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Call for Papers

The National Conference for networking professionals, will take place at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland from Tuesday 1 July until Friday 4 July.

The theme for the 2003 QUESTnet conference is Securing the Future. This has two prime aspects - the future of the telecommunications industry, its technologies, business and user community needs; also, emerging uses of the high capacity networks being deployed today and into the future. The other aspect is the security of networks at all layers of the infrastructure.

The conference is hosted by Griffith University, supported by AARNet and CAUDIT, and is an initiative of QUESTnet. AARNet is the Australian Academic and Research Network, CAUDIT is the Committee of Australian University Directors of IT, QUESTnet is the Queensland Educational, Science and Technology Network. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to meet their peers, develop their personal knowledge, exchange observations and experiences, and to gain an understanding of future network directions and developments.

Speakers are encouraged from University, Research, Health, Government, Defense and Industry sectors. As in past years, world-class keynote speakers will be participating in the conference.

We are calling for papers on the following topics:

Sponsorship to Attend

As an incentive to new presenters, the Organising Committee is looking to sponsor papers from QUESTnet member organisations. Sponsorship will be limited and to qualify, the presenter will not have delivered a paper at any previous QUESTnet conference. Sponsorship will provide a contribution towards accommodation and registration. Papers submitted by candidates for sponsorship, will be reviewed for suitability alongside all other papers. Authors of papers who wish to apply for sponsorship should clearly state this in a covering note, along with a statement of their eligibility.

Format For Submission of Papers

Authors wishing to give a presentation must provide the following:

Authors should aim for presentations of 35 minutes duration, including question time. A formal paper is not required but we would expect to make the PowerPoint material available to delegates.

Due Date: The deadline for normal paper submissions is 31st March 2003.

Send your paper submission to the conference chair.


Network Security: Stories from the front.

In particular we are looking for case studies on security incidents and responses, approaches taken by organisations to threat identification and mitigation, and how organisations have improved their network security. Some general topics include: Hacking and Drive by Hacking, Wireless Networks, DOS and DDOS, Anti Virus, Network Security Tools and Utilities, IDS and Automated Response, Content Filtering and Payload Inspection, Latest Trends on Network Security.

Next Generation Networks: What are they, what do they do, and where are they heading?

The development of advanced research networks continues worldwide. Local and International initiatives such as GrangeNet and the global terabit network are of particular relevance to the higher education sector. Current examples of the use of high-speed research networks, future applications and ongoing research into the next generation of networks are all topical.

Impacts of online learning: Network change driver or business as usual?

Many organisations have embraced online learning. This topic seeks to explore what the future is for online learning and the impact it has had, and will have, on telecommunications infrastructure. Consideration could be given to the perspective of teaching & learning, the student, or external and internal network impact.

High speed networks: Who are the emerging users and what will be the impact on us?

The capability of data communications networks, both in the LAN and WAN environments has grown dramatically. Clients who have previously been the exclusive users of high bandwidth are high performance computing and the IT faculties. They are now being joined by non-traditional users from health sciences, media studies and other areas with new innovative uses for high-speed networks. What will be the impact?

Video over data networks: The next wave?

Video conferencing over IP networks is now established and used by many organisations. Will desktop conferencing and demand for streaming video be the next big consumers of bandwidth, or are they already? Are we losing control? Does it matter anyway?

Network Management, capacity planning and accounting: Who is doing what?

We are particularly interested in hearing case studies where organisations have benefited from the introduction of network management or accounting systems. Has it improved capacity planning within your organisation, helped manage the increasingly complex network environment or made life easier for operations staff? Are there problems or issues arising with the increasing expectation for 24x7 support. Is the 24x7 support agenda driving the development of better management techniques?

Networking in general

This is the catchall topic. Do you have something of interest to report to the target audience that doesn't fit the topics above? Be it an interesting case study, new technology or research in the field of telecommunications, we would like to hear about it.