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The APRICOT 2004 Program Committee is now preparing a schedule and materials for the conference, and is seeking contributors to the program. This is a preliminary call for Presentations & Tutorials before the final program is fixed. We would like to give people the opportunity to submit their proposals early this year and to encourage people in the Asia Pacific region who have not previously presented their work to do so.
We are looking for people who would like to:

  • Offer a technical tutorial on an appropriate topic; and/or
  • Be an instructor at the pre-conference workshops; and/or
  • Participate in the technical conference sessions as a speaker or chair; and/or
  • Convene and chair a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session.

25 August 2003: Receive all nominations or submissions of Track Chairs
30 August 2003: Final Selection of Track Chairs. Track Chairs start informal recruiting of speakers, instructors & session moderators
1 September 2003: Track Chairs submit proposed Track Subject & Sessions
15 September 2003: Final Track Subject & Sessions Finalized Formal Call For Speakers & Instructors issued
1 December 2003: Receive all Speaker & Instructor submissions
15 December 2003: Announce Selected Speakers and Tutorials
1 February 2004: All Presentation Materials are received from Speakers & Instructors
18 February to
22 February 2004:
Pre-conference Workshops
23 February to
24 February 2004:
25 February to 26 February 2004: Conference
27 February 2004: APNIC Meeting

Tutorial and Technical Conference Session topics that have been successful in the past, or which have been requested for this year, include:

* Network security
* Address planning, conservation, responsibility and migration to IPv6
* High performance IP backbone routing and management
* Network planning, management and traffic engineering
* Operation experiences and issues in deploying Internet Infrastructure
* Internet exchanges, peering and collocation
* Operations, NOC, Helpdesk and other support aspects
* New Pan Asian backbones
* Hot topics in future network protocols and techniques
* BIND, DNSSEC, and Reverse and multilingual DNS
* Broadband first/last mile access technologies
* Mobile and wireless technologies
* Content, Applications, streaming and multimedia infrastructure
* Unified messaging, scaling e-mail infrastructure
* Service and server scaling, Redundancy and reliability, Open source
* VoIP
* Training the Trainers Workshops / Educators Track

The program committee will consider proposals in any of these areas, and also in new areas. If you have an idea for a tutorial or session subject that is not listed, please feel free to submit it to us.

The Main Conference Program for 2004 will be made up of 2 days with 3 tracks each day (Plus the APNIC Track which is managed by APNIC).
The Tracks are:

  • Network Security (Ray Hunt Track Chair)
  • Internet Exchanges & Peering: (Bill Norton Track Chair)VoIP (Gaurab Raj Upadhaya Track Chair)
  • APCERT Security: (Yurie Ito Track Chair)
  • APCAUCE Anti-SPAM and Net Abuse (Suresh Ramasubramanian Track Chair)
  • Internet Routing and Backbone Operations (Ananth Nagarajan Track Chair)

When considering a presentation or tutorial, remember that the APRICOT audience is mainly comprised of technical network operators and engineers with a wide range of experience levels from beginners to multi-year experience. There is a strong orientation to offer core skills and basic knowledge in the tutorials and to address issues relevant to the day-to-day operations of ISPs over the next 12 - 18 months in the conference sessions.

APRICOT is a TECHNICAL conference and marketing and commercial content is not allowed within the program. The program committee is charged with maintaining the technical standard of APRICOT, and will therefore not accept inappropriate materials. It is expected that the presenter be a technical person and not a sales or marketing person. The audience is extremely technical and expects that the speakers are
themselves very knowledgeable. All sessions provide time for questions, so presenters should expect technical questions, and be prepared to deliver insightful and technically deep responses.

The APRICOT Technical Conference Schedule is made up of 1.5 hour conference sessions, each including up to 3 speakers (therefore allowing 20-30 minutes per speaker). Sessions are chaired by persons of appropriate expertise in the subject matter of the session, and will include ample time for questions from the audience. If you would like to give a presentation or chair one of the sessions, follow the instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or instructor.

Tutorials are full-day workshops which focus on a particular subject in-depth. They may be presented by a single Instructor, or a team of instructors working together. Tutorial Instructors are encouraged to also sign up to be a Conference Session Chair and/or Speaker as well. You can sign up to give a tutorial, conference session presentation and/or be a Session Chair by following the instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or instructor.

Since APRICOT is a not-for-profit event that tries to keep the cost to attendees low, we do not have too much money to pay the costs of speakers. If you belong to a company or organization that can cover you travel expenses, that is a big help. Only in exceptional circumstances of hardship will APRICOT be able to consider assisting with travel expenses of tutorial instructors. Of course, Tutorial, Conference Chairs and Speakers will not have to pay any registration fee to attend the conference or tutorials.

The call for papers has been closed. The final selection of speakers will be announced by 21 December 2003.

Thanks and if you have any questions, please contact me (e-mail is best).
Robert J. Berger
Program Chair
Fax: +1-408-490-2868



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