Thinking caps on for Cable Show ’11 Tech Forum

Wed, 12/22/2010 - 8:22am
Traci Patterson
The guys who are putting together the Spring Technical Forum for the 2011 Cable Show are taking the long view – about a 75-year span, depending on how you count.

Dan Pike, CTO of GCI, is the chairman of the technical program of next year’s Cable Show, and his colleagues are looking for papers from a much wider group of contributors, on a much wider spectrum of subjects, that look much farther out in time than has been the case with Technical Forum papers in recent years.

It’s been a general rule of thumb in recent years that the Cable Show Technical Forum would look a year or two ahead, and the SCTE’s Emerging Technologies show (now subsumed by the Cable Show Technical Forum) would present papers about innovations likely to develop in three to five years.

Pike refers back to the 1973 forum as the standard against which he’d like to hold the 2011 presentations. Those who presented papers in ’73 did not limit themselves to any time horizon at all. The ’73 Proceedings contains some of the first papers about digital transmission, compression and telemedicine.

Some of the advances described took years to develop, and others have yet to fully develop, Pike noted. He’d like the 2011 Cable Show Technical Forum to have that same spirit of adventurousness and depth of vision.

Furthermore, in recent years, vendors have dominated the presentations, which is to be expected given that the vendor community is the source of a great deal of innovation. That said, Pike said he wants to invite greater participation from more authors from the MSOs themselves, along with academics.

The Cable Showwill be held June 14-16 in Chicago. Prospective authors interested in preparing and presenting a paper at the Spring Technical Forum should submit a proposal using the online submission tool no later than Jan. 14. Authors who have been selected to present their papers at the Spring Technical Forum will be notified in mid-February and will be invited to present the highlights of their written work during the Forum.

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