Networks 2016 : 17th International Network Strategy and Planning Symposium

Networks 2016 is the 17th edition of a symposium held every two years which attracts participants from all over the world. Network operators, software designers, system integrators, researchers from universities and industry, marketers, regulators and policy-makers convene to present their latest findings and share experiences in network strategy, planning, operations, management, control and design. Networks 2016 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society.
The prime focus of Networks 2016 is on new challenges in network design, planning, management and operations. These challenges are induced by several recent technological developments such as: Software Defined Networking (SDN), Cloud Networking, Big Data Networking, omnipresent virtualization of resources leading to Virtual Networks Operations (VNO), as well as the increased diversity of overlaid large-scale infrastructures (Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Internet of Things). Some of these issues will be also addressed by keynote speakers from Ciena, Ericsson, GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations), SAVI (NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures) and Accenture (Communication, Media and Technology operating unit).
Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Best Paper and Best Student Paper will be awarded.

Important Dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline Extended: April 18th, May 2nd 2016 (firm)
Notification of Acceptance: June 6th, June 20th 2016
Final Paper Submission: June 20th, July 4th 2016

Poster Submission Deadline Extended: June 27th, July 11th 2016
Poster Acceptance Notification: July 4th, July 18th 2016
Final Poster Submission: July 11th, July 25th 2016

PDF version of the call for papers is here.

The prime focus of Networks 2016 is on new challenges in network design, planning, management and operations. These challenges are induced by several recent technological developments such as: Software Defined Networking (SDN), Cloud Networking, Big Data Networking, omnipresent virtualization of resources leading to Virtual Networks Operations (VNO), as well as the increased diversity of overlaid large-scale infrastructures (Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Internet of Things). Some of these issues will be also addressed by keynote speakers from Ciena, Ericsson, GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) and SAVI (NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures).
Networks 2016 topics cover (but are not limited to) the following:

Emerging Topics in Network Planning and Operations

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Cloud Networking
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity issues and solutions
  • OTT services and impact on service providers
  • Social Networks and impact on new services
  • Vehicular and 5G networks and their challenges
  • Smart cites
  • Internet of Things
  • Peer to peer networking
  • New paradigms

Network Design and Planning Methods

  • Network topology design and optimization at different layers: physical optical, media and control
  • Network design methods for multomedia services
  • End-to-end service performance evaluation
  • Quality of Service, Quality of Resilience, performance and SLA
  • Networks interconnection
  • Ad-hoc and sensor networks
  • Network resilience: survivability, protection, restoration and availability
  • Energy efficiency
  • Content Delivery and media services

Traffic Measurements and Modelling

  • Multiservice traffic measurement, analysis, characterization and simulation at network level
  • Application of measurements for network design and planning
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Methods and tools for traffic measurements and predictions
  • Network monitoring and anomaly detection
  • Traffic measurements and models related to Emerging Topics

Economic Aspects of Network Planning and Operations

  • CAPEX vs. OPEX tradeoffs
  • Cost modelling and pricing
  • Network neutrality
  • Frequency management
  • Dynamic tariff optimization per customer requirement and network status
  • Infrastructure and spectrum sharing
  • Virtual Network Operators

Network Planning Support Processes

  • Methods and Tools
  • Multilayer planning process
  • Business planning
  • Optical network, access planning, NGN planning methods and tools, LTE+ and 5G planning
  • Network management support
  • Hybrid planning methods and tools
  • Migration and dismantling of legacy equipment planning

Routing, Traffic Flows and Optimization

  • New signalling and control in multimedia/multiservice systems
  • P2P (peer-to-peer) traffic flows and implications on network demand
  • Intra-domain and inter-domain routing, traffic engineering and resilience
  • Optimization process with technical and economic criteria
  • Routing strategies to reduce power consumption
  • Impact of cloud and grid services

Prospective authors are invited to submit via EDAS their papers describing original, previously unpublished results. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Best Paper and Best Student Paper will be awarded.

Poster Submission Deadline Extended: June 27th, July 11th 2016
Poster Acceptance Notification: July 4th, July 18th 2016
Final Poster Submission: July 11th, July 25th 2016

The prospective authors are invited to submit their extended abstracts / short papers describing recently completed work, highly relevant results of work in progress, and innovative ideas that can stimulate interesting discussions. The paper length should not exceed 3 pages formatted according to the IEEE two-column conference template. The extended abstracts / short papers of the accepted and presented posters will be published in the conference proceedings. Only student registration fees will be required for posters presented by students. Best Poster Award will be given.

Networks 2016 topics cover (but are not limited to) the following:

Emerging Topics in Network Planning and Operations

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Cloud Networking
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity issues and solutions
  • OTT services and impact on service providers
  • Social Networks and impact on new services
  • Vehicular and 5G networks and their challenges
  • Smart cites
  • Internet of Things
  • Peer to peer networking
  • New paradigms

Network Design and Planning Methods

  • Network topology design and optimization at different layers: physical optical, media and control
  • Network design methods for multomedia services
  • End-to-end service performance evaluation
  • Quality of Service, Quality of Resilience, performance and SLA
  • Networks interconnection
  • Ad-hoc and sensor networks
  • Network resilience: survivability, protection, restoration and availability
  • Energy efficiency
  • Content Delivery and media services

Traffic Measurements and Modelling

  • Multiservice traffic measurement, analysis, characterization and simulation at network level
  • Application of measurements for network design and planning
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Methods and tools for traffic measurements and predictions
  • Network monitoring and anomaly detection
  • Traffic measurements and models related to Emerging Topics

Economic Aspects of Network Planning and Operations

  • CAPEX vs. OPEX tradeoffs
  • Cost modelling and pricing
  • Network neutrality
  • Frequency management
  • Dynamic tariff optimization per customer requirement and network status
  • Infrastructure and spectrum sharing
  • Virtual Network Operators

Network Planning Support Processes

  • Methods and Tools
  • Multilayer planning process
  • Business planning
  • Optical network, access planning, NGN planning methods and tools, LTE+ and 5G planning
  • Network management support
  • Hybrid planning methods and tools
  • Migration and dismantling of legacy equipment planning

Routing, Traffic Flows and Optimization

  • New signalling and control in multimedia/multiservice systems
  • P2P (peer-to-peer) traffic flows and implications on network demand
  • Intra-domain and inter-domain routing, traffic engineering and resilience
  • Optimization process with technical and economic criteria
  • Routing strategies to reduce power consumption
  • Impact of cloud and grid services

General Chair

Zbigniew Dziong

ÉTS Montreal, Canada

General Co-Chair

Jacek Rak

Gdansk University of Technology, Poland

TPC Chair

Jean-Charles Grégoire

INRS, Canada

TPC Co-Chair

Brigitte Jaumard

Concordia University, Canada

TPC Co-Chair

Oscar González Soto

ITU Consultant, Spain

Industry Relations Chair

Christine Tremblay

ÉTS Montreal, Canada

Publication co-chair

Hadi Otrok

Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Local arrangements chair Publication co-chair

Kim Khoa Nguyen

ÉTS Montreal, Canada

PUBLICITY CO-CHAIRS:

North America

Kazem Sohraby

SDSMT, USA

Europe

Piotr Cholda

AGH University, Poland

Australia and New Zeland

Richard Harris

Massey University, New Zeland

Middle-East

Hadi Otrok

Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Asia

Kyung-Joon Park

DGIST, Republic of Korea

China

Yipeng Zhou

Shenzhen University, China

TPC Chair
Jean-Charles Grégoire (CA) INRS

TPC Co-Chairs
Brigitte Jaumard (CA) Concordia University
Oscar Gonzélez Soto (ES) ITU Consultant

TPC Members:

Mustafa Ali (CA) Concordia University
Wahab Almuhtadi (CA) Algonquin College - Carleton University
Nicola Andriolli (IT) Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Ake Arvidsson (SE) Kristianstad University/Technical Expert at Ericsson
Chadi Assi(CA) Concordia University
Thomas Bauschert (DE) TU Chemnitz
Michel P. Bélanger (CA) Ciena Corp.
Azzedine Boukerche (CA) University of Ottawa
Wojciech Burakowski (PL) Warsaw University of Technology
Franco Callegati (IT) Universita` di Bologna
Augusto Casaca (PT) Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon
Vicente Casares-Giner (ES) Universitat Politécnica de València (UPV)
Piero Castoldi (IT) Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Walter Cerroni (IT) University of Bologna
Steven Chamberland (CA) Polytechnique Montréal
Piotr Cho?da (PL) AGH University of Science and Technology
Tibor Cinkler (H) Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Mark Coates (CA) McGill University
Jaume Comellas (ES) Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Francesca Cuomo (IT) "University of Rome ""La Sapienza"""
Amaro de Souza (PT) University of Aveiro
Joerg Eberspaecher (DE) TU München
Halima Elbiaze (CA) Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
Vincenzo Eramo (IT) "University of Rome ""La Sapienza"""
Gerald Franzl (AT) Vienna University of Technology
Maurice Gagnaire (FR) Telecom ParisTech
Roch H. Glitho Concordia University
Oscar Gonzalez de Dios (ES) Telefónica
Annie Gravey (FR) Institut Mines Telecom - Telecom Bretagne
Claus Gruber (DE) Strategy&
Adam Grzech (PL) Wroclaw University of Technology
Matthias Gunkel (DE) Deutsche Telekom
Anwar Haque (CA) Bell Canada
Bjarne Helvik (NO) Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Pin-Han Ho (CA) University of Waterloo
Wojciech Kabacinski (PL) Poznan University of Technology
Daniel Kilper University of Arizona
Mario Lima (PT) University of Aveiro
Cristina Lopez-Bravo (ES) Universidade de Vigo
Guido Maier (IT) Politecnico di Milano
Martin Maier (CA) Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Markosz Maliosz (HU) Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Deep Medhi (US) University of Missouri-Kansas City
Wojciech Molisz (PL) Gdansk University of Technology
Sándor Molnár (HU) Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Annalisa Morea (FR) Alcatel-Lucent
Antonio Navarro (PT) University of Aveiro
Dritan Nace (FR) Compiegne University of Technology
Kim Khoa Nguyen (CA) ETS Montréal
António Nogueira (PT) University of Aveiro/Instituto de Telecomunicações
Wlodzimierz Ogryczak (PL) Warsaw University of Technology
Andrzej Pach (PL) AGH University of Science and Technology
Pablo Pavon-Marino (ES) Technical University of Cartagena
Jordi Perelló (ES) Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Harry Perros (US) North Carolina State University
David V. Plant McGill University
Josep Prat (ES) Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Jacek Rak (PL) Gdansk University of Technology
Jacklyn Dias Reis (PT) University of Aveiro
Catherine Rosenberg (CA) University of Waterloo
George Rouskas (US) North Carolina State University
Sarah Ruepp (DK) Technical University of Denmark
Sebastien Rumley (CH) Columbia University
Gyula Sallai (HU) Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Susana Sargento (PT) University of Aveiro
Paulo Salvador (PT) University of Aveiro
Brunilde Sansò (CA) Polytechnique Montréal
Marco Schiano (IT) Telecom Italia
Dominic Schupke (DE) Airbus Group
Stefano Secci (FR) Univ. Pierre and Marie Curie
Kaoru Sezaki (JP) University of Tokyo
Nina Skorin-Kapov (ES) Centro Universitario de Defensa
Salvatore Spadaro (ES) Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Krzysztof Szczypiorski (PL) Warsaw University of Technology
János Tapolcai (HU) Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Antonio L. J. Teixeira (PT) University of Aveiro
Ioannis Tomkos (GR) Athens Information Technology Center (AIT)
Andy Valdar (UK) University College London (UCL)
Alessandro Valenti (IT) Fondazione Ugo Bordoni
Krzysztof Walkowiak (PL) Wroclaw University of Technology
Lena Wosinska (SE) KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Jozef Wozniak (PL) Gdansk University of Technology
Di Yuan (SE) Linköping University

International Management and Scientific Committee (IMSC)

IMSC Chair (2015-2016): Zbigniew Dziong, ÉTS (CA)

IMSC Members:

  • Alberto Ciarniello, Telecom Italia (IT)
  • Tibor Cinkler, BME-TMIT (HU)
  • Oscar Gonzalez-Soto, ITU Consultant (ES)
  • Joachim Gross, Vodafone D2 GmbH (DE)
  • Richard Harris, Massey University (NZ)
  • Akiya Inoue, Chiba Institute of Technology (JP)
  • Bernard Liau, Orange (FR)
  • Hyuk Lim, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (KR)
  • Francesco Matera, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (IT)
  • Ramesh Nagarajan, Accenture (US)
  • Ralf Nitsch, Deutsche Telekom (DE)
  • Michal Pioro, Warsaw University of Technology (PL), Lund University (SE)
  • Jacek Rak, Gdansk University of Technology (PL)
  • Antonio Teixeira, Aveiro University (PT)

Keynote Speakers :

Pierre Boucher

Research Director,
Ericsson Canada.

How Future Networks can make a contribution to the Networked Society (abstract)

Biography:

Pierre Boucher is Director of Research at Ericsson's Research & Development and Services Centre in Montreal. He is responsible for research activities on broadband systems and networks for the R&D centre's collaborative research and innovation projects with universities and institutions. Areas covered by his group include research in packet technologies, intellectual property management and incentive program management. Mr. Boucher's interests are in cloud networking and computing and applications of ICT in smart grid, intelligent transport, smart communities, and sustainable development.
Mr. Boucher represents Ericsson on various boards promoting research and innovation in the telecommunications sector and in the community, such as Prompt, CATA, ADRIQ and TechnoMontréal. Prior to his 20 years at Ericsson, Mr. Boucher worked for Rogers in Network Research with a focus on OSS systems.

Chip Elliott

GENI Futures Director,
GENI - Global Environment for Network Innovations (US).

Title: Looking Beyond the Internet (abstract)

Biography:

As Futures Director, he is responsible for planning "what comes after GENI," with a mission to maximize the impact and adoption of GENI technology and concepts. He has been actively involved in GENI's planning since early 2006 as a system engineer for the wireless group. As founding Project Director, Chip led the GENI community in bringing the project to fruition, building from early concept and design, through initial implementation phases, and eventually to its initial nationwide deployment.
Chip is Chief Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and an active inventor with over 85 issued patents. Over the years, he has served on many national panels and has held visiting faculty positions at Tunghai University in Taiwan and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Loudon Blair

Senior Director of Corporate Strategy,
Ciena (US).

Title: Scaling the Network for a Rapidly Changing Service Ecosystem (abstract)

Biography:

Dr. Loudon Blair is Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Ciena. Since joining the company in 1997, he has performed several roles in the development of Ciena's networking products including the formation of Ciena's vision for new and evolving network architectures. Today, he is responsible for strategic planning and assessment of industry and technology trends. He has also worked at Iridium, BT and Hitachi. Loudon received a B.Sc. degree (with first class honors) in Electronics from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a D.Phil. degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford, England. Loudon has 12 patents granted with a further 10 patents pending. He is a Member of the IEEE, Member of the IET and has been a long-term contributor to the OFC/NFOEC conference. He was general co-chair for OFC/NFOEC in 2008 and is current OFC Steering Committee Chair.

Alberto Leon-Garcia

Scientific Director of the NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures,
SAVI (Canada).

Title: From Smart Transportation to Smart City Platform (abstract)

Biography:

Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia is Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics an Electrical Engineering "For contributions to multiplexing and switching of integrated services traffic". He is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the 2006 Thomas Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada and the 2010 IEEE Canada A. G. L. McNaughton Gold Medal for his contributions to the area of communications. Professor Leon-Garcia is author of the textbooks: Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, and Communication Networks: Fundamental Concepts and Key Architecture. He is currently Scientific Director of the NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures. He also leads the ORF project on Connected Vehicles and Smart Transportation. He was founder and CTO of AcceLight Networks in Ottawa, Canada.

Ramesh Nagarajan

Chief Innovation Director in the Communication, Media and Technology operating unit of Accenture (US).

Title: Agile Operating Model for a Software Driven World (abstract)

Biography:

Dr. Ramesh Nagarajan is Chief Innovation Director in the Communication, Media and Technology operating unit of Accenture. He is focused on working with communication service providers to help them in their SDN/NFV and transformation initiatives. Ramesh has an extensive background in the SDN/NFV space at Alcatel-Lucent and more recently at Overture Networks. At Overture Networks, he helped transform Overture from a carrier Ethernet hardware vendor to a market leading SDN and NFV software player. The products achieved significant market traction including numerous awards for most innovative NFV strategy, best new telecom product and best multi-vendor solution among others. Prior to Overture, Ramesh was at Alcatel-Lucent as one of the early members of the Cloudband NFV team. His earlier experience includes both technology and business roles in the wireline, wireless and cable technology spaces at AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs. He has helped launch over ten products, inventor for over 50 patents and author of several ITU standards.

The prospective authors are invited to submit via EDAS their papers describing original, previously unpublished results. The total length of a paper should not exceed 6 pages formatted according to the IEEE two-column conference template (the minimum paper length is 3 pages). Two additinal pages will be allowed for a fee per page. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed.

Important Dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline Extended: April 18th, May 2nd 2016 (firm)
Notification of Acceptance: June 6th, June 20th 2016
Final Paper Submission: June 20th, July 4th 2016

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Best Paper and Best Student Paper will be awarded.

The payment of registration fees by credit cards (Visa and MasterCard but not AMEX) is available now. Note that the name from registration page is automatically transferred to the credit card payment page so if you want to pay with a card associated with a different name, please contact us at registration.networks2016@etsmtl.net.


For on-line registration click here


Author Registration (only before/on July 15th):

Registration fees at the full (member or non-member) rate must be paid by at least one author of each accepted paper. The deadline for uploading the final, IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper is July 4th. Papers exceeding 6 pages (maximum 8 pages) require a 100 USD fee per extra page. To be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore®, the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference unless the TPC Chair grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event that is qualified both to present and answer questions. For authors presenting two accepted papers, the fee for the second paper is reduced by 50%. The author registration fees are non-refundable.

Poster Author Registration (only before/on July 25th):

Registration fees at (member or non-member) rate must be paid by at least one author of each accepted poster prior to uploading the final, IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the extended abstract / short paper. Only student registration fees are required for posters presented by students. The poster author registration fees are non-refundable. Note that there is no submission of the posters itself so the authors can prepare the posters until the conference and then bring them to the conference.

Registration fees:

 

 

 

 

IEEE

 

Before/on

August 15th

 

 

After

August 15th

 

 

Full

 

 

member

 

 

580 USD

 

680 USD

 

not member

 

 

680 USD

 

780 USD

 

 

Student

 

 

 

member

 

 

250 USD

 

300 USD

 

not member

 

 

300 USD

 

350 USD

One day registration

420 USD

520 USD

Extra page fee

100 USD

Additional gala dinner ticket

100 USD

100 USD

All full and student registrations include:

-              Access to all conference sessions and the workshop.

-              Welcome reception and all coffee breaks and lunches served during the conference.

-              Gala dinner on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

-              Conference kit with USB proceedings.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Requests for participant registration cancellations must be submitted before/on September 9, 2016. No refunds can be provided after this date for whatever reasons, including failure of obtaining visas. There is a 100 USD administrative fee for cancellation.

Program at a Glance:

 

Monday, Sep. 26

Tuesday, Sep. 27

Wednesday, Sep. 28

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome address

 

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote 1:

Looking Beyond the Internet

Session 1, room A-1600

Keynote 3:

From Smart Transportation to Smart City Platform

Session 6, room A-1600

Keynote 5:

How Future Networks can make a contribution to the Networked Society

Session 10, room A-1600

Coffee

corridor Pas Perdu

10:30 – 12:30

Optimization I

Session 2, room A-1600

Infrastructure and Services

Session 7A, A-1600

Optimization II Session 7B, A-1804

Network Design

Session 11A,
A-1600

Wireless
Networks

Session 11B,
A-1804

Lunch

Grand Hall

13:30 – 14:30

Keynote 2:

Scaling the Network for a Rapidly Changing Service Ecosystem

Keynote 4:

Agile Operating Model for a Software Driven World

Workshop on Network Security

Session 12, room A-1600

14:30 — 15:30

Invited papers 1 & 2

Session 3, room A-1600

Invited papers 3 & 4

Session 8, room A-1600

Coffee

corridor Pas Perdus

Closing lines

16:00 – 17:30

Security

Session 4A, A-1600

Planning

Session 4B, A-1804

SDN

Session 9A, A-1600

QoS

Session 9B, A-1804

 

17:30 – 20:00

Poster Session

Session 5, corridor Pas Perdus

 

18:00 – 20:00

Welcome reception: corridor Pas Perdus

19:00 –22:00

 

Gala dinner: Auberge St-Gabriel


 

Registration desk opens 8:00 on Monday and 8:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Main Technical Program     (PDF version)

 

The prospective authors are invited to submit via Easy Chair their extended abstracts / short papers describing recently completed work, highly relevant results of work in progress, and innovative ideas that can stimulate interesting discussions. The paper length should not exceed 3 pages formatted according to the IEEE two-column conference template. The extended abstracts / short papers of the accepted and presented posters will be published in the conference proceedings. Only student registration fees will be required for posters presented by students. Best Poster Award will be given.

Poster Submission Deadline Extended: June 27th, July 11th 2016
Poster Acceptance Notification: July 4th, July 18th 2016
Final Poster Submission: July 11th, July 25th 2016

Contacts:

Mail to General Chairs : chairs.networks2016@etsmtl.ca

Mail to TPC Chairs : tpc-chair.networks2016@etsmtl.net

Mail to Registrarion : registration.networks2016@etsmtl.net

Conference Location

ÉTS - École de technologie supérieure
Building A (main)
1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest (south of Peel)
Montreal (Quebec) H3C 1K3
Phone: 514 396-8800

Ground floor plan with lunch location

First floor plan with rooms A-1600, A-1804 and registration desk

Plenary room (A-1600) plan with registration desk and Corridor Pas Perdus

Gala dinner location

Registration desk opens 8:00 on Monday and 8:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Late September in Montreal is a time when you can enjoy watching the leaves turning from green to red, especially during a walk on the Mont Royal. The city is still abuzz with many activities, such as the Magic of Lanterns festival at the Botanical Gardens or walk tours. From ETS, you can also easily go for a walk along the Canal, or to one of the local markets. Tourisme Montreal provides information about Montreal, including travel information (hotels, transportation) and touristic places.

NETWORKS 2016 has negotiated special rate, starting at $139 CAD/room, for participants and accompanying persons in Hotel Alt Montreal. The hotel is at walking distance (5 minutes) to the venue: Find Directions on the Map. Bookings should be made before September 1st 2016 (otherwise there is no guarantee of room availability). Please send an email to reservations.montreal@althotels.ca or call 1-855-823-8120, and mention the conference name NETWORKS 2016 to get the special rate starting at $139 CAD/room.

You can also find all the nearby hotels in the map to the right:

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It is the responsibility of the conference registrants to ensure that they have the required documents to enter into Canada. It may take several months to obtain these documents so please allow yourself a sufficient time. Note that Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you. 

Should you need a visa assistance letter please email a request to registration.networks2016@etsmtl.net with the following information: full given name as it appears in the passport, birth date and place, complete mailing address, telephone, email address and passport number. Note that the visa assistance letter will be issued only once the registration is complete and the payment received.

For additional information that may be helpful in obtaining the visa, please check the points below:

Submission of Visa Applications

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that the conference registrants visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa applications. There you can find information on how to submit a visa application and the required documentation.

The conference registrants are encouraged to submit their visa applications well in advance of the conference date at  Visa Application Centre or on-line E-applications (e-Apps).

e-Apps

This system allows clients to submit applications online. The conference registrants who need a visa but require their passport for other travel purposes are strongly encouraged to submit their visa applications on-line (e-Apps). The registrants who choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until a decision has been taken on their applications. If required, the visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.

Visa Application Centres (VACs)

VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants. VACs provide a number of services including helping applicants fill out forms, answering questions and ensuring that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications. Applicants who are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC. Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the CIC website. VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process.

Visa Application-Processing Times

Processing time for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply early for their visas, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents. Please visit the CIC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

eTA is a new requirement for travelers who were previously able to travel to Canada without prior authorization. We invite you to consult the CIC website regularly for information updates on eTA.