2014 Annual IEEE CQR International Workshop

May 13*-15, 2014

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
245 E. Ina Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704, USA
1.800.722.2500 • 520.297.1151

(* with reception dinner on May 12) 

CQR 2014 Presentations are posted on http://www.ieee-cqr.org/2014/CQR2014-Program.htm .

Note on a co-located Roundtable event on Monday, May 12, 2014:

We have invited several experts from academia and industry to discuss and identify the RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) challenges and requirements of the emerging technologies, e.g. Cloud Computing/Cloud Storage, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) , SDN (Software Defined Networks), or similar large scale distributed system and virtualization systems. 
This Roundtable discussion will include identification of the key technologies to meet the addressed RAS challenges and requirements as well as the RAS requirements and technologies for mission critical industries (e.g. Airborne Systems, railway communication systems, the banking and financial communication systems, etc.), to promote the inter-industries sharing on for RAS. For more information, please see


IEEE Communications Society
2014 International Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR) Workshop

The IEEE CQR International Workshop is held annually with the purpose of bringing together industry and academic experts to present and discuss communications quality, reliability and security issues as they relate to real world issues. The output from the workshops adds to the community's body of knowledge and serves to inform, help form opinion, and to assist in the development of best practice and relevant standards.

Continuing the tradition of this series of workshops, CQR 2014 will provide an international technical forum for experts from industry and academia to exchange ideas and present results of ongoing research in the areas listed below.  This year, special focus will be on the challenging issues related to the requirements, metrics, measurement, management, and dissemination of Communications Quality & Reliability.

David Lu, Vice President, AT&T and Hang Nguyen, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel  are Keynote Speakers. Please see the Keynote page for their bios.

The Workshop has two program tracks: Industry-focused Strategic Track and Technical Paper Track.

For the Strategic Track, 3 themes are organized into three segments with one segment on each day.

Segment 1 (Tuesday, May 13): Cloud/SDN/NFV/Domain 2.0 Services
Chair: Scott Poretsky - Allot Communications

Our networks are changing from being confined to traditional models of servers in a single building or buildings defining a network to software defined network (SDN) or Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and scaling capacity by leveraging cloud architectures.  This segment will focus on how we use these architectures and technologies to build and scale our networks in a highly reliable manner.

Segment 2 (Wednesday, May 14):  Security
Tara Timblin - Symantec

This segment will focus on “New Threats in a Connected World”. As the blurring of mobile and wired worlds converge, network technology requires a major change to the typical network perimeter-based security architectures.  As carriers search for increased operational efficiencies and strive to reduce operational expenses, many have turned to virtualization technologies. Virtualization technology holds great promise, but comes with a unique set of challenges that must be considered carefully in order to provide a highly secure and reliable environment. There are new risk areas including protocols, interfaces, gateways, controllers, third-party applications, virtualized platforms and centralized policy management. Bringing simplicity, reliability, and innovation to the machine-driven ecosystems of tomorrow through network intelligence is critical to safeguarding our consumers and securing these new threats .

Segment 3 (Thursday, May 15): Beyond Macro
Chair: Fran Walton, Verizon Wireless

The networks are growing as a result of user’s insatiable for more and more data.  This segment will focus on this desire of more data everywhere…all the time…no matter the location (home, congested venues/city centers, etc) and how does our industry meet this challenge with new technologies but still maintain the standard our communications industry has set for highly reliable and scalable networks.

In addition, there are 3 Panels:

Executive Panel: Cloud and Security (Wednesday, May 14)
Michael P. Ryan,  Verizon Wireless

SDN and NFV will move from the research phase to production deployments by enterprises and service providers in 2014.  Cloud Services and the fabric that supports them will need to have security and interoperability concerns answered as service providers look to drive immediate revenue opportunities while lower OPEX and CAPEX in both distributed and cloud data centers.  It marks the creation and adaptation of an open framework with less central offices and more network equipment data centers.  Traditional network Infrastructure will no longer be dedicated anchors but applications running in virtual environments that will still need to be monitored and managed with SLA’s and performance objectives.  Is your organization ready to separate from bare metal, proprietary OS and legacy networking solutions to a hardware agnostic, merchant silicon, virtual ecosystem?

Distinguished Expert Panel:
Real-Time Evolution of Real-Time Communications - The Architectures, Technologies, Services and Applications that will shape Tomorrow
(Wednesday, May 14)
rol Davids, Illinois Institute of Technology

The Internet, the Web and smart mobile devices have moved telecommunications into the data domain augmenting – and sometimes replacing - it with text and video.  Global resources - network, machine and human - are called upon to support even simple voice calls and chat sessions.  Multiple identifications on multiple networks are available, including phone numbers, email addresses, and ecosystem IDs such as Skype, FaceTime and Gmail.  While the various networks and ecosystems may be closed, we expect seamless interworking between them all as well as privacy, security and a good end-user experience. This panel of experts will discuss the future of telecommunications networks as they are being shaped by contemporary technologies including WebRTC, SDN, Cloud, 4G, 5G and more.

Operations Panel: Making the Cloud Work (Wednesday, May 14)
Chair: Chris Mayer

“Cloud” is a growing and very dynamic area of networking and business.  Its architecture and performance driven by rapid scaling capability and attractive service economics is fundamentally different than past networks.  Cloud serves different market segments from small business websites to best effort messaging to global e-commerce to mission-critical applications and business functions.

 How do we define service and network reliability in this context and then run these networks to achieve that reliability?

Issues to discuss include:

  1. Defining cloud reliability

  2. “We currently do hosting, what do we need to provide full cloud?”

  3. Integration of vendors solutions / Validating the expected solution

  4. Challenges in making it work with current capabilities

  5. Managing performance

For questions on the Strategic Track, please contact the General Program Co-Chairs.


For the Technical Paper Track, you are invited to submit a paper related to various aspects of QoS and Reliability for the following networks/services:

  • Grid and Distributed Computing
  • Mobile and Ad Hoc Networks
  • Overlay Networks
  • Multimedia Networks and VoIP Services
  • VPN, MPLS and Multicast Services
  • Web Services
  • Broadband Audio Visual Services
  • Multi-sensory Communications
  • Current and Next-generation Internet
  • Emerging Technologies and Services

The detailed technical area includes:

  • Measurements Techniques
  • Network Architecture and Design
  • Network Security
  • Network Survivability
  • Operations, Administration and Maintenance
  • QoS Metrics and Measurement
  • QoS Policy and Assessment
  • QoE Assessment and Management
  • Security and Reliability Issues
  • Traffic Control
  • Traffic Modeling and Characterization

Technical Paper Submission Guidelines

Papers should describe original work, and be 4-6 two-column and single-spaced pages in IEEE conference style.  The first  page should indicate the email addresses of the corresponding author. Paper submission must be made via EDAS https://edas.info/16463. Manuscript Templates can be found on http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html, where a template of US  Letter size is available. You can also download the template by clicking here  msw_usletter_format_nov12.doc

Papers accepted for CQR 2014 will be included in the Workshop Proceedings, IEEE XPlore, and EI Index, with the exception that IEEE reserves the right to exclude any paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference. Papers that are removed from IEEE Xplore will not be available through the EI Index.

For questions on the Technical Paper Track, please contact the Technical Program Secretary Ken-Ichi Suzuki

General Program Co-Chairs

Martin Guldberg, Verizon Wireless, USA



Technical Program Chair

Professor Katsunori Yamaoka
Tokyo Institute of Technology,  Japan

Technical Program Secretary
Ken-Ichi Suzuki, NTT, Japan

Paper Submission Key Dates:

Paper submission deadline                           January 14, 2014
                                                                       Extended to January 29, 2014
Notification of acceptance                           February 28, 2014
Camera-ready paper submission deadline  March 28, 2014
CQR2014 Workshop                                    May 13-15, 2014

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members





Katsunori Yamaoka  (Chair)

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Anil Macwan

Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Paolo Bellavista

Universita di Bologna, Italy

Takumi Miyoshi

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Eric Chen

NTT, Japan

Tutomu Murase

NEC, Japan

Kuan-Ta Chen

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Hidenori Nakazato

Waseda University, Japan

Hiroshi Fujinoki

Southern Illinois University, USA

Hitoshi Ohnishi

The Open University of Japan

Stefano Giordano

University of Pisa, Italy

Shinji Sugawara

Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Fabrizio Granelli

University of Trento, Italy

Dan Keun Sung

KAIST, Korea

Go Hasegawa

Osaka University, Japan

Ken-Ichi Suzuki

NTT, Japan

Toru Hasegawa

KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc., Japan

Ning Wang

University of Surrey, UK

Kenji Hikichi

Fujitsu, Japan

Jing Wu

Communications Research Centre, Canada
Yutaka Ishibashi Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Tatsuya Yamazaki

NICT, Japan

JongWon Kim

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Tokumi Yokohira

Okayama University,  Japan

Aki Kobayashi

Kogakuin University, Japan

Tetsuya Yokotani

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan

Kelly Krick

Ericsson, USA

Weider Yu

San Jose State University, USA

C Q R Officers (Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015)

Vice Chair – Operations
Vice Chair – Publications
Advisory Board Chair
Advisory Board

Hideaki Yoshino, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
Carol Davids, Illinois Institute of Technology
Yokotani Tetsuya, Mitsubishi Electric Co., Japan
Wei-Der Yu, San Jose State Univ., USA
Scott Poretsky , Allot Communications,  USA

Kevin Krantz, Ericsson, USA
Kelly Krick, Ericsson,  USA
Hiromi Ueda, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
Chi-Ming Chen
, AT&T Labs, USA
Kenichi Mase
, Niigata University, Japan
Karl Rauscher, USA
Koichi Asatani, Kogakuin University, Japan
Ray Bonelli, Consultant, USA


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Last updated on Monday, October 20, 2014