NCTA Seeks Technical Papers for The Cable Show ‘08

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has issued its annual call for submissions of technical papers, highlights of which will be presented at The Cable Show ‘08, May 18-20, 2008, in New Orleans.

The papers will capture some of cable’s most innovative technology strategies and continue the tradition of recording these breakthrough engineering concepts, NCTA said.

Next year will be the 49th that NCTA has published technical papers. Authors selected for inclusion in the NCTA Technical Papers program will present summaries of their work during a special track of panels and events during The Cable Show.

“NCTA’s technical program has consistently drawn the participation of the top innovators in the cable industry and has introduced many significant advances in cable telecommunications, including early references to cable modem technology, the viability of HFC networks, and the use of satellites to transport content to cable headends,” said William Check, NCTA senior vice president of science and technology.

Proposals for technical papers are due Dec. 21, 2007. While any subject matter relevant to broadband cable and telecommunications engineers is eligible, topics of particular interest for 2008 are:

  • Digital audio and video coding, conversion and processing;
  • Asset management and storage;
  • Wireless broadband data and voice architectures and protocols;
  • System-on-chip and other integrated silicon solutions applicable to the cable industry;
  • Optical platforms and solutions specific to services delivery in cable networks;
  • Techniques for scaling cable network bandwidth utilization and efficiency;
  • Application of Internet-based communications protocols in cable networks;
  • Other advanced broadband technology topics related to next generation cable network architecture.

Proposals will be reviewed and judged by a panel of top industry technologists, chaired by Dan Pike, chief technical officer of GCI Cable. Judging will be based on the premise, reference value, content and intended audience of each paper. Multiple entries will be accepted but product pitches and previously published works cannot be considered.

The papers will be available for purchase during the conference.

Prospective authors should submit a proposal using the online submission form at no later than Dec. 21.