The 23rd Biennial International Telecommunications Society Conference | 21-25 June 2020
Call for papers will be announced end of June 2019


The ITS Biennial organization will be taken up by a dedicated team at the research group IDLab – UGent/imec. Both Ghent University and imec provide institutional support.


The Internet and Data Science lab (IDLab) belongs to the Engineering Faculty of Ghent University (and partly also to the University of Antwerp) as well as to the Connectivity department of imec IDLab brings together 300 Internet experts and data scientists and focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. We develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centres worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies in 500+ collaborations with industry.
Within IDLab, the techno-economics team is performing research which aims to support decision makers by translating technological innovation into business opportunities and challenges in different application domains. The initiative for attracting the ITS Biennial to Ghent originates from this group.

Ghent University

Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, was founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange. The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists and other prominent persons such as Nobel Prize winners Corneille Heymans and Maurice Maeterlinck, Leo Baekeland, Robert Cailliau (co-inventor of the Internet), Dirk Frimout (astronaut), Peter Piot (United Nations) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC). Today, Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees. Our 11 faculties are composed of 117 faculty departments. These departments offer more than 230 high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research UGent distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.


imec is a world-leading Flemish research institute, which is a trusted R&D partner of companies, start-ups and academia. We combine our longstanding leadership in microchip technology with in-depth expertise in software and ICT to lay the foundation of more personalized healthcare, smarter cities, cleaner energy and more efficient mobility, logistics and manufacturing solutions. We are a single point of contact for innovators and entrepreneurs who want to explore the potential of advanced technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes imec unique

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Local Organising Committee

  • Sofie Verbrugge - imec-Ghent University
  • Marlies Van der Wee - imec-Ghent University

Technical Programme Committee

Will be announced later

Time flies, don't get surprised by how fast things go...


Days until
Call for Papers publication
Sunday 30 Jun 2019


Days until
submission deadline
Friday 31 Jan 2020


Days until
notification of acceptance
Tuesday 31 Mar 2020


Days until
congress start
Sunday 21 Jun 2020

Why Ghent...

Because Lonely Planet has called our city “Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see destination, and more recently “a city small enough to feel cosy but big enough to stay vibrant”.

Because National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed our city as the most authentic historic city in the world and full of life.

Because you must witness with your own eyes what Napoleon and the mysterious thief of “the Just Judges” panel already knew: The Mystic Lamb really is key to European art history.

Because Ghent is at the crossroads of the most important inland waterways in Flanders.

Because the city comes to life again after sunset.

And of course because you like to get off the beaten track.

Congress Sponsors

Organiser - Ghent University

Organiser - imec