International Workshop on
Satellite and Space Communications 2008

Message from the Chairs

Satellite systems have unique capabilities in terms of provision of broadcast/multicast services over wide coverage. Satellite networks are also attractive to complement terrestrial solutions to deliver a range of communication services (internet access, mobile communications and broadcasting...) in areas where implementation of terrestrial infrastructures is not economically viable because for instance of small user density. For all these reasons, satellite communications are experiencing a renewed interest from services providers and industry.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and experts from academia and industry, active in the field of satellite communication systems to discuss the current status, the technical challenges, the latest research results, and the foreseen evolution of standards. After the successes of IWSSC 2005 in Siena, Italy, IWSSC 2006 in Léganes, Spain, IWSSC 2007 in Salzburg, it is our great pleasure to welcome you in Toulouse.

The IWSSC 2008 technical programme is of high interest, and includes fifteen technical sessions, a panel session with the participation of international experts and four tutorials. The scope of the workshop covers a wide range of technical challenges to push satellite communications towards new frontiers, so as to provide efficient fixed or mobile broadband access and broadcast services, possibly with hybrid satellite and terrestrial networks or seamless integration with terrestrial infrastructures.

Among the significant number of received submissions originating from different regions of the world (83% from Europe, 12% from Asia, and 5% from North and South America), the accepted papers topics in the Technical Sessions range from physical layer (channel modelling and fade mitigation techniques, antennas, modulation and coding, synchronisation...) to satellite networking (radio resource management, transport layer protocols, IPv6...). Note that this workshop accommodates specific PhD sessions offering young researchers the opportunity to discuss their findings and liase with students from other research groups to foster integration of European satellite communications research activities.

Three Special Sessions are also organized, namely "ETSI broadband satellite multimedia, past, present and future", "OURSES project: medical services in rural areas using new satellite communication technologies", and "IPv6 networking for satellites, the SATSIX experience".

In addition to the state-of-the art sessions, a Panel Session is gathering executives from industry, satellite operators and space agencies to discuss new developments and challenges in satellite communications technologies, emerging services and applications. You will be nicely surprised by the unusual composition of the panel.

Tutorials are organised on the first day of the conference and offer you the opportunity to refresh and update your knowledge on mobile channel modelling, satellite based constellation networks, encapsulation concepts...

Last but not the least, the high ranking keynote and invited speakers will give you the latest developments on satellite communications programmes and initiatives of the European and Indian Space Agencies and their visions of the future.

Providing our workshop with extraordinary surroundings, Toulouse prides itself on its vibrant high-tech community and is the centre for aerospace higher education, research and industry in Europe. This is a very unique location for this workshop, providing the opportunity to network with your peers and colleagues from academia, research and industry and therefore to improve integration among European partners.

We would like to acknowledge the excellent support of ISAE, ONERA and TeSA in the organisation of the event, not to mention the FP6 SatNEx Network of Excellence. We would also thank our partners and sponsors: the City of Toulouse, EADS Astrium, the European Space Agency, the French Space Agency, the Midi Pyrénée Région, Thales Alenia Space and the IEEE Communication Society.

Finally, the Chairs would like to express their gratitude to the Technical Programme Committee Chairs (Laurent Castanet, Sooyoung Kim, and Ruhai Wang), the Panel and Tutorial Organisers (Sandro Scalise and Anton Donner). Very special and warm thanks are addressed to the local Organising Team chaired by David Bonacci and to the conference Secretariat (Yamina Nedjari) for the excellent job, as well as to the Publication Chair and co-Chair (Paolo Chini and Thierry Gayraud) who worked very hard over the past months.

Enjoy your stay in Toulouse and your participation to IWSSC 2008!

Looking forward to meeting you in Toulouse,

Profs. Michel Bousquet and Giovanni Giambene
General Chairs



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