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From: (Bruce Tonkin)
Subject:  CFP: Australian Telecommuniation Networks & Applications Conference '94
Date:     29 Mar 1994 14:54:08 -0600

                    Advance Notice and Call for Papers



                    (Incorporating MCAT, ABSSS, and ATRS)


			     5-7 December 1994
			     The Hilton Hotel
			   Melbourne, Australia


This year, three major Australian conferences in the fields of multi-media
communications, broadband networking and services, and teletraffic research
are being held jointly as the Australian Telecommunication
Networks and Applications Conference, ATNAC'94.

ATNAC'94 will incorporate:

      		The 4th Australian Multi-media Communications,
         	     Applications and Technology Workshop

        	The 4th Australian Broadband Switching
	   	        and Services Symposium

        	The 9th Australian Teletraffic Research Seminar

		  Conference Theme: "Meeting User Needs"

	Held 5-7 December 1994 at the Hilton Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.

Video and multi-media services will have a dramatic impact on the way
we communicate and our access to information.  Their effective
transport with appropriate quality of service is a major challenge for
broadband communication networks.  Holding a joint conference
recognises that services must be provided with due regard to the
capabilities and correct dimensioning of the supporting networks. The
joint conference will encourage greater interaction among the
researchers and developers across the various disciplines and enable
broader exposure of delegates to activities being undertaken in their
own and related fields.

The theme of the conference is "Meeting User Needs".  Users require
useful applications that can be networked with satisfactory performance
and service quality. By joining together MCAT, ABSSS and ATRS in 1994
we aim to promote this.

The conference will have three streams:
    		* Multimedia and Video Services
    		* Broadband Networks, and
    		* Teletraffic Research

A feature of the conference will be a number of joint sessions where
both local and overseas keynote speakers will provide an informed view
of current and likely future developments.

Authors submitting papers are strongly encouraged to relate their paper
to the theme, "Meeting User Needs", which is critical to the success of
any new service in the current competitive and service oriented
environment.  Papers which recognise and highlight the interactions
between the streams of the conference are particularly encouraged.


As multi-media systems start to take off it is appropriate to take
stock of the latest developments and directions in this exciting area.
The arrival of a new generation of desktop multi-media systems promises
to revolutionise traditional methods of working and communication.
Multi-media conferencing and information retrieval are expected to
become ubiquitous.

In the more specific areas of digital video and image services, new
coding standards and technology provide the prospect of a vastly
expanded range of services over a variety of networks.  This has
stimulated significant research.  For example, there is much interest
in providing video-based services on low-capacity networks, including
the Internet and mobile networks, and use of the analogue PSTN to
support very low rate digital video-phones.  Emerging broadband networks
will allow digital delivery of demanding new business-oriented
services, from high quality still image database retrieval systems and
conference quality video to, eventually, high definition television
applications.  This is also a time of very rapid developments in the
delivery of digital video services to the general public, in Australia
and elsewhere, through the provision of Pay-TV, whether by fibre/coax,
satellite or ADSL.

MCAT has provided a forum for users, practitioners and others
interested in multi-media to meet and exchange information on
multi-media research, systems and services.  Established three years
ago, MCAT has traditionally attracted local and overseas participants
from a wide range of disciplines and is now a major forum for
multi-media in Australia.  Similarly, ABSSS has provided a forum for
developments in video services.  By holding MCAT jointly with ABSSS
and ATRS, delegates will have the opportunity to actively participate
and be up to date on important networking and traffic aspects which
can be useful to the planning or implementation of networked
multi-media systems in the present and future.

Papers are invited covering the following and related topics:

* Multi-media applications
* Multi-media hardware
* Multi-media software engineering including hypermedia, operating systems
  and utilities
* Multi-media transport and networking protocols
* Multiple media synchronisation
* Multipoint, multimedia systems
* Image, video and associated audio coding
* Multi-media/video storage, database servers and retrieval systems
* Digital delivery of television
* Video on demand systems
* "Set top unit" developments
* User interfaces and human factors
* HDTV and stereo/3D TV
* Packet image and video and the influence of ATM
* Error concealment/correction
* Satisfying audio/video quality requirements
* VLSI multi-media solutions
* Virtual reality research and systems


The demand for broadband services is steadily increasing both within
the public and private networks.  A large number of ATM/SDH and other
broadband products has already been released and many vendors and
carriers have aggressive plans for provision and support of broadband
LANs and WANs.

While the eventual dawning of the B-ISDN age seems reasonably assured,
planning of suitable and flexible network architectures, switching
platforms, control and management techniques, and service provision
strategies remains a challenge for researchers, equipment manufacturers
and network operators. Papers are therefore sought covering the
following and related topics:

* Service provision over ATM/SDH and other broadband platforms
* Application scenarios, such as distributed computing
* Economical viability of broadband networks and products
* "Low speed" ATM products and interfaces,
* Field trials, early commercial services
* Network topologies and evolution
* Broadband switch architecture
* B-ISDN LANs, WANs, and interworking
* Network and service management
* Signalling and control
* B-ISDN protocols
* B-ISDN standardization efforts
* TMN, IN, and B-ISDN


The annual Australian Teletraffic Research Seminar has become an
important part of the research activity taking place in teletraffic
engineering over the past eight years.  The work which has been
reported during this period has been of direct relevance to the
telecommunications industry and the seminars have been designed to
encourage interactions between industry, manufacturers and academia in
this rapidly evolving field.

As in past seminars, we are interested in receiving papers from both
the traditional areas of teletraffic engineering as well as in emerging
fields.  Note that we wish to encourage papers which raise issues and
present progress reports of work which is being undertaken.  Authors
are encouraged to relate their work to the conference theme "Meeting
User Needs".  The aim of the conference is to enable the exchange of
ideas and experiences and promote the personal contacts which have
been a feature of previous conferences.  Areas of interest include but
are not limited to:

 - Teletraffic modelling and performance of systems and networks
                * Switching systems
                * Intelligent networks
                * Broadband ISDN networks
                * Signalling networks
                * ISDN
                * Private networks
                * Mobile networks
                * Distributed systems
                * ATM LANs
                * LAN/MAN

-  Traffic characterisation and modelling,
   particularly for new applications and services.

 - Network design methods:
                * Meeting Quality of Service requirements
                * Optimisation
                * Forecasting
                * Architectures

 - Network traffic management
                * Routing algorithms
                * Traffic control policies
                * Communications protocols
                * Multiple access

 - Queueing theory

 - Simulation methods



Papers will be refereed from extended abstracts.  However, to ensure a
high standard, final acceptance and publication of completed papers is
still subject to review.  Authors whose papers are accepted will be
expected to present them in person.  Enquiries about any of the
technical steams should be referred to the chair of the relevant
technical sub-committee as detailed below:

Multi-media and Video 	   Broadband Networks	      Teletraffic Research
Services 		   Mr Farzad Safaei	      Dr Moshe Zukerman
Dr Winston Tan   	   Telephone: +61 3 253 6115  Telephone: +61 3 253 6115
Telephone: +61 3 253 6201  Fax: +61 3 253 6144	      Fax: +61 3 253 6144
Fax: +61 3 253 6352	   Email:  Email:


Extended abstract (500 words) by:   7 June 1994
Notification of acceptance:        21 July 1994
Completed papers received:         20 September 1994


                Margaret Keegel
	       Conference Manager
	Office of Continuing Education
	       Monash University
	 	  PO Box 197
	      CAULFIELD EAST 3145

**	Enclose a cover sheet with your name, address, 		**
**      phone number & email address.  Indicate which 		**
**	technical stream is of primary interest.		**


	Maureen Kemp, Tel: +61 3 903 2806
		Fax: +61 3 903 2805


        Margaret Keegel, Tel: +61 3 903 2808
		Fax: +61 3 903 2805


Companies, research organisations and others who wish to exhibit their
products at the conference should contact:

	   ATNAC'94 Conference Manager
        	  Margaret Keegel,
		Telephone:  903 2808
		    Fax: 903 2805


CHAIR			Professor Hugh Bradlow		  Dr Michael Biggar
Dr. Paul Kirton         CITRI, University of Wollongong   Telecom Australia
Telecom Australia 					  Research Laboratories
Research Laboratories   Professor Richard Harris
			RMIT				  Dr Winston Tan
CONFERENCE MANAGER					  Telecom Australia
Ms. Margaret Keegel     Mr Farzad Safaei                  Research Laboratories
Monash University	Telecom Australia
							  Dr Moshe Zukerman
Professor Tony Cantoni  Mr. Michael O'Brian               Telecom Australia
ATRI, Curtin University Monash University		  Research Laboratories

Dr Bruce Tonkin
Monash University


The planning committee is grateful to the following organizations.
Their generous support of ATNAC'94 further encourages the local
telecommunications R&D industry.





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