IEEE CCNC 2012 Profiles Next Generation Consumer Networking and Communications Solutions

Conference Starts by Previewing Demonstration Program at 2012 International CES in Las Vegas

New York, NY, February 25, 2012 --( Dedicated to helping the worldwide consumer electronics industry drive the next wave of anytime/anywhere communications, the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC) celebrated its 9th annual event with the presentation of nearly 400 keynotes, technical sessions, research prototype demonstrations, tutorials and workshops focused on topics ranging from cognitive radio and peer-to-peer networking to location and context aware services.

Held immediately after the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, IEEE CCNC 2012 launched its program by previewing selected research prototype demonstrations at the IEEE ComSoc booth during CES. Featured were demonstrations of a new method for securely downloading keys to RFID devices using mobile phones and a novel CAPTCHA technique that improves human recognition without compromising security. Additional displays and presentations also prominently featured the entire IEEE CCNC 2012 program focused on the advance of on-demand anytime, anywhere global home networking and information solutions.

On Saturday, January 14, the conference then officially began with a full day of workshops that covered a wide spectrum of themes including “Consumer, eHealth Platforms, Services and Applications,” “Digital Entertainment, Networked Virtual Environments and Creative Technology,” “Digital Rights Management Impact on Consumer Communications,” "Future Multimedia Networking,” “Multimedia Communications over Emerging Networks,” “Densely Connected Networks,” “Social Networks and TV Toward Connected & Social Experiences” and “Personalized Networks.”

On the following morning, Steering Committee Chair Dr. Robert S. Fish of NETovations Group, LLC and Technical Program Chair Dr. Behrooz Shirazi of Washington State University welcomed all to the event. After Dr. Fish thanked CCNC’s patrons, Samsung, Ether Trust and Capy, Professor Shirazi graciously thanked all the IEEE volunteers and committee chairs, who helped produce a comprehensive technical program consisting of nearly 400 presentations offered by participants from 31 countries. He also introduced the keynote presentation of Dr. Diane Cook, Huie-Rogers Chair Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.

Dr. Cook’s keynote titled “Smart Homes: Artificial Intelligence in the Home and Beyond” outlined her experiments using digital sensors and video cameras to develop learning algorithms and identify behavioral patterns that could be used by common household devices to dramatically improve the lives of occupants. According to Dr. Cook, “The goal is...the production of healthier environments that will help seniors stay in their homes longer, the regulation of appliances that increase energy efficiency, and the automatic programming and activation of nearly any household device.” In addition, Dr. Cook stressed the success of these activity-aware services, which have shown the ability to assess not only the “functional well-being of older persons,” but “changes in psychology” that could be used to detect events such as the improper use of medication and/or the onset of new illnesses.

On Sunday and Monday, the conference proceeded with presentations on a wide range of topics related to consumer communications and networking, including smart space and personal area networking, peer-to-peer content distribution and networking, multimedia entertainment services, and security and content protection. Several special technical sessions explored topics such as “Information Dissemination in Vehicular Networks,” “Ecological and Smart Home Networking,” “Affective Computing for Future Consumer Electronics” and “Inter-Vehicular Communications.” In addition, nearly 20 prototype demonstrations featured the research in areas like “Mobile Human Activity Recognition Systems,” “Emergency Rescue Evacuation Support Systems in Panic-type Disasters,” “Communications for Deaf-blind People” and “Toy Communication Using LEDs: Enabling Spectrum Sensing.”

Another Monday highlight included the plenary session on “Low Power, Short Range RF Mesh Network Communications and Emerging Residential Applications,” which was conducted by Mark Walters, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance and focused on the development of emerging, interoperable narrowband wireless communications designed to enhance the home experience and everything from residential energy management to home security.

Later that night, the banquet also featured the keynote address of Dr. Chang Yeong Kim, Executive Vice President, Samsung Fellow, and director of the Future IT Research Center at Samsung Electronics, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), who spoke on the “Direction of Advances in Future 3D TVs.” Afterwards, honors included the presentation of the:
• Best Student Paper Award on “Predictably Reliable Media Transport over Wireless Home Networks” to Manuel Gorius, Yongtao Shuai and Thorsten Herfet of the Saarland University, Germany
• Best Conference Paper Award on “A QoS based call admission control and resource allocation mechanism for LTE femtocell deployment” to Cristian Olariu of the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland; John Fitzpatrick of NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany; Philip A. Perry of Dublin City University, Ireland; and Liam Murphy of the University College Dublin, Ireland
• Best Demonstration Award on “Mobile Application Profiling with TestelDroid” to Almudena Díaz Zayas, Pedro Merino, Francisco Javier Rivas, and Andrés Álvarez Muñiz of the University of Málaga, Spain

IEEE CCNC 2012 concluded on Tuesday, January 17 with a full day of tutorials detailing the “Evolution of Service Control Mechanisms in Next-Generation-Networks Towards Future Internet,” “File Sharing to Resource Sharing – Evolution of P2P Networking,” “High-Speed at High-Speed,” “Smart Grid Communications: Research Challenges & Opportunities,” “Inter-Vehicular Communication,” “Towards Holistic Green Communications & Networking” and “Cognitive Radio, Software Defined Radio & Adaptation of Wireless Mobile Radio Systems.”

Hosted by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the primary mission of IEEE CCNC is to provide researchers, developers, and academia from around the world with an open, informative environment that fosters new technological innovations within the consumer communications and networking industry. The conference’s 10th annual event is scheduled from January 11 – 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada and is expected to focus on the areas of wireless consumer communications & networking; peer-to-peer networking & content distribution; mobile devices, platforms & communication; smart spaces & personal area networks; emerging & innovative consumer technologies; social networking; multimedia & entertainment; and security and content protection.

The deadline for CCNC 2013 paper submissions is August 1, 2012. For more information on IEEE CCNC 2013 please visit or contact Heather Ann Sweeney of IEEE ComSoc at 212-705-8938 or

IEEE Communications Society
William Chelak