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2002 International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks
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The 8th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks - SoftCOM 2000 was held under co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communication Society (COMSOC) Technical Committees of Communications Software and Communication Switching and Routing, in the pleasant ambience aboard the luxury ship "Marko Polo" traveling on the route Split (Croatia) - Rijeka (Croatia) - Trieste (Italy) - Venice (Italy) from October 10-14, 2000. SoftCOM provides an open forum for communication technology researchers and engineers to discuss new and emerging systems, standards and services, and their applications in telecommunication and information systems. The Conference featured technical sessions, world-known plenary speakers, tutorial presentations and workshops. The Conference was also co-sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Croatia and the University of Split. Principal patron of this year's Conference was Croatian Telecom-Center Split. It was also supported by Ericsson and Siemens from Croatia.
Algirdas Pakstas, IEEE Representative ...This Conference is technically cosponsored by IEEE Communication Society already for three times and Technical Committees of Communications Software and Communication Switching and Routing are particularly interested in the subject of the SoftCOM Conference...
Marko Polo is a full-facility 10,000-ton vessel normally cruising the Adriatic Sea as an automobile ferry. Each day of the conference the ship was anchored in one of the ports of the route, and overnight it was sailing to the next destination. So the participants had the opportunity to share ideas in forced captivity and then enjoy the pleasant and inspiring ambience while visiting the ports along the Adriatic coast. For the duration of the conference, the ship's car deck actually served as a fair ground for exhibitors of software and telecommunication products from the surrounding countries. International Program Committee gathers experts from academic institutions, institutes and industry worldwide. Each year Program Committee creates the Conference program which reflects new developments in the area of telecommunication and information technologies and services. All submitted papers undergo standard reviewing process which secures high level of presented papers.
N.Rožić, D.Begušić, Technical Program Committee co-chairs ...We believe that the Conference will help all of us to keep step with dynamic and complex development of contemporary communications and related technologies. We would like to thank the authors for their excellent contributions. Particular thanks to the reviewers for their great job...

Technical Program

One hundred thirty papers submitted for presentation at SoftCOM 2000 have been reviewed by sixty five recognized international scientists from universities, institutes and companies all over the world. Each paper has been reviewed by three reviewers and all submitted papers have been carefully selected based on their contribution, relevance, conceptual clearness and overall quality. Nearly 75% of submitted papers have been recommended for presentation within the technical program. We believe that reviewers' suggestions and comments to authors have considerably contributed to the quality of presented papers. We would like to thank them all for their great job.

The papers accepted for presentation were classified into following groups: Networks Architectures,
Software in Communication systems,
Switching and Routing,
Traffic Modeling and Control,
Communication Networks and Protocols,
Multimedia Systems and Services,
Traffic Modeling and Control,
Mobile Networks,
Mobility in Wireless Networks,
Distributed Systems and Security,
Advanced Services,
Quality of Service,
Electromagnetic Compatibility,
Coding and Signal Processing.

The complete technical program spanned 16 sessions. All presented papers are published in the two-volume SoftCOM 2000 Proceedings with in total 983 pages. Besides the paper version the Proceedings is also prepared in a form of CD-ROM.

Invited Speakers

The Technical Committee has also invited several outstanding experts to present the state of the art in the most interesting topics in contemporary communication technologies. Within the Plenary session the following presentations were held:

Juraj Buzolić, Croatian Telecom, Croatia - Strategy of Introduction of New Telecommunication Services to Increase Exploitability of Network Resources

Ake Enell, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia - Croatian Contribution to the World Communications

Davorin Belamarić, Siemens, Croatia - Software design as a business line in Croatia

Antun Carić, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia - UMTS - Expectations and Challenges

Mario De Blasi, University of Lecce, Italy - A New Dimension in Multimedia Distribution over Satellite and Terrestrial Telecommunication Systems

Juraj Buzolić, Croatian Telecom, Croatia ...The qualitative building-up of the telecommunication system will result in an improved utilization of the existing resources of the telecommunication network, increasing of the number of new services and improvement of the existing services. For that reason we intesively work on permanent education of employees...
Ake Enell, Ericsson Nikola Tesla ...Ericsson believes in an "all communicating" world. Voise, data, images and video conveniently communicating anywhere, anytime in the world, increasing both quality of life, productivity and enabling more resource efficient world...

Morning sessions have been preceded by the following invited talks:

Sergio Benedetto, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy - Iterative Soft-input Soft-output Decoding Algorithms: A Complexity Analysis

Horst Besier, Deutsche Telekom, Germany - Terabit Routers and High Speed IP Networks

Dubravko Cej, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia - Competence Shift Towards New Telecom World: Case Study

Rajko Pfaff, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia - Third Generation Network Strategies for the New Telecoms World

Zdravko Krakar, Croatian Information Technology Agency, Croatia - The Significance of Standards for Croatian Informatics and How to Reach Them?

Ivan Strugar, University of Zagreb, Croatia - Online Banking in Croatia

Branko Souček, IRIS, Italy - Quantum Mind Self-organized Networks, QMSON

Sergio Benedetto, Polytechnic of Turin ...After years of theoretical investigations aimed at understanding and explaining their amazing performance, turbo codes have recently started to enter the field of practical applications. As two important examples, they have been chosen in the recently approved new telemetry coding standard by CCSDS, and will be used for medium-high data rate transmission in the new UMTS third generation mobile communication standards.
Horst Besier, Deutsche Telekom ...The next development step towards very high speed routers is based on optical or photonic switching. As this systems are based on all optical switches there is no need to transform optical signals into electrical ones...

Academic Networking

This year a special session dedicated to the development of the academic networking in Alps Adria countries was held. The basic idea was to gather academic networking institutions, universities as well as national and regional institutions, companies, operators and industry who participate in development of academic networking. Special session included 12 presentations from 7 Alps Adria countries. Papers presented at this session will be considered for possible publications in IEEE journals in 2001.

Ignac Lovrek, University of Zagreb ...Common laboratories and projects organized around such a research network provide the environment for dynamic and fruitful collaboration. Not only that it is crucial for high technology programs but also creates novel opportunities for students and scientist...


G. W. R. Luderer, Arizona State University, USA - Software as Intelectual Property - a Technologist's View

Andrzej Jajszczyk, University of Mining and Metallurgy, Poland - New Generation Optical IP Networks

Algirdas Pakstas, University of Sunderland, UK - Extranets: Concepts, Standards and Cost Issues

Sergio Benedetto, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy - Turbo Codes: A Tutorial Survey from Theoretical Understanding to Applications

Julije Ožegović, University of Split, Croatia - WTFC Applications in Integrated Networks

Gottfried Luderer, Arizona State University ...How are people who generates softwer been rewarded? We are not taking a legalistic viewpoint but are rather more intereted in the economic aspects...
Andrzej Jajsczyck, University of Mining and Metallurgy ...todays technology offers various alternatives for carring IP traffic over WDM or DWDM networks, including IP over SONET/SDH over WDM and IP over WDM. Protocols such as IntServ, DiffServ and MPLS enable IP to serve as multiprotocol platform...


Within Workshop on contemporary communications 20 presentations from the area of telecommunications and computer engineering were held. Papers are published in separate Proceedings (173 pages).