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The Fifth European Conference on
Universal Multiservice Networks

ECUMN 2009

October 11-16, 2009 - Sliema, Malta

Call for Papers

ECUMN 2009 (European Conference on Universal Multiservice Networks) is the 5th conference of a successful series started in Colmar (2000), and subsequently held in Colmar (2002), Porto (2004), and Toulouse (2007). ECUMN 2009 is organized by IARIA with technical co-sponsorship of SEE. It will be held in Sliema, Malta, from October 11 to October 16, 2009.

ECUMN 2009 scope puts specific emphasis on Service provisioning, and Service differentiation issues. Graceful evolution of networks, new access schemes, flexible protocols, increased variety of services and applications, network reliability and availability and security, are some of the present and future challenges that have to be met by the various technologies that will be discussed during the conference. ECUMN 2009 will focus on today’s and future services over the Internet ranging from games to professional services using wired and wireless technologies.

ECUMN 2009 is organized by academic, research and industry organizations. The goal of the ECUMN conference is to bring together researchers from the academia and practitioners from the industry in order to address network and service convergence issues. The conference will provide a forum where the academia shall be able to present up-to-date research results and the industry describes emerging technologies and new research problems related to them.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.  All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions:

Evolution of Telecommunication network architectures

  • Next generation networks (NGN)
  • Optical networks
  • Wireless networks, Mobile networks
  • Ad-Hoc, Sensor, Vehicle networks
  • Access, Residential, Last mile networks
  • Home, Body and Personal area Networks
  • Active networks
  • Self Organizing networks
  • Storage area networks
  • Peer-to-Peer and overlay networks
  • Network measurements and testbeds
  • Transmission technologies (e.g., Ultra Wideband)

Applications and services

  • Peer-to-Peer applications and services
  • Web services
  • Mobile applications
  • Entertainment and games
  • Home automation
  • Surveillance, Home monitoring
  • Medical and health applications
  • e-commerce, m-commerce
  • Location-based services
  • Real-time and multimedia applications
  • Real-time services over IP

Networking and service differentiation

  • Network design and planning
  • Network management and control
  • Traffic engineering
  • Traffic control, Flow control
  • Congestion and admission control
  • QoS support and Performance
  • Routing, Switching, QoS routing
  • Mobility management
  • Multicast
  • Service reliability, availability

Enabling Technologies

  • Middleware, Consumer middleware
  • Mobility, Data and program migration
  • Multimedia technologies
  • Operating systems for mobile devices
  • Database management systems
  • Intermediation
  • Replication systems (caching, mirroring,…)
  • Service and device discovery
  • Wearable computers
  • Pervasive computing
  • Digital TV, Image retrieval

Security and privacy issues

  • Security models, infrastructures, architectures, protocols and policies
  • Key management, infrastructures and protocols for key management
  • Mobile and embedded system security
  • Internet and web security
  • Security in sensor networks
  • Privacy, anonymity, citizen protection
  • Secure e-X (e-commerce, e-government, e-education…)
  • Attacks and countermeasures
  • Technologies for security support (eg. biometrics)


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) May 20, 2009 June 5 , 2009
Notification June 30, 2009 July 1, 2009
Registration July 15, 2009
Camera ready July 20, 2009

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the Conference Publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the track/workshop preference as "POSTER : Posters".  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the track/workshop preference as "WIP: Work in Progress".  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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