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Asia-Pacific Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS)
Theme: Mapping ICT into Transformation for the Next Information Society. 
Date: June 24-27, 2017
Location: Kyoto, Japan

The Call for Papers invites submissions from authors addressing any of the following broad subject areas. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 28, 2017.

  • Wireless broadband
  • New paradigms of policy and regulation
  • ICT and innovation
  • Spectrum management
  • Convergence in telecommunications
  • New applications: e-Health, m-Health and e-Government
  • ICT and economic growth
  • Content markets
  • Information security and privacy
  • Internet and “Bottom of the Pyramid”

Other topics are also welcomed including any topics related to ICT/Telecom forecasting.

Online registration is now available. Individuals planning to attend this Conference are reminded to register online before the early bird deadline of May 14, 2017 to secure substantial savings in registration fees.

Individuals with Conference-related inquiries are requested to direct them to secretariat@itskyoto2017.org.


RCEA Bayesian Econometrics workshop

Date: 3-4 July 2016
Location: Melbourne, Australia

The 11th Annual Bayesian Econometric workshop of the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) will take place at the University of Melbourne, Australia, on July 3rd and 4th, 2017. Keynote speakers are Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Sylvia Kaufmann from the Study Center Gerzensee. This is the first time the RCEA Bayesian workshop will run in Australia and is the result of a partnership with the Bayesian Analysis and Modeling Research Group at the University of Melbourne.

Call for Papers: Authors should submit an extended abstract of up to 500 words. Please include JEL classification codes for the paper, keywords as well as JEL classification codes of the author(s) specialization field(s). To submit a paper: 


Triennial International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) 2017
Date: 17-21 July 2017
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Call for Session Chairs and Papers for the Military, Defense and Security Applications Stream

We are soliciting session chairs and presenters for the 21st triennial IFORS Conference at the Convention Centre in downtown Quebec City. We encourage all relevant topics across a broad array of defense and security challenges, both domestic and global. Our goal is to have all session chairs and presenters identified, including topics and short abstracts, no later than 31 January. As in the past, we’ll organize around 90 minute sessions, with 3 to 4 presentations per session. Please contact Col (Ret) Greg Parlier (gparlier@knology.net) or René Séguin (rene.seguin@drdc-rddc.gc.ca) as soon as possible if you and/or your colleagues wish to organize a session, chair a session, or present your work. Conference details can be found at www.ifors2017.ca.


European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS)
Theme: Competition and Regulation in the Information Age
Date: July 30-August 2, 2017
Location: Passau, Bavaria

The Call for Papers invites abstract submissions and proposals for panel sessions on the following subjects (although submissions on other topics are welcomed). The deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals for panel sessions is March 30, 2017.

  • Digital divides – their character and how they can be overcome
  • The contribution of telecommunications to economic growth and development
  • The development and socio-economic impact of mobile applications
  • The provision of telecommunication services to marginalised communities
  • Regulation – its implementation, form and future development
  • The impact of regulation on operator strategy and investment
  • Operator strategies – consolidation, investment and innovation
  • The impact of OTT, its regulation and future development
  • Convergence – technological, economic and regulatory
  • The interaction between content and telecommunication markets – development, bundling and convergence
  • Broadband – spectrum and mobile broadband, funding and forms of infrastructure investment
  • Mobile markets – national roaming, convergence with fixed, the challenges of markets
  • Innovative business models – content and the Internet of Things
  • Innovative new services – e-health, m-health, e-education etc.
  • Online markets – the value of personal and location data, children as online actors
  • Big data – tools and techniques of collecting and analyzing large datasets, socio-economic consequences of big data
  • Net neutrality – debates, challenges and future
  • Internet governance and the control of content and customers
  • Cyber security and privacy as an infrastructure issue

Other topics are also welcomed including any topics related to ICT/Telecom forecasting.

Confirmed guest presenters include Professor Ingo Vogelsang (Boston University) who will speak on Regulatory Inertia versus ICT Dynamics. There will also be a special panel session on IP Interconnection in the Information Age featuring Dr. Cara Schwarz-Schilling (Head of Internet Regulation at the Federal Network Agency), Harald Summa (CEO of eco, Association of the Internet industry and DE-CIX), Dr. Falk von Bornstaedt (Head of Peering & IP-Trading, Deutsche Telekom) and Prof. William Lehr (MIT).

All Conference-related inquiries should be directed to ITS Vice Chair, Professor Jason Whalley, at jason.whalley@northumbria.ac.uk.

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