Highlights From IPTCOMM Heidelberg July 2008

IPTCOMM 2008, held in Heidelberg, was a great event and directly relevant to the VOIPA community.  What made it notable was the success of the organizing committee and venue host in showcasing outstanding new research results for security, performance, and new features in IMS/NGN based technologies.

Much of the work was developed by graduate students and postdocs under sponsorship of senior technical members of our community.   In addition to the technical work the spirit, energy, and enthusiasm of the attendees was a notable pleasure.

The conference program will be published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science; other details available directly at the IPTCOMM site.

An industry talk for VOIPSA identified four new projects necessary to advance research in the market.  I’ll mention details by separate post.

A quick summary of what happened at IPTCOMM follows:

Welcome Note
Saverio Niccolini (NEC Laboratories Europe, DE) and Pamela Zave (AT&T Laboratories, US)

Dr. Ralf Steinmetz Professor, Multimedia Communications Lab (TU Darmstadt, DE).
“Real-time Communications and Services in 2018 and Beyond.”

SIP and new service environments
A SIP-based Programming Framework for Advanced Telephony Applications
Wilfried Jouve (INRIA / LaBRI, FR); Nicolas Palix (LaBRI/INRIA, FR); Charles Consel (LaBRI/INRIA, FR); Patrice Kadionik (IMS, University of Bordeaux, FR)

An IMS Based Mobile Podcasting Architecture Supporting Multicast Delivery
Heiko Perkuhn (Ericsson Research, DE)

Generalized Third-Party Call Control in SIP Networks
Eric Cheung (AT&T, US); Pamela Zave (AT&T Laboratories, US)

Attack detection and mitigation in SIP networks
Automatic Adaptation and Analysis of SIP Headers using Decision Trees
Karin Hummel; Michael Nussbaumer; Andrea Hess Helmut Hlavacs (Univ. of Vienna, AT); Karin Hummel (University of Vienna, AT); Michael Nussbaumer (University of Vienna, AT); Andrea Hess (University of Vienna, AT)

A Self-Learning System for Detection of Anomalous SIP Messages
Konrad Rieck (Fraunhofer FIRST, DE); Stefan Wahl (Alcatel-Lucent, DE); Pavel Laskov (Fraunhofer FIRST, DE); Peter Domschitz (Alcatel-Lucent, DE); Klaus-Robert Müller (Technical University of Berlin, DE)

Secure SIP: A scalable prevention mechanism for DoS attacks on SIP based VoIP systems
Gaston Ormazabal (Verizon, US); Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University, US); Eilon Yardeni (Columbia University, US); Sarvesh Nagpal (Columbia University, US)

Performance management in SIP networks
One Server Per City: Using TCP for Very Large SIP Servers
Kumiko Ono (Columbia University, US); Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University, US); Erich Nahum (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)

SIP Server Overload Control: Design and Evaluation
Charles Shen (Columbia University, US); Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University, US)

Improving the scalability of an IMS-compliant conferencing framework. Part II: involving mixing and floor control Simon Pietro Romano (University of Napoli Federico II, IT); Alessandro Amirante (University of Napoli Federico II, IT); Tobia Castaldi (University of Napoli Federico II, IT); Lorenzo Miniero (University of Napoli Federico II, IT)

On Mechanisms for Deadlock Avoidance in SIP Servlet Containers
Laura Dillon; Kurt Stirewalt; Yi Huang (Michigan State University, US)

Security, legal and modeling issues of SIP based communications
Lawful Interception in P2P-based VoIP Systems
Jan Seedorf (NEC Europe Ltd., DE)

Security Analysis of an IP Phone: Cisco 7960G
Italo Dacosta (Georgia Institute of Technology, US)

Understanding SIP Through Model-Checking
Pamela Zave (AT&T Laboratories, US)

Next generation services for VoIP
Detecting VoIP Traffic Based on Human Conversation Patterns
Chen-Chi Wu (National Taiwan University, TW); Kuan-Ta Chen (Academia Sinica, TW); Yu-Chun Chang (National Taiwan University, TW); Chin-Laung Lei (National Taiwan University, TW)

Template-based Signaling Compression for Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC)
Andrea Forte (Columbia University, US); Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University, US)

Providing Content Aware Enterprise Communication Services
Xiaotao Wu (Avaya Labs Research, US); K. Kishore Dhara (Avaya Labs Research, US); Venkatesh Krishnaswamy (Avaya Labs Research, US)

Industry talk session
An overview of ETSI standardisation activities in the Information Security arena with a focus on NGNs
Carmine Rizzo, Technical Officer, ETSI Standardisation Projects

Simulating Realistic Metro-area Network Behavior
Darius, Product Manager, Empirix

Process-Based Security Testing in a Carrier Environment
Sven Weizenegger, Lead of Security Testing and Senior Consultant, T-Systems; Heikki Kortti, Senior Security Specialist, Codenomicon

VoIP Security: Do Claims of Threats Justify Continued Research Efforts?
Jonathan Zar, Pingalo, Inc; Eric Y. Chen, NTT Information Sharing Platform Laboratories

Advanced Structural Fingerprinting in SIP
Humberto J. Abdelnur Radu State, Olivier Festor (INRIA)

Robustness Testing Of SIP, IMS and Of the Underlying IP Infrastructure
Lauri Piikivi (Codenomicon)

Protocol interactions among User Agents, Application Servers andMedia Servers
A. Amirante, T. Castaldi, L. Miniero and S. P. Romano (University of Napoli Federico II)

SOA-Type Service Composition With Reusable Telecommunications Components
Ioannis Fikouras (Ericsson Research), Gregory W. Bond (AT&T Laboratories)

VoIP SEAL 2.0 Security Suite for SIP enabled networks
Thilo Ewald, Nico d’Heureuse, Saverio Niccolini (NEC Laboratories Europe, DE)

On the deployment of Network Processors in Operational and Testing Network Devices
Fabio Mustacchio, Federico Rossi, Francesco Lamonica (NetResults Srl); Andrea Di Pietro, Fabio Vitucci, Domenico Ficara (University of Pisa – Department of Information Engineering)

Vishing Prevention by Authenticated Display-name
Stanley Chow Christophe Gustave Dmitri Vinokurov (Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Laboratories)

Note: This posting is for informative purposes only.  Conference notes are available from Springer LNCS and copyrighted IPTCOMM 2008.