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EuConNeCts 2 Report Summary

Project ID: 645028
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EuConNeCts 2 (European Conferences on Networks and Communications (EuCNC))

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

It is the purpose of EuConNeCts 2, a Supporting Action, to organise the following 2 editions, 2016 and 2017, of the EC sponsored conference in the area of communication networks and systems (EuCNC - European Conference on Networks and Communications). EuCNC will serve as a technical and scientific conference for researchers, namely European ones, to show their work in the area of Telecommunications, focusing on communication networks and systems, but reaching services and applications. However, the conference will not be restricted to European researchers, rather aiming at attracting others from all the other regions in the world. It will also serve as a showcase for the work developed by projects co-financed by the EC, namely those addressing Objective ICT-2014.6 (Smart optical and wireless network technologies), but also including the new projects arising from other H2020 calls. Nonetheless, it also aims at attracting works in the area of communication networks and systems from other objectives. EuCNC will: 1) be a European conference, but with a large international dimension; 2) showcase the R&D activities performed within EC programmes, directly and indirectly; 3) showcase the cooperation in R&D between European organisations and worldwide ones; 4) bridge between academia / research centres and industry; 5) coordinate its goals with the EC and the main European players; 6) be a high-quality R&D conference; 7) be a well-recognised conference in Telecommunications; 8) provide a forum for the presentation of state-of-the-art technology, in both theoretical and experimental forms; 9) communicate the research results to the wide audience of the general public; 10) foster the participation of both established researchers and students, as well as industry members from various areas; 11) be a transparent and not-for-profit conference; 12) positively differentiate itself from other conferences, which will be achieved by reaching all previous objectives.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

QMR 1+2
The project has been kick-off. The call for papers for EUCNC’16 was issued, together with the identification of research areas to be considered in the 2016 edition. Key dates, Technical Program Committee chairs from EU, USA, Asia and main tracks of the conference have been defined. Extensive publication of the Call for Papers is happening. The identification of proper dissemination channels is also progressing. Preparatory actions organized by the project coordinator and the Steering Committee of the conference are ongoing. Meetings of the Steering Committee are being prepared. Main venue (for the workshops, conference, receptions, dinner) has been chosen and contract is near finalization and will be signed very soon. Technical programme is under preparation as planned. Further interactions with the Steering Committee and the project are also planned by regular phone calls. OTE has also agreed to be a gold sponsor. IEEE has also agreed to act as technical co-sponsor of the conference and will upload the papers of the conference to the IEEE Xplore.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The expected final result is the successful organisation of 2 editions, 2016 and 2017, of the EC sponsored conference in the area of communication networks and systems (EuCNC - European Conference on Networks and Communications).

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