24th International Scientific Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks SoftCOM 2016 has been held in Radisson Blu Hotel in Split, Croatia, on September 22-24, 2016. The Conference gathered together scientists and experts from all over the world. It was organized by the University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB) and Croatian Association for Communication and Information Technologies.
The SoftCOM 2016 Conference has been held under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia (MZOS), Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ) and Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM).
Technical sponsor of the SoftCOM 2016 Conference was the most influential global association for promotion of scientific and expert work in the fields of electrical engineering and computing – IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), with the seat in New York, NJ, USA.
Apart from the scientific part of the Conference there was also the professional workshop dedicated to the issues from the fields of information and communication technologies as well as the Economic Forum. The entire program consisted of 150 scientific and professional papers presentations.
The authors from 30 countries have submitted 170 papers for the scientific conference SoftCOM 2016. More than 200 researchers and experts worldwide have participated in the international peer-reviewing procedure and accepted 49% of papers submitted.
At the Opening Ceremony on September 23, 2016, Prof. Sven Gotovac, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split, greeted the participants and guests of the Conference. Prof. Šimun Anđelinović, PhD, Rector of the University of Split, Zlatko Ževrnja, Prefect of the Split-Dalmatia County, Dražen Lučić, PhD, President of the Council of the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM), Professor Pascal Lorenz, Representative of the IEEE Communications Society, Université de Haute-Alsace, France, Prof. Mislav Grgić, PhD, President of the IEEE Croatian Section and Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, also greeted the Conference participants on behalf of their institutions.
Sandor Albrecht, PhD, Director of Network Technology, Ericsson Research from Stockholm, Sweden, delivered the plenary lecture on the subject from the field of 5th generation mobile networks’ control planes software development „LOOOM. Defining Control Systems for 5G“.
The technical program of the Conference encompassed 17 sessions, including 4 special sessions and 3 symposia: Symposium on Green Networking, Symposium on Environmental Electromagnetic Compatibility and Smart Environment Technologies, which have been organized by FESB scientists. The special sessions have been dedicated to the actual issues: RFID Technologies and the Internet of Things, Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, QoS in Wired and Wireless Networks, and Security and Digital Forensics.
The Economic Forum program encompassed three workshops and a series of invited lectures with participation of the representatives of the academic community, leading ICT companies and national agencies. The Fifth Workshop on Software Engineering in Practice has been organized by Darko Huljenić, PhD, from Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Zagreb. The focal issue of these events was application of software engineering in the development of communication software. By gathering together researchers and representatives of the leading companies in communication software production a new impulse has been given to cooperation in this important field.
The workshop on innovation in the ICT field „Lean Innovation Workshop“ has been organized by Marko Bervanakis from Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Zagreb. The workshop was very well attended, especially by young engineers from Ericsson Nikola Tesla company.
The Round Table Discussion on entrepreneurship was dedicated to entrepreneurial experiences from the Croatian and foreign entrepreneurs’ standpoint as well as from the students with innovative ideas. Ante Dagelić, M.Eng., was the workshop moderator.
The Round Table Discussion „Broadband Internet Access“ has been organized in cooperation with Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM). The subject of the discussion was the development of broadband infrastructure in the areas without sufficient commercial interest by means of financial resources from the European structural and investment funds. The Round Table Discussion organization coordinator was Mario Weber, MSc, director of HAKOM, and Kristina Ćosić was the moderator.
The special workshop consisted of presentations of students’ projects developed within the Ericsson Nikola Tesla students’ summer workshop, which was organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. The workshop coordinator was Saša Dešić, PhD, from Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Zagreb. The workshop coorganizer and moderator was Goran Gašparović,. M. Eng., from Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Split.
This year the Workshop „PhD Forum“ for the ICT PhD students has also been organized, in cooperation with the related faculties from the Universities in Zagreb, Osijek and Rijeka. Prof. Maja Matijašević, PhD, coordinated the workshop organization, while the moderator was Assist. Prof. Ognjen Dobrijević, PhD, from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb.
Detailed information on the International Conference SoftCOM 2016 is available at: http://www.fesb.hr/softcom