleware and systems for multimedia communications (e.g. Open Service Interfaces)
20) Private or peer-to-peer network services for multimedia communications.
21) Emerging trends, standards, applications, services, and field trials
Home networking and services for multimedia applications
22) Home networks protocols (WLAN, WiMax, UWB, ad-hoc, etc.) and architectures
23) WAN support of home networks
24) Wireless and wireline broadband multimedia access
25) TV-centric home networks, DTV, and home networked entertainment and games
26) Residential gateways, and home networked appliances for multimedia applications
27) Novel home networking multimedia applications and enabling technologies
28) Test Beds, trials and demonstrations

Heather Yu
Panasonic Research, USA

Pascal Frossard
EPFL, Switzerland

Gary Chan
Hong Kong University of Science
& Technology

Symposium 5:
Network Services & Operations

The concept of network convergence was developed to merge different networks into one multi-service network. This concept is becoming real using an Internet-based infrastructure and Internet protocols for transferring information. However, strategic research is still required to achieve the best integration architecture, services and operations management, and service provisioning in both wired and wireless domains. Many topics like network resilience, network and service security and availability, Quality-of-Service, or mobility management in the future network are still widely considered by researchers, network operators, device manufacturers and service providers.

The aim of the proposed symposium is to provide the forum for discussions on this and other challenging research areas concerning network operation and services in future converging networks:


Supporting TCs:
- Communications Switching & Routing TC
- Computer Communications TC
- Internet TC

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Network control
1) Internetworking heterogeneous wireless/wire-line networks
2) Quality-of-Service management
3) Network control and signaling
4) Network resource management
5) Self-organized networks
6) Routing in overlay and peer-to-peer networks
7) Transport protocols for wireless
8) Signaling for integrated wire-line/wireless networks
9) Mobility, location and handoff management
10) Autonomic networking
Services and applications
11) Wireless multimedia services and applications
12) Mobile network service generation
13) Service portability across homogeneous and heterogeneous networks
14) Service mobility techniques
15) Traffic and service charging
16) Mobile IP technologies and services
17) Service provisioning platforms
18) Service roaming
19) VoIP protocols and services
20) Context-aware applications and services
21) Converged services
Network security
22) Access control and auditing
23) Identity management
24) Security protocols
25) Security of mobile ad-hoc networks
26) Security of sensor networks
27) Security of VoIP networks
28) Security verification
29) DoS attacks prevention
30) Secure signaling in IP networks

Burkhard Stiller
University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Marcus Brunner
NEC Europe Ltd, Germany

Symposium 6:
Optical Networks & Systems

Research on optical systems has been gathering pace and researchers have been working to produce faster and faster transmission and switching technologies. With rapid advances in optical enabling devices and systems over the past decade, multi-terabit transport networks have now become a reality. In particular, long-haul domains have seen significant induction of advanced dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. More lately, DWDM and coarse WDM (CWDM) technologies have steadily permeated into the more focused metro/regional and edge domains. A very notable and complementary development herein has also been the rapid maturation of much-improved electronic SONET/SDH grooming technologies, broadly termed as “next-generation” SONET/SDH. As these paradigm shifts take hold, related standards activities to develop unified provisioning and control-plane architectures for optical and electronic layers have seen much impetus, particularly within the IETF and ITU-T organizations. Today, one of the major bandwidth “bottlenecks” lies in the access domain, where cumbersome legacy copper/coax infrastructures pose notable scalability hurdles toward true ultra-broadband capabilities. For many years, optical technologies were considered as too expensive and non-viable for the local loop, particularly when compared to incremental upgrades of existing legacy copper/coax plants and emerging radio wireless technologies. However, given the rapid decline in optical component price-points in recent years, advanced passive optical network (PON) access architectures have also evolved, pushing genuine fiber access all the way to the ultimate end-users. In fact, many carriers worldwide are conducting lengthy PON trials and some are even starting to offer selected ultra-broadband services to high-end users. Others are even contemplating hybrid radio/fiber access solutions to achieve a broad coverage footprint. Broadly, these trends will gain momentum over the coming years and will inevitably help usher in a new era of services, e.g., grid computing, storage extension, etc.

This symposium seeks to showcase the latest developments in key open areas of optical networks and systems, and emergent service paradigms. In particular, one of the major themes will be on vertical and horizontal integration. For example, the former entails issues such as Ethernet-optical internetworking, SONET/SDH-WDM multi-granularity grooming, traffic engineering, physical-layer aware networking, application-layer optimization, etc. Meanwhile, the latter covers topics such as multi-domain interworking and grooming, hybrid wireless-optical interworking, etc. Another major theme will be high-speed transmission and switching systems. The symposium will consist of peer-reviewed research papers as well as informative tutorials and workshop offerings from leading luminaries in the field. Moreover, broad-based participation is envisioned from academia, governmental institutions, and industry—both service providers and equipment vendors alike. Some of the key focus areas include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

Supporting TCs:
- Optical Networks TC
- Transmission, Access & Optical Systems TC

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1) Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) systems
2) Optical code division multiplexing (OCDM) systems
3) Optical time division multiplexing (OTDM) systems
4) Hybrid time and wavelength multiplexing
5) Modulation and coding
6) Multiple access
7) Optical transmission systems
8) Equipment architecture and performance
9) System modeling and performance evaluation
10) Demonstrators and experimental trials of optical transmission and switching systems
11) Next generation SONET/SDH transmission and switching systems
12) Optical cross-connect systems
13) Optical packet and burst switching systems
14) Optical access systems
15) Hybrid wireless-optical transmission and switching systems
16) Emerging standards and proposals
17) Routing and wavelength assignment
18) Dynamic ligthpath re-routing
19) Extension of the GMPLS control plane to multi-domain
20) Traffic grooming and traffic engineering
21) Free space optical networks
22) Multicasting in optical networks
23) Optical Packet Switching (OPS)
24) Optical Burst Switching (OBS)
25) Single layer and multi-layer protection and restoration
26) Optical switch architectures and performance
27) Optical access network architectures: PON, APON, BPON, GPON, EPON, WDM-PON
28) Optical network experiments: demonstrations, test beds and field trials
29) Signaling and monitoring in optical networks
30) Impact of the physical-layer impairments on optical network design and traffic engineering
31) Horizontal integration: multi-area optical communications, Path Computing Element
32) Vertical integration: multi-granularity switching
33) Hybrid wireless-optical metro/access networks
34) Traffic engineering for next-generation SONET/SDH
35) Optical Ethernet and new service paradigms
36) Optical virtual private networks
37) Innovative services: grid computing, storage area networking, utility computing
38) Standardization issues

Suresh Subramanian
The George Washington University, USA

Stefano Bregni
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Wojciech Kabacinski
Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Admela Jukan
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Symposium 7:
Signal Processing & Coding for Data Storage

Signal processing and coding have been key component of data storage systems in the past (tape recording, disk drives, CD and DVD players). Recording devices simply do not work without signal processing and coding electronics. Codes and signal processing methods in data storage are unique in the sense that they need to be tailor-made to address issues in data storage: head-disk interfaces, media noise, recording physics, etc. Over the past 5 years, there has been a major shift in signal processing methods for data storage, triggered by two events:

1) The shift to perpendicular magnetic recording technology, and
2) The penetration of magnetic data storage into consumer electronics (MP3 players, digital cameras, video recorders, etc.)

As a result, established companies that had not been in the data storage industry in the past and start-up companies are entering this exciting technical area. The symposium will present a chance for researchers in this community to present the novel approaches for signal processing and coding for data storage.

Supporting TCs:
- Signal Processing for Storage TC

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1) Channel characterization, including modeling of media noise and nonlinearity.
2) Detection methods, including sequence detection, partial response and decision feedback.
3) Modulation and run-length limited codes.
4) Error-correcting codes, trellis coding and turbo codes.
5) Combined equalization and coding.
6) Equalization and filtering, including nonlinear techniques.
7) Write precompensation and write equalization.
8) Circuit designs for read/write channel electronics and coding / detection algorithms.
9) Timing and gain recovery.
10) New concepts for perpendicular recording.
11) Noise modeling and analysis for perpendicular recording.
12) Coding bounds, density, and channel capacity.
13) Data compression for digital storage, including audio and video.
14) AC-bias or FM linearization techniques.
15) Multiple-head systems.
16) Signal processing for optical storage systems: holographic, near-field, multi-level, phase change, magneto-optic, CD, DVD.
17) Cost versus performance issues surrounding design of signal processing systems for storage
18) Coding techniques for disk arrays.
19) Special issues surrounding signal processing and coding for removable storage devices.
20) Novel servo coding and formatting.
21) Servo Gray code detection and processing.
22) System-on-chip (SOC) architecture and optimization.
23) Iterative decoding and LDPC codes.
24) Efficient error control coding/decoding and LDPC codes for 4K block sectors.
25) Measurement, testing, and performance optimization.

Yuan Xing Lee
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Thomas Conway
University of Limerick, Eire

Haitao Xia
Link-A-Media, USA

Symposium 8:
Signal Processing For Communications

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Supporting TCs:
- Signal Processing & Communications Electronics TC

1) Adaptive Antennas
2) Adaptive Equalization
3) Channel Estimation and Modeling
4) Communications Electronics
5) Interference Mitigation and Signal Separation
6) Multiuser Systems
7) Multiuser Detection
8) MIMO Systems
9) Modulation Techniques
10) Receiver Techniques
11) Signal Processing in Communications
12) Signal Processing for Networks
13) Source Coding and Joint Source-Channel Coding
14) Space-Time Processing
15) Speech and Video Signal Processing
16) Synchronization
17) Software Defined Radio
18) Signal Processing Algorithms & Techniques
19) Signal Processing for UWB
20) Signal Processing for Multimedia
21) OFDM and Multicarrier Systems
22) Image Processing for Communications
23) VLSI Circuits for Communications
24) Measurement, testing, and performance optimization.
25) Security & Encryption for Wired/Wireless Communications and Data Storage

Said Boussakta
University of Newcastle, UK

Tomohiko Taniguchi
Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan

Symposium 9:
Wireless Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks

As computing and communications are converging, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks have attracted more and more attention in recent years. These networks will revolutionize information gathering and processing in both urban environments and inhospitable terrain. A wireless ad hoc network is an autonomous system consisting of mobile hosts (serving as routers) connected by wireless links. Such networks can be quickly and widely deployed to serve a multiplicity of purposes. Example applications of wireless ad hoc and sensor networks include, among others, emergency search-and-rescue operations, decision making in the battlefield and data acquisition operations. Sensor networks have already entered many aspects of our lives. Wireless sensors can be deployed in almost any environment, especially those where conventional wired sensor systems are impossible, unavailable or inaccessible, such as in inhospitable terrains, dangerous battlefields outer space or deep oceans. As a result, the last few years have witnessed a wealth of research ideas on ad hoc and sensor networks that are moving rapidly into commercialization and standardization. Such networks can be randomly and rapidly deployed and reconfigured and easily tailored to specific applications including civilian, military, entertainment, etc. Moreover, an ad hoc architecture is highly robust to node failure and can provide a high-level of fault tolerance due to nodal redundancy and its distributed nature. Furthermore, energy efficiency can be achieved through multi-hop routing communication. Bandwidth reuse can also benefit from dividing the single long range hop to multiple short hops with each hop having a shorter range. Several challenges are standing in the way to achieving ubiquitous deployment of ad hoc and sensor networks. These include variable topology, device heterogeneity, limited power supply and the lack of effective energy-efficient design, lack of QoS and application support, etc.

This symposium aims at providing a forum for sharing ideas among researchers and practitioners working on state-of-the-art solutions to the challenges above. We are seeking papers that describe original and unpublished contributions addressing various aspects of ad hoc and sensor networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Supporting TCs:
- Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks sub-TC
- Personal Communications TC

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1) Applications and evolutions of Ad hoc and sensor networks
2) Autonomic Networking
3) Wireless, ad hoc and sensor devices
4) Physical layer design of ad hoc networks
5) Frequency and channel allocation algorithms
6) Topology control and management
7) Algorithms and modeling for localization, target tracking and mobility management
8) Architectures of wireless communication and mobile computing
9) MAC protocols for ad hoc and sensor networks
10) QoS provisioning in medium access control and routing
11) Analytical, mobility and validation models for ad hoc networks
12) Performance evaluation and modeling of mobile and ad hoc networks
13) Integrated simulation and measurement based evaluation of ad hoc and sensor systems
14) New simulation languages, methodologies and tools for wireless systems
15) Analysis of correctness and efficiency of protocols
16) Data management, Data aggregation, data dissemination, and query processing
17) Cryptography and security issues in ad hoc and sensor networks
18) Distributed algorithms
19) Pricing modeling and solutions
20) Pervasive and wearable computing
21) Co-existence issues of hybrid networks
22) Energy saving and power control protocols for ad hoc and sensor networks
23) Resource management algorithms in mobile, wireless and ad-hoc networks
24) Synchronization and scheduling issues in mobile and ad hoc networks
25) Service discovery
26) Cross-layer design and interactions
27) Mobile service and QoS management
28) Survivability and reliability evaluation and modeling
29) Ubiquitous and mobile access
30) Security and privacy issues

Raouf Botaba
University of Waterloo, Canada

Hossam Hassanein
Queens University, Canada

Hussein Mouftah
University of Ottawa, Canada

Guoliang Xue
Arizona State University, USA

Symposium 10:
Wireless Communications

Wireless communications networks and systems have been penetrating our everyday lives, spurring growing interest in new wireless technologies that are smart for tomorrow. Next generation (4G and beyond) wireless systems are building ubiquitous mobile infrastructure and new integrated multimedia services and applications with seamless roaming across networks. Wireless local and personal area networks are rolling out to support wireless internet, pervasive computing, and emerging smart wireless technologies adapted to individual needs, with content-aware computing, location-aware services and optimized network resource allocation. Tomorrow's smart networks also motivate the open spectrum approach to spectrum access, enabled by software defined radio technology and the cognitive radio paradigm to allow unlicensed users to share spectrum with legacy spectrum users. To promote advances in wireless communications technologies, the Wireless Communications Symposium will include topics related to all aspects of wireless and mobile communications at all layers of the network protocol suite and all wireless communications systems including cellular networks, wireless LAN and PAN, ad-hoc networks, mesh networks, sensor networks, as well as satellite systems. To ensure complete coverage of advances in wireless communication and networking technologies for current and future systems, the wireless communications symposium seeks original contributions in, but not limited to, the following topical areas.

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Zhi Tian
Michigan Technological University, USA

Ru H. Wang
Lamar University, USA

Mohammed Atiquizzaman
University of Oklahoma, USA

David Dardari
University of Bologna, Italy

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