IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity

Call for Industry Forum & Exhibition Proposals

The 2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) will be held on 20-24 May 2018 in Kansas City, MO, USA, and is sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society.  The conference provides an attractive Industry Forum & Exhibition Program, which features Keynote Speeches, Industry Panels, Executive/CTO Forums, Industry Demos and Exhibits, Podium Presentations, and Lightning Talks.  Therefore, the Industry Forum and Exhibition (IF&E) Program of IEEE ICC2018 solicits proposals as follows:

Industry Panels

Industry panels are an important component of ICC 2018, which bring together industry and researchers from around the world, for an interactive discussion on a specific topic among panel speakers and the audience.  Panels provide opportunities for the practicing professionals to both share and learn about the latest ideas, trends, and products and innovations of particular interest to industry in communications and networking.

Industry panel sessions are 90-minute moderated discussions, which are scheduled from Monday 21 May to Wednesday 23 May, 2018. A panel submission must include:

  • A Panel Organizer with a commitment to arrange the specific topic of interest;
  • 4 Panelists with a commitment to join in under the specific topic.

Before the submission of a panel proposal, it is expected that the Panel Organizer contacts all the envisaged Panelists in order to get their agreement for serving on the panel.  The Panel Organizer will serve as moderator during the panel.

The following structure is supposed to be taken for the panels.  The panel should not have more than 4 participants, plus the moderator.  The organizer/chair has to establish a few questions to be addressed by the participants.  The chair gives a presentation up to 10 minutes at the beginning of the panel, to introduce the topic.  Participants should address the questions posed, in a presentation up to 10 minutes each (very strict time control!). Basically, the presentation should have 6 slides, i.e., the cover slide plus one per question.  With this scheme, there will be enough time for discussion in the panel (which is the main goal of a panel).

The panel proposal should include:

  • Title for the proposed panel
  • Name, affiliation, contact information, and short biography of the Panel Organizer
  • Motivation and background for the panel, indicating topics to be discussed as well.
  • Names, affiliations, and short biography of the Panelists intended to invite.

Interested Panel Organizers should submit their proposals, using the template, to the IF&E Program Committee by email as a PDF file attachment

Industry Panel Proposal Deadline: 18 November 2017
Acceptance notification: 16 December 2017

Particularly, IEEE IC2018 IF&E program seeks submissions and proposals for-original industry related contributions that address but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • 5G New Radio (NR): design and development strategies for the new 5G radio.
  • Network security solutions: security and privacy solutions for 4G/5G network
  • Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communications:  technology solutions that promote intelligent vehicles and infrastructure communication systems. New concepts in the design and development of V2X communication systems.
  • Internet of Things and Smart Cities: Concepts and designs in IoT enabling communication technologies. Experimental results from testing and deployment scenario.

Executive/CTO Forums

The Executive/CTO Forum will follow the same format as the Industry Panels.  The only difference is that the organizers and the panelists will be restricted to be company executives, like CEOs and CTOs, who will give their vision on the forum topic to the audience.

Interested Executive/CTO Forum organizers should submit their proposals, using the template, to the IF&E Program Committee by email as a PDF file attachment

Executive/CTO Forums Proposal Deadline:  18 November 2017        
Acceptance notification: 16 December 2017

Industry Demos

Industry Demos are hardware and/or software demonstrations that are meant to showcase new and innovative technologies.  Demonstrations will be scheduled from Sunday 20 May to Wednesday 23 May, 2018.

To broaden the diversity of the conference, there is an integrated exhibition area close to coffee breaks, technical and poster sessions.  This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company as well as engage with other scientists from industry and academia.  In addition to provide the best possible benefit, the exhibition area will be grouped by topic.
Each booth is equipped with a power supply.  Any furniture or additional equipment is subject to additional fees.  Placement of the exhibition booth is determined by conference organizers.  The costs of the booths will be announced soon.

Each demonstration proposal must include:

  • Title for the proposed demonstration
  • Name, affiliation, contact information, and short biography of the Organizer
  • Motivation and background, objective, and description of the demos/exhibits, emphasizing its timeliness.

Interested Demos and Exhibits Organizers should submit their proposals, using the template, to the IF&E Program Committee by email as a PDF file attachment

Industry Demos Proposal Deadline: 17 February 2018
Acceptance Notification: 3 March 2018

Podium Presentations

Podium presentations will have a 20-minute duration and will be held during the morning and afternoon coffee-breaks in the Exhibits Hall.  Their number will be therefore limited to 6.  Those presentations will typically focus on products, services, and solutions offered by companies. In order to maximize attendance, lucky draw prizes will be offered at the end of each presentation.
Interested Podium Presentation Organizers should submit their proposals, using the template, to the IF&E Program Committee by email as a PDF file attachment

Podium Presentation Proposal Deadline: 17 February 2018
Acceptance notification: 17 March 2018

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are short 5 minutes talks on technical topics, to be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in an afternoon time-slot.  About 15 talks will be presented in this session. The point of a Lightning Talk is not to give a detailed talk, but rather to present briefly a main idea.  The topics acceptable for these talks are any subject that is conference related.

Come to talk about your company’s product, a nifty algorithm trick, some thoughts triggered by presentations at the conference, or if you are a student, share the highlight of your thesis project.  The main goal of the talk should be making your point fast and then, we move on to the next talk.  No hard and fast rule about the presentation format, no judgment either.  However, the 5 minutes time limit is strictly enforced, and you will be asked to stop at the end of 5 minutes.

Interested Lightning Talks Presenters should submit their proposals, using the template, to the IF&E Program Committee by email as a PDF file attachment:

Lightning Talks Proposal Deadline: 17 February 2018
Acceptance notification: 17 March 2018

IF&E Program Committee

IF&E Chair
Durga P. Satapathy, Sprint

IF&E Vice-Chair
Kafi Hassan, Sprint

Industrial Content Chair
Sidd Chennumolu, Dish Network

Industrial Forum Chair
Yang Xu, Sprint

Industrial Tutorials/Workshops Chair
Amitava Ghosh, Nokia

Industrial Panels Chair
Anders Svennson, Ericsson

Exhibits Chair
Emilio Diarte, Nokia

IF&E Senior Advisor
Chi-Ming Chen, AT&T

ICC2018 IF&E Program Committee can be reached at ICC2018-IFE@listserv.umkc.edu