IEEE ANTS is a premier IEEE forum on advanced networking and telecommunications topics. IEEE ANTS is financially and technically supported by IEEE Communications Society. The distinguishing characteristic of IEEE ANTS is the promotion of an intense dialogue between academia and industry to bridge the gap between academic research, industry initiatives, and governmental policies. This is fostered through panel discussions, keynotes, invited talks, and industry exhibits, where academia is exposed to state-of-the-practice and results from trials and inter-operability experiments. The industry, in turn, benefits from exposure to leading-edge research in networking as well as the opportunity to communicate with academic researchers regarding practical problems.
This year the theme is “BRIDGE TO CONNECT EVERYTHING”. Today’s technological advances in Wireless Sensor Networks, Internet of Things or Cyber Physical Systems are generating more and more possibilities to combine numerous devices, networks and systems with the existing physical world. Future generation technology should be based on development of the bridge to connect almost “everything” of the digital world with “everything” in the physical world to create more interactive, smarter, better and unique environment for the user. This would definitely involve innovations in every aspect of engineering such as development of devices, sensing and communication techniques, networking and data processing algorithms, energy utilization, safety and security considerations and so on. Next generation technology will be ubiquitous communication and networking technology encompassing multiple platforms, systems and services. It will offer spontaneous and autonomous networking while being aware of user requirements and network’s quality of services. In addition to the myriad of topics mentioned in the list below, technical papers are invited which have special focus on enabling technologies for a hyper-connected world. IEEE ANTS 2019 will be held at BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus, one among the six institutes of eminence identified by the Government of India. The theme of the conference will foster an environment for deliberating on different research aspects on the said topic.
About BITS, Pilani
The Birla Institute of Technology & Science, BITS Pilani is an all-India Institute for higher education. The University consists of 15 academic departments with a focus on education in Engineering and Sciences. The Institute was established, in its present form, in 1964 as part of the vision to realize nation-building with an emphasis on “science, technology and modernization.” During this period, the Institute’s transformation from a regional engineering college to a national university was backed by the Ford Foundation and Dr. G.D. Birla. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA provided technical assistance required for this transformation.
The Institute has developed and administers the All-India computerized entrance test BITSAT (BITS Admission Test), which is the first of its kind in India. Acceptance rate in BITS is very low, less than 2.08% in 2007 making it one of the most selective universities in India.
The Institute has strong linkages with industry, as can be seen by its off-campus Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) which enrolled 20,000 students from corporate enterprises in 2009. Practical experience of the industry is in the curriculum as a Practice School program (Internship), where students work with companies located across India and abroad.
BITS Pilani also has campuses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Goa, and Hyderabad. Although these campuses are autonomous for most part, the right to grant degrees rests with the main campus, BITS, Pilani thus has the distinction of being the first Indian institution to set up a campus outside India.