The 30th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2022): 3 Decades of Academy & Industry Meetings

By Dinko Begusic - Croatia, Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues - Portugal, Josko Radic - Croatia, Katarina Rados - Croatia, Matko Saric - Croatia, Nikola Rozic - Croatia, Pascal Lorenz - France and Sinisa Krajnovic - France

The 30th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks — SoftCOM 2022 was held in a hybrid format, including live and virtual participation in Radisson Blu Resort Split, Croatia, 22 to 24 September, 2022. The Conference has been technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) with the support of the Technical Committee on Communications Software (CommSoft) and the IEEE Croatian Section. The Conference was organized by the University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB) and Croatian Communications and Information Society (CCIS) under the auspices of the Croatian Academy of Engineering.

This years’ SoftCOM conference completes three decades of continuous activities in joining together academy and industry to share the experience and ideas with the aim to advance the science, technology and education in the area of ICT. The locations for all these conference events have been selected between the most beautiful resorts on the Croatian and Italian coasts. Attractive ambiance of the Adriatic sea coasts has been a perfect location for such a meeting. The continuous support of the IEEE ComSoc was a key factor in reaching high standards and establishing a worldwide recognized event. A number of academic and industrial partners joined their efforts and built their contributions into the collaboration.

The technical conference program featured sixteen conference sessions, including seven special sessions dedicated to: QoS in Wired and Wireless Networks, Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks and Internet of Things, Security and Digital Forensics, Green Networking and Computing, Robotics and ICT Assisted Wellbeing, Environmental Electromagnetic Compatibility, and Advanced Educational Technologies. Three half day tutorials in the area of electromagnetics have been held by recognized experts. The interdicsiplinary Symposium on Information Security and Intellectual Property has been organized in collaboration with the University of Split, Faculty of Law, and the University of Zagreb, Faculty of electrical engineering and computing. 96 papers have been submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore database. The authors of selected papers have been invited to extend their papers and submit for the publication in the Journal of Communications Software and Systems (JCOMSS).

The keynote talk titled: “Yes!, Agile for Hardware R&D Really works” was given by Elia Berteletti, Ph.D. Partner, McKinsey & Company, The aspeaker shared his perspective on the application of the agile approach for hardware R&D and the adjustments that have to be made to the textbook Agile-for-software to make it work. The keynote talk titled “5G Networks, Impact on the Industry and Cloud-Native Transformation” was presented by Ante Mihovilovic, VP and Head of Product development Unit Packet Core, Ericsson AB, Sweden. The speaker presented an overview of the emerging cloud technologies, where the networks of today are becoming cloud-native. He emphasized the impact on the R&D organizations and the expectations on the telecom products in such an environment. At the beginning of the plenary session the audience has been addressed by assoc. prof. Petar Solic, Vice Dean of the Faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and naval architecture (FESB), prof. Pascal Lorenz, University of Upper Alsace, France, prof. Mario Kusek, Member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Croatia Section, Faculty of electrical engineering and computing, University of Zagreb. In the occasion of the 40 years of the succesful activity in Split prof. Darko Huljenic addressed the audience in the name of the Ericsson Nikola Tesla company.

The accompanying SoftCOM 2022 Business Forum featured professional workshops with participation of experts and institution representatives. A professional 27th Workshop on ICT featured a set of presentations of professional contributions in the area of ICT. The 11th Workshop on Software Engineering in Practice has been organized by Darko Huljenić, Ph.D., Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia. A Workshop an Process Compliance and Control focused on the research results of the project System for Real-Time Monitoring and Control of Distributed Processes, Anomaly Detection, Early Warning and Forensic Transaction Analysis — PCC funded by the European Regional Development Fund was organized by prof. Boris Vrdoljak, Luka Humski, Ph.D. and Dalibor Krleza, Ph.D. (University of Zagreb).

SoftCOM 2022 conference featured two events aimed to master and doctoral students in the area of ICT. Ericsson Nikola Tesla Summer Camp 2022 Workshop has been aimed to present the achievements of the 21th Ericsson Nikola Tesla Summer Camp. Student projects presentations and discussions have been moderated by prof. Darko Huljenić, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Zagreb, and Ivana Nizetić Kosovic, Ph.D., Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Split. The SoftCOM 2022 Ph.D. Forum for doctoral students in the area of ICT was organized as a poster session, preceded by a fast-paced introduction by each student. The organization has been coordinated by prof. Maja Matijasevic (University of Zagreb) and prof. Dinko Begusic (University of Split), and moderated by assoc prof. Maja Skiljo (University of Split), prof. Drago Zagar (University of Osijek), and Petar Krivic (University of Zagreb).

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The SoftCOM 2022 participants enjoyed a Wine&History tour in the pleasant ambiance of the Kastela bay nearby Split. They had a special opportunity to hear the story about Crljenak/Zinfandel sort of wine and taste it at the origin. The tour was completed with a historic storytelling walk along the seaside in the town of Kastela.