Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The international telecommunications union (ITU) has called on individuals to submit papers on whether a clean slate approach is necessary for the Internet of the future as it holds the third ITU-T Kaleidoscope academic conference.

The conference which is titled “An innovation for future networks and services” is said to take place in Lonavala, Maharashtra, India, by December 13-15, 2010.

According to the union, the event would examine whether a clean slate approach is necessary for the Internet of the future, while urging individuals to submit their papers on or before April 30, 2010.

The union noted that a prize fund totaling $10,000 would be awarded to the three best papers including a young author recognition certificate, while the winning papers would be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Explorer online catalogue.

The conference is organized by ITU-T with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor and supported by Cisco and Nokia Siemens Networks.

The union said “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”.

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

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

The event, according to ITU, is aimed at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and academia, and thus added that the first Kaleidoscope event “Innovations in NGN” was held in Geneva, May 12-13, 2008, the second “Innovations for Digital Inclusion” was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, August 31– 1 September, 2009.