Conference Focuses on Networking

Cloud computing, enterprise systems, and two dozen workshops are on AINA's agenda

7 January 2013

The annual IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA)—has an unusual history and structure. It began in Asia in 1986 as the Joint Workshop on Computer Communications, then became the International Conference on Information Networking eight years later. In 2003, it gained the sponsorship of the IEEE Computer Society, adopted its current name, and broadened its scope to include Europe and North America. This year’s meeting, to be held in Barcelona from 25 to 28 March, is the 27th of its kind but only the 11th with that name.

The conference covers the theory, design, and application of computer networks and distributed computing and information services. Its sponsor, the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Distributed Processing, considers AINA one of the most important international conferences it sponsors, according to Evan Butterfield, the society’s director of products and services.

The event is composed of a main conference and 24 workshops, which are organized independently of the IEEE Computer Society. In each workshop, 10 to 70 papers will be presented and will cover such topics as cloud and intercloud computing, enterprise systems, biological and intelligent computing, wireless and pervasive networks, security, and disaster and emergency information networks. Sessions of the main conference and the workshops are concurrently held in about 10 parallel tracks.  Attendees can join any session.

“The conference is research-oriented and is interested in cutting-edge results,” says Fatos Xhafa, an IEEE member and general co-chair. “We present state-of-the-art techniques while seeking results beyond the state of the art. We want new ideas and new proposals.”

The conference itself received an unusually high number of submissions this year—more than 500—of which about a quarter were accepted. But when the workshops are included, a total of about 425 papers will be given, according to Makoto Takizawa, a founder of AINA and its steering committee co-chair. Many presenters will be from Asia, but probably more will come from Europe, he says.

“We’re one of the most internationally represented conferences,” adds Xhafa, an associate professor of computer science in the department of computer languages and systems at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, in Barcelona.

The breadth of topics covered by AINA and its associated workshops makes the conference “a good place to find an integration of technology and get fresh ideas,” says IEEE Senior Member Chunming Rong, AINA’s co-chair for publicity. “Networking technology and computer technology are so interlocked now that just focusing on your own field isn’t enough anymore. You need to be acquainted with sensor networks and mobile computing—not just how they connect to each other.”

Connection options such as tensor, vehicular, and mesh networks will be discussed, too, organizers say.

“More and more now it’s about connecting through the cloud,” says Rong, a professor of computer science at the University of Stavanger, in Norway. “Last year, for example, the cloud was just the subject of a single workshop. This year, it’s a main track.” Rong is in charge of the tracks covering the cloud and services computing as well as the cloud workshop.

Proceedings will be published in separate volumes for AINA itself and for the workshops. In addition, authors of selected papers at both the conference and workshops will be invited to submit their results to special issues of 12 international non-IEEE journals from Springer, Elsevier, Inderscience, and other publishers. About 40 AINA and workshop papers are published that way each year, according to Makoto Takizawa, a professor of computer and information science at Seikei University, in Tokyo.

Two keynote addresses are scheduled: Wenny Rahayu, head of the department of computer science and computer engineering of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, to discuss data integration and visualization in temporal spatial decision-support systems, with special attention to time-critical applications such as air traffic control. Antonio Skarmeta, head of the research group on telematics and intelligent systems in the department of communications and information engineering at the University of Murcia, in Spain, will discuss the impact of the Internet of Thingsbillions of sensor-equipped, connected smart devices sharing information autonomously—and the large and complex big data sets those devices are expected to upload to the Internet.

“AINA has built an international community around the conference,” Xhafa observes. “Many people come year after year—which gives it stability. The schedule leaves enough time for people to create collaborative networks and establish personal connections.

“I encourage new members to join the conference not only as authors but also as committee members. AINA takes good care of authors, newcomers, and young researchers, helping them become members of our community.”

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