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The Telecommunication Networks Engineering Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena is pleased to announce the 18th International Network Strategy and Planning Symposium (NETWORKS 2018) which will be kindly hosted at Los Alcázares, Cartagena, Spain, September 10-12, 2018.

Los Alcázares is located next to the inner sea “Mar Menor”, fifteen-minute drive to city centre of Cartagena, cultural and touristic places. Cartagena is famous for its unique artistic heritage, with numerous landmarks such as the Roman Theatre and a lot of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish remains.

Networks 2018 is the 18th edition of a symposium held every two years which attracts participants from all over the world. Network operators, software designers, system integrators, researchers from universities and industry, marketers, regulators and policy-makers convene to present their latest findings and share experiences in network strategy, planning, operations, management, control and design.
The prime focus of Networks 2018 is on new challenges in network design, planning, management and operations. These challenges are induced by several recent technological developments such as: Software Defined Networking (SDN), Cloud Networking, Big Data Networking, omnipresent virtualization of resources leading to Virtual Networks Operations (VNO), as well as the increased diversity of overlaid large-scale infrastructures (Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Internet of Things).

The scope of Networks 2018 includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

Emerging Topics in Network Planning and Operations

  • Software defined networking (SDN)
  • Network function virtualization (NFV)
  • Network slicing
  • Cybersecurity: challenges and solutions
  • OTT services and impact on service providers
  • Vehicular and 5G networks
  • Cloud Networking
  • Network Data Analytics
  • Smart cites
  • Internet of Things
  • Peer to peer networking
  • New networking paradigms

Economic Aspects of Network Planning and Operations

  • CAPEX vs. OPEX tradeoffs
  • Cost modeling and pricing
  • Dynamic tariff optimization
  • Infrastructure and spectrum sharing
  • Virtual network operators
  • Network neutrality
  • Frequency management

Traffic Measurements and Modeling

  • Multiservice traffic measurement, analysis, characterization, modeling, and simulation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Methods / tools for traffic measurements and prediction
  • Network monitoring and anomaly detection

Network Planning Support Processes

  • Methods and Tools
  • Business planning
  • Multilayer planning process
  • Planning of optical, access, NGN, LTE+, and 5G networks
  • Network management support
  • Hybrid planning methods and tools
  • Migration planning and dismantling of legacy equipment

Routing, Traffic Flows and Optimization

  • Signaling and control in multimedia/multiservice systems
  • OTT services and implications on traffic demand
  • Application layer traffic optimization
  • Intra-domain and inter-domain routing, traffic engineering and resilience
  • Optimization wrt. technical and economic criteria
  • Routing strategies to reduce power consumption
  • Impact of cloud and grid services

Network Design and Planning Methods

  • Network topology design, optimization at different layers
  • End-to-end service performance evaluation
  • Quality of service (QoS), quality of resilience, quality of experience (QoE) and SLA
  • Network interconnection & peering
  • IoT networks, ad-hoc and sensor networks
  • Network resilience: survivability, availability, dependability, protection, restoration
  • Energy efficiency
  • Content delivery and media services

Authors are encouraged to submit via EDAS their work describing original, previously unpublished results. Paper length should not exceed 6 pages formatted according to the IEEE two-column conference template (minimum paper length is 3 pages). A maximum of two additional pages will be allowed at a fee of EUR 100 per extra page. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore and other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards will be presented.

Important dates

Paper submission: March 16th, 2018
Tutorial submission: March 16th, 2018
Acceptance notifications: June 1st, 2018
Camera-ready due: June 15th, 2018
Conference dates: September 10th-12th, 2018

Organization:

Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena   Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Telecomunicación

Contact
e-mail: networks2018@upct.es