NCTA/SCTE open call for papers

Thu, 10/16/2008 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) are soliciting submissions for their technical programs during Cable Connection - Spring.

The NCTA National Show and SCTE Emerging Technologies show (along with several other cable shows) are being scheduled together April 1-7, 2009, in Washington, D.C. The two organizations are taking joint submissions, and once they accept a paper, will assign it to one show or the other.

Marking its 50th year of promoting advances in cable technology, the NCTA's Technical Papers Program will present a special track of panels focused on new broadband applications that may soon reach the market. 

The program will continue as part of The Cable Show '09, the NCTA's 58th Annual International Convention and Exposition, and the inaugural event of Cable Connection - Spring. The Cable Show '09 runs April 1-3 at the Washington Convention Center.

The SCTE Conference on Emerging Technologies also runs April 1-3 but will focus on specific platforms and products that will be delivered in the next three to five years. The theme will be "Architecting the Network of the Future," with a focus on efficient bandwidth utilization for the home environment of 2014.

The NCTA and SCTE say they expect Cable Connection - Spring will offer an opportunity for industry engineers and other technology experts to gather for a valuable exchange of ideas that lead to better capital investment decisions.

In addition, the CableLabs Law and Technology Seminars will take place on April 3 as part of Cable Connection - Spring. Now in its eighth year, the Law and Technology Seminars provide a private forum to bring cable lawyers and technologists together for a discussion of the legal and public policy implications related to cable technologies.

Proposals for NCTA and SCTE consideration are due by Dec. 1. The online submission form is here.

While any subject matter relevant to broadband cable and telecommunications engineers is eligible, topics of particular interest for 2009 are:

  • Wireless broadband data and voice architectures and protocols, including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and Mobile/Handheld
  • Interactive advertising, including measurement, reporting and addressability
  • Techniques for scaling cable network bandwidth utilization and efficiency
  • Advancements in managing bandwidth in cable broadband networks
  • Digital audio and video coding, conversion and processing
  • Advanced optical platforms and solutions specific to services delivery in cable networks
  • System-on-a-chip (SoC) and other integrated silicon solutions applicable to delivery of services through cable systems
  • Business and operational support systems (BSS/OSS)
  • Other advanced broadband technology topics related to next-generation cable network architecture

Proposals will be reviewed and judged by a screening panel of top industry technologists, chaired by Dan Pike, chief technical officer for GCI Cable Inc. Judging will be based on the premise, reference value, content and intended audience of each paper. Multiple entries will be accepted, but product pitches and previously published works cannot be considered. 

"Bringing both the NCTA's Technical Papers Program and the SCTE Conference on Emerging Technologies together is a terrific way for engineers to highlight their innovations before the entire broadband industry," Pike said. "We look forward to welcoming some of the brightest minds in the industry to share their ideas and help move our industry forward."

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