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The Eighth IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2003) will be held on 24-28 March 2003 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The symposium is sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 6.6 on Management of Networks and Distributed Systems, and by the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM).

IM 2003 will build upon the successes of IM and NOMS each year since 1988, in serving as the primary forum for technical exchange for the research, standards, vendor and user communities in the area of network and distributed systems management, operations and control.

The ubiquitous explosion of the Internet and the fast proliferation of networked devices and applications create a unique challenge for the network management community. Innovative solutions are required for managing the plethora of network devices and systems, multiple inter-connected networking technologies, and the complexity of distributed applications. Management in this new information era will need to support the integration of data and telecommunications networks, from narrowband to broadband, terrestrial to satellite, fixed to mobile and uni-media to multi-media. The IM 2003 Symposium provides a forum for discussion of new paradigms and architectures (and new spins on old ones) that can deal with the many management issues related to these next-generation networks.

The IM 2003 Symposium presents latest research results and industrial solutions for integrated network and distributed systems management. The symposium will be organized in technical sessions, tutorials, and vendor exhibits. An industrial experience track will be introduced to share the practical lessons learned by the user and vendor communities.

The IM 2003 Symposium will provide the highest quality professional event of the year through a stringent review process implemented by the Program Committee, which includes many of the most respected experts in the fields of network and distributed systems management.


Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal, as well as proposals for tutorials, panel discussions, poster demonstrations, or birds-of-a-feather sessions (informal discussion groups) in the following, but not limited, topic areas:

  • Management Platforms, Standards and Protocols
  • Emerging Management Technologies and Frameworks
  • Management of Networks and Services: VPNs, Optical Networks,CATV Networks, Mobile and Ad-Hoc Networks, Voice over IP, Transaction-Oriented Services, Electronic Commerce, Active and Programmable Networks, Sensor Networks
  • Management Aspects of Service Pricing, Accounting and Billing
  • Service-Level Agreements and Quality of Service Management
  • Bandwidth Brokerage
  • Data Warehousing, Mining and Statistical Methods in Management
  • Programmable, Mobile and Intelligent Agents in Management
  • Interoperability and Cooperative Control
  • Network and Systems Monitoring
  • Fault, Performance and Security Management
  • Configuration Management and Policy-Driven Management
  • Information Modeling
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • User Interfaces and Virtual Reality in Management
  • Open-Source Management Software
  • Management of Grid Computing, Clusters, Peer-to-Peer Applications, and Ubiquitous Computing Environments
  • Operations Support Systems
  • Business Processes for Network and Service Management
  • Peer-to-peer Network Technologies for Management

We particularly encourage industrial papers (e.g., case studies that emphasize the lessons learned).


IM 2003 papers must be written in English and should not exceed 5000 words.
The cover page should indicate whether it is a research or an experience paper. It should include paper title, abstract, list of keywords indicating the paper's topic area, authors full names, affiliations and complete addresses, telephone numbers and electronic mail addresses.

Electronic submission via the Web is mandatory. Authors are requested to submit their papers in PDF format. Please ensure that the PDF file does not contain character sets from languages which are not universally printable.

Papers submission is being handled through the EDAS system running at www.informatik.uni-osnabrueck.de/edas/ Paper submission is a three-step process:

(1) First, you have to register the author(s) within the EDAS system. To do this, go to the EDAS system and follow the instructions.

(2) Next, you have to register the paper within the EDAS system. To do this, login into the EDAS system and click on the link to submit a paper for IM 2003. You have to fill out a form which describes your paper.

(3) Finally, you can (from within EDAS) upload your PDF file. Once the upload has completed successfully, the submission procedure ends. If you experience problems with the system, please feel free to
send email to edas-admin@informatik.uni-osnabrueck.de or contact one of the TPC chairs.


Program Co-Chair: (Americas, Australia)
German Goldszmidt
IBM Research - Hawthorne, USA
Email: tpccim2003@hotmail.com

Program Co-Chair: (Europe, Asia, Africa)
Jürgen Schönwälder
University of Osnabrueck, Germany
Email: schoenw@informatik.uni-osnabrueck.de

Deadline for Submitting Papers: 12 August 2002
Deadline for Tutorials, Panels and Posters: 1 October 2002
Notification of Acceptance Mailed: 15 November 2002
Deadline for Submitting Revised Papers: 6 December 2002
Final Camera Ready Papers Due: 2 January 2003

In addition to the regular presentation sessions, the symposium will also offer poster sessions for more informal interactions and presenting work in progress. Extended abstracts can be submitted for consideration as poster presentations. Posters will be selected from these extended abstracts and regular papers. Poster submissions and proposals for Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (informal discussion groups) and "work in progress" demonstrations should be submitted to the

Poster/Birds-of-a- Feather Chair:
Masum Hasan masum@cisco.com

Deadline for Submitting Posters: 1 October 2002

The symposium includes tutorials on the days before and after the technical program. A proposal to present a tutorial should contain the following information:

Tutorial Title
Full Name of the Instructor
Biography of the Instructor (100-200 words)
Outline and Extended Abstract (500-1000 words)

If the tutorial or an earlier version of it has been given before please indicate the events, dates and contents. Information on suggested topic areas and guidelines for submitting proposals can be found at www.im2003.org/.

Proposals should be submitted to the Tutorial Chair:
Gabi Dreo Rodosek dreo@lrz.de

Deadline for Submitting Tutorial Proposals: 1 October 2002

Proposals for panel sessions should be submitted to the Panels Chair:

Nelson Fonseca nfonseca@dcc.unicamp.br

Deadline for Submitting Panel Proposals: 1 October 2002


The symposium offers organizations and vendors the opportunity to demonstrate their products and services to the symposium participants: leaders and innovators in network and distributed systems management from around the World. Various levels of patron sponsorships are available. Symposium Patrons may present their products and services in our Vendor Showcase. Symposium Patrons will also have an opportunity to make a product-related presentation on recent technical advancements, product enhancements, or technology innovations. The vendor showcase will be open during the three days of the symposium, in parallel with other sessions. There may also be an opportunity to do demonstrations during a special cocktail hour. The cost of sponsorship is being kept at a modest level to encourage broad participation and demonstration of innovative technologies. In addition, organizations and vendors are encouraged to sponsor special events and activities e.g. lunches, Internet café or offer special gifts to the participants with their company material and logo.

Vendors and organizations interested in becoming Symposium Patrons or participating in the showcase should contact the

Patron/Exhibits Chair:
Shri Goyal shrigoyal@earthlink.net

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: 1 October 2002

A limited number of Student Travel Grants will be available to those student authors who will be presenting papers and are unable to obtain funding to attend the symposium. Requests for Student Travel Grants should be addressed to the Program Co-Chair responsible for the requestor's region.

There will be a Best Paper Award for the best submitted paper and a Best Student Paper Award for the best paper written by a student. For the Best Student Paper, expenses to attend the symposium will also be provided. A Best Newcomer Award will be given to the best submission written solely by authors who have never published in earlier IM or NOMS proceedings.

Potential candidates for awards will be identified during the normal review process. A special independent Awards Committee will be formed to evaluate the candidate papers together with their presentations and to select the award winners. The Awards Committee has the right to give all awards to the same paper, not to give an award, or to split an award among several papers.



General Chair:
Doug Zuckerman
Doug Zuckerman Associates, USA
Email: W2xd@aol.com

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
German Goldszmidt, IBM Research, USA
Jürgen Schönwälder, University of Osnabrueck, Germany

Patron/Exhibits Chair:
Shri Goyal, Pragati-Path Inc., USA

Tutorial Program Chair:
Gabi Dreo Rodosek, Leibniz Supercomputing Center, Germany

Panels Chair:
Nelson Fonseca, University of Campinas, Brasil

Panels Co-Chair:
Felix Wu, University of California at Davis, USA

Poster/Birds-of-a-Feather Chair:
Masum Hasan, Cisco, USA

Keynotes Chair:
J. Scott Marcus, Federal Communications Commission, USA

Finance Chair:
Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada

Bruce Worthman, IEEE Communications Society, USA

Publicity Chair:
Roberta S. Cohen, USA

Local Arrangements Chair:
John Strassner, Intelliden, USA

IEEE/ComSoc Coordinators:
Gayle Weisman, IEEE Communications Society, USA



Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada
Salah Aidarous, NEC America, USA



Sebastian Abeck, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Nikos Anerousis, VoiceMate, USA
Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada
Nevil Brownlee, University California at San Diego, USA
Marcus Brunner, NEC Europe Ltd., Germany
Mark Burgess, University of Oslo, Norway
Omar Cherkaoui, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada
Alexander Clemm, Cisco Systems, USA
Luca Deri, NETikos S.p.A., Italy
Gabi Dreo Rodosek, Leibniz Supercomputing Center, Germany
Ehab Al-Shaer, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
Masayoshi Ejiri, Fujitsu, Japan
Metin Feridun, IBM Research, Switzerland
Olivier Festor, INRIA Lorraine, France
Kurt Geihs, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Heinz-Gerd Hegering, University of Munich, Germany
Joseph Hellerstein, IBM Research, USA
James Won-Ki Hong, POSTECH, Korea
Cynthia Hood, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Gabriel Jakobson, Gabriel Jakobson Associates, USA
Alexander Keller, IBM Research, USA
Yoshiaki Kiriha, NEC, Japan
Peter Kropf, University of Montreal, Canada
Lundy Lewis, Aprisma Management Technologies, USA
Antonio Liotta, University of Surrey, UK
Emil Lupu, Imperial College, UK
Hanan Lutfiyya, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Jean-Philippe Martin-Flatin, CERN, Switzerland
Subrata Mazumdar, Avaya Labs Research, USA
Jose Marcos Nogueira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
George Pavlou, University of Surrey, UK
Aiko Pras, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Danny Raz, Technion, Israel
Joan Serrat, University Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Adarsh Sethi, University of Delaware, USA
Michelle Sibilla, University Paul Sabatier, France
Morris Sloman, Imperial College, UK
Rolf Stadler, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
John Strassner, Intelliden, USA
Burkhard Stiller, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
Mehmet Ulema, Manhattan College, USA
Robert Weihmayer, Verizon, USA
Carlos Becker Westphall, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Bert Wijnen, Lucent
Felix Wu, University of California at Davis, USA
Makoto Yoshida, NTT-AT, Japan