The 31st International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2023): Tradition in Connecting Academy and Industry

By Dinko Begusic - Croatia, Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues - Portugal, Josko Radic - Croatia, Katarina Rados - Croatia, Marta Brkic - Croatia, Matko Saric - Croatia, Pascal Lorenz - France and Sinisa Krajnovic - McKinsey & Company

The 31st International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks — SoftCOM 2023 was held in Amphora hotel Split, Croatia, 21 to 23 September, 2023. 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.

The welcome party was organized in the City of Split Port – visiting sailing club Labud.. The conference trip included a guided tour of Olive museum and the storytelling walk around the historic fortress of Klis.

31st SoftCOM conference extends the tradition of gathering academy and industry to joint the efforts in order to advance the science, technology and education in the area of ICT. A number of academic and industrial partners, as well as public institutions joined the collaboration and took parti in this endeavour. Attractive ambiance of the city of Split and Adriatic sea coast has been a perfect location for such a meeting.

The technical program featured seventeen conference sessions, including eight special sessions dedicated to: QoS in Wired and Wireless Networks, Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks, and Internet of Things, Green Networking and Computing, Security and Digital Forensics, Smart Environments and IoT, Advances in Data Analytics, 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. The authors of selected papers have been invited to extend their papers and submit the for publication in the Journal of Communications Software and Systems (JCOMSS).

The keynote talk titled: “Server Selection in the Internet Continuum” was given by professor emeritus Marco Ajmone Marsan, MDEA Networks Institute, Spain / Politecnico di Torino, Italy, The speaker shared his perspective and experiences on the strategies for the selection of the server in the edge computing environment taking into account a set of relevant parameters. The invited talk titled “High-Baudrate SiP and InP Modulators for Data Center Interconnects” was presented by Oskars Ozolins, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE AB), Sweden, Riga Technical University, University of Riga, Latvia. The speaker presented the recent research on the fast modulators technologies aimed to increase the speed of data tramsmission in data centers and thus enable more efficient overall design.

At the beginning of the plenary session a minute of silence for the deceased professor emeritus Nikola Rozic, one of the founders of the SoftCOM conference, has been held. As a part of the opening ceremony the audience has been addressed by prof. Branimir Lela, Dean of the Faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and naval architecture (FESB), prof. Pascal Lorenz, University of Upper Alsace, France, prof. Mario Kusek, IEEE Croatia Section Conference Coordinator, Faculty of electrical engineering and computing, University of Zagreb, Milan Zivkovic, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Ericsson Nikola Tesla company.

The accompanying SoftCOM 2023 Business Forum featured professional workshops, project presentations and panel discussions with participation of experts and institution representatives. 29th Workshop on ICT featured a set of presentations of professional papers and posters in the area of ICT.

Panel discussion ”Digital Transformation – the Rise of EDIHs” was coordinated by professor Nedjeljko Peri?, University of Zagreb and moderated by Ivana Vuka, Head of the Technology transfer office of the University of Split with participation of the representatives of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs). The panel discussion was endorsed of the Ministry economy and sustainable development of the Republic of Croatia. Panel discussion ”AI From University to Local IT” was moderated by Damir Br?i?, Head of the Digital Dalmatia, County of Splitsko and Dalmatia. The panel discussion was focused on the collaboration between the academic institutions and the local community in AI education.

Workshop on Development of Optical Communication Networks was moderated by Damir Bre?kovic, Ph.D., Access network strategy and Planning Department, Croatian Telekom. The workshop has been endorsed by HAKOM (Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries).

The presentation of the project VITA (Virtual Telemedicine Assistance) was organized by profesor Mladen Russo, FESB Split. The project is aimed to development of the collaborative telemedicine platform and it is cosponsored by European Regional Development Fund — the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program.

A special part of the program was aimed to master level students. Ericsson Nikola Tesla Summer Camp 2023 Workshop featured the presentatiosn of seven students projects completed within the summer camp. The 12th Workshop on Software Engineering in Practice included ten students presentations of software development technologies. The workshops have been moderated by Darko Huljeni?, Ph.D., Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia.

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