On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are delighted to welcome you to the 31st International Teletraffic Congress, to be held between 27-29 August 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
Since its foundation in 1955, ITC has established a multi-decade tradition as a primary forum for the latest research in a wide range of telecommunication related fields. Through the decades several generation of telecommunication technologies were invented, introduced, and replaced by newer and more efficient ones, while never imagined telecommunication services have become everyday practice.
Current research trends include softwarized/virtualized network paradigms, innovative wireless scenarios such as 5G and IoT systems, data mining/machine learning based network management, age of information based teletraffic theory, and so on. ITC 31 intends to be a vivid forum for latest results on these actively investigated research fields, where researchers from academy and industry find answers for current research problems.
Thanks to the generous offer of Nokia Bell Labs, the location of the conference is at Nokia Skypark which is the new Nokia Bell Labs site in Budapest. This location fittingly demonstrates the strong presence of telecommunication related industrial research in Budapest. Apart from Nokia, Ericsson has a significant research site in Budapest. Additionally, several governmental (universities and research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Science) and non-governmental institutions are involved in telecommunication related research.
ITC 31 follows the tradition of the ITC conference series in delivering the Arne Jensen Lifetime Achievement award and the Rising Scholar award based on the decision of the International Advisory Council (IAC) chaired by Michela Meo (Politecnico di Torino, Italy). The ITC Rising Scholar Award recognizes young researchers with significant contributions to the ITC Community. The Arne Jensen Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has provided an exceptional contribution to traffic modelling, control and performance, and dedication to the teletraffic community.
The Best Paper Award will be granted to the best contribution presented at ITC 31. The best paper award will be selected by a committee appointed by our award chair (Marco Ajmone Marsan, Politecnico di Torino, Italy) based on the scientific merit of the publication as well as the quality of the oral presentation at ITC 31.
This time the conference program is integrated with three tutorial talks by
- Urtzi Ayesta (IRIT, Toulouse) on Load balancing, redundancy and multi-type job and server systems,
- Nicolas Gast (Inria, Grenoble) on Mean field and refined mean field approximation,
- Stefan Schmid (University of Vienna, Austria) on Reconfigurable Networks: Enablers, Algorithms, Complexity.
Several people contributed with dedication and hard work to make the organization of ITC 31 possible. Apart from getting plenty of useful advice and continuous supervision from the organizers of ITC 30, and the IAC, I would like to express my special thanks to the TPC co-chairs, Ravi R. Mazumdar (University of Waterloo, Canada) and György Dán (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) the publicity chair, Corinna Schmitt (Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany) the publication chairs, Lea Skorin-Kapov (University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Matthias Hirth (TU Ilmenau, Germany) the tutorial chair Florin Ciucu (University of Warwick, UK) and, last but not least, the whole local organizing group from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the MTA-BME Information Systems Research Group.
Finally, we hope that the inspiring environment that Budapest can offer its guests adds to the scientific adventure of the conference participants.
Miklós Telek (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary)
Budapest, June 25, 2019.