2015 Annual IEEE CQR International Workshop

May 12*-14, 2015

Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403 
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(* with reception dinner on May 11) 

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Download the CFP (Version 1.5, Jan. 5, 2015)

CQR 2015 Workshop Presentations are posted on http://www.ieee-cqr.org/2015/CQR2015-Program.htm

Note on a co-located Roundtable event on Monday, May 11, 2015:

We have invited several experts from academia and industry to discuss and identify the RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) challenges and requirements of the emerging technologies, e.g. Cloud Computing/Cloud Storage, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) , SDN (Software Defined Networks), or similar large scale distributed system and virtualization systems. 
This Roundtable discussion will include identification of the key technologies to meet the addressed RAS challenges and requirements as well as the RAS requirements and technologies for mission critical industries (e.g. Airborne Systems, railway communication systems, the banking and financial communication systems, etc.), to promote the inter-industries sharing on for RAS.

The presentations of the 2015 Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable are available on http://committees.comsoc.org/cqr/ETR-RT15.htm

IEEE Communications Society
2015 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 2015 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.

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

For the Strategic Track, 3 themes are organized into 3 segments with one segment on each day. In addition, there are 3 Panels being organized.

Segment 1 (Tuesday, May 12): Mobility
Chair: Rick Krock – Alcatel-Lucent

To say Wireless is part of our everyday lives is trite.  It has become the “go to” technology, and demand continues to soar.  This segment will explore big data and mobility,  solutions for providing more spectrum, and the efforts underway to ensure that the wireless experience is secure.

Segment 2 (Wednesday, May 13): Production Readiness for NFV and SDN 
Chair: Scott Poretsky - Allot Communications

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are driving next generation service provider and enterprise networks.  While these offer great promise for rapid service rollout there are a number of questions that need to be addressed for widespread production deployments to realize the high level of quality and reliability operators and users expect from today’s networks.  These questions include:

  1. When will subscribers experience the same level of QoE on a virtualized network as they experience on today’s networks?

  2. How will redundancy and availability be achieved?

  3. Is it possible to achieve the high scale and performance met by purpose-built hardware?

  4. Do new components such as Controllers, Service Function Chaining and Orchestrators increase network complexity?

  5. How will ownership boundaries be established for problem isolation and resolution?

The goal of this segment will be to address these questions and provide concrete recommendations to guide development, trial, production rollout, and support of virtualized services.

Segment 3 (Thursday, May 14): Next Generation CQR for Public Safety
Chair: Barbara Kemp, Assure 911 LLC

Next Generation Emergency Services IEEE CQR Segment 3 will provide insights into planning, engineering, and operating reliable end-to-end 9-1-1 Public Safety networks capable of surviving manmade attacks and natural overloads, which include external and internal cyber attacks.  Our keynote speaker is Admiral David Simpson,  FCC Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.  He will lay out the challenges for this audience as they pertain to national security and public safety.  Access carriers, 9-1-1 Systems Service Providers, network integrators, vendors and PSAPs are participating in state and regional trials and implementations.  Today, the full end-to-end process is not subject to one continuous set of testing, except in the field.  In order to provide reliable networks with measurable Quality Assurance, it is important to include all participants in the processes.  The true measure of success starts with the caller and ends when the First Responder is mobilized and helping that same caller.   We need all Access Carriers and their vendors to be fully engaged in the success of this endeavor.  By building reliability and resilience into the network, attacks from enemies, natural events such as storms and overloads will not take the safety-net of this country down.  Our finale, the use of Technology for Social Good, includes a demonstration and futuristic ideas to support responses to Disaster Recovery.

In addition, there are 3 Panels:

Executive Panel: Data Breaches, Security Incidents and Emerging Threats (Wednesday, May 13)
Chair: Michael P. Ryan, Verizon Wireless

The transition of geopolitical attacks to large-scale attacks on payment card systems made 2013 popular in many circles as the  “year of the retailer breach”. The world experienced an onslaught of customer cyber-attacks and denial of service (DDoS) attacks on financial services providers, retailers, government institutions and telecommunications carriers.  The impact to victims, both private and public has been astonishing and it’s not stopping.  In 2014, there were hacks and major breaches that compromised millions of credit cards and potentially up to a billion online accounts.  Major events like Heartbleed and GnuTu rocked the world and cyber terrorists decided that if those tactics could be stopped then they would infect you with malware and hold you digitally hostage for ransom, both iOS and Android smartphone users were threatened in 2014 with distributed denial of service attacks, pretexting for prohibiting use, and federal agency impersonation malware.

The panel will take a look at the overall effect of data breaches in 2013 and 2014, the state of security incidents and attacks today and what emerging threats need to be addressed in order to reduce the magnitude of risk.  We will look at the evolution of the threat landscape answering who, what, why and how, and discuss the multi-layered strategies to combat vulnerabilities and adversaries, respond to threats and incidents, and finally how to safeguard customer data and protect carrier and enterprise networks. 

Distinguished Expert Panel: Next Generation 911 – A lifeline service based on the Internet – Are we ready for this?  (Wednesday, May 13)
Chair: Carol Davids, Illinois Institute of Technology

Emergency Services are traditionally accessed using telecommunications systems. As these telecommunications systems move to the Internet, the Web and to smart mobile devices, people expect to reach emergency services using all the expanded modes of communications these new methods afford, texting and sending real-time video to the emergency call center.  But these centers and the networks that support them need technical standards, government policy, new networks and operations to meet the new demands.  The National Emergency Numbers Association has created a set of standards and best practices to be adopted by emergency service providers.  Building and securing the networks that will support NG911 services and creating the operations to make these services reliable requires expertise in many fields.  This panel of experts will discuss the architectures, security, operations, and policies that are being developed to meet this need.  

Operations Panel: Making Voice over LTE Work (Wednesday, May 13)
Chair: Martin Guldberg, Verizon Wireless

Founded over 140 years ago, the widespread growth of telecommunications is in part due to the continued improvement of the quality of the sound and of the reliability of voice telecommunications services.  Our charge as an industry is to continue this improvement in all communications technologies that are developed.  The latest improvement in the quality of the sound of voice communications is VoLTE (Voice over LTE).  This panel will discuss the current state of VoLTE quality and how we can improve it to be at the same high standard of reliability and availability that our customers have grown accustomed to over many years with all past major voice services.

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.  The first  page should indicate the email addresses of the corresponding author. Paper submission must be made via EDAS (https://edas.info/19113). Manuscript Templates can be found on http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html, where a template of US  Letter size is available. You can also download the template by clicking here  msw_usletter_format_nov12.doc

Papers accepted for CQR 2015 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 Co-Chairs.

General Program Co-Chairs

Chris Mayer, USA

Tara Timblin, -Symantec, USA

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Prof. Miki Yamamoto
Kansai University, Japan


Prof. Ana Goulart
Texas A&M University, USA


Paper Submission Key Dates:

Paper submission deadline                           January 19, 2015 (Extended)
Notification of acceptance                           February 28, 2015
Camera-ready paper submission deadline  March 14, 2015
CQR2015 Workshop                                    May 12-14, 2015

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members





Miki Yamamoto  (Co-Chair)

Kansai University, Japan

Kelly Krick

Ericsson, USA

Ana Goulart (Co-Chair)

Texas A&M University, USA

Ronald Marx

Fraunhofer SIT, Germany

Tricha Anjali

Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Amitabh Mishra

John Hopkins University, USA       

Masaki Bandai 

Sophia University, Japan

Nobuyuki Nakamura

Oki Electric Industory, Japan

Chris Corti 

Cisco Systems, USA

Hiroyuki Ohsaki

Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Carol Davids

Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Dimitri Papadimitriou

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, Belgium

Abdallah Farraj

University of Toronto, Canada

Hideyuki Shimonishi

NEC, Japan

Vijay Gurbani

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Ryoichi Shinkuma

Kyoto University, Japan

Go Hasegawa

Osaka University, Japan

Kundan Singh

Avaya Labs, USA

Takefumi Hiraguri

Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan

Ken-Ichi Suzuki

NTT, Japan

Koji Hirata 

Kansai University, Japan

Takuji Tachibana

Fukui University, Japan

Noriaki Kamiyama

Osaka University/NTT, Japan

Hitoshi Ueno

Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan

Hideyuki Koto

KDDI R&D Laboratories, Japan



C Q R Officers (Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015)

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

Hideaki Yoshino, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
Scott Poretsky, Allot Communications,  USA
Yokotani Tetsuya, Mitsubishi Electric Co., Japan
Wei-Der Yu, San Jose State Univ., USA
Michael P. Ryan, Verizon Wireless,  USA

Kevin Krantz, Ericsson, USA
Kelly Krick, Ericsson,  USA
Hiromi Ueda, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
Chi-Ming Chen
, AT&T Labs, USA
Kenichi Mase
, Niigata University, Japan
Karl Rauscher, USA
Koichi Asatani, Kogakuin University, Japan
Ray Bonelli, Consultant, USA


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Last updated on Thursday, May 28, 2015