November 26 - 30, 2007
MNCNA: Middleware for Next-generation Converged Networks and ApplicationsWorkshop of the 8th International Middleware Conference 2007
November 26, 2007
Newport Beach, California, USA
|Topics of Interest - Workshop Committee - Important Dates - Submission Guidelines|
Latest News:12/12/2007 - Keynote and Invited Presentations uploaded here
12/09/2007- Michael Sutterer, Olaf Droegehorn and Klaus David win the Best Paper Award sponsored
by IBM India Research Lab for the paper titled Making a Case for Situation-Dependent User Profiles in Context-Aware Environments
10/25/2007- Technical Program is now available
07/09/2007- Submission guidelines are available here
07/02/2007- Call For Papers available (pdf, txt)
06/30/2007- MNCNA Web Page Online
The fixed mobile convergence of telecommunication networks along with the telecom-IP network convergence have opened up prospects for a rich ecosystem of Next-Generation Converged Network technologies and applications. Such applications are envisioned to have the capability of seamlessly accessing services in the IP network and at the same time leverage the legacy capabilities/functionalities of Telco networks. Emergence of principles like Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0, along with gradual adoption of industry standards like Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and Java API for Internetworking (JAIN) is making this convergence possible.
The trends in the telecom roadmap have forced traditional carriers to take note of the challenges that come bundled along with the value proposition of converged services. The challenges stem from the fact that a converged network needs to carry a multitude of high-bandwidth triple-play (voice, video and data) services over a single network that is much more distributed, multipoint, diverse and interactive in nature. Till recently, the major thrust of service providers has been to offer the basic transport of information between end users. These services mostly involved narrowband voice calls, with a single point-to-point connection per call. While existing services will remain part of the providers’ offerings, customer expectations will migrate towards more advanced (real-time) broadband, multimedia, and information intensive services. End users will interact with the network via sophisticated devices, and be able to select from a wide range of Quality-of-Service (QoS) options. To cater to these emerging service paradigms, network intelligence will not just relate to the creative routing of connections based on database look-ups, but will take on a broader scope including multimedia session management, co-ordination of multi-protocol connections, advanced security, etc. To stay ahead in the competition and provide market leading offerings, carriers further need to enable a global ecosystem of third party independent application developers to deliver converged services leveraging open standards-based service delivery platform. Finally, to establish a common architecture for the convergence among services and networks, standards and frameworks will be required to ensure the interoperability of networks and applications, and facilitate best utilization of the existing telecommunications infrastructure within the converged ecosystem.
It is in this setting of an open services market- with service operators, application developers as well as the IT infrastructure as stakeholders, that we view the role of middleware to be crucial. The goal of the workshop is to explore how and to what extent middleware can address these challenges, and focus on the development of middleware technologies that can foster the growth of the new era of telecommunications.
We are seeking original, unpublished papers
on different aspects of middleware technologies for enabling
Next-Generation Network (NGN) services and applications.
We request papers describing original research and practical experiences in the standard ACM format no longer than 6 pages, including all text, references, appendices, and figures. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee. The Middleware conference organizers will provide companion proceedings covering all workshops and plan to make all workshop papers available in the ACM Digital Library.
Papers must be submitted by the submission deadline using the workshop management system available at http://www.easychair.org/MNCNA2007/
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