12th February - 3rd March 2001 , Trieste (Italy)









ICTP: smr1301/Announcement



			   12 February - 2 March 2001

			   Miramare - Trieste,  Italy

	The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

(ICTP - Trieste, Italy), in co-operation with the International Union

of Radio Science (U.R.S.I. - Gent, Belgium) is organizing the "School

on Digital and Multimedia Communications using Terrestrial and Satellite

Radio Links" to be held from 12 February to 2 March 2001.

It will be directed by Prof. S. M. Radicella (Head of the Aeronomy and

Radiopropagation Laboratory - ICTP) and Prof. R. Struzak (Member of the

Radio Regulation Board - ITU).  

	This School is the follow-up of the previous schools on the use

of radio for digital communications held in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  These

schools had on their turn replaced the past series of Colleges on Radio-

propagation carried out at ICTP with the collaboration of URSI and


	Because of the growing importance of computer networking the School

will cover also topics related to this subject.


	The School will include one week (the first one) of tutorial

lectures and two weeks of laboratory work, where both computer

networking and radio techniques for digital communications will be

demonstrated.  It will be complemented by selected case studies to be

presented by the participants.  Such a scheme proposed for the School

is the result of experience gained during previous activities.

The programme will consist of: 

1. 	Tutorial lectures given by international experts on the following


	• Introduction: modern communication potential and needs in

          developing countries.

	• Perspectives of information society and global

	  information infrastructure. 

  	• Access to the spectrum/orbit resources, and principles

	  of spectrum management.

	• Principles of FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA (spread-spectrum)

	  radio links.

	• Radio interference, electromagnetic compatibility, and

	  coordination of radio links.

	• Earth-to-earth and earth-to-space radiopropagation

	  issues of interest to broadband systems.

	• Satellite-based and terrestrial-based broadband

	  radiocommunication systems.

2.	Laboratory work using the digital communications facilities

    	available at ICTP.  This activity will simulate the planning and

	implementation of a campus computer network with simple multimedia

	facilities using radio links.  The work will include practical

	exercises on:

	• Computer networking using terrestrial and satellite radio links,

	• Intranet multimedia campus networks,

	• Videoconferencing hardware and software.

3.	Discussions and analyses of selected case studies to be

	presented by the participants on issues related to the programme of 

	the School.  Technical experts from telecommunication enterprises

	will be invited to participate in this part of the School.  


	Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the

United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA can attend the School. 

The main purpose of the Centre is to help research workers from developing

countries through a programme of training activities within a framework of

international co-operation.  However students and post-doctoral scientists

from developed countries are also welcome to attend. 

As the School will be conducted in English, participants should have an

adequate working knowledge of that language.


  	As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses of the participants

should be borne by the home institutions.  However, limited funds are

available for some scientists from developing countries.  As scarcity

of funds allows travel to be granted only in few exceptional cases,

every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their

fares (or at least half-fare) from their home country. It is stressed

that participants whose travel expenses are paid by the ICTP are required

to attend the entire School.  For logistics reasons, connected with the

number of Personal Computers available, the total number of participants

in the School is limited. There is no registration fee for attending the


	The closing date for requesting participation is 20 November


	The completed request for participation form (also obtainable

 via e-mail: smr1301@ictp.trieste.it, and by typing on the subject line

"get index" or via the WWW Server: http://www.ictp.trieste.it/) should be

completed, signed and posted to: 

	The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

		School on Digital and Multimedia Communications

		  using Terrestrial and Satellite Radio Links

			       Attn. Mr. A. Maggi

			      Strada Costiera, 11

			        I-34100 Trieste 


Telephone: +39-0402240111	Telex: 460392 ICTP I	Telefax: +39-040224163

			   E-mail: smr1301@ictp.trieste.it

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