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 Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Living in a converged world – impossible without standards? That’s the question posed as the title of the sixth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference. Kaleidoscope 2014 will be hosted by Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SPbSUT), Russian Federation, 3-5 June 2014.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that increase dialogue between academics and experts working on ICT standardization.

Kaleidoscope 2014 is calling for academic papers offering innovative approaches to research on the role of ICT standardization in today’s global economy characterized by accelerating convergence of industry sectors and technologies.

The conference will uncover ideas to leverage this convergence in service of the public interest. It will highlight areas where ICT standards will improve energy efficiency and ease the introduction of new services in fields spanning healthcare, education, transport, banking, energy and more. The event will also explore means to enhance the inclusivity of the Information Society; addressing the demands of people with disabilities, and the need for standards to be accessible to people of different countries and languages.

Kaleidoscope 2014 is being organized by ITU with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE ComSoc, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan and the Popov Society of the Russian Federation. Partners in the organization of 2014’s event are the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation; Waseda University; the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (I.I.E.E.J.); the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS); the University of the Basque Country; and Tampere University of Technology.

A Call for Papers has been issued and invites submissions until 25 November 2013. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Selected papers will be published in the conference’s proceedings and in IEEE Xplore. The best papers will be evaluated for potential publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. In addition, selected papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Technology Marketing or the International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research. Young authors presenting a paper at the conference will receive Young Author Recognition certificates.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int.

For additional information, please see Kaleidoscope 2014’s webpage here.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013 4:57:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 10, 2013

The ITU IPv6 IPTV Global Testbed has undergone a significant expansion with the connection of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

CSIR's Meraka Institute is the country’s leading national ICT research institute and the main hub of SANReN (South African National Research Network), a large-scale government project that provides network connectivity between organizations specialized in higher education and research.

The international ITU IPv6 IPTV Global Testbed was established by ITU-T in collaboration with Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Hokkaido Television Broadcasting (HTB) and OKI. The backbone to this international IPTV experiment is established through extended connectivity between SANReN and NICT’s IPv6 research network, JGN-X (Japan Gigabit Network-eXtreme).

Core ITU standards underpinning the experiment include Recommendation ITU-T H.721’s IPTV terminal for Video on Demand (VoD) and Linear TV, ITU-T H.762’s Lightweight Interactive Multimedia Environment (LIME) for interactive IPTV services, and ITU-T H.264’s video encoding. High-definition IPTV content encoded in H.264 is being delivered over IPv6 between CSIR and other testbed locations, interactively controlled by H.762 on H.721-compliant terminals.

The news marks the first-ever IPTV testbed in Africa. Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, will be the next location to join the project with preparations already underway between ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia) and Rwanda’s proposed host of the testbed.

The ongoing expansion of ITU’s Global Testbed capitalizes on the success of a series of transcontinental IPTV experiments held over the past two years. For the second year running, ITU-standardized IPTV technologies were deployed in an international IPTV experiment held in conjunction with the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, 5-11 February 2013. Run over ITU’s IPTV IPv6 Global Testbed, the experiment was successful in its ambitious attempt to employ ten software-defined networks (SDNs) simultaneously.

IPTV services were used to live-stream scenes from Sapporo and to provide supporting Video on Demand (VoD) segments, accompanied by integrated social media tools and a remotely-provided captioning service. A particularly notable achievement was the use of RISE (Research Infrastructure for large-Scale network Experiments), a next-generation Internet based on OpenFlow, to deliver IPTV content to Singapore where IPv4 and IPv6 were combined virtually (Read the full story on the Sapporo experiment in an earlier newslog article here).

For more on ITU-T’s work on IPTV, please see ITU’s IPTV Global Standards Initiative.

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Monday, June 10, 2013 11:14:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mihoko Sakurai and Jiro Kokuryo (Keio University, Japan); Richard Watson (University of Georgia, USA); and Chon Abraham (College of William and Mary, USA) took home 1st prize of 5,000 USD at the recent ITU Kaleidoscope conference: Building Sustainable Communities.

The winning paper is titled “Sustaining life during the early stages of disaster relief with a Frugal Information System: Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake”. It advocates for the use of cell phones and the mobile Internet as the standard platform in creating information systems which prioritize resilience over robustness. Greater resilience is said to be achieved by deploying resources as frugally as possible and thereby limiting the number of resources exposed to damage in the event of a disaster.

Cybersecurity, climate change, future networks, cloud computing, optical wireless networks, and the resilience of telecoms infrastructure to natural disasters were just some the topics addressed by academic papers presented at the 2013 Kaleidoscope conference: Building Sustainable Communities.

Hosted by Kyoto University, Japan, 22-24 April – and informed to a great extent by lessons learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake – Kaleidoscope 2013 sought to identify emerging ICT developments able to effect the change needed for communities to meet challenges posed by the new millennium.

Kaleidoscope 2013 was organized by ITU and technically co-sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan (IEICE) and was held at the invitation of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

Additional support was provided by NICT, NTT, OKI, KDDI, NEC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Huawei Japan, Telkom South Africa, Blackberry, TTC, Waseda University (Japan), the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (IIEEJ), the ITU Association of Japan, and the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS).

The event attracted over 180 delegates from 25 countries. 99 papers were submitted for review, 30 of which were presented at the conference by virtue of their being accepted for publication in the Kaleidoscope Proceedings and IEEE XPlore.

The other authors of award-winning papers sharing a prize fund of 10,000 USD were:

  • 2nd prize (3,000 USD): “Telebiometric Information Security and Safety Management.” Phillip H Griffin (Booz Allen Hamilton, USA).
  • 3rd prize (2,000 USD): “Innovation Management of Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Standards in the Sino-European Context” Martina Gerst, Xudong Gao (Tsinghua University, P.R. China).

The winning papers all share a close connection with on-going ITU-T standardization work. The first-prize submission will feed into the work of the ITU-T Focus Group on Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery (FG-DR&NRR); the second-prize paper is of interest to ITU-T Study Group 17 (Security); and the third-prize winner ties in with the work of ITU-T Study Group 5 (Environment and climate change).

In addition, Dr Akihiro Nakao from University of Tokyo, Japan delivered a keynote address entitled “Deeply Programmable Network; Emerging Technologies for Network Virtualization and Software Defined Network (SDN)”. SDN was recently made a strategic priority for ITU-T by the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai, UAE, 20-29 November 2012.

ITU Kaleidoscope conferences are peer reviewed academic events with a Steering Committee, and a 140-member Technical Programme Committee responsible for evaluating the submitted papers through a double-blind peer-review process.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 9:54:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The 2013 World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Academic Day  will be held in Sophia Antipolis, France, 14 June 2013. This year's theme is: Education in standardization for future managers – Needs and prospects.

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU.

WSC Academic Day promotes dialogue between universities and the international standards community, raising awareness and fostering cooperation and joint initiatives. The event will trigger the launch of new initiatives including exchanges of material, new courses on standardization, contributions of industry experts to university courses, and new or strengthened partnerships between standards bodies and academia.

At the same venue and during the two days before the WSC event, the 8th conference of the International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) will take place. 12 April is the deadline for the submission of academic papers to be considered at the event.

The Call for Presentations welcomes theoretical or empirical papers as well as case studies on education about standardization, in particular those that address the theme of 2013’s conference: Industry needs standards. What does industry expect from standards education?

The 8th ICES conference is hosted by the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI) and supported by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

Industry needs for standardization education is the core theme of 2013’s conference, addressing what more standards bodies and academia can do to aid industry’s engagement in the standardization process and thereby strengthen standards’ marketplace implementations.

For more information, visit the ICES and WSC Academic Day homepage here

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:25:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 02, 2013

ITU-T member EXFO took the opportunity at the recent meeting of Study Group 12 to demonstrate a new product based on Recommendation ITU-T Y.1564.

ITU-T Y.1564 defines a test methodology to assess and troubleshoot the proper configuration and performance of an Ethernet network to deliver Ethernet-based services. The standard has already gained momentum in the test and measurement industry.

With multiclass Ethernet services being deployed globally, products built according to the standard can aid the deployment of Ethernet services and assist the validation of service-level agreements.

Bruno Giguère, of EXFO was on hand to demonstrate a product from the company’s range of Ethernet field-testing instruments (FTB-200 chassis with an FTB-8130NGE test module). Giguère was the editor of the Recommendation and played a key role in its development. He says that his company’s particpation in the standards process is an important way of showing leadership and demonstrating that it is not waiting for standards but playing an active role in actually producing them.

“Fully adapted to today’s mobile backhaul, commercial and wholesale services, the new ITU-T Y.1564 standard is truly beneficial for our customers to optimize the quality of service and reduce operational costs”, said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013 8:58:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, an ITU-T academic member, made a significant contribution to the current meeting of ITU-T Study Group 12, on a method of video quality of experience (QoE) monitoring which drills deep into network performance, identifying service degradation by precisely calculating video stalling and rebuffering times.

Progressive download video services, such as YouTube, are responsible for a major part of the data volume in the telecommunication networks. Streaming video quality depends on sustainable throughput during transmission. To ensure acceptable video quality, the customer's perceived quality (QoE) needs to be monitored.

Experts have been calling for algorithms that provide measurement results that can give insight to end user QoE, that can in turn be used for network planning and traffic engineering. The Chemnitz University contribution was timely as a separate contribution to the same meeting called for exactly such a method to be developed.

The contribution proposes a network-based parameter-extraction applicable to video QoE estimation that allows for transparent monitoring without the need to install tools at end-user devices or on the server.

Study Group 12 has considered the contribution as part of a new international standard (ITU-T Recommendation). Consequently the two authors, Thomas Knoll and Marcus Eckert, will have their contribution recognised internationally.

Knoll and Eckert chose to supplement their formal presentation to Study Group 12 with an implementation and online demonstration, which according to the study group Chairman, Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor, was a first that gave delegates an unprecedented opportunity to see exactly how the contribution could be applied.

Participation of academics in the work of ITU-T provides invaluable networking opportunities and the chance to gain an understanding of the requirements of the industry.

More details can be found in the contributions (ITU members only) here and here. Alternatively here or for contribution details and publications.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:41:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012
The opening day of WTSA-12 will feature an interactive workshop introducing activities undertaken by the ITU-T, its membership and secretariat to engage with universities and research institutes.
 
The academic event will highlight the importance of standards and participation of academics in ICT standardization. Related initiatives including academia membership, ITU’s academic conference Kaleidoscope and  standards education campaigns will be presented and discussed. Some ITU academic members will showcase how they engage in the ITU standards making process.
 
ITU members and non-members, in particular representatives of universities and R&D labs are invited to participate in the event.
 
The event will take place from 12:00 to 14:00 on 20 November 2012. A registration form is available here.

This post originally from The Assembly a blog covering WTSA12

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Thursday, November 08, 2012 9:47:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 11, 2012

A new ITU-T Technology Watch Report entitled “Standards for Technology-enabled Learning” investigates the technologies and services quickly emerging as viable tools to breed more dynamic, more affordable and far more inclusive approaches to education and training.

With the potential to overcome challenges posed by distance or levels of economic and infrastructural development, information and communication technologies (ICTs) role in education policy in both developed and developing nations is sure to strengthen.

The report distinguishes between purpose-built learning devices and all-purpose ICTs, and notes a trend in the shift from specialized educational devices towards developing educational apps running on existing all-purpose devices; contributing to the increasing scalability and sustainability of “ICT-in-education” initiatives. The report also explores the content of educational resources as well as the strategies through which they are distributed; highlighting, for example, the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement gaining support from a number of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, and some of the many “classroom-management” tools today available to teachers and their students.

By identifying emerging innovations in the tech-learning field, the report aims to highlight the characteristics common to the most successful “ICT-in-education” models. Noting no shortage of research, development or examples of successful implementations, the report concludes that standards will have a key role to play in addressing the current disparity between the development and implementation of tech-learning products and services. In this regard, the report provides an overview of the standardization work already underway in this field, and additionally recommends the coupling of technical standards with supplementary best-practice guidelines on the rollout and maintenance of tech-rich education systems.

The report and additional resources are available at http://itu.int/en/ITU-T/techwatch/Pages/learning-standards.aspx.

Experts from industry or academic and research institutes are invited to submit topic proposals and abstracts for future reports in the ITU-T Technology Watch series. Interested experts are encouraged to contact the TechWatch team at tsbtechwatch@itu.int.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 2:25:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 04, 2012

A Standards Education Workshop, hosted by Aalborg University, 8-9 October, will outline ICT standardization courses currently on offer, discussing their approach to the interdisciplinary nature of ICT standardization and determining means of increasing the weight assigned to standardization in universities’ ICT curricula. Ideas generated by the workshop will feed into the work of the TSB Director’s Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education, a group currently under formation, intending to support academia in its efforts to produce standards-minded graduates.
 
The event is jointly organized by ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T), the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), Dansk Standard (DS) and Aalborg University’s Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF).
 
Items on the agenda include:

- Technical presentations by academic institutions on their experiences with standards education
- The merits of Problem-Based Learning
- “Brainstorming” regarding how best to structure academic courses on ICT standardization
 
The event builds on the success of a previous ITU Webinar on Standards Education, 30 April 2012, and is part of ITU-T’s ongoing efforts to better understand and serve the needs of ITU-T’s academic membership.
 
Specifically, in discussing the aims and methodologies of different universities’ standards courses, October’s workshop will aid in the development of an ITU repository of standards courses offered across the globe – providing a resource to individuals interested in the study of ICT standards, and to universities deciding on the content of courses as they develop them.
 
The event will host panelists and participants from a broad cross-section of the standards-development community, including academic institutions, research centres and laboratories; national and regional administrations; national and international standards development organizations (SDOs); industry associations; private companies; and entrepreneurs interested in international standards’ ability to grant innovations access to global markets.
 
Remote Participation will be provided, and details on how to participate from one’s home country are available on the workshop’s webpage. The event’s page also provides all details relevant to participation in Aalborg, such as the workshop’s programme and practical information (hotels, visas, etc.).
 
Visit the workshop’s webpage here...

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Thursday, October 04, 2012 2:12:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The submission deadline for Kaleidoscope academic papers has been extended to 24 September. Kaleidoscope 2013 will be held at Kyoto University, Japan, 22-24 April, and a prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers, which will also be considered for publication in a special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine.
 
Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences with the aim of increasing dialogue between academics and experts working on the standardization of ICTs. Kaleidoscope 2013, the 5th event in the Kaleidoscope series, will discuss ICT’s role as an essential tool in “Building Sustainable Communities” by identifying emerging ICT developments able to effect the socio-economic change needed for communities to meet the challenges posed by the new millennium.
 
In addition to an exhibition of local universities’ curricula, the presence of high-level keynote speakers, and the presentation of invited papers, Kaleidoscope 2013 will host the third Jules Verne’s Corner, a space giving air to the ideas of futurists and science fiction writers.
 
Following Kaleidoscope 2013, a one-day Workshop on ITU and Academia, 25 April 2013, will provide information on ITU’s Academia membership category and will present and discuss the standards-focused activities of ITU’s academic members.
 
See sponsorship opportunities, the list of confirmed K-2013 partners, or contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int.
 
For additional information, see the event’s webpage at: http://itu-kaleidoscope.org/2013.
 

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012 2:18:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A new group has been established to investigate academia’s approach to ICT standardization, with a view to increasing the weight assigned to the subject in academic curricula. It will also aim to identify ITU-T action to aid its academic membership in this endeavour. Comments are welcome on the Draft Terms of Reference for the TSB Director's Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education, available here. Proposed revisions should be sent to tsbtsag@itu.int by Wednesday 15 August.

The Ad Hoc Group will include representatives of ITU-T, academia and other standards development organizations (SDOs) interested in collaborating to advance standards education worldwide. Participation is open to all interested parties, including non-members of ITU, free of charge.

In this context, “standards education” relates not to technology-focused topics, but rather to education on the importance of standards to the ICT sector, and by extension, to the operation of businesses and economies at large. ICT today underpins almost all commercial activity and it is essential that we familiarize students with ICT standards development processes, standard strategy planning, and business case studies demonstrating the importance of international standards to industry.

A tentative work plan for the group includes; performing a “gap analysis” regarding ICT standardization courses currently offered by universities; gathering information on standards education programs from relevant external groups; developing course or curricula “templates” to be used by academia in constructing standards-education offerings; and identifying strategies to facilitate the adoption of credit-eligible courses in undergraduate and graduate programmes.

The group’s first meeting will take place during the Joint ITU-GISFI-DS-CTIF Standards Education Workshop, 8-9 October 2012, Aalborg University, Denmark.

For more information, please see the Ad Hoc Group’s webpage here.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:27:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 26, 2012

10 September 2012 is the submission deadline for academic papers discussing ICT’s role as an essential tool in “Building Sustainable Communities”. Kaleidoscope 2013 will be held at Kyoto University, Japan, 22-24 April, and a prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers, which will also be considered for publication in a special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine.

 

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences with the aim of increasing dialogue between academics and experts working on the standardization of ICTs.

 

Kaleidoscope 2013 is being organized by ITU with the technical co-sponsorship of IEEE ComSoc and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan; with financial support from Telkom SA; and in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, Waseda University, the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (I.I.E.E.J.), and the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS).

 

Additionally, Kaleidoscope 2013 recently announced the membership of its Technical Programme Committee, and has attracted two new partners from Japan: the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT), and the Telecommunications Technology Committee (TTC). Research in Motion (RIM) has also offered its support for the event, donating two Blackberry Playbooks as awards for the best papers produced by those eligible for Young Author Recognition Certificates (presented to authors under 30 years old).

 

The aim of the event, detailed in April’s announcement of Kaleidoscope 2013’s theme, is to identify emerging ICT developments able to effect the socio-economic change needed for communities to meet the challenges posed by the new millennium. Sustainable communities will be those that prepare as well as they can for future challenges, and this will require a careful balance of human-centric technology and sound ethical values.

 

ICT standards will be key to enabling the co-evolution of technology and sustainable communities. Developing these standards will require concerted global efforts by stakeholders across industry sectors. Kaleidoscope 2013 therefore promotes collaboration in this regard and will highlight the multidisciplinary nature of future ICTs.

 

Visit the event’s webpage here...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:28:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 14, 2012

The ITU Standardization Sector’s alliance with Academia Session will be held on 16 May 2012 (13h30 – 14h00) and will provide an overview of ITU-T initiatives to engage universities and research institutions in the development of international ICT standards.

This session will focus on the new membership category as well as other initiatives to engage academia including Kaleidoscope academic conferences, international events bringing together universities, industry and research institutions to share knowledge and identify emerging ICT developments.
By welcoming academia to its meetings as fully-fledged members or by consulting with universities on future trends in standardization, ITU has acknowledged the important role of academia in the development of ICTs.

ITU’s membership of 193 member states and over 700 private-sector entities represents an extraordinary opportunity for academics to bring their ideas to life through standardization, raise the profiles of their institutions and uncover potential sources of future funding. Since introducing an “Academia” membership category in ITU at the start of this year, 40 academic institutions have joined. By participating academia can gain global recognition and play a formative role in determining how their innovations are reflected in standards and public policy.

WSIS Forum 2012, jointly organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, is a platform for key global players in the field of ICTs to network, discuss and exchange on future ICT developments and applications, as well as to engage in new partnerships. Hosted in Geneva by ITU from 14 to 18 May 2012, the forum will offer participants a series of high-level panels, a ministerial round table, facilitation meetings, thematic workshops and knowledge exchanges, as well as an exhibition. The celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day will take place during the Forum, on 16 May 2012, the same day of the ITU and Academia Briefing Session. The draft agenda is available at: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Agenda/DraftAgenda.aspx
 

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Monday, May 14, 2012 11:10:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 26, 2012

Building Sustainable Communities, the fifth ITU Kaleidoscope conference, will be hosted by the University of Kyoto, Japan, 22-24 April 2013. Kaleidoscope-13 is being organized by ITU with the technical co-sponsorship of IEEE ComSoc and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan, with financial support from Telkom SA, and in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, Waseda University, the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (I.I.E.E.J.), and the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS).

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences with the aim of increasing dialogue between academics and experts working on the standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

A call for papers has been issued and invites submissions by 10 September 2012. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers, which will also be featured in a special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine. Additionally, young authors presenting their papers at Kaleidoscope-13 will receive Young Author Recognition certificates and all the papers presented will be archived in the IEEE Xplore online catalogue.

Kaleidoscope-13 aims to identify emerging ICT developments able to effect the socio-economic change needed for communities to meet the challenges posed by the new millennium. Sustainable communities will be those that prepare as well as they can for future challenges, and this will require a careful balance of human-centric technology and sound ethical values.

ICT standards will be key to enabling the co-evolution of technology and sustainable communities. Developing these standards will require concerted global efforts by stakeholders across industry sectors. Kaleidoscope-13 therefore promotes collaboration in this regard and will highlight the multidisciplinary nature of future ICTs.

In addition to an exhibition of local universities’ curricula, the presence of high-level keynote speakers, and the presentation of invited papers, Kaleidoscope-13 will host the third Jules Verne’s Corner, a space giving air to the ideas of futurists and science fiction writers.

Following Kaleidoscope-13, a one-day Workshop on ITU and Academia, 25 April 2013, will provide information on ITU’s Academia membership category and will present and discuss the standards-focused activities of ITU’s academic members.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int

For additional information, see the event’s webpage at: http://itu-kaleidoscope.org/2013.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:20:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ITU-T will host a two-hour webinar on Standards Education at 14h00 (CET), 30 April 2012, with the objective of exploring standardization curricula currently offered by different academic institutions. In addition it will examine means to develop such curricula and ways to encourage other institutions to integrate similar courses in the programs on offer to their students.

The event  begins with an overview of Aalborg University’s standardization curriculum, introducing the Masters Program on “Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship” (ICTE) offered by the university’s Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF); specifically detailing its course on "Standardization, IPR, Patenting and Technology Transfer". This will be followed by the presentations of other ITU academia members, sharing their experiences with standardization courses and suggesting areas in need of improvement. 

Additionally – for the benefit of ITU academia members seeking a better understanding of the purpose and potential of standards education – ITU will share its perspective on the motivations underlying the creation of its new academia membership category, and will also outline the ways in which academic institutions can best make use of ITU’s standardization expertise when developing standards education curricula.

Building on the outcomes of this virtual event, a Workshop on Standards Education, jointly organized by ITU and the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), will take place at Aalborg University,  8-9 October 2012. At this event, ITU academia members will be invited to share details of their standardization curricula and thereby aid in the development of an ITU repository of standards courses currently on offer. The repository will provide a useful resource to individuals interested in the study of ICT standards and to institutions deciding on the content of standards courses as they develop them.

For more information, please consult the webinar’s webpage here.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:03:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 25, 2011

ITU’s Kaleidoscope academic conference The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services (Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011) will be made available as a live audio and video webcast in order that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world.

Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, Kaleidoscope 2011 will bring together academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of telecommunications and ICTs.  (See here for programme, bios and presentation slides).

Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.

In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2011 will host Jules Verne’s Corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers, a Tutorial on : Future Internet Impacts on the Evolution of NGN Infrastructures and Services and a Special Session on ITU & Academia.

Register now for free remote participation.


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Friday, November 25, 2011 3:06:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The October issue of IEEE Communications Magazine carries a ‘feature topic’ on ITU’s third Kaleidoscope event – Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services.

The magazine, also available online, carries the winning papers, as well as one invited paper from this ITU academic event.
Organized by ITU with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco, Nokia and Myfire, the conference brought together some of the best academic minds from around the world to present their research on innovative technologies that could challenge the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet. Among over 110 papers submitted, 37 papers were presented. The best three were awarded prizes totaling $10,000 kindly donated by Cisco.
All Kaleidoscope papers are also available in IEEE Xplore, IEEE's online library.
The fourth Kaleidoscope event “The fully networked human? Innovations for future networks and services” will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:56:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 22, 2011

ITU is organizing a two-day Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap for the Arab Region on 26 September 2011, followed by an Interactive Training Session on a simulated study group meeting on 27 September 2011 and a half day ITU Academia Seminar on 28th September 2011.

The workshop is designed to provide concrete advice and best practices on participation by developing countries in global standards development and building nation standards readiness. It will also examine standards work on key new technologies. The Interactive Training Session will provide an interactive learning experience through a simulated Study Group meeting. It will be of greatest interest to those who will be, or who have begun, participating in international meetings and those who have some international experience with plans to move into leadership roles. The ITU Academia Seminar will present ITU’s relationship with Academia and the benefit of ITU membership for academic and research institutions.

All events are held at the kind invitation of the Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (ARPT). 

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Friday, July 22, 2011 8:39:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 13, 2011

The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services the fourth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference has extended the deadline for papers until 29 May 2011.

A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue. Organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor, Kaleidoscope 2011 will take place at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December.

For additional information see the event webpage at: http://itu-kaleidoscope.org/2011.


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Friday, May 13, 2011 5:05:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 21, 2011
The fourth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference - Kaleidoscope 2011 - will also host the second Jules Verne’s corner (JVc), its theme: The Chip in the Brain. A call for abstracts has been issued and invites submissions until 10 June 2011.

This year’s Jules Verne’s corner (JVc) invites us to consider challenges related to the insertion of silicon chips into humans. Positive applications, may include lifestyle improvements, establishing wireless brain-machine communication and e-health applications. But there are also complex legal, privacy, responsibility and security issues to be addressed.

JVc is the home for visionaries, science fiction writers, journalists, movie directors and anybody who can develop concepts to make possible the impossible during the second half of the XXI century.

In addition, a third call for papers has been issued for Kaleidoscope 2011 and invites submissions until 15 May 2011. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of ICTs and academia, and at identifying emerging developments in ICTs at an early stage to generate successful products and services through the development of international standards.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int.  
For additional information see the event webpage at: http://itu-kaleidoscope.org/2011.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:30:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 04, 2011

The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services is the title of the fourth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference.

A call for papers has been issued and invites submissions until 15 May 2011. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue. Young authors presenting a paper at the conference will receive Young Author Recognition certificates.

Organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor, Kaleidoscope 2011 has been invited to the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December.

Kaleidoscope 2011 will highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future information and communication technologies (ICTs) including future services and applications demand as well as social, economic and policy aspects of human-centric systems. In this environment, the user is placed at the center, and virtualized networks, other IT resources, services and applications are adaptively and automatically configured to support the users in carrying out their everyday life activities.

However, the shift to human-centric ICT also raises social, economic and policy issues, which need to be addressed, including access to ICT, safety, privacy, environmental sustainability, etc.

This year, in addition to an exhibition for local universities and the presence of high-level keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2011 will host the second Jules Verne’s corner, a special space for science fiction writers and visionaries.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of ICTs and academia.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int

For additional information see the event webpage at: http://itu-kaleidoscope.org/2011.

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Friday, March 04, 2011 12:53:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The winning papers from ITU's Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services academic conference shared a prize fund of USD$10,000 on 15 December 2010.
  • 1st price (5000 USD) Eva Ibarrola (University of the Basque Country, Spain):
    A user-centric approach to QoS regulation in future networks, Eva Ibarrola1, Fidel Liberal1, Armando Ferro1; Jin Xiao2 (1University of the Basque Country, Spain; 2University of Waterloo, Canada)

  • 2nd price (3000 USD) Kideok Cho (Seoul National University, Korea)
    How can an ISP merge with a CDN?, Kideok Cho, Hakyung Jung, Munyoung Lee, Diko Ko, Taekyoung Kwon, Yanghee Choi (Seoul National University, Korea)

  • 3rd price (2000 USD) Masahiko Jinno (NTT, Japan) jinno.masahiko@lab.ntt.co.jp
    Introducing elasticity and adaptation into the optical domain toward more efficient and scalable optical transport networks, Masahiko Jinno, Yoshiaki Sone, Osamu Ishida, Takuya Ohara, Akira Hirano, Masahito Tomizawa (NTT, Japan)
Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services was held at the kind invitation of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of India, and hosted by the Sinhgad Technical Education Society, Narhe Campus, Pune, Maharashtra, India. It was organized by ITU with IEEE Communications Society as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by, Cisco, Nokia Siemens Networks and MYFIRE. The Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI), the ITU-APT Foundation of India, and the CMAI Association of India supported ITU in promoting the event throughout India.

The conference brought together over 435 participants of 26 countries. Among them, the best academic minds from around the world presented their future visions on innovative technologies to challenge the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet. The conference also included an exhibition by local Universities which provided insight into their activities.

In addition to the four invited papers, 37 were presented from the 115 papers submitted, and the best three awarded prizes. The winning papers will also be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine. The consolidated Proceedings of the conference will be soon available at the event’s webpage (http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/uni/kaleidoscope/2010/index.html) and all papers will be downloadable from IEEE Xplore online catalogue shortly.

In addition to the prize pool, ten entrants - Kideok Cho, Rakesh Jha, Pranoti Bansode, Pankaj Chand, Klemen Peternel, Labonnah F. Rahman, Mohammadmajid Hormati, Arnupharp Viratanapanu, Rahamatullah Khondoker, and Muzahid Hussain - received a Young Author Recognition Certificate.

For the first time, this year’s Kaleidoscope event saw a new feature; Jules Verne's corner. The session is dedicated to visionaries, science fiction writers, journalists, movie directors and anybody else who is able to imagine an unpredictable future, putting forward inspiring, revolutionary ideas. Structured as a panel session the speakers were: Eduard Babulak, European Commission; Mitsuji Matsumoto, Waseda University, Japan; Rahul Sinha, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA; Daniele Trinchero, Politecnico di Torino, Italy and Simao Campos of ITU. Topics covered included future internet networks; the mapping of signals in a dense wireless four-dimensional space-time domain; the detection of information from the brain by analyzing activities of neurons and facing their “time-variable” characteristics and a “Rigorous Pseudo Scientific Demonstration” of time machines.

For more information and presentations from Kaleidoscope 2010, see the event's web page.

Building on the success of the first, second and third Kaleidoscope events, a fourth conference is planned for end 2011. A call for papers has already been issued for The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services. Through implanted sensors, e-health applications will support senior citizens communicating automatically their medical data to care providers… but what if the information falls into the wrong hands? Modern heating systems at home would be programmed, via hands-free devices, while driving to work… but what happens if this is done via a text message distracting the driver? How can we make increasingly complex devices user-friendly? A call for abstracts for 2011’s Jules Verne’s corner has also been issued under the title The Chip in the Brain.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:38:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 10, 2010
Live webcast: Kaleidoscope 2010 - Beyond the Internet?

ITU-T’s Kaleidoscope academic conference Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services (Pune, India, 13-15 December 2010) will be made available as a live audio and video webcast in order that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world.

Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society. Kaleidoscope 2010 will bring together academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of telecommunications and ICTs.  (See here for programme, bios and presentation slides).

Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.

In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials, and Jules Verne’s Corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.

Register now for free webcast access.

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Friday, December 10, 2010 2:57:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 08, 2010

An ITU tutorial on Standardization will follow this year's Kaleidoscope event − Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services − Pune, India, 13 – 15 December 2010.

The event will be held at the same venue on 16 December 2010.

The tutorial will cover information on how standardization works as well as a simulation of a standards-setting meeting. Participants from academia and industry will gain practical and theoretical knowledge on international standardization. In interactive role plays, participants will learn the art of reaching consensus. More information on the tutorial is available at the Kaleidoscope web page (http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/uni/kaleidoscope/2010/tutorial.html).

The aim of Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify information and communication technologies (ICTs) for which the development of standards can turn innovations into successful products and services, but it is also an opportunity to share knowledge on international standardization processes, which becomes more and more important with the rapid evolution of ICTs.

During the Kaleidoscope conference two special sessions will also take place: Jules Verne’s Corner and Standards Corner. Further information on these special sessions will shortly be available at the Kaleidoscope web page: www.itu-kaleidoscope.org/2010

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Friday, October 08, 2010 12:04:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 05, 2010
The call for papers for this year’s ITU-T Kaleidoscope conference has closed with 115 papers submitted. The review process of the papers is now underway with the 128 members of the Technical Programme Committee due to inform authors of accepted papers by 30 July.
 
65 per cent of submitted papers relate to Track 1: Technology and architecture evolution. 42 per cent come from India, with the majority of other papers submitted from Colombia, USA, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Germany. 78 per cent of the authors are from academic institutions with the remainder from the private sector.
 
The 2010 ITU-T Kaleidoscope academic conference: Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services, is the third in a series of peer reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing the dialogue between academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of telecommunications and ICTs. Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the event will take place at the Sinhgad Technical Education Society, Narhe Campus, Pune, India, 13 – 15 December 2010. Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.
 
Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services will highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) including future services and applications as well as social and economic impacts. The focus is on innovative technologies and on examining the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet.
 
In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials, and Jules Verne’s corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.

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Monday, July 05, 2010 3:43:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 15, 2010
ITU together World Standards Cooperation (WSC) partners ISO and IEC will hold its first-ever Academic Week 5-9 July 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is intended to raise awareness of the importance of including standardization in programmes of higher education because of its roles in facilitating access to world markets, transferring technology and promoting good business practice and sustainable development.

A knowledge of standardization and the benefits it can bring to business, government and society as a whole is increasingly being seen as part of the essential "baggage" of future managers in both public and private sectors.

An impressive list of speakers from academia, industry and national and international standards bodies will provide insight on these matters and stimulate discussions, with a view to promote the dialogue and to foster cooperation between academic institutions and the International Standards community.

The WSC is the strategic coordination entity of the world's leading standardization organizations – the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The three partners recognize the fundamental contribution that educational institutions can make in teaching the value of international standardization, appreciate how the work of academia on the cutting edge of research and technology can benefit the development of standards and are keen to support these institutions in their efforts.

The annual workshop of the International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) – a network of individuals and organizations interested in education about standardization – will also take place during the week.

The event is being held at the International Conference Centre, Geneva, and programme comprises:
5-6 July, ICES workshop
7 July, Recognizing academic excellence
8 July, Cooperation between international standardization organizations and academic institutions (including participation by the Rector of the University of Geneva and representatives of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne)
9 July, Economic and social benefits of standards.

For further information, including full programme and registration form: www.iso.org/wscacademicweek

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http://twitter.com/IECStandards
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 6:28:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ICTs and the green city of the future is the title of an ITU Workshop that will be held during the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The theme of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is: "Better City, Better Life". The Workshop will aim at capturing visions of ICT’s role in providing for urban sustainability.

A call for abstracts has been issued and invites submissions until 15 March 2010. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers.

The Workshop will take place in the UN Pavilion dedicated to "One Earth, One UN" at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 on 14 May 2010.

ICTs and the green city of the future is an event organized within the framework of ITU Kaleidoscope activities, open to members and non members of ITU, general visitors of the Expo, students, experts and high level industry officials.

This workshop aims at increasing the dialogue between academia and experts working on the standardization of ICTs.

Submissions are encouraged by all, but especially young people, students, researchers and professors from universities and research institutions. They can cover any topic along these broad guidelines but should reflect the sessions listed in the call for abstracts.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:45:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 11, 2010
The February issue of IEEE Communications Magazine carries a ‘feature topic’ on ITU’s Kaleidoscope event – Innovations for Digital Inclusion.

The magazine, also available online, carries the winning papers, as well as three invited papers from the second of ITU’s academic events.
Organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco, and Nokia, the conference brought together some of the best academic minds from around the world to present their research supporting innovation in ICTs towards universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access by all. Among over 80 papers submitted, 32 papers were presented. The best four were awarded prizes totaling $10,000 kindly donated by Cisco.
All Kaleidoscope papers are also available in IEEE Xplore, IEEE's online library.
The third Kaleidoscope event “Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services” will be held in Lonavala, India, 13-15 December 2010.

For more information please contact kaleidoscope@itu.int.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:43:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 01, 2010

Beyond the Internet? Innovations for future networks and services is the title of the third ITU-T Kaleidoscope academic conference. The event will examine whether a clean slate approach is necessary for the internet of the future.

A call for papers has been issued and invites submissions until 30 April 2010. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue.Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.

Organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco and Nokia Siemens Networks, Kaleidoscope 2010 will take place in Lonavala, Maharashtra, India, 13-15 December.

Thus far, the Internet has proven to be robust and flexible and its continuous evolution has seen growth from a small experiment into a giant collaborative network capable of meeting the demands of more than one billion users. The rise of mobile access and its integration with optical transport networks present new challenges. Some experts question whether the current underlying architecture is sufficiently strong to address future demands or if a “clean slate” approach is needed to develop a really innovative internet of the future.

Kaleidoscope 2010 will highlight multidisciplinary aspects: technologies enabling future ICTs for future services and applications, their standardization, as well as their social and economic impact. The focus will be on innovative technologies and contributors are invited to challenge the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet.

This year, in addition to an exhibition for local universities and the presence of outstanding keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU-T Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials and Jules Verne’s corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that aim at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and academia. The first Kaleidoscope event – Innovations in NGN - was held in Geneva, 12-13 May 2008, and the second one - Innovations for Digital Inclusion – was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 31 August – 1 September 2009.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact the ITU-T Kaleidoscope secretariat at kaleidoscope@itu.int. For additional details see the event webpage at: www.itu-kaleidoscope.org/2010.

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Monday, February 01, 2010 12:53:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 18, 2009
The winning papers from ITU's Kaleidoscope 2009 - Innovations for Digital Inclusion academic conference shared a prize fund of USD$10,000 on 1 September. Also, at the event held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Linux project and now President of the Free Software Foundation, presented a paper Is digital inclusion a good thing? How can we make sure it is?.

Eng. Alicia Alonso Becerra, Rector of the José A. Echeverría Superior Polytechnic Institute, Cuba awarded the prizes to the presenters:

Kamugisha Kazaura from Tanzania of Waseda University, Japan, for:  

·         ROFSO: A universal platform for convergence of fiber and free-space optical communication networks, Kamugisha Kazaura; Kazuhiko Wakamori; Mitsuji Matsumoto; Takeshi Higashino; Katsutoshi Tsukamoto; Shozo Komaki.

Ms Lina Gomez from Columbia staff member at the Centro de Investigacion de las Telecomunicaciones, Columbia for:

·         Discrimination in NGN service markets: Opportunity or barrier to digital inclusion?, Fernando Beltran; Lina Gomez.

Ms Eva Ibarrola from Spain studying at University of the Basque Country, Spain for:  

·         Quality of Service management for ISP: A model and implementation methodology based on ITU-T Rec.802 framework, Eva Ibarrola; Jin Xiao; Fidel Liberal; Armando Ferro.

Ved Kafle from India of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan for:

·         An ID/Locator Split Architecture of Future Networks, Ved Kafle; Hideki Otsuki; Masugi Inoue.

The many academics in attendance expressed the importance of the role of universities in the standardization process and the high value of strong collaboration between ITU, academia, and research institutes.

Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU highlighted a recently approved Resolution (Resolution 71) which invites the ITU Council to consider the admission of academic institutions, universities and associated research establishments to ITU-T at reduced cost. His proposal to the ITU Council to be held in October for a reduced fee of $2000 was welcomed by participants.

Innovations for Digital Inclusion was held at the kind invitation of Ministerio de Planificación Federal Inversión Pública y Servicios and hosted by the National Communications Commission and the Secretariat of Communications of Argentina, was organized by ITU with IEEE Communications Society as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco and Nokia. The conference brought together the best academic minds from around the world to present their future visions to achieve digital Inclusion. The conference also included an exhibition by local Universities which provided insight into their activities.

In addition to the three invited papers, from 80+ papers submitted, 32 were presented, and the best four awarded prizes. The winning papers will also be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine. The consolidated Proceedings of the conference are also available and all papers will be soon also available from IEEE Xplore online catalogue.

In addition to the prize pool, eight entrants - Jose Simões, Lina Gomez, Tullio Bertini, Aline Zim, Kei Wada, Juan Pablo Bernal, Paul Plantinga and Alberto Diez Albaladejo - received a Young Author Recognition Certificate.

Building on the success of the first and second Kaleidoscope events, a third conference is planned for end 2010.

For more information and presentations from Kaleidoscope 2009, see the event web page.

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Friday, September 18, 2009 8:42:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 28, 2009

The June issue of IEEE Communications Magazine carries a ‘feature topic’ on ITU’s Kaleidoscope event – Innovations in Next Generation Networks (NGN).

The magazine, also available online, carries the winning papers, as well as two invited papers from the first of ITU’s academic events.

The winning papers were:

  • Architecture and business model of open heterogeneous mobile network, Yoshitoshi Murata; Mikio Hasegawa; Homare Murakami; Hiroshi Harada; Shuzo Kato.
  • Differential phase shift quantum key distribution, Hiroki Takesue; Toshimori Honjo; Kiyoshi Tamaki; Yasuhiro Tokura.
  • Open API standardisation for the NGN platform, Catherine Mulligan.

Organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco, Intel, the International Communications Foundation of Japan and Sun Microsystems, the conference brought together the best academic minds from around the world to present their future visions for Next-Generation Networks (NGN).

Among over 140 papers submitted. 53 papers were presented and the best three were awarded prizes totaling $10,000 kindly donated by Cisco. These papers will be included in a future special edition of the IEEE Communications Magazine.

The second Kaleidoscope event - Innovations for Digital Inclusion - will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 31 August – 1 September 2009.

Kaleidoscope events are a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences aiming to increase the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICT) and academia.

Kaleidoscope 2009 will feature original academic papers offering innovative approaches to digital inclusion. As before prizes totaling USD 10k will be granted to the best papers. In addition a young author recognition certificate will be granted to authors presenting papers whoare pursuing their studies and do not – at the time of the event - have a PhD.

Accepted papers will be presented during the event, published in the proceedings and made available through IEEE Xplore. The best papers will be evaluated for potential publication in IEEE Communications Magazine.

Kaleidoscope-2009 will analyze technologies, services and applications five years and beyond that will capitalize on NGN infrastructure and promote digital inclusion. The event will cover multidisciplinary aspects, including regulatory and societal challenges as well as analysis of standardization needed.

Innovative technologies will help bring the benefits of ICTs to all segments of the population, in particular those in underserved communities and developing countries. The event seeks to promote research that supports innovation in ICTs toward universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access by all.

For more information please contact kaleidoscope@itu.int.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:59:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 03, 2009
A new ITU group has been set up to collect and identify visions of future networks, based on new technologies.

The move to set up the Focus Group on Future Networks (FG-FN) follows a request from members to push forward study in this area and strong interest expressed by the academic community during the ITU-T Kaleidoscope event in May 2008.

The term Future Networks has come to encompass such projects as IRTF (International), GENI/FIND (US), FP7/FIRE (EU), CNGI (China), AKARI/NwGN (Japan), FIF (Korea) as well as standardization works in ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6.

Experts say that taking into consideration the importance of global connectivity and interoperability between devices, networks, services and applications, global harmonization between these different activities is extremely important and necessary to build up globally interoperable future ICT infrastructures.

Given ITU-T’s role as a global ICT standards organization, it is in the best position to support the development of global and harmonized frameworks (e.g. requirements, functional architectures and protocols) collaborating with all relevant entities and activities.

The provisional dates and venue for the first meeting of the group are 6-10 July, Geneva.

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