The 17th International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT2010), to be held in Doha from April 4 to 7, will bring together leaders in telecommunication research and technology for a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The conference, organised under the patronage of HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is to be conducted at the Four Seasons Hotel.
The ICT2010 is being organised by the Qatar University Wireless Innovations Centre (QUWIC), Texas A&M University at Qatar and Qatar University.
This co-operation comes as part of the collective effort to create a knowledge-based economy and position Qatar as a regional technology hub.
The annual ICT conference was initiated by the Centre for Telecommunications Research, King’s College London and has been held in 16 different cities around the world since its debut.
“We are proud to be among the co-organisers and hosts of this event,” QUWIC executive director and ICT2010 Conference general chairman Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya said yesterday.
Pointing out that the telecommunications industry is one of the fastest growing in the world and that the Middle East represents a major growth market, he asserted that the ICT2010 will put Qatar at the forefront of the industry and bring a group of world-class telecommunications researchers from more than 30 countries.
“I would like to thank ICT Qatar and Qatar National Research Fund for their trust and support of this event,” Dr Abu-Dayya stated.
The ICT2010 is a meeting of academics, technologists and industry leaders in fields related to telecommunications.
The conference will feature keynote speakers, distinguished world-class research leaders, tutorials, and technical presentations.
To highlight the role of telecommunications as a key enabler for economic progress and diversification, the conference theme is ‘Telecommunications: Enabling a Knowledge-Based Economy’.
Topics of interest for the ICT2010 include wireless communications, optical communications and devices, networking and Internet computing, ad-hoc and sensor communications, signal processing and applications, information and coding theory, reconfigurable computing for telecommunications, networking, and signal processing.
The conference has attracted more than 340 papers from 54 countries.
The technical programme committee chaired by Dr Slim Alouni has selected 180 papers for presentation at the conference.
In addition, six half-day tutorials on key emerging trends in telecommunications will be offered.
The keynote speakers include Qtel chief executive Dr Nasser Marafih and Qatar Science & Technology Park executive chairman Dr Tidu Maini.
The conference will also feature distinguished speakers from globally-renowned universities and research centres.
“Research has always been a cornerstone in our activities, and with such a world-class event, we take another step towards achieving our goal to create a knowledge-based economy in Qatar and we ensure that our activities are well aligned with the government authorities and industry leaders in Qatar,” Qatar University’s College of Engineering dean and ICT2010 Steering Committee member Dr Mazen Hasna said.
“This is a great chance for local researchers and practicing engineers to interact with global research leaders to learn about new research developments and trends,” said Dr Hussein Alnuweiri.
Dr Alnuweiri is the programme co-ordinator of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University in Qatar, and member of the ICT2010 Steering Committee.
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