Come to Colombia!

Professor Francisco Vargas and me at the Colombian Air Force base near Medellin. Captain Jimmy Florez was our host.
Professor Claudia Isaza, standing by one of those spectacular trees
Some Botero statues in the square, with Francisco and Camila in the fourground.

Welcome. It’s good to see you again!

As you may know from my ‘about me’ I am chairman of the Executive Committee of the IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology. In 2013 the conference is to be in Medellín (pronounced meh-deh-Jean, with the accent on the ‘Jean’) which is the second city of Colombia.

I went to Medellín in September to see our conference facilities and meet the people involved. Professor Francisco Vargas and Professor Claudia Isaza, both of the University of Antioquia, are the main organisers. I cannot resist telling you that I was completely overwhelmed by this beautiful city and the wonderful people I met, including all those who will be helping with our conference. Everyone is so enthusiastic not only about having the conference there but also about their work, their city and their country. I am now in love with Colombia, Medellín and these glorious people!

This is mainly to tell you that something really exciting has happened! We have just published our Call for Papers which reads:

47th IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST2013)

Medellín, Colombia – October 8-11, 2013

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 47th IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (IEEE ICCST). It is to be hosted by the Universidad de Antioquia and will be held from October 8 to October 11, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel, Medellín, Colombia (South America). Medellín is a world class Colombian city, the second most important city of the country and the heart of the commercial, industrial and technological development in Colombia.

This annual conference is the world’s longest-running, international technical symposium on security technology. It is a forum for collaboration on all aspects of physical, cyber and electronic security research, development, systems engineering, testing, evaluation, operations and sustainment. The IEEE ICCST facilitates the exchange of ideas and sharing of information on both new and existing technology and systems. Conference participants are encouraged to consider the impact of their work on society. The IEEE ICCST provides a foundation for support to authorities and agencies responsible for security, safety and law enforcement in the use of available and future technology. Papers for presentation at the conference should address one or more of the following topics on security technology. Papers on other relevant topics will also be considered.

1. Sensor and detection technology, including sensor webs and signal fusion 2. Advanced video systems, automatic monitoring, automatic threat recognition 3. Alarm monitoring, command and control systems, including human factors 4. Threat identification and modeling 5. Information security, encryption, privacy 6. Cyber security and malware protection 7. Wireless communications security including spectrum use and encryption 8. Biometrics including voice, hand, finger, face and other characteristics 9. Access control and identity management 10. Barrier technology and modeling 11. Inspection and forensics technologies 12. Less-than-lethal weapons technology 13. Counter-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction 14. Airport and transportation security 15. Emergency operations and management 16. Local, state and national interoperability 17. Network-centric systems, deployment, operations and life-cycle management 18. System engineering and modeling 19. Operator training and performance 20. User experiences of operating security systems including testing 21. Vulnerability analysis and modeling 22. Impact of security technology on society 23. Security education

Important dates: – Abstract submissions: 25 March 2013 – Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2013 – Final Paper submission: 08 July 2013 – Early Hotel Accommodation Booking: 31th August 2013 (Space Limited) – Early Registration Fee: 31th August 2013

Paper format: Papers should be submitted according to the IEEE template for conference proceedings which is available here in doc and latex format. In addition, you must fill up the (C) transfer form. Final paper along with signed copyright transfer form must be submitted through the easychair conference system at the following link: abstract submission.

For more information, visit:

Come to our conference in 2013! I trust Colombia!


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