• Theme

“Beyond the boundaries: Challenges for business, policy and society”

Information and communication technologies are radically transforming products, industries, and ultimately, the lives of people. Mechanical devices that were once confined to their physical entities have now become “smart, connected products” where each product is interconnected to a complex network of hardware, software, cloud storage, and microprocessors. The proliferation of such products is made possible through the development of ubiquitous connectivity, compact mobile devices, and creative application contents.

The development of smart, connected products creates a new paradigm where traditional businesses are redefined, new industries are created, and means of creating value are modified. In order to satisfy the fragmented needs of media consumers, boundaries among industries are blurred and the clear distinction between online and offline services has faded away. For instance, mobile instant messaging service providers are extending their business models to deliver end-to-end services on the mobile platform.

Persistent efforts in developing the Internet of Things (IoT) also contribute to this radical shift in the ICT environment. With numerous sensors connected to autonomous products, IoT is capable of collecting big data and creating new opportunities for a smart society and smart life.

As much as new innovations provide creative opportunities, it also accompanies risks and challenges. For example, transparency issues on user’s personal data need to be addressed and solved. Firms are also challenged to survive in the competitive market through various methods such as global expansion or strategic alliances with firms in inter-or intra-industries. Government regulations are thus critical in creating a healthy ICT environment. As smart connected products continuously emerge and influence the ICT environment, policies that are appropriate to the ICT industry will need to be created and enforced. Through effective carrot-and-stick strategies, it is hoped that the ICT industry will increase its sustainability, while contributing to the local and global societies.

The development of smart connected products blurs traditional boundaries and creates a new ICT environment of risks and opportunities. The 2018 ITS Biennial Conference seeks to understand how business firms, governments, and societies can respond and contribute to the healthy development of the ICT ecosystem. We therefore propose six plenary and parallel session tracks as follows.


  • Tracks

Track 1. Broadband and next generation network

– Public/private investment in broadband infrastructure

– Using unlicensed spectrums (ex. white space) for greater
internet access

– Interoperability and standards of broadband networks

– Fixed broadband access networks for rural areas

– Role of content providers in broadband access network


Track 2. Internet of Things (IoT)

– Development of the IoT concept and definition

– IoT spectrum needs and challenges

– IoT ecosystem and business models

– Security and privacy concerns over IoT

– Smart city, smart government, and smart society in a connected world


Track 3. Content and applications

– Application platform, consumer, and developer

– Virtual/augmented reality content

– Multi-channel network and user-generated content

– Is content the king? – Content leverage in the ICT market

– Mobile instant messaging and applications


Track 4. Innovative ICT business models

– Future of Fintech industry and mobile payment system

– Competition of platforms in the mobile world

– Convergence/divergence of business models in the connected world

– Changing business models in content and commerce markets

– M&A and strategic partnerships within or between ICT industries


Track 5. Policy and regulation

– Spectrum and internet policies around the world

– Neutrality issues in network, platform, and content dimensions

– Institutional factors affecting the cloud market

– Public and private regulation on ICT industries

– Security and privacy policies


Track 6. ICT and global society

– Global ICT governance

– Trade and investment in global ICT industries

– Global ICT standardization in different countries

– Global ICT business and emerging economies

– Bridging the digital divide


  • Important dates (tentative, GMT+0900)

– August 18, 2017: Abstract Submission opens

– January 26, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission

– February 11, 2018: Extended deadline for abstract submission

– March 16, 2018: Announcement of accepted papers

– May 18, 2018: Deadline for the submission of full paper

– May 25, 2018: Extended deadline for full paper submission

– June 24~27, 2018: Conference


  • Submission of abstract

Abstracts should be about two pages in length (800 to 1000 words) and contain the following information:

– Title of the contribution

– A clear statement of the research question

– Remarks on methodology adopted in the paper

– Outline of (expected) results

– Bibliographical notes (up to six main references used in the paper)

Please submit your abstract in PDF format.

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind peer review.


  • Online submission

ITS Seoul 2018 is using the Easychair online submission system. Please use the following link to submit an abstract through Easychair:

If you do not have an account with Easychair, you will need to set one up. If you have used Easychair as an author or reviewer, your existing password and account remain valid.
Please ensure that your abstract is anonymized. You will be invited to provide your personal information in a different section.


  • Submission of full papers

There is neither character limit nor specific format for the paper of ITS Seoul 2018.

If you need a guideline, please refer to the information below.

– Paper size: A4 portrait orientation

– Font: Times New Roman

– Point: 12pt

– Margins: top 35mm, bottom, right, and left 30mm

– Line spacing: 1 – 1.5 lines (not necessarily in double line spacing)

– Length of the paper: no limitation

Please submit your paper in PDF format.


  • Notice

– We intend to publish a special issue of Telecommunications Policy based on papers presented in Seoul. Telecommunications Policy is the SSCI-indexed journal of the International Telecommunications Society, and is published by Elsevier.

Best Student Paper Awards, sponsored by TELUS, will be awarded to some of student-authored papers. In order to be eligible for Best Student Paper Awards, all authors should be full-time students at the time of submission.


  • Local team

Organizing Committee Chair: Prof. Seongcheol Kim, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Program Chair: Prof. Youngsun Kwon, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea

Secretary General: Prof. Sangwoo Lee, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea


  • Contact

Contact point: Dr. So-Eun Lee, Korea University, Seoul, Korea