11bth International Conference on
Standardisation and Innovation in Information Technology
The Past, Present and FUTURE of ICT Standardisation
8 – 10 September 2021
About the Conference
Over the past decade, the ICT industry has undergone a dramatic transformation. One effect of this has been a shift of economic and technical power to some of the largest corporations in the world. This has had massive ramifications for investments in this sector, as well as for the ecosystem of ICT application and product development. Has this development impacted standardisation and innovation and if so, how?
Moreover, it appears that the ICT industry has become overly obsessed with being first and being unique; change has become a desirable end in itself. In such an environment, standardisation may quickly be devaluated in stakeholders’ mind sets. It is still necessary but ‘someone else’s problem’. And this will lead to long term (interoperability) problems.
Against this background, SIIT 2021 aims to take a step back and do some stock-taking. What have we got? What do we need? How can we close the gap (if any)? Where will we probably go from here and where should we go? Can we learn something from history? How do ongoing technical, economic, political, social or legal developments impact standardisation, and how can/should the current standardisation system adapt to these developments (if at all)?
Since 1999, SIIT conferences are bringing together experts from academia, government and industry with an interest in ICT standardisation. They thus serve as a platform to foster the exchange of insights and views on all issues surrounding standards, standardisation and innovation. Contributing disciplines include, but are by no means limited to: Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, History, Information Systems, Law, Management Studies and Sociology.
Submissions due: 26 April 2021
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 21 June 2021
Final paper due: 19 July 20211
SIIT 2021 invites submissions of original, unpublished papers (which should be formatted according to the submission guideliens; see below) for one of these categories:
- Academic papers will typically adopt a more theoretical approach and will ideally inform academics as well as practitioners (up to 20 pages).
- Industry papers address relevant topics from a more practical perspective and should also help ‘ground’ academic research (up to 20 pages).
- Presentation papers are intended for presentation only. They will not be published in the conference proceedings in order to allow a subsequent journal publication (relevant to certain fields of science; up to 20 pages).
- Opinion papers shouldfocus on well-motivated personal views (up to 10 pages).
- Work-in-progress papers report and discuss ongoing activities (up to 10 pages).
- Poster papers will typically report new ideas or early work in progress (up to 5 pages).
All papers will undergo a double blind peer-review process. Authors may submit more than one paper.
All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as part of the ‘EURAS Contributions to Standardisation Research’ book series (no copyright transfer required). They will also be fast-tracked for inclusion in the International Journal on Standardization Research (IJSR) (subject to approval by the authors).
Technical Programme Committee
Chair: Rudi Bekkers, TU Eindhoven, NL
Martin Adolph, ITU, CH
Nitin Aggarwal, SJSU, US
Paolo Bellavista, U. Bologna, IT
Knut Blind, TU Berlin, DE
Nils Brunsson, Uppsala U., SE (tbc)
Carl Cargill, Consultant, US
Simao Campos, ITU, CH
Jorge Contreras, U. of Utah, US
Donggeun Choi, KSA, KR (tbc)
Tineke Egyedi, DIRoS, NL
Erwin Folmer, TNO, NL
Vladislav Fomin, Vilnius U., LT
Linda Garcia, Georgetown U., US
Matt Heckman, Zuyd U. of Applied Sciences, NL
Kai Jakobs, RWTH Aachen U., DE
Geerten van de Kaa, TU Delft, NL
Thomas Kalling, U. of Lund, SE
Olia Kanevskaia, KU Leuven, BE
Ken Krechmer, isology & U. of Colorado, US
Heejin Lee, Yonsei U., KR
Bjorn Lundell, U. of Skövde, SE
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve U., US
Brian McAuliffe, HP, IE
Ivana Mijatovic, U. Belgrade, RS
Anne Mione, U. of Montpellier, FR
Cesare Riillo, STATEC, LU
Andrew Russell, SUNY, US
Tim Schoechle, NISLAPP, US
Mostafa Hashem Sherif, Consultant, US
Jan Smits, TU Eindhoven, NL
Michael Spring, U. of Pittsburgh, US
Kees Stuurman, U. of Tilburg, NL
Valerio Torti, Luiss-Guido Carli U., IT
Klaus Turowski, Magdeburg U., DE
Karthikeyan Umapathy, U. of North Florida. US
Ray Walshe, DCI, IE
Marc van Wegberg, Consultant, NL
Martin Weiss, U. of Pittsburgh, US
Robert van Wessel, ApexIS, NL (tbc)
Robin Williams, U. of Edinburgh, UK
The conference will be held at
RWTH Aachen University
Computer Science Centre
Lecture Hall AH VI
The venue and how to get there:
Aachen is Germany’s westernmost city, bordering on the Netherlands and Belgium; both are just a short bus ride away from the city centre. The ‘Dreiländereck’ (the region where three countries meet) is a popular holiday destination, and for good reasons. It’s a rather tranquil area, ideal for hiking and cycling (if you don’t mind hills), with peaceful villages (mostly with good pubs or restaurants) interconnected by a well-marked network of small country roads and field paths.
The city itself is mid-sized (with a population of around 250,000) and may easily be explored on foot. Aachen’s cathedral, built upon a request by Emperor Charlemagne, saw thirty kings being crowned within its walls. The cathedral was named Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site as early as 1978. The Market Square and the adjacent Katschhof, both dominated by the impressive Town Hall, form the heart of the city. The surrounding Old Town is ideal for a short stroll (don’t forget to look out for the numerous fountains for which Aachen is also famous). You will find a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants there, one of which may come in handy if the stroll did take a little longer ….
The city is also home to RWTH, Germany’s largest technical university and one of its best. It is thus little wonder that city life is very much shaped by the around 60,000 students who are enrolled at Aachen’s different universities. Aachen’s history, the large number of students and the many regular visitors from the Netherlands and Belgium help create a unique atmosphere.
Further information about Aachen may be found at
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