International Conference on Communications

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The International Conference on Communications (ICC) is an annual international academic conference organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Communications Society. The conference grew out of the Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) when, in 1965, the seventh GLOBECOM was sponsored by the Communications Society's predecessor as the "IEEE Communications Convention". The following year it adopted its current name and GLOBECOM was disbanded (it has since been revived).[1] The conference was always held in the United States until 1984 when it was held in Amsterdam;[1] it has since been held in several other countries.[2]

Some major telecommunications discoveries have been announced at ICC, such as the invention of turbo codes.[3] In fact, this ground breaking paper had been submitted to ICC the previous year, but was rejected by the referees who thought the results too good to be true.[4]

Recent ICCs have been attended by 1200–1400 people.[5][6]

The program of a typical ICC features major Symposia, Industry Forums, Workshops and Tutorials. Technical sessions are typically held from Tuesday-Thursday, while special sessions, workshops, tutorials etc. are held Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays.

History of the Conference[edit]

History of the ICC conference
Year City Country Date
2018 Kansas City United States
2017 Paris France
2016 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
2015 London United Kingdom 8-12 June
2014 Sydney Australia 10–14 June
2013 Budapest Hungary 9–13 June
2012 Ottawa Canada 10–15 June
2011 Kyoto Japan 5–9 June
2010 Cape Town South Africa 23–27 May
2009 Dresden Germany 14–18 June
2008 Beijing China 19–23 May
2007 Glasgow United Kingdom 24–28 June
2006 Istanbul Turkey 11–15 June
2005 Seoul Korea 16–20 May
2004 Paris France 20–24 June
2003 Anchorage, Alaska United States 11–15 May
2002 New York City United States 28 April - 2 May
2001 Helsinki Finland 11–14 June
2000 New Orleans United States 18–22 June
1999 Vancouver Canada 6–10 June
1998 Atlanta United States 7–11 June
1997 Montreal Canada 8–12 June
1996 Dallas United States 23–27 June
1995 Seattle United States 18–22 June
1993 Geneva Switzerland 23–26 May


  1. ^ a b "IEEE Communications Society — History". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2006-03-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ "ICC". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2006-03-22. 
  3. ^ Berrou, C.; Glavieux, A.; Thitimajshima, P. (May 1993). "Near Shannon limit error-correcting coding: turbo codes". Proc. IEEE International Conference on Communications 2: 1064–1070. doi:10.1109/ICC.1993.397441. ISBN 0-7803-0950-2.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Alister Burr (August 2001). "Turbo-codes: the ultimate error control codes? (In particular, Section 2, pg. 156)". IEE Electronics & Communication Engineering Journal 13 (4): 155–165. ISSN 0954-0695. 
  5. ^ "ICC 2004 details". IEEE. Retrieved 2006-03-22. 
  6. ^ "ICC 2005 details". IEEE. Retrieved 2006-03-22.