IEEE ICC 2012 Concludes in Ottawa, Ontario with Thousands Attending the Conference’s First “Paperless+” Event

New York, NY, July 17, 2012 --( Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE –COLLABORATE,” the IEEE International Conference on Communications ( recently concluded its first “paperless+” event in Canada’s capitol city of Ottawa with thousands of international communications professionals attending nearly 1,500 presentations dedicated to the next wave of global voice, data, image and multimedia technologies.

Proclaimed IEEE Week by Mayor Jim Watson, IEEE ICC 2012’s six-day program held at the newly-opened, $170 million Ottawa Convention began Sunday, June 10 with the “Workshop on Telecommunications: From Research to Standards.” Due to the record number of submissions, this international forum was expanded to two full days for the first time to accommodate 30 keynotes and technical presentations designed specifically to “bridge the gap” between researchers, scientists, and telecommunications standards experts.

In the opening address, Dr. Shigeyuki Akiba, of KDDI R&D Labs Inc. and Tokyo Institute of Technology, spoke on the “Era of Multi-Networks, Multi-Services & Many Standards,” while remarking about the issues involved with expanding human-to-human and M2M services to seven billion people, who are already using nearly seven trillion communications devices and sensors. Afterwards, Dr. Andrew Eckford of York University and Dr. Stephen Bush of GE Global Research addressed “Standards and Innovation in Emerging Technologies: Why Industry and Academia Need Each Other?” This talk urged the rethinking of standards and the role they serve in overcoming the “thin film of separation between industry and academia” in addition to the creation of more effective procedures, processes, services and ideas.

On Monday morning, IEEE ICC 2012 continued its comprehensive technical agenda with the presentation of three morning tutorials dedicated to topics such as “Signal Waveform Design for Underwater Acoustic Communications,” “Application Architectures for M2M Communications” and “Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks” as well as more than a dozen workshops covering areas like “Intelligent Vehicular Networking,” “Clouds, Networks & Data Centers” and the “Network of the Future.” In addition, the second full day of the “Workshop on Telecommunications” continued with the keynote of Dr. Alexander D. Gelman, CTO of the NETovations Consulting Group, who discussed the “Emerging Ecosystem for Leveraging Industrial and Academic Research in IEEE Standards and Standards-Related Activities” as well as the panel discussion exploring “How Can Industry & Academia Collaborate on the Shape of Standards?”

From Tuesday through Thursday, the conference agenda then broadened with hundreds of keynotes, panels and technical sessions designed to detail nearly every area of wireless networking and communications. Following the welcoming remarks of General Chair Ibrahim Gedeon of TELUS and the Honorable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State, Science and Technology and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Executive Conference Chair Wahab Almuhtadi of Algonquin College thanked everyone for their attendance, while IEEE ComSoc President Vijay Bhargava highlighted the IEEE Communications Society’s continued growth, which now includes 200 chapters worldwide, 30 sister societies and affiliations with 500,000 global professionals.

Eros Spadotto, Executive Vice President, Technology Strategy TELUS then began his keynote by citing the need to look at problems from the user perspective – from the outside in rather than the inside out, which was the policy in past decades. This is due to the continued democratization of social media and the changing world’s reliance on wireless devices including SmartPhones that “never turn off and even do things while you sleep.”

In the morning’s second address, Ian F. Akyildiz of the Telecommunication Group & Broadband Wireless Networking Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, spoke about the “Fundamentals of Molecular Nano-Communication Networks” and the prospects of revolutionizing industry and health care with the development of everyday materials that are “harder than steel and conduct electricity better than copper” as well as bio-inspired nano-machines that attack tumors, enhance life spans and fight illnesses like epilepsy.

Befittingly held at the center of the Exhibit of Innovation in the Ottawa Convention Center’s Canada Hall, IEEE ICC 2012’s “Dialog with Industry Leaders” on Tuesday evening featured a lively debate between leading communications experts against a backdrop of exhibits hosted by 28 leading companies such as TELUS, TE Connectivity, ARUBA Networks, Optelian, Ciena, EION, First Robotics, RIM, EXFO, National Instruments and Parliant. Moderated by Amanda Lang of The National and co-host of the Lang & O’Leary Exchange, the evening’s panel included IEEE ICC 2012 General Chair Ibrahim Gedeon of TELUS, Adam Drobot of Open TechWorks, Dr. Wen Tong of Huawei, Glenn Laxdal of Ericcson, Kevin Driscoll of Fujitsu and Mike Hill of IBM.

After her brief introductory remarks, Lang opened the hour-long forum by asking, “What is innovation and how does it differ from invention?” Hill answered by defining innovation as the ability to “drive value continuously.” Driscoll added that invention was “the creation of something new,” while innovation entailed the ability to “apply intelligent discoveries to the market at the right time.” In turn, Drobot countered by saying that “invention was only one method of innovation” that must be measured against its ability to “create value for the customer.” Gedeon expanded on this by noting that many of the greatest innovations “started with a crazy idea” and the willingness “to do things differently.” To which, Dr. Tong simply said, “one aspect of innovation is the ability to survive” in an environment filled with “huge risk and leadership.”

After a brief ceremony honoring the conference’s “Best Paper” award winners on Wednesday morning, IEEE ICC 2012’s keynote program renewed with the presentations of Matt Bross of Huawei, H. Vincent Poor of Princeton University, Mike Hill of IBM and P.R. Kumar of Texas A&M University. Bross began his talk by describing innovation as “inventions that advance life and business” in addition to “accelerating the evolutionary timeframe.” Poor then spoke on the “Fundamental Limits of Information Security and Privacy” as well as the key techniques for improving capacity and reliability. Afterwards, Hill addressed the multitude of business opportunities now offered to companies, which maximize the newest smart cloud technologies through the provision of consumer-oriented “systems of engagement” that deal with each customer on an individual and personalized basis.

At the close of the morning keynote session, P.R. Kumar of Texas A& M University spotlighted IEEE’s 100th anniversary and the “Challenges of Cyberphysical Systems.” Citing the latest research into collision avoidance algorithms for cars as an example, Kumar stressed the need for realizing real-time communications that process information in-network and explore the convergence of control with communication and computing.

After more than 400 technical presentations and the completion of the Industry Forums on green communications, mobile backhaul, and cloud security among others, IEEE ICC 2012 ended Wednesday with the Annual Banquet Dinner and the comments of Canadian billionaire Terry Matthews, who was introduced as a man “famous for starting more than 90 companies from scratch.” As the founder of Mitel and Newbridge Networks, Matthews urged everyone to “mentor young people, stay focused and emphasize team” in environments minimized by the in-depth understanding of customers and driven by employee ownership and enthusiasm.

On the following morning, attendees were feted to the highly-informative addresses of leading experts highlighting the next wave of transformational communications. Introduced by Industry Forums & Exposition Chair Brian Lakey, Marcus Weldon, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent began by welcoming attendees to “The Arrival of the Tablet Generation” and its role in changing the principles of behavior on a global scale. As background, he cited the recent sale of more than 100 million tablets globally and numerous statistics highlighted by the fact that 66 percent of Americans sleep with SmartPhones and 84 percent of Germans would choose the Internet over a car.

These comments were followed by Dr. Raj Jain of Washington University, St. Louis, who spoke about the “Next Generation Internet and the Architecture for the Future” and the realization that “the real money is knowing the future” and understanding that “the most valued companies in the stock market are generally those that lead the paradigm shift.” Lucy Hood of Communications Technology Management (CTM) then discussed her company’s “mission to create and disseminate knowledge” based on information derived from the entire business value chain. This includes studying the symbiotic relationship between devices and activities to better understand “what is coming next” and what people are likely to do next in their digital lives.

During the final address of the morning, Victor Bahl of Microsoft discussed “Putting the Cloud in the Palm of Your Hand” in addition to highlighting the need for ubiquitous connectivity. He also spoke about the latest research involving hot spots utilizing cloudlets in public spaces and enterprise networks as well as WhiteFi connectivity options for building world-class cloud services supported by 100k+ cloud-enabled applications.

In the afternoon, the conference’s comprehensive schedule of technical symposia and Industry Forums ended with sessions that included “Government & Defence,” “IPv6” and “Identity Management.” On the following day, IEEE ICC 2012 then officially concluded with tutorials and workshops addressing topics like “Inter-Vehicular Communication,” “New Frontiers in Opportunistic Communication,” “Remote Wellbeing Monitoring in 4G Networks,” “Next Generation Mobile Core Networks” and “Security & Forensics in Communications Systems.”

With IEEE ICC 2013 less than a year away, planning has already begun for the next IEEE International Conference on Communications scheduled from June 9 – 13, 2013 in the Central European cultural and industrial center of Budapest, Hungary. Themed “Bridging the Broadband Divide,” IEEE ICC 2013 is expected to host nearly 1,500 presentations, workshops, tutorials, keynotes and panels highlighting subjects ranging from machine-to-machine communications, wireless sensor networking, energy harvesting and intelligent vehicular networking to mobile consumer health care, cognitive radio & green networking, the future Internet and cloud computing.

For ongoing updates on IEEE ICC 2013 as well as detailed “call for paper” submission guidelines, please visit or contact Heather Ann Sweeney of IEEE ComSoc at or Rolland Vida, the Conference Operations Chair, at All website visitors are also invited to network with colleagues and peers, share their professional experiences through the conference’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.
IEEE Communications Society
William Chelak