2013 Annual IEEE CQR International Workshop

May 14-16, 2013

The Marco Island Marriott
400 South Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145,

CQR 2013 is open for registration http://www.cvent.com/d/5cqcgw

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IEEE Communications Society
2013 International Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR) Workshop

The IEEE CQR International Workshop is held annually with the purpose of bringing together industry and academic experts to present and discuss communications quality, reliability and security issues as they relate to real world issues. The output from the workshops adds to the community's body of knowledge and serves to inform, help form opinion, and to assist in the development of best practice and relevant standards.

Continuing the tradition of this series of workshops, CQR 2013 will provide an international technical forum for experts from industry and academia to exchange ideas and present results of ongoing research in the areas listed below.  This year, special focus will be on the challenging issues related to the requirements, metrics, measurement, management, and dissemination of Communications Quality & Reliability.

Nicola Palmer, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Verizon Wireless and BJ Neal, Chief Network Architect, Syniverse are Keynote Speakers. Please see the Keynote page for their bios.

The Workshop has two program tracks: Industry-focused Strategic Track and Technical Paper Track.

For the Strategic Track, 3 themes are organized into three segments with one segment on each day.

Segment 1 (Tuesday, May 14):
Impact of Data Growth on Network Performance
Chair Fran Walton, Verizon Wireless

Mobile data usage projections continue to show exponential growth in utilization for the coming years.  Is the network ready to handle the data storm?  This segment will examine the impact high volumes of users, sessions, and bandwidth will have on the operation of access and IP backbone networks.  This session will also examine the impact this traffic volume will have on the quality, reliability, and security of the network.  Particular focus will be made on mobile video due to its high usage volume and stringent quality requirements.  The goal of this session is to identify risks of rapid traffic growth and make concrete recommendations to improve quality of experience for subscribers.

Segment 2 (Wednesday, May 15):
Evolution of the Subscriber Usage Model and QoE Expectations
Mark Adams, Cox Communications

New mobile devices cause shifts in the usage paradigm.  Subscribers constantly find new uses to adapt the mobile device as an entertainment and productivity tool.  App developers act as engines of innovation as they produce new software products to enhance the subscriber experience.  The result is recurring and rapid shifts in the subscriber usage model and in subscriber expectations for the quality of experience delivered by the network.  This session will examine the evolution of subscriber usage over recent years and look forward to project advances in devices, uses, and expectations.  The goal is to foster discussion to better understand upcoming subscriber expectations for network quality, reliability, and security and draw conclusions that drive network development.

Segment 3 (Thursday, May 16):
LTE and Service Quality
Chair: Mike Stewart,

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the new technology standard among mobile operators worldwide. Many operators continue to deploy and expand the technology in their home networks while also deploying LTE roaming with other operators on a global basis. There are many challenges in deploying any new technology, and the size and scope of this technology change presents challenges that are unique and significant. This segment will examine the challenges in deploying LTE and providing quality of service and enhanced user experience at home and while roaming abroad.  This segment will also examine the challenges to provide LTE service quality for Telematics.

In addition, there are 2 Panels:

Distinguished Expert Panel: WebRTC and its impact on Quality, Reliability and Security (Wednesday, May 15)
rol Davids, Illinois Institute of Technology

The WebRTC initiative supports rapid development and deployment of real-time media applications using HTTP and standardized API’s. A diverse group of OTT providers, vendors and network service providers is interested in the potential and challenges associated with these new developments.

 Among the challenges is the quality, security and reliability of the WebRTC applications:  How much network bandwidth does each application consume; how many CPU cycles and how much memory is consumed in the communicating devices; how can we secure the communicating devices when unknown communicators seek to gain access to their hardware and what is the cost of the security process in terms of resource consumption; what are the operational and financial implications of the move toward WebRTC?   This panel of experts will explore these challenges and the opportunities their resolution will make available. 

Issues to discuss include:

  • Characteristics of the new traffic – metrics and test strategies

  • Methods for delivering the services

  • Real-world experiences

  • Evolutionary directions

  • Operations

Operations Panel: Improving Delivery with Structural Quality Measures (Wednesday, May 15)
Chair: Chris Mayer

With chronic time-to-market pressures to quickly launch products and services, solution-providers and carriers value very short cycles.   Yet, these partners are victimized by shortcuts, rework, extra cost and inefficiency from repeating test and defect removal work to make it “good enough” rather than using strong tools and discipline to get the solution right the first time.  This panel is meant to complement discussion themes from the three workshop segments.  Issues to discuss include:

  • Brief discussion of the current dominant operating model

  • “Technical Debt” Principal and Interest

  • Measuring Reliability Performance, Efficiency, Security and Maintainability

  • Use case of a different, more-effective approach

For questions on the Strategic Track, please contact the General Program Co-Chairs.


For the Technical Paper Track, you are invited to submit a paper related to various aspects of QoS and Reliability for the following networks/services:

  • Grid and Distributed Computing
  • Mobile and Ad Hoc Networks
  • Overlay Networks
  • Multimedia Networks and VoIP Services
  • VPN, MPLS and Multicast Services
  • Web Services
  • Broadband Audio Visual Services
  • Multi-sensory Communications
  • Current and Next-generation Internet
  • Emerging Technologies and Services

The detailed technical area includes:

  • Measurements Techniques
  • Network Architecture and Design
  • Network Security
  • Network Survivability
  • Operations, Administration and Maintenance
  • QoS Metrics and Measurement
  • QoS Policy and Assessment
  • QoE Assessment and Management
  • Security and Reliability Issues
  • Traffic Control
  • Traffic Modeling and Characterization

Technical Paper Submission Guidelines

Papers should describe original work, and be 4-6 two-column and single-spaced pages in IEEE conference style. Paper submission must be made via EDAS https://edas.info/14015. Manuscript Templates can be found on http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html, where a template of US  Letter (MS Word 2003) is available. You can also download the template by clicking here  msw_usletter_format_nov12.doc


Papers accepted for CQR 2013 will be included in the Workshop Proceedings, IEEE XPlore, and EI Index, with the exception that IEEE reserves the right to exclude any paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference. Papers that are removed from IEEE Xplore will not be available through the EI Index.

For questions on the Technical Paper Track, please contact the Technical Program Secretary Ken-Ichi Suzuki.

General Program Co-Chairs

Scott Poretsky, Allot Communications, USA

Michael Ryan, Verizon Wireless, USA

Technical Program Chair

Professor Katsunori Yamaoka
Tokyo Institute of Technology,  Japan

Technical Program Secretary
Ken-Ichi Suzuki, NTT, Japan

Paper Submission Key Dates:

Paper submission deadline                           Jan. 22 Feb. 18, 2013
Notification of acceptance                           Mar. 8, 2013
Camera-ready paper submission deadline  Mar. 22, 2013
CQR2013 Workshop                                    May 14-16, 2013

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members





Katsunori Yamaoka  (Chair)

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Anil Macwan

Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Paolo Bellavista

Universita di Bologna, Italy

Takumi Miyoshi

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Eric Chen

NTT, Japan

Tutomu Murase

NEC, Japan

Kuan-Ta Chen

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Hidenori Nakazato

Waseda University, Japan

Hiroshi Fujinoki

Southern Illinois University, USA

Hitoshi Ohnishi

The Open University of Japan

Stefano Giordano

University of Pisa, Italy

Shinji Sugawara

Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Fabrizio Granelli

University of Trento, Italy

Dan Keun Sung

KAIST, Korea

Go Hasegawa

Osaka University, Japan

Ken-Ichi Suzuki

NTT, Japan

Toru Hasegawa

KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc., Japan

Ning Wang

University of Surrey, UK

Kenji Hikichi

Fujitsu, Japan

Jing Wu

Communications Research Centre, Canada
Yutaka Ishibashi Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Tatsuya Yamazaki

NICT, Japan

JongWon Kim

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Tokumi Yokohira

Okayama University,  Japan

Aki Kobayashi

Kogakuin University, Japan

Tetsuya Yokotani

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan

Kelly Krick

Ericsson, USA

Weider Yu

San Jose State University, USA

C Q R Officers (Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2013)

Vice Chair – Operations
Vice Chair – Programs
Vice Chair – Publications
Advisory Board Chair
Advisory Board

Kelly Krick, Ericsson,  USA
Hideaki Yoshino, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
Yokotani Tetsuya, Mitsubishi Electric Co., Japan
Carol Davids, Illinois Institute of Technology
Wei-Der Yu, San Jose State Univ., USA
Jim Runyon,
Bell Laboratories - Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Kevin Krantz, Ericsson, USA
Hiromi Ueda, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
Chi-Ming Chen
, AT&T Labs, USA
Kenichi Mase
, Niigata University, Japan
Karl Rauscher, EastWest Institute, USA
Koichi Asatani, Kogakuin University, Japan
Kelly Krick
, Ericsson,  USA
Ray Bonelli, Consultant, USA


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Last updated on Friday, April 19, 2013