(Updated April 15th)

Seventh International Workshop on Feature Interactions
in Telecommunications and Software Systems

11th June to 13th June, 2003
(Tutorials on 10th June)
Ottawa, Canada

About FIW

The Feature Interaction Workshop is the primary international forum for discussion and reporting on research in the feature interaction problem in telecommunications and software systems. The forum includes:
FIW'03 is the seventh in a series of international events addressing the issue of feature interactions. The workshop aims to bring together representatives of the telecommunications industry, the software industry, and the research community working on various aspects of feature interactions in order to discuss possible solutions and their practical applications, as well as setting directions for further research. Active debates will be encouraged; participants are invited to contribute topics for discussion. Poster presentations and tool demonstrations are also warmly welcomed. Original research papers are solicited, as well as brief reports on ongoing research and research already published elsewhere. 'Best paper' prizes will be awarded. As for previous workshops in the series, the proceedings will be published in a hard-cover book by a major international publisher.

The Feature Interaction problem

Feature interaction occurs when one feature modifies or subverts the operation of another one. This phenomenon is not unique to the domain of telecommunications systems: it can occur in any software system that is subject to changes (not to mention areas of medicine, engineering, and law that are not directly covered in this workshop, but which may be taken into consideration in order to exploit useful analogies).

Although interactions among classical telephony features are now fairly well understood, the feature interaction problem presents new challenges in emerging types of systems based on policies, dynamic (Web) services, mobility, or new architectures such as Parlay, 3G, .NET, or GRID and active networks. The proliferation of players and software/service engineering techniques coupled with the constant pressure for the rapid introduction of new services and applications lead to undesirable interactions that jeopardize the quality of the products delivered as well as the satisfaction of the users. Detecting, solving, preventing, and managing such interactions at different stages of the development process are more than ever important problems that need to be addressed with cost-effective techniques and tools. Techniques successfully applied to conventional telecommunications systems are still useful in many cases, yet they may no longer be able to cope with the complexity of emerging systems.

Workshop History

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
N. Griffeth, Y.-J. Lin
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
L.G. Bouma, H. Velthuijsen
Kyoto, Japan
K.E. Cheng, T. Ohta
Montréal, Canada
P. Dini, R. Boutaba, L. Logrippo
Lund, Sweden
K. Kimbler, L.G. Bouma
Glasgow, Scotland
M. Calder, E. Magill


We propose to focus the workshop on the topics listed below. Contributions extending beyond this list and addressing other issues related to the interaction problem (e.g. classification, taxonomy or benchmarking) will be welcomed also.


Technical papers will be published by IOS Press in a hard-cover book as the 7th book in the series on Feature Interactions in Telecommunication and Software Systems. Accepted papers must be presented at the workshop by one of the authors.

Full Papers

These papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions should not exceed 16 pages, 15.6 cm wide and 25.2 cm long (on A4 size paper), 12 pitch in a common font such as Times or similar.

Short Papers

In order to make the workshop as complete as possible from the point of view of coverage of current research in the area, we also solicit short papers. These can be industrial reports (I), position papers (P), or summaries of research already published elsewhere (S). Such papers should not exceed 5 pages with the same format and font characteristics mentioned above, but should be sufficiently self-contained to be appreciated on their own. Each paper should be clearly labelled as I, P, or S.  Industrial reports should describe industrial case studies or industrial research directions. Position papers should propose novel research directions. Summaries should contain appropriate citations.


All submissions must be in English. Electronic submission via is mandatory. Acceptable file formats for electronic submission are PostScript (compressed) and PDF. Authors should ensure that their paper is printable in other systems around the world, since printing problems may jeopardize the review process. Camera-ready copies of accepted papers will have to adhere to the format outlined on the IOS Press Web page and be sent in Word or PDF. 


NEW: Proposals for poster presentations, including title, authors, and short description (400 words maximum), or the poster itself, should be sent to before May 17th. Posters should not be larger than 12 pages (letter or A4).

Tool Demonstrations

NEW: Proposals for tool demonstrations, including title, authors, and short description (400 words maximum) should be sent to before May 17th. Special requests for equipment should be included (although it would be best to bring your own).

The Feature Interaction Best Paper Awards

Two prizes will be awarded at the workshop:

Most Novel Domain Award

This prize will be awarded to the paper that investigates feature interaction in the most novel domain of application (feature interactions elsewhere). This mostly excludes areas emphasized in the past, such as (POTS) telephone systems. Examples of new areas are enumerated in the first item of the suggested topics list, but others are warmly welcomed.

Best Paper Award

This award will be selected by the programme committee based on the excellence of the paper.

Submission Deadlines

NEW! December 9, 2002
Deadline for title, authors, and abstract
NEW! December 15, 2002 Deadline for paper submissions to
February 3, 2003 Notification of acceptance
February 24, 2003 Submission of Camera-Ready Paper
May 17, 2003 Deadline for poster/demo submissions

Workshop Location

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, with approximately one million habitants. Placed at the confluence of three rivers, it has attractive view, great outdoors, beautiful museums and many other exciting attractions . The weather is usually quite nice in mid-June. Also known as Silicon-Valley North , Ottawa is about 200 km from Montréal and 450 km from Toronto, with good air, train and bus connections to both.

The University of Ottawa is a major research centre in Canada, with a history of over 150 years and over 25,000 students. The School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) is a joint school of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The Workshop will take place in its shining new building , with good computer facilities and a food court, near sports facilities and nice walks.

Many accommodations can be found at walking distance from the SITE building (see bottom of campus map ).

More details on the venue will be provided later.


Workshop Co-Chairs

Daniel Amyot
School of Information Technology and Engineering
University of Ottawa
800 King Edward
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada)

Phone: (613) 562-5800 ext 6947
Fax: (613) 562-5664
Luigi Logrippo
Département d’informatique
Université du Québec en Outaouais
C.P. 1250, Succ. B
Hull, QC, J8X 3X7(Canada)

Phone: (819) 595-3900 ext 1885
Fax: (613) 562-5664

Programme Committee

Joanne Atlee
University of Waterloo, Canada
Lynne Blair
University of Lancaster, England
Muffy Calder
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Bernie Cohen City University, England
Pierre Combes France Telecom, France
Petre Dini
Cisco Systems / Concordia University, USA
J. Paul Gibson
NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Tom Gray
GRconsultants, Canada
Jean-Charles Grégoire
INRS-Télécommunications, Canada
Robert J. Hall
AT&T Labs Research, USA
Bengt Jonsson
Uppsala University, Sweden
Ferhat Khendek
Concordia University, Canada
Ahmed Khoumsi
Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
David Lee
Bell Labs Research, China
Yow-Jian Lin
SUNY Stony Brook, USA
Evan Magill
University of Stirling, Scotland
Dave Marples
Global Inventures, USA
Masahide Nakamura
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Tadashi Ohta
Soka University, Tokyo, Japan
Farid Ouabdesselam
LSR-IMAG, Grenoble, France
Mark Ryan
University of Birmingham, England
Henning Schulzrinne
Columbia University, USA
Simon Tsang
Telcordia Technologies, USA
Ken Turner
University of Stirling, Scotland
Greg Utas
Sonim Technologies, USA
Pamela Zave

Chair, Most Novel Domain Award Committee

Mark Ryan
University of Birmingham, England


All queries to the Organising Committee should be sent to: