The IEEE International Conference on Communications ( recently concluded its first “paperless+” event with more than 2,700 communications professionals, researchers and academics attending approximately 1,500 presentations dedicated to the next wave of global communications technologies.

Held in Canada’s capitol city of Ottawa at the newly-opened, $170 million Ottawa Convention Center, IEEE ICC 2012 began its weeklong agenda of presentations on Sunday, June 10 with the highly-anticipated “Workshop on Telecommunications: From Research to Standards” and extended into Friday, June 15 with the conference’s tutorial and workshop schedule. Throughout the six-day conference, hundreds of leading experts representing almost every area of communications discussed wide ranging topics that included subjects like “Humanitarian Communication Applications,” “Intelligent Vehicular Networking,” “E-voting Systems that Ensure Voter Confidentiality & Accuracy,” “Smart Grid Machine-to-Machine Communications,” “Green Optical Network Design,” “Mobile Consumer Health Care Networks,” “Cognitive Radio & Green Networking,” “Wireless Systems in the Future Internet” and “Cloud Networks.”

Among the many conference highpoints was the ongoing series of keynote addresses of industry experts like Eros Spadotto, Executive Vice President, Technology Strategy of TELUS, who spoke about the need to look at problems from the user perspective as well as Ian F. Akyildiz of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who discussed the “Fundamentals of Molecular Nano-Communication Networks” and the prospects of revolutionizing health care with bio-inspired nano-machines that attack tumors, enhance life spans and fight illnesses like epilepsy.

Other significant conference highlights included the “Dialog with Industry Leaders,” which was held at the center of the Exhibit of Innovation and among the displays of leading companies such as TELUS, TE Connectivity, ARUBA Networks, Optelian, Ciena, EION, First Robotics, RIM, EXFO, National Instruments and Parliant. As moderator Amanda Lang of The National and co-host of the Lang & O’Leary Exchange challenged the distinguished panel by asking “What is innovation and how does it differ from invention?” As expected, each authority had their own viewpoint. Mike Hill of IBM responded by defining innovation as the ability to “drive value continuously,” while IEEE ICC 2012 General Chair Ibrahim Gedeon of TELUS 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. Wen Tong of Huawei simply said, “one aspect of innovation is the ability to survive” in an environment filled with “huge risk and leadership.”

Over the next three days, IEEE ICC 2012 then proceeded with approximately 1,000 tutorials, keynotes, workshops and technical presentations. Key to these events were the remarks of noted entrepreneurs such as Canadian billionaire Terry Matthews, who was introduced as the man “famous for starting more than 90 companies from scratch” as well as the 17 separate Industry Forums that explored novel approaches to patent and licensing strategies, social networking, identity management, cloud security, green communications & computing, among others.

In addition, with IEEE ICC 2013 less than a year away, planning has already begun for the next the 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, 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.



Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

July 11, 2012