High competitive business models for offering applications demanding interactivity, unlimited access, and full-scale media support lead to deployment of new access technologies. In spite of the exponential growth of IP traffic, there is stagnation in broadband penetration due both to the lack of suitable access infrastructures and to the lack of significant demand (large enough to motivate the investments). The prevailing access model, based on vertical integration (for operators) and on flat-fee prices (for users), is often inadequate to overcome the stagnation and to encourage investments and innovation.
ACCESS 2013 continues a series of conferences dealing with access networks, services and technologies based on the previous NEUTRAL and HOWAN workshop treating particular access aspects. ACCESS 2013 aims to provide an international forum by researchers, students, and professionals for presenting recent research results on advances in networking access, including the newest emerging access technologies, broadband access, wireless access, copper access, optical access, mobility aspects, as well as optical/wireless combination and neutrality.
Hybrid Optical and Wireless Access Networks (HOWANs) consists of a multi-hop wireless mesh network (WMN) at the front-end and an optical access network, e.g., a passive optical network (PON) at the back-end. PONs use inexpensive and passive optical splitters to divide a single fiber into separate strands feeding individual subscribers. EPON is based on the Ethernet standard, which comes with the added benefit of the economies-of-scale of Ethernet, and provides simple and easy-to-manage connectivity both at the customer premises and at the central office.
Granting positive externalities to the shared access infrastructure in order to enhance digital inclusion and broadband penetration by triggering a positive feedback loop among users, service providers, network operators, and investors is an option. The access infrastructure can be considered as a network per see, called "neutral access network" (NAN), which provides internal services and possibly exploits its territorial dimension in order to overcome the dichotomy between "on-line" and "off-line" people. While in a traditional access network, people who are not registered with any ISP are left out from the so called "information society", NANs can provide an intermediate area, which is logically placed "before the Internet", where on-line services and applications can be made available to residential and nomadic users who are not yet registered with any ISP.
We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.
Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.
Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.
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 topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.
NEXTACCESS: Next generation access technologies
Interactivity, unlimited access and full-scale media support
FEMTO: Femtocells-based access
BROADBAND: Broadband wireless Internet access
New architectures, technologies, protocols for broadband wireless access
OPTICAL: Optical access networks
Optical access network architecture design
MOBILE WIRELESS: Mobile wireless access
Mobile Broadband Wireless Access
DYNAMIC: Dynamic and cognitive access
Dynamic spectrum access
HOWAN: Hybrid optical and wireless access networks
Multi-hop wireless mesh networks
COPPER: Copper Access
Ubiquity via phone lines
GIGATERA: Giga/Tera Access
Multi-antenna technologies (MIMO, Beamforming, Antenna Selection, etc)
CONTROL: Access Control
Foundations for access control
NEUTRAL: Neutral Access Networks
Open access networks
LEGAL: Legal aspects on network and service access
Network neutrality principle
INSTRUCTION FOR THE AUTHORS
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.
Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.
Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)
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 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.
We would recommend that you not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 papers per event are recommended, as each paper must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings.
Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)
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 contribution type as 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
Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)
Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.
For more details, see the Posters explanation page.
Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)
This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.
For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.
Technical marketing/industrial/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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to email@example.com.
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