FITCE 2015 – Wroclaw
Last year in September 2015, the 54th annual FITCE Congress took place in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. Wroclaw is the fourth largest city in Poland and the largest in Lower Silesia.
The city has a population of 630,000 and a rich history; having swapped hands numerous times over the past thousand years and this is echoed in the architecture and historical sites. Wroclaw has a fine town centre, dominated by open squares, some excellent restaurants (with wonderful locally brewed beer) and an active night life.
The Congress that was attended by 53 people and 11 accompanying partners was comprised by a one day technical program followed by a social day that allowed delegates to network whilst visiting some of the captivating local history. The technical program consisted by a balanced group of presentations that were focused on current trend technologies in the ICT field and a group of key note presentations on future edge technologies including 5G architectures and services.
FITCE 2015 Technical Program
The FITCE Congress opened with a tutorial covering “How to use formal modelling techniques for networks and protocols evaluation?” by Ed Smith from the UK. This was followed by a key note speech examining “Expanding the human possibilities through 5G mobile communications” by Patrick Marsch of Nokia R&D, which asserted that whilst the prime focus existing mobile systems is human-to-human communication, 5G will provide better options for machine to machine. The morning then progressed to a session covering Power Grid and ICT Applications, with presentations from Jarosław Tworóg of KIGEiT (Poland’s National Chamber of Electronics and Telecommunications),and Miguel Hernandez of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. Both presentations highlighted the savings that intelligent control of power grids can give, and the importance of using optical fibre to business and domestic premises meters. This was followed by a session with Bernd Liebscher looking at how Telecom Austria Group (TAG) were deploying smart metering. The morning ended with a debate on smart ICT applications, which included the memorable quote: “The network is the smartest application ever and no one wants to pay for it.”
During the lunch session, there was a tour of the anechoic chambers and research labs of the Wroclaw Technical University where the conference was held.
The afternoon session continued the theme of automatic meter reading with a paper by Gregory Casier of Ghent University, Belgium, George Agapiou, of OTE Research in Greece, then presented “Advances in Integrated Satellite and Terrestrial Infrastructures, which had a significant focus on NFV. Mauro Ugolini of Roma Tre Univ and Ed Smith, discussed technology-based business cases, in their paper: “Hybrid approach to enterprise business models”. Following a technical paper on energy-efficient telecom devices the subject of application of the IoT in subterranean environments (e.g. coal mines) was addressed by Kamil Staniec of Wrocław University of Technology. However, beyond doubt the prize for the most energetically delivered paper must go to Magnanil Goswami, Sudakshina Kundu, of West Bengal University of Technology in India, who managed to elicit considerable interest in his highly technical paper.
Copies of all the presentations are available at http://www.fitce2015.pl/index.php?id=summary.Friday’s social networking session was held in a variety of exciting locations, including the Panorama Raclawicka, which is a huge cylindrical painting with an unbelievable field of depth, commemorating the victory of the Poles over the Russians in the 19th century. No less impressive was the Peace Temple in Świdnica, a magnificent protestant church built entirely of wood in the 17th century; the town elders stipulated that it had to be completed in a year and use no nails in its construction. The resulting structure is truly impressive. Finally with tales of lost trains full of Gold Bullion, we visited the Castel Książ. No FITCE conference is complete however without the traditional Gala Dinner, which was a highly enjoyable event