ICCIT 2013

Beirut, Lebanon

General


Building on the success of ICCIT-2012 and ICCIT-2011 conferences, we invite you to participate in the Third International Conference on Communications and Information Technology (ICCIT-2013) that will be held in Beirut, Lebanon on June 19-21, 2013 and hosted by the American University of Beirut.

The conference aims to bring together leading scientists, academics, practicing engineers and policy makers from government, academia and private sectors. ICCIT-2013 seeks to be a forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest development and use of Communications and Information Technologies.

ICCIT-2013 is going to be inaugurated under the patronage of his Excellency Mr. Nicolas Sehnaoui, the Minister of Telecommunications in Lebanon.

ICCIT-2013 will host distinguished keynote speakers who will address emerging areas of research. We are pleased to announce the confirmation of the following keynote speakers: Prof. Ian Akyildiz, Prof. Merouane Debbah, Prof. Brian Evans, and Mr. Ziad Zorkot.

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Conference Important Dates
Deadlines Event
January 20, 2013 February 11, 2013 Paper submission. [firm deadline]
April 1, 2013 April 9, 2013 Author notification.
April 1, 2013 Registration open.
April 20, 2013 May 3, 2013 Camera ready paper submission.
Conference Updates
Date Event
June 8, 2013 Invited speakers added.
June 7, 2013 Conference program updated. Please download the new version here.
June 2, 2013 Conference program published. New keynote speaker added.
April 16, 2013 Registration page updated.
April 1, 2013 Author notification deadline extended to April 9.

Committees


Honorary Conference Chair

Ibrahim Gedeon (TELUS, Canada)

International Advisory Committee

Abdallah Shami (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Khaled Ben Letaif (HKUST, China)
Lajos Hanzo (University of Southampton, UK)
Hussein Mouftah (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Albert Zomaya (University of Sidney, Australia)

General Chairs

Zaher Dawy (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
Hassan Artail (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Honorary Technical Program Chair

Peter Mueller (IBM, Switzerland)

Technical Program Chairs

Youssef Nasser (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
Abdallah Shami (University of Western Ontario , Canada)
Ronald Raulefs (German Aerospace Center, Germany)

 


Technical Tracks

Wireless Communications and Signal Processing →

Nizar Zorba (QMIC, Qatar)
Tarek Al Naffouri (KAUST, KSA)
Oussama Bazzi (Lebanese University, Lebanon)

Mobile & Cloud Computing →

Ali Chehab (AUB, Lebanon)
Marco Di Felice (University of Bologna, Italy)
Majd Sakr (Carnigie Mellon, Qatar)

Networks & Internet Technologies →

Ayman Kayssi (AUB, Lebanon)
Ala Al-Fuqaha (Western Michigan University, USA)
Jamal Zemerly (Khalifa University, UAE)

Digital Information Management & Security →

Hazem Hajj (AUB, Lebanon)
Khalil El-Khatib (UOIT, Canada)
Hamid Mcheick (Uni du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada )

 


Tutorial Chairs

Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA-Leti, France)
Sherif Aly (American University of Cairo, Egypt)

Regional Publicity Chair

Berk Canberk (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
Hamid Menouar (QMIC, Qatar)
Stavros Stavrou (Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

International Publicity Chairs

Chadi Assi (Concordia University, Canada)
Merouane Debbah (SUPELEC, France)
Jaime Lloret Mauri (Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
Walid Saad (University of Miami, USA)

Special Sessions Chairs

Yves Louet (Supelec, Rennes, France)
Haidar Safa (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Publication Committee Chairs

Wassim Hajj (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
Elias Yaacoub (QMIC, Qatar)
Khalil Mershad (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Registration and Finance Chair

Nidal Nasser (Alfaisal University, KSA)

Local Organization Chairs

Ahmad El-Hajj (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
Lise Safatly (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

 


ICCIT Asia Representative

Jalal Karam (Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan)



Technical Program Committee Members – DMS Track

NameAffiliationCountry
Mehdi AddaUniversite du Quebec a RimouskiCanada
Yazan Al QudahPrincess Sumaya of Science and TechnologyJordan
Chadi AssiConcordia UniversityCanada
Youcef BaghdadiSultan Qaboos UniversityOman
El-Bay BourennaneUniversite de BourgogneFrance
Joumana DarghamBalamand UniversityLebanon
Mohamed DboukLebanese UniversityLebanon
Mourad DebbabiConcordia UniversityCanada
Maha El ChoubassiAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Wassim El-HajjAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Khalil El-KhatibUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyCanada
Ghizlaine ElBoussaidiEcole Technologie SuperieureCanada
Hazem HajjAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Patrick HungUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyCanada
Ren-Song KoNational Chung Cheng UniversityTaiwan
Peter KropfUniversity of NeuchatelSwitzerland
Gyu Myoung LeeInstitut TELECOM TELECOM SudParisFrance
Dave LieUniversity of TorontoCanada
Luigi LogrippoUniversite de Quebec a l'OutaouaisCanada
Mohammad MannanConcordia UniversityCanada
Hamid McheickUniversity of Quebec at ChicoutimiCanada
Sehl MellouliLaval UniversityCanada
Ali MiriRyerson UniversityCanada
Karam MustaphaUniversity of Quebec at ChicoutimiCanada
Diaa NassarIntel CorporationUSA
Hussein OwaiedUniversity of JordanJordan
George SakrAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Khaled ShabanQatar UniversityQatar
Ghassan ShobakiPrincess Sumaya University for TechnologyJordan
Yehia TaherUniversite de Versailles/Saint QuentinFrance
Julie ThorpemUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyCanada
Miguel VargasMartin University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyCanada



Technical Program Committee Members – MCC Track

NameAffiliation Country
Abdulrahman AbahsainQueen's UniversityCanada
Sameh Abdel-NabyUniversity College DublinIreland
Mouhamed AbdullaConcordia UniversityCanada
Mehdi AddaUniversité du Québec à RimouskiUSA
Dharma AgrawalUniversity of CincinnatiUSA
Monica AguilarTechnical University of Catalonia (UPC)Spain
Zahra AhmadianSharif University of Technology Iran
Raad Al-QassasPrincess Sumaya University For TechnologyJordan
Abdel-Karim Al-TamimiYarmouk UniversityJordan
Rabih BashroushUniversity of East LondonCanada
Rodrigo CalheirosThe University of MelbourneAustralia
Joydeep ChandraSamsung India Electronics LimitedIndia
Ali ChehabAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
David ChiuWashington State UniversityUSA
Marco Di FeliceUniversity of BolognaItaly
Tamer ElsayedQatar UniversityQatar
Ali GhandourAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Wassim ItaniBeirut Arab UniversityLebanon
Vinay KolarIBM ResearchIndia
Mazen SaghirTexas A&M University at QatarQatar
Majd SakrCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
Sherif SakrNICTA/University of New South WalesAustralia



Technical Program Committee Members – NIT Track

NameAffiliation Country
Ala Al-FuqahaWestern Michigan UniversityUSA
Muhammad AnanPurdue University CalumetUSA
Falah AwwadUnited Arab Emirates UniversityUAE
Moussa AyyashIllinois Institute of TechnologyUSA
Omar BanimelhemJordan University of Science and TechnologyJordan
Chadi BarakatINRIA Sophia AntipolisFrance
Ghassen Ben BrahimPMUSaudi Arabia
Lotfi Ben OthmaneEindhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
Driss BenhaddouUniversity of HoustonUSA
Jawad BerriKing Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia
Safwan El AssadÉcole Polytechnique de L'université de NantesFrance
Imad ElhajjAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Georgios EllinasUniversity of CyprusCyprus
Wissam FawazLebanese American UniversityLebanon
Ridha HamilaDepartment of Electrical EngineeringQatar
Raja JurdakCSIRO ICT CentreAustralia
Ayman KayssiAmerican University of BeirutLebanon
Ibrahim KorpeogluBilkent UniversityTurkey
Ammar RayesCisco / San Jose State UniversityUSA
Sanaa SharafeddineLebanese American UniversityLebanon
Khaled ShuaibUnited Arab Emirates UniversityUAE
Mohamed JamalZemerly Khalifa University of Science - Technology and ResearchUAE



Technical Program Committee Members – WCSP Track

NameAffiliationCountry
Dia Abu-Al-NadiUniversity of JordanJordan
Mohammed AhmedKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)Canada
Maha Al OdehInterdisciplinary Centre for Security - Reliability and TrustLuxemburg
Ghazi AL SukkarUniversity of JordanJordan
Tareq Al-NaffouriKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsUSA
Raed Al-ZubiUniversity of JordanJordan
Jesus Alonso-ZarateCentre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya - CTTCSpain
Saud AlthunibatUniversity of TrentoItaly
Faouzi BaderCTTCSpain
Oussama BazziLebanese UniversityLebanon
Andre BigandUniversite du Littoral (ULCO)France
Marouane DebbahSupelecFrance
Marco Di RenzoFrench National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)France
Ghais El ZeinIETR-INSA RennesFrance
Hossam HassaneinQueen's UniversityCanada
Ali ImranQatar Mobility Innovation Center (QMIC)Qatar
Georgios KoudouridisHuawei Technologies Sweden R&D CenterSweden
Marios KountourisSupélecFrance
Yves LouÃtSUPELEC-Rennes CampusFrance
Philippe MaryEuropean University of Brittany - INSA - IETRFrance
Wessam MesbahTexas A&M University at QatarQatar
Rami MochaourabDresden University of TechnologyGermany
Yasser MohannaLebanese UniversityLebanon
Nejah NasriUniversity of SfaxTunisia
Antonio Pascual-IserteUniversitat Politécnica de CatalunyaSpain
Emanuel RadoiUniversity of BrestFrance
Ayman RadwanInstituto de TelecomunicaçõesPortugal
Abed EllatifSamhat Lebanese UniversityLebanon
Samir SaoudiTelecom-BretagneFrance
Lambros SarakisNCSR 'Demokritos'Greece
Musbah ShaatCTTCSpain
Mutaz ShukairQualcomm IncUSA
Basel SolaimanTelecom BretagneFrance
Sameh SorourKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)Saudi Arabia
Abd-Elhamid TahaAlfaisal UniversitySaudi Arabia
Dimitris ToumpakarisUniversity of PatrasGreece
John VardakasIQUADRAT Informatica S. L. BarcelonaSpain
Christos VerikoukisTelecommunications Technological Centre of CataloniaSpain
Elias YaacoubQatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC)Qatar
Nizar ZorbaQatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC)Qatar

Program



Please download the conference program here (Last Updated: June 08, 2013). The program may be updated later; we recommend that you keep checking our website to have the latest version.



Special Sessions


Computational Intelligence Applications in Software Engineering – Special Session

The CIASE 2013 provides an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of computational intelligence in software engineering, targeting the provision of alternative, interdisciplinary approaches for tackling problems found in Software Engineering. The integration of Software Engineering with Computational Intelligence is very important to both academic and research communities as well as to software industries. The overlap between Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering has seen the development of Computational Intelligence applications to address various problems in Software Engineering. Some example applications include software measurement selection, defect prediction models, Cost Estimation and Failure Modeling, software reuse, software requirements gathering, project management, etc.

The aim of this special session is to obtain a good perspective into the current state of practice of computational intelligence applications to address important Software Engineering problems. some topics relevant to this session include, but are not limited to:

Clustering and Classification
Decision Support
Machine Learning
Data Mining
Text Mining & Retrieval
Fuzzy Logic & Systems
Probabilistic Reasoning
Model Learning
Recommender Systems
Expert Systems
Artificial Neural Networks
Evolutionary Algorithms
Ranking Algorithms
Cognitive Processes
Evolutionary Computing
Swarm Intelligence
Artificial Immune Systems
Dempster-Shafer Theory
Chaos Theory
Multi-valued Logic
Ensemble Techniques
Hybrid Intelligent Models

applied to
Requirements Engineering
Software Architectures
Software Methodologies
Software Design
Software Performance
Software Quality Modelling & Assessment
Software Reliability Modelling & Forecasting
Software Maintenance
Software Testing, Verification & Validation
Software Metrics
Software Reuse
Software Project Management
Object-Oriented Development
Open Source Software
Agile Software Development
Software Repository Management
Mobile Software Development
Software Risk Analysis & Modelling
Configuration Management
Component-Based Software Development
Cloud Computing
Web Engineering
Search-Based Software Engineering
Context-Aware Software Systems
Oriented Software Systems

Researchers are encouraged to submit their contributions that have direct impact or high dependence on practical issues encountered in real-world environments. Industrial- and market-oriented research papers are also highly encouraged. To this end, CIASE’s Program Committee consists of members not only from academic/research institutions but also from the software industry, and these members will assist in the review process in cases of industrial- and market-related papers.

Submit your paper to CIASE.

Important Dates

Important Dates
Deadlines Event
January 28, 2013 March 1, 2013 Paper submission. Firm Deadline
March 1, 2013 April 1, 2013 Author notification.
March 31, 2013 April 20, 2013 Camera-ready submission.

Committees

Honorary Chair:

Lotfi Zadeh, University of California Berkeley, USA


Special Session Chairs:

Ali Bou Nassif
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B9
email: abounas@uwo.ca

Mohammad Azzeh
Department of Software Engineering
Applied Science University
Amman 11931, Jordan 166
email: m.y.azzeh@asu.edu.jo


Academic Program Committee:

Daniel Neagu, University of Bradford, UK
Rami Bahsoon, The university of Birmingham, UK
Leandro Minku, The university of Birmingham, UK
Lefteris Angelis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Jaber Jaber, AUL University, Lebanon
Bilal Hussein, Université Libanaise, Lebanon
Burak Turhan, University of Oulu, Finland
Ali Bou Nassif, Western University, Canada
Nael Hirzallah, Applied Science University, Jordan
Mohammad Azzeh, Applied Science University, Jordan
Cuauhtémoc López Martín, Universidad De Guadalajara, México
Mohammad Kassab, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Ayoub Al-Hamadi, Magdeburg University, Germany
Yousef Elshiekh, Applied Science University, Jordan
Fawaz Al-Zaghoul, University of Jordan, Jordan
Mohamad Hamdaqa, University of Waterloo, Canada
Arif Raza, National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan
Faheem Ahmed, UAEU University, UAE
Basheer Abd El Fatah, Cairo University, Egypt
Ali Ahmed, Monash University, Malaysia
Alaa Sheta, Electronics Research Institute (ERI), Egypt
Yousef Alqassrwai, Applied Science University, Jordan
Nashat Mansour, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Iman Attarzadeh, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Hany Mahgoub, Menoufia University, Egypt
Sanjay Misra, Covenant University, Nigeria
Adel Aloraini, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia


Industrial Program Committee:

Rachad Nassar, ALSTOM, France
ALi Osmane, Orange Labs- France Telecom , France
Mohamad S. Hassan, Orange Labs- France Telecom , France
Danny Ho, NFA Estimation, Canada

Submission & Publication

Accepted papers will be published on IEEEXplore (IEEE Digital Library). Prospective authors are invited to submit an original full-length paper (10-point font) in IEEE format via the EDAS submissions system at ICCIT EDAS (special session) . Note that the maximum number of pages is 6; 5 pages plus 1 additional page allowed with a charge for the one additional page of USD100 if accepted. Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal and has not been previously published. IEEE specification based Latex and MS-Word templates for paper submission are available here.

Registration is required for all participants. To be published in the proceedings, every accepted paper MUST have at least one registered author at the full rate and must be presented at the conference. For authors with multiple papers, one full registration is valid for up to 2 papers. More details about the registration can be found at ICCIT registration page.



Peer-to-Peer-based Multimedia Applications – Special Session

The goal of this special session is to provide an international forum for researchers and practitioners in a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) area, to present, discuss, and exchange highly innovative research results and advanced topics.

The P2P paradigm has emerged as a powerful approach for large-scale distributed systems. This is achieved by employing appropriate formation and communication methodologies without the necessity for central coordination. Combining these promising technologies together with the emerging multimedia techniques will change the way we communicate by enabling new applications such as audio and video streaming over P2P. Such services have recently become more prevalent on the Internet as they offer advantages in terms of flexibility, robustness, and re-configurability. However, the design and implementation of P2P-based multimedia systems that guarantee high quality of service and experience are still challenging due to both unpredictable behaviors of P2P users and best-effort characteristics of delivery networks.

The aim of this special session is to examine P2P-based multimedia technologies, applications, and systems, but also to identify key research issues and challenges that lie ahead. Topics relevant to this session include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel P2P-based Video Streaming Solutions
  • P2P Infrastructure and Overlay Networks
  • Wireless Multimedia
  • Context Awareness Model for Multimedia P2P Networking
  • System Prototypes, Measurements and Real Deployment Experiences
  • Quality of Service and Quality of Experience Issues
  • Design of New Protocols and Performance Evaluation
  • Advanced Coding Techniques
  • Protocols for Resource Management/Discovery/Reservation/Scheduling
  • Personalized Query Processing
  • Adaptive or Scalable Video Streaming
  • Security Issues

Researchers are encouraged to submit their contributions that have direct impact or high dependence on practical issues encountered in real-world environments. Industrial oriented research papers are also highly encouraged.

Submit your paper to PPMA.

Important Dates

Important Dates
Deadlines Event
February 28, 2013 March 1, 2013 Paper submission. Firm Deadline
March 1, 2013 April 1, 2013 Author notification.
April 20, 2013 Camera ready submission.

Committees

Special Session Chairs:

Houssein Wehbe, PhD
Institute Mines-Telecom
Telecom Bretagne, Rennes, France
email: houssein.wehbe@telecom-bretagne.eu

Fen Zhou, PhD
CERI-LIA, University of Avignon
Avignon, France
email: fen.zhou@univ-avignon.fr


Technical Program Committee (tentative):

Abderrahim Benslimane, Avignon University, France
Xiao Bai, Yahoo Research, Spain
Charbel Fares, Holy Spirit University, Lebanon
Gwendal Simon,Telecom Bretagne, France
Yuansong Qiao, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
Guang Tan, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, China
Bassem Haidar, Lebanese University, Lebanon
Yazid Saidi, University of Paris 13, France
Charles Yaacoub, Holy Spirit University, Lebanon
Annie Gravey, Telecom Bretagne, France
Miklos Molnar, University of Montpellier, France
Mohammad Ayache, Islamic University, Lebanon
Bruno Stevant, Telecom Bretagne, France
Rony Darazi, Antonine University, Lebanon

Submission & Publication

Accepted papers will be published on IEEEXplore (IEEE Digital Library). Prospective authors are invited to submit an original full-length paper (10-point font) in IEEE format via the EDAS submissions system at ICCIT EDAS – PPMA. Note that the maximum number of pages is 6; 5 pages plus 1 additional page allowed with a charge for the one additional page of USD100 if accepted. Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal and has not been previously published.

Registration is required for all participants. To be published in the proceedings, every accepted paper MUST have at least one registered author at the full rate and must be presented at the conference. For authors with multiple papers, one full registration is required for one paper and half full registration is required for the other papers. More details about the registration can be found at ICCIT registration page.

Speakers


Keynote Speakers

 Ian Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology

Prof. Ian Akyildiz

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology – USA

Biography | Abstract

Merouane Debbah

Prof. Merouane Debbah

Gif-sur-Yvette

Supélec – France

Biography | Abstract

Prof. Brian Evans

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Biography | Abstract

Ziad Zorkot

Mr. Ziad Zorkot

Network Audit & Quality Manager

Touch, Lebanon

Biography | Outline

Abstracts:

Prof. Ian Akyildiz

I. F. AKYILDIZ received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Currently, he is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group. He is an Honorary Professor with School of Electrical Engineering at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and Director of N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain, since June 2008. Dr. Akyildiz is also the Finnish Distinguished Professor with Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland since January 2013.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal since 2000, the founding Editor-in-Chiefs of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (2003), Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (2008), and Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET) Journal (2010) all published by Elsevier.

Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and an ACM FELLOW (1997). He received the 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award and the 2003 Best Tutorial Paper Award and the Best Paper Awards at IEEE ICC, June 2009 and IEEE Globecom 2010 conferences (all IEEE Communications Society).

He received the “Don Federico Santa Maria Medal” for his services to the Universidad of Federico Santa Maria in Chile in 1986. He served as a National Lecturer for ACM from 1989 until 1998 and received the ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994. Dr. Akyildiz received the 2002 IEEE Harry M. Goode Memorial award (IEEE Computer Society) and the 2003 ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for his “pioneering contributions in the area of mobility and resource management for wireless communication networks”.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2004 Georgia Tech Faculty Research Author Award for his “outstanding record of publications of papers between 1999-2003”. He also received the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from School of ECE, Georgia Tech, and the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award for his 20+ years service and dedication to Georgia Tech and producing outstanding PhD students. He also received the 2009 ECE Distinguished Mentor Award by the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Honors Committee.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award with the citation: “For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor networks and wireless mesh networks”, in December 2010. He received the 2011 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award for pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols and the 2011 TUBITAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) Exclusive Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship/research at international level.

He is the author of two textbooks on “Wireless Sensor Networks” and on “Wireless Mesh Networks” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010 and 2007, respectively.

His current research interests are in Next Generation Cellular Systems, Nanonetworks, Cognitive Radio Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks.


Abstract:

Roadmap to 4G and Beyond: LTE-A and Small Cells

In order to meet the ever-growing need for wireless data and services, LTE Advanced and beyond 4G (B4G) cellular systems are advocating fundamental advances in both utilizing the radio access spectrum efficiently and providing efficient data and service delivery through new system architectures. A wide spectrum of advanced communication techniques comprising, among others, carrier aggregation, advanced MIMO, cooperative communication, or self-organizing networks, are currently being investigated and standardized. However, historic data regarding capacity improvements in wireless networks show that the largest gains ever obtained come mainly from the use of smaller cells. These can provide more than three orders of magnitude increase in network capacity. For this reason, the paradigm of Heterogeneous Cellular Networks (HetNet), comprised of a macrocell network underlaid by one or several tiers of small cells, has become a key element in the envisioned future cellular system of every wireless carrier across the world. A tremendous activity on small cells has been conducted in recent years by standardization bodies including 3GPP, 3GPP2 and the WiMAX forum. Similarly, world-wide academic research and industry efforts, which include leading service providers and equipment manufacturers, have embraced small-cell technology as a key element for future wireless cellular systems. Although in order to fully exploit the potential of this technology, a number of technical challenges still need to be solved, a varied range of small cell solutions for cellular systems have already been adopted and deployed.

 

Prof. Merouane Debbah

Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. He then joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor until 2007. He is now a Full Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), holder of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio and a recipient of the ERC starting grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). His research interests are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Mérouane Debbah is the recipient of the “Mario Boella” award in 2005, the 2007 General Symposium IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, Valuetools 2012 and CrownCom2009 best student paper awards. He is a WWRF fellow. In 2011, he received the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award.


Abstract:

How To Densify: Massive (MIMO) or Small (Cells)

Wireless networks are inherently limited by their own interference. Therefore, a lot of research focuses on interference reduction techniques, such as mutiuser MIMO, interference alignment, interference coordination or multi-cell processing. Although these techniques might lead to considerable performance gains, it is unlikely that they will be able to meet the demand for wireless data traffic in the future. Therefore, a significant network densification, i.e., increasing the number of antennas per unit area, is inevitable. One way of densifying the network consists in cell-size shrinking, such as the deployment of femto or small cells, which comes at the cost of additional equipments and increased interference. Another much simpler, but also less efficient, option is the use of massively more antennas at each base station (BS). In this talk, we will discuss the challenges of small cell versus massive MIMO networks and show how Random Matrices provides the ideal framework to model, design and optimize beyond LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks.

 

Prof. Brian Evans


Prof. Evans holds the Engineering Foundation Professorship at The University of Texas at Austin. He researches embedded real-time digital signal processing for communication and image processing systems. His research group develops theory, algorithms, design methods and full-system testbeds. He has published 200+ peer-reviewed journal/conference papers, and graduated 20 PhD and 9 MS students. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow “for contributions in multicarrier communications and image display”. He received a US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


Abstract:

Smart Grid Communications

Smart Grid systems intelligently monitor and control energy flows in order to improve efficiency and reliability of power delivery. A local utility would receive customer load profiles from smart meters, and adjust power generation and energy distribution accordingly. Smart meters could transmit usage data over powerline or wireless links once per minute.
Smart Grid communication over outdoor power lines is attractive because it uses existing infrastructure. However, it is limited by the strong impulsive noise, esp. from power electronics and wireless signals, within the 3-500 kHz transmission band.

In improving reliability of outdoor powerline communication (PLC), we derive impulsive noise models using field measurements, develop receiver methods to mitigate the noise, and implement those methods in our real-time testbed. One of our impulsive noise models has been adopted by the IEEE 1901.2 PLC standard.

This research is supported by National Instruments, as well as SRC GRC ICSS Task 1836.063 with sponsors Freescale Semiconductor, IBM and Texas Instruments.

 

Mr. Ziad Zorkot


With over 16 years of experience in Networks’ Engineering, Ziad joined touch in June 2012 as Quality Manager leading the end-to-end network quality team, RAN performance (2G/3G/LTE), Transmission and IP performance, Core performance CS/PS and customer quality of experience and suppliers’ escalation management. Prior to this position and before running the operations of NSN, he worked in Motorola for 7 years and grew from Engineering Manager to Program & Services Manager where he was responsible for performing project and resource planning and execution, managing customer relations and leading all services’ delivery among many other tasks.

Ziad earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Communication and Electronics from Beirut Arab University and pursued his education further to receive a Master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University.

Ziad backed up his technical experience by developing and managing technical courses sand workshops.

He also has strong interpersonal and management skills as he was responsible for leading section managers and chief engineers and worked on team building and development to ensure synergy among the members working in the various departments in which he was involved.


Outline:

Challenges in Mobile Broadband Evolution

  • Mobile data growth and its impact on existing 2G/3G technologies
  • The need for more capacity in mobile networks
  • Capacity enhancing techniques
  • Evolution to LTE and 4G technology
  • LTE Advanced – Beyond 4G
  • Touch mobile data traffic increase and network evolution
  • Touch 4G Network deployment status


Invited Speakers

Zhu Han Chadi Barakat Kanj

Tutorials


Tutorial 1


Energy Efficiency in Wireless Communication Networks

Abstract:

The environmental and energy efficiency issues became more obvious to a larger audience in the last. Recently, increasing maturity of mobile technology in combination with the growing amount of equipment deployed each year has woken up the need of innovating in the field of energy efficient communications.

In the last decade telecommunication has experienced a tremendous success causing proliferation and demand for ubiquitous heterogeneous broadband mobile wireless communications. Up to now, innovation has mainly targeted to improve wireless networks coverage and capacity while meeting the QoS for users admitted in the system. Nowadays, the number of mobile subscribers equals more than half the global population. Forecast on telecommunication market assume an increase in subscribers, per subscriber’s data rate and, the roll out of additional base stations for next generation mobile networks.

The undesired consequence is the growth of wireless network’s energy consumption which will cause an increase of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and, impose more and more challenging operational cost for operators. Communication energy efficiency represents indeed an alarming bottleneck in the telecommunication growth paradigm.

The ‘A Survey on Energy Efficiency in Wireless Communication Networks’ tutorial presents and analyzes the most significant technical proposals in the field of green communications for wireless networks. A key objective of our tutorial is to go beyond the current state of the art and provide a view into a potential holistic analysis that combines and extends the current set of energy saving techniques. With this tutorial, we first present the specific challenges for green communications. Then, after presenting the current proposed solutions, approaches and trends, we set the technical framework introducing currently investigated metrics, topologies and architectures for wireless networks’ energy efficiency. In a second part of the tutorial we present limitations and costs of hardware devices. In the thirds part of the tutorial we discuss on energy efficient protocol and network management solutions, ranging from coding and modulation scaling to interference management, resource allocation, multi-RAT, cognitive radio and discontinuous transmission techniques. In the end, this tutorial will present some future visionary network design, their possible backward capability with current standards and summarize some open problems on critical energy-efficient design issues.

Targeted audiences for the ‘A Survey on Energy Efficiency in Wireless Communication Networks’ tutorial are academia, industry, research institutes, PhD students and project managers.


Bio of Lecturer:

EmilioDr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati obtained his Engineering Masters degree in 2001 from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and his Ph.D in Engineering Science in 2005 on Radio link control for improving the QoS of wireless packet transmission. He then started working at Motorola Labs in Paris in 2002. Then in 2006 he joint CEA/LETI as a research engineer. From 2007, he becomes a PhD supervisor. Since 2011 he is the Smart Devices & Telecommunications European collaborative strategic programs Director. E. Calvanese Strinati has published around 50 papers in international conferences and books chapters, and is the main inventor or co-inventor of more than 30 patents. He has organized more than 10 international workshops and special sessions on green communications and heterogeneous networks hosted in international conferences as IEEE GLOBCOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WCNC, IFIP, and European Wireless. Dr. Calvanese Strinati he is the project manager in CEA of the Green Communication EARTH IP-FP7 project and he has been the co-chair of the wireless working group in GreenTouch from April 2010 to January 2012.

Tutorial 2


Mobile Cloud Computing

Abstract:

Together with an explosive growth of the mobile applications and the usefulness of the cloud computing concepts, mobile cloud computing has emerged as a potential enabling technology for future generation mobile services and applications. Mobile cloud computing integrates the cloud computing concepts into the mobile environment and overcomes obstacles related to the performance improvement of mobile computing systems (e.g., battery life, bandwidth, and capacity), networking environment (e.g., heterogeneity, scalability, and availability), and mobile system security (e.g., reliability and privacy).

In this tutorial, an exposition to mobile cloud computing will be provided. Starting with the motivations of mobile cloud computing, the basics of the relevant technologies including mobile and wireless services, grid and utility computing, and cloud computing will be discussed. Then, the details of a mobile computing architecture and its components will be described. In particular, an overview of the concepts such as data center, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) will be given. Next, a variety of applications which use mobile cloud computing will be discussed. Then, the research issues and challenges in mobile cloud services, and different approaches proposed in the literature to solve these challenges will be discussed. In this context, two optimization models developed for mobility-aware offloading and admission control of mobile cloud users in mobile cloud computing environment will be presented. To this end, we will outline several major research directions in mobile cloud computing which include power management and quality-of-service support for mobile devices, standard interface for data exchange, service pricing and revenue management for service providers, and service convergence for application developers.


Bio of Lecturer:

DusitDusit Niyato is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Computer Communications, School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization of wireless communication and networks, mobile cloud computing, smart grid systems, and green radio communications. He is co-author of the books Dynamic Spectrum Access and Management in Cognitive Radio Networks and Game Theory in Wireless and Communication Networks: Theory, Models, and Applications. He has published more than 80 papers in leading Journal and Conferences related to protocol design and radio resource management in mobile communication systems. Dr. Niyato serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC) Journal, and Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN). He served as a co-chair for the Next Generation Mobile Networks Symposium held in conjunction with International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC) in 2009 and 2010.

Tutorial 3


Wireless Small Cell Networks

Abstract:

Small cell networks (SCNs) are seen as a promising solution for boosting the capacity of wireless networks, while efficiently offloading data and expanding coverage in a cost-effective manner. In this tutorial, we provide a comprehensive overview on SCNs while highlighting the key challenges, associated techniques, and the future landscape. First, we provide an overview on advanced analytical techniques, such as stochastic geometry, suitable for modeling and analyzing SCNs. We show how these new spatial and random statistical models provide tractable and powerful tools for computing network performance metrics, such as coverage probability and spectral efficiency. Second, we delve into the details of advanced interference management techniques tailored for the unique features of SCNs. In particular, we introduce key concepts such as cell range expansion, cell selection, and adaptive resource partitioning that lie at the heart of next-generation LTE-Advanced systems. Then, we discuss in detail the concept of self-organizing networks (SONs) as it applies to small cell deployment. Here, we focus on novel game-theoretic and reinforcement learning techniques that are seen as a key enabler for deploying self-optimizing and self-configuring heterogeneous and small-cell networks. We conclude the tutorial by providing an in-depth overview of the current and future challenges facing the large-scale deployment of SCNs.


Bio of Lecturer:

walid saadWalid Saad received his B.E. degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the Lebanese University in 2004, his M.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2007, and his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Miami. Prior to joining UM, he has held several research positions at institutions such as Princeton University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include wireless and small cell networks, game theory, network science, cognitive radio, wireless security, and smart grids. He has over 60 international conference and journal publications in these areas. Dr. Saad is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2013. He was the author/co-author of the papers that received the Best Paper Award at the 7th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt), in June 2009, at the 5th International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP) in May 2010, and at IEEE WCNC in 2012.

CFP



Please click here to download the PDF version of the detailed Call for Papers.

Accepted papers will be published on IEEEXplore (IEEE Digital Library). Prospective authors are invited to submit an original full-length paper (10-point font) in IEEE format via the EDAS submissions system as follows :

Note that the maximum number of pages is 6; 5 pages plus 1 additional page allowed with a charge for the one additional page of USD100 if accepted. Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal and has not been previously published. IEEE specification based Latex and MS-Word templates for paper submission are available here.

The program committee may designate one accepted paper per track to the conference as ICCIT-2013 Best Papers. Every accepted submission is automatically eligible for this award. Each author on each of the selected papers will receive a certificate to be awarded at the award dinner banquet

ICCIT 2013 TRACKS

Wireless Communications and Signal Processing
  • Multi-Antenna and MIMO Techniques
  • Modulation, Coding, and Diversity Techniques
  • Wireless Technologies (HSPA, LTE, WiFi, UWB, etc.)
  • Machine-to-Machine Communications
  • Green Communications
  • Self Organizing Networks
  • Heterogeneous Networks
  • Multimedia Communications ,QoS and QoE
  • Channel Estimation, Equalization, and Modeling
  • Wireless Localization Techniques
  • Speech, Image and Video Signal Processing
  • Software Defined and Cognitive Radio
  • Bio-inspired Techniques for Wireless Communications
  • Blind Signal Processing for Wireless Communications
  • Transmitter and Receiver Design Techniques
  • VLSI and RF Circuits for Wireless Communications
  • Wireless Communications Testbed Development
Mobile & Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Infrastructure Technologies
  • Cloud Services and Applications
  • Distributed Cloud Networking
  • Mobile Cloud Computing Models
  • Cloud Design Methodologies
  • Cloud Performance Assessment Tools
  • Cloud Storage Architectures
  • Innovative Mobile Computing Applications
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Context-Aware Computing
  • Human-Centric Computing and Social Networks
  • Security and Trust Computing
  • Bio-Inspired Computing
  • Green Computing
  • Smart Devices and Intelligent Environments
  • Programming Paradigms for Pervasive Systems
  • Social and Economic Models for Pervasive Systems
Networks & Internet Technologies
  • Ad hoc, Vehicular and Sensor Networks
  • Future Internet, Next Generation Network Design
  • Network Architecture, Design, and Optimization
  • Network Planning, Operation, and Management
  • Network/Internet Applications and Services
  • Multicast, Broadcast, Anycast
  • Industrial Networks
  • Optical Networks
  • Smart Grids and Energy Efficiency
  • RFID and Internet of Things
  • Resource, Location, and Mobility Management
  • Routing, Switching, Traffic Engineering and Control
  • Survivability, Fault, Delay/Disruption Tolerance
  • Reconfigurable and Cognitive Networks
  • Virtual, Peer-to-Peer, and Overlay Networks
  • Performance Analysis, Measurements, and Testbeds
Digital Information Management & Security
  • Data Mining Approaches and Applications
  • Database Languages and Models
  • Semantic Web
  • User Experience Models and Interfaces
  • Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems
  • Mobile Databases and Distributed Data Management
  • Information Retrieval
  • Knowledge Management
  • E-Learning, E-Commerce, and E-Government
  • Mobile, Internet, and Cloud Security
  • Lightweight Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Biometric Security
  • Network Forensics
  • Authorization and Access Control
  • Security Metrics and Performance Evaluation

Registration


Registration is required for all participants. To be published in the proceedings, every accepted paper MUST have at least one registered author at the Full Rate and must be presented at the conference. For authors with multiple papers, one full registration is required for one paper and half full registration is required for the other papers. For papers with more than 5 pages, an additional page surcharge of $100 must be paid per additional page.

Each accepted paper must have a valid registration and the camera-ready version uploaded with copyright form via EDAS by May 3, 2013 to be published in the proceedings.

Registrations include: Admission to all technical sessions, one tutorial, coffee breaks, banquet dinner, three lunches, and one USB copy of the proceedings.

Registration procedure: Log in to EDAS and register via the ICCIT registration page http://edas.info/registerPerson.php?c=13485. For attendees that do not have an EDAS account, you need to create a new account at http://edas.info. For any questions or problems related to the registration, please contact us.


Registration Fees:
Author Main Conference Registration Before May 3, 2013 Amount: $550
Early Bird Main Conference Registration Before May 3, 2013 Amount: $550
Regular Main Conference Registration After May 3, 2013 Amount: $650
Non-Author Student Registration Amount: $250
Extra:
Extra reception ticket Amount: $50
Extra lunch ticket Amount: $40
Extra conference banquet ticket Amount: $75
Additional conference proceedings Amount: $25
Additional page surcharge Amount: $100 (per page)

Venue


Accommodation

ICCIT 2013 will be held at the 5 star Crown Plaza Hotel , located in the heart of Beirut’s business and shopping area of Hamra. The hotel is 15 minutes away from Beirut International Airport and 10 minutes away from the downtown area.

Hotel Booking

The conference has reserved a block of rooms at the Crown Plaza Hotel with special prices for ICCIT 2013 attendees. Please fill in the following registration form to make your hotel reservation.

For any questions regarding the hotel reservation or pick up service from the airport, please contact reservation.cpbeirut@ihg.com . For any questions that you think need to be addressed by the conference local organization co-chairs, please contact Ahmad El-Hajj at ame34@aub.edu.lb.

Crown Plaza Hotel:

This sophisticated five star property is embraced by the heart of the sparkling city of Beirut and the lively area of Hamra. Surrounded by the coffee shops, boutique shops and the vibrant pubs in the night this modern property is just 10 minutes away from Solidère and the newly built area of Beirut Souks. Over looking the Mediterranean sea from the highest point in Hamra, the hotel’s stunning modern facade is combined with an elegant modern interior to create a high-tech contemporary atmosphere mixed to the warmth of Lebanese hospitality.

Travel Information

Entering Lebanon

Beirut International Airport is Lebanon’s only airport. Travelers with evidence of a visit to Israel in their passport are denied from entering Lebanon.

A VISA is mandatory to enter Lebanon. VISAs can be obtained from the Lebanese Consulate or Embassy in your country. For some nationalities, VISAs can be obtained upon arrival at the airport, just before passport control (Details).

More information concerning VISA fees and regulations can be obtained from the General Directorate of the Lebanese General Security website.


Visa Letter

Citizens of some countries may not be eligible for a VISA upon arrival to Beirut Airport. In this case, a VISA should be obtained prior to travel date from the Lebanese Consulate or Embassy in these countries.

To know whether you can obtain a VISA upon arrival to Beirut Airport, consult the General Directorate of the Lebanese General Security website.

In case a VISA letter is required, one could be requested after registering to the conference, by sending an email to ame34@aub.edu.lb, with your name, affiliation, Postal Address, and the mention “Visa Recommendation Letter” in the e-mail subject.


Air Transportation

Middle East Airlines is the national carrier, which has an extensive network including Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

Major international airlines service Beirut, among which:

For a complete list of carriers with flights to/from Beirut, check the website of Beirut International Airport.


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