11th International Conference on Standardisation and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT)

11th International Conference on

Standardisation and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT)

The Past, 20/20 and FUTURE of ICT Standardisation

2 – 4 September 2020

The conference will be postponed to September 2021.

We will have a (smallish) online event in early September.

New Submission Deadline: 1 June 2020.

Proceedings will be published!

Details will follow. Watch this space.

About the Conference

Over the past decade, the ICT industry has undergone a dramatic transformation. One effect of this has been a shift of economic and technical power to some of the largest corporations in the world. This has had massive ramification for investments in this sector, as well as for the ecosystem of ICT application and product development. Has this development impacted standardisation and innovation and if so, how? 

Moreover, it appears that the ICT industry has become overly obsessed with being first and being unique; change has become a desirable end in itself. In such an environment, standardisation may quickly be devaluated in stakeholders’ mind sets. It is still necessary but ‘someone else’s problem’.  And this will lead to long term (interoperability) problems.

Against this background, SIIT 2020 aims to take a step back and do some stock-taking. What have we got? What do we need? How can we close the gap (if any)? Where will we probably go from here and where should we go? Can we learn something from history? How do ongoing technical, economic, political, social or legal developments impact standardisation, and how can/should the current standardisation system adapt to these developments (if at all)?

Since 1999, SIIT conferences are bringing together experts from academia, government and industry with an interest in ICT standardisation. It thus serves as a platform to foster the exchange of insights and views on all issues surrounding standards, standardisation and innovation. Contributing academic disciplines include, but are by no means limited to: Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, History, Information Systems, Law, Management Studies and Sociology.

Paper Submission

Submissions due: 1 June 2020

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 5 July 2020

Final paper due: 2 August 2020

SIIT 2020 invites submissions of original, unpublished papers (which should be formatted according to the submission guideliens; see below) for one of these categories:

  • Academic papers will typically adopt a more theoretical approach and will ideally inform academics as well as practitioners (up to 8,000 words).
  • Industry papers address relevant topics from a more practical perspective and should also help ‘ground’ academic research (up to 8,000 words).
  • Opinion papers shouldfocus on well-motivated personal views (up to 4,000 words).
  • Work-in-progress papers report and discuss ongoing activities (up to 4,000 words).

All papers will undergo a double blind peer-review process. Authors may submit more than one paper.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as part of the ‘EURAS Contributions to Standardisation Research’ book series (no copyright transfer required). They will also be fast-tracked for inclusion in the International Journal on Standardization Research (IJSR) (subject to approval by the authors).

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present (updated versions of) their papers at the postponed event, to be held in September 2021 in Aachen.

Download the Call for Papers

Download the Submission Guidelines

Submit a paper through EasyChair

Technical Programme Committee

  • Chair: Rudi Bekkers, TU Eindhoven, NL
  • Martin Adolph, ITU, CH
  • Nitin Aggarwal, SJSU, US
  • Paolo Bellavista, U. Bologna, IT
  • Knut Blind, TU Berlin, DE
  • Nils Brunsson, Uppsala U., SE
  • Carl Cargill, Consultant, US
  • Simao Campos, ITU, CH
  • Jorge Contreras, U. of Utah, US
  • Donggeun Choi, KSA, KR
  • Tineke Egyedi, DIRoS, NL
  • Erwin Folmer, TNO, NL
  • Vladislav Fomin, Vilnius U., LT
  • Linda Garcia, Georgetown U.,
  • Matt Heckman, Zuyd U. of Applied Sciences, NL
  • Kai Jakobs, RWTH Aachen U., DE
  • Geerten van de Kaa, TU Delft, NL
  • Thomas Kalling, U. of Lund, SE
  • Ken Krechmer, CU, US
  • Heejin Lee, Yonsei U., KR
  • Bjorn Lundell, U. of Skövde, SE
  • Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve U., US 
  • Anne Mione, U. of Montpellier, FR
  • Cesare Riillo, STATEC, LU
  • Andrew Russell, SUNY, US
  • Tim Schoechle, NISLAPP, US
  • Mostafa Hashem Sherif, Consultant, US
  • Jan Smits, TU Eindhoven, NL
  • Michael Spring, U. of Pittsburgh, US
  • Kees Stuurman, U. of Tilburg, NL
  • Valerio Torti, Luiss-Guido Carli U., IT
  • Klaus Turowski, Magdeburg U., DE
  • Karthikeyan Umapathy, U. of North Florida. US
  • Ray Walshe, DCI, IE
  • Marc van Wegberg, Consultant, NL
  • Martin Weiss, U. of Pittsburgh, US
  • Robert van Wessel, ApexIS, NL
  • Robin Williams, U. of Edinburgh, UK

Some Further Information

Aachen is Germany’s westernmost city, bordering on the Netherlands and Belgium; both are just a short bus ride away from the city centre. The ‘Dreiländereck’ (the region where three countries meet) is a popular holiday destination, and for good reasons. It’s a rather tranquil area, ideal for hiking and cycling (if you don’t mind hills), with peaceful villages (mostly with good pubs or restaurants) interconnected by a well-marked network of small country roads and field paths.

The city itself is mid-sized (with a population of around 250,000) and may easily be explored on foot. Aachen’s cathedral, built upon a request by Emperor Charlemagne., saw thirty kings being crowned within its walls. The cathedral was named Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site as early as 1978. The Market Square and the adjacent Katschhof, both dominated by the impressive Town Hall, form the heart of the city. The surrounding Old Town is ideal for a short stroll (don’t forget to look out for the numerous fountains for which Aachen is also famous). You will find a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants there, one of which may come in handy if the stroll did take a little longer ….

The city is also home to Germany’s the largest technical university (RWTH), and one of its best. It is thus little wonder that city life is very much shaped by the around 60,000 students who are enrolled in Aachen’s different universities. Aachen’s history, the large number students and the many regular visitors from the Netherlands and Belgium help create a unique atmosphere.


So, you might want to stay over the weekend and explore the city and its environs ….


Getting to and around Aachen: https://www.aachen-tourismus.de/en/plan/arrival/

Aachen Tourist Service: https://www.aachen-tourismus.de/en/

Accommodation: https://www.aachen-tourismus.de/aachen/ukv?lang=en

RWTH Aachen University: https://www.rwth-aachen.de/en

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