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SIPNOC 2019 Call for Presentations

“Focus on STIR/SHAKEN”

Note: For more information about the upcoming SIPNOC 2019 conference, please visit the SIPNOC 2019 Overview or contact Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director, at marc.robins@sipforum.org

The SIP Forum is holding its ninth annual SIP Network Operations Conference (SIPNOC 2019) on December 3 through December 5, 2019, at the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel in Herndon, Virginia – a few minutes from Dulles International Airport. The SIPNOC Program Committee is now seeking proposals for presentations, panels, or BOFs (Birds-Of-a-Feather) for the SIPNOC 2019 program. We invite presentations highlighting issues relating to SIP deployments. Operators are encouraged to present on successes, issues, and concerns found in their deployments. Vendors are encouraged to work with operators to present real world deployment experiences.

Details of the submission process, as well as SIPNOC 2019 dates of interest are described below.


About SIPNOC

SIPNOC is the premier meeting for SIP network operators. Unlike other SIP-related conferences, SIPNOC is not a marketing or sales event, not a research-based event, and not meant for executive-level hobnobbing or corporate positioning. SIPNOC is intended to provide a forum for information exchange among network operators, engineers, product managers, enterprise end users, government network operations staff, as well as researchers.

SIPNOC includes panels, presentations, and informal BOFs (Birds of a Feather sessions). SIPNOC attendees will share ideas and interact with leaders in the field of SIP network operations, discuss current operational events and issues, and learn about state-of-the-art operational techniques. It is also an opportunity to interact with members of various SIP-related standards bodies, to learn about what’s being worked on, or complain to them about what’s not.

The primary focus of SIPNOC 2019 is on the STIR/SHAKEN Framework and its role in the mitigation of Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing. For this year’s conference, the agenda is being specifically developed for industry stakeholders in the Robocall and Caller ID Spoofing elimination/mitigation ecosystem, including service providers seeking to deploy solutions, governmental regulators and agencies, equipment manufacturers, enterprise and government agency contact centers, application providers and data analytics firms.


Key Dates for SIPNOC 2019

Event/Deadline Date
Call for Presentations Opens 01 June 2019
Presentation Abstracts Due 01 July 2019
Acceptance Decisions and Notifications 15 August 2019
Draft Program Published 31 August 2019
Draft Presentations Due 15 September 2019
Final Agenda Published 01 October 2019
Final Presentations Due 01 November 2019
Conference Begins 03 December 2019

Technical Conference

The SIPNOC Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, and BOFs in the following areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Status and Overview of the SIP Forum/ATIS Joint NNI Task Force
  • Overview of the STIR/SHAKEN Framework
  • Status of the Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA)
  • Important Certification Management Considerations and Procedures
  • Policy Administration
  • The Regulatory Environment
  • Current Legislative Actions and Ramifications
  • The State of International Adoption
  • Call Validation Display Framework
  • Enhanced CNAM and Rich Call Data
  • Requirements of the Financial Services Industry
  • Requirements of the Health Care Industry
  • Requirements of the Utilities Industry
  • Emergency Calling (e911) Security Strategies and Solutions
  • Data Analytics Solutions
  • STIR/SHAKEN Deployment Best-Practices
  • Service Provider Case Studies
  • Considerations for Management, Performance and Troubleshooting
  • Government Agency Use Cases and Requirements
  • Contact Center Requirements
  • Track and Trace
  • VoIP DDoS Mitigation and Blocking Tactics
  • Call Bumping Mitigation Strategies
  • Next-Generation SIP Attacks
  • SIP Trunking – Topics may include deployments, troubleshooting tips and tricks, SIPconnect-related projects, etc.
  • Applications/content Development – topics may include new or novel media, new user service features, new uses of SIP, storage/recording, or topics about IM, presence, fax, video or telepresence
  • Interoperability – topics may include best practices, issues found, current state of deployed equipment, or tactics for resolving interop issues
  • Call Routing – topics may include new or novel mechanisms, best practices, or issues with routing of SIP sessions/requests/calls
  • Security – topics may include experience with or tactics/best-practices for handling fraud, DDoS, overload events, AAA, blacklists, SPIT or war-dialers
  • Monitoring/Troubleshoooting and Operational Issues – topics may include experiences or mechanisms for monitoring remote or large SIP networks, measuring or monitoring call quality, or how to reproduce and resolve issues
  • Testing Considerations and Tools – topics may include techniques for equipment certification, procedures for testing new trunks/peers, useful tools or scripts
  • Availability/Disaster-Recovery – topics may include techniques, architectures or procedures for handling equipment failures, site/PoP failures, Internet or network transport outages, or power outages
  • Standardization Issues and Progress
  • Scaling and Capacity Issues

In general, presentations are being sought by and for SIP network operators of all sizes. Presentations about difficult problems (and interesting solutions) that you encounter in the course of your job are encouraged.

Vendors are allowed to submit presentations, but are warned that product-specific information or marketing type content is inappropriate and strictly forbidden. Teaming with an operator to make a joint presentation is highly encouraged.

If you think you have an interesting topic but want some feedback or assistance working it into a presentation, please email the Program Committee chair (sipnocchair@sipforum.org), and a representative on the Program Committee will give you the feedback needed to work it into a presentation.

We look forward to reviewing your submission!


Talk Types

General Session Talk: A General Session presentation should be on a topic of interest to the general SIPNOC audience, and are generally 30-minutes long (including time for Q&A). Speakers must submit slides for a General Session presentation.

General Session Panel: Panels are generally 45-minute to one hour discussion sessions between a moderator and a team of panelists. The panel moderator should submit an abstract on the panel topic, a list of panelists, and how the panel will be organized. Panel selection will be based on the importance, originality, focus and timeliness of the topic, expertise of proposed panelists, as well as the potential for informative and controversial discussion. After acceptance the panel leader will be given the option to invite panel authors to submit their presentations to the SIPNOC program Committee for review. Until then authors should not submit their individual presentations for the panel.

Research Topics: Researchers are invited to present short (20-minute) summaries of their work for operator feedback. Topics may include call routing, network performance, statistical measurement and analysis, and protocol development and implementation. Studies presented may be works in progress. Researchers from academia, government, and industry are encouraged to present.

BOFs: BOFs (Birds of a Feather sessions) are informal sessions on topics which are of interest to a portion of the SIPNOC community. BOFs may be part of the main conference agenda, or held in the hallways, break-out areas or in an unscheduled room. Requests for scheduled BOFs can be made at any time, including on site at the meeting.

A typical BOF session may include some structure or presentations, but usually is focused on community discussion and interaction.

Based on the actual BOFs held at previous SIPNOCs, BOF topics at SIPNOC 2019 could include:

  • IPv6 Deployment
  • FoIP/T.38 Interop Issues
  • Wireshark Tips and Tricks
  • SIPconnect
  • Deploying Wide-Band Codecs
  • Security Best Practices

The less structured nature of BOF sessions allows for the greatest flexibility from a timing perspective.


Registration Fee Waivers

The conference registration fee will be waived for any approved speakers.


How To Submit

The deadline for accepting abstracts is July 1, 2019. The deadline for submitting draft presentations is September 15, 2019. While the majority of speaking slots may be filled by that date, a limited number of slots may be available after that date for topics that are exceptionally timely, important, or critical to the operations of SIP networks.

The primary speaker, moderator, or author should submit presentation information and an abstract online at:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sipnoc2019

Once you have done this, you can log back into your Easychair account to update your submission and upload your draft slides.

Submissions should contain:

  • Author’s name(s)
  • Preferred contact email address
  • A preferred phone number for contact
  • Submission category (General Session, Panel, or Research)
  • Presentation title
  • Abstract – Due July 1, 2019
  • Draft slides – Due September 15, 2019 (attachment or URL), in PPT or PDF file formats.

What Makes a Good Talk?

To increase the chance that your talk will be accepted, we recommend that you:

  • Highlight operational experience, i.e., present a case study.
  • Identify anomalies or counter-intuitive (interesting) aspects of your experience
  • Educate in your area of expertise (so the audience can learn something)
  • Motivate action (so the audience goes out and does something as a result of the talk)
  • Entertain (so the audience stays in the room)

Slide Format

Company logos must only appear on the first and last slides of your talk. Full-page logos on cover slides are discouraged. Company and personal background information can be mentioned verbally, but not in slides. A plain white background is strongly recommended. A PDF is recommended rather than the source file for the slides, e.g., a PowerPoint file. To be legible, slides should use as least 28-point fonts (larger for titles).

Presenters/authors may retain copyright of their material, granting the SIP Forum a perpetual license at no cost to archive and redistribute the material. Unobtrusive copyright notices may be on any or all slides of the presentation. Presentations must not be marked confidential.


SIPNOC 2019 Management Note

This SIPNOC Call For Papers has been modeled after NANOG CFP documents, and the SIP Forum owes a debt of gratitude to the organizers of NANOG for the high quality of their submission policies and rules.