International Siberian Conference on Control and Communications SIBCON: Origin and Early Years
The origins of the International Siberian Conference on Control and
Communications go back to 1995. The conference was originally proposed
by Research Department of TUSUR as a biannual national event with a few
guests invited from abroad. The first Symposium firstly named "The
International Scientific Conference on Use of Research Conversion
Results in the Siberian Institutions of Higher Education for International
Cooperation" (SIBCONVERS'95), held from 4 to 6 October 1995. It was
sponsored by State Committee of Higher Education of the Russian Federation.
SIBCONVERS provides a forum for the exchange of information on the
conversion of researches and developments for using in peaceful purposes. Participants of the Siberian Institutions of Higher Education having
defense research experience (Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk,
Irkutsk, Barnaul and the other cities) and military-industrial complex
representatives was presented.
The Symposium was organized by a group of a few scientists and researchers
from TUSUR and Tomsk State University. From this group, only Oleg Stukach
have continued their active involvement with the Symposium until 2011,
and later in honorary functions. Others changed interest in the meantime,
or passed away. It is thus natural that founder of Tomsk joint IEEE Chapter
runned the conference that surprisingly survived fiveteen years.
After the 1999 Symposium, we pressed to make the SIBCON conference
as both gathered first-hand experience in successful international
collaboration on technical matters and felt that internationalization
of the SIBCON would be beneficial to all. Oleg Stukach participated
in an international projects and was actively involved in the TUSUR
It was some difficulties to make SIBCON international, as low income of
domestic participants and sponsors. One should remember that in Russia,
divided by the cold-war iron curtain, there was no such event organized
on a regular basis. With time, however, the idea of organizing an
international conference in Siberia found wide appreciation, creating
an international fraternity interested in the development of the art
and science of control and communications.
Since 1999 SIBCON is the largest IEEE co-sponsored meeting in Siberia. Last conferences were held:
2011 September 15-16
2009 March 27-28
2007 April 20-21
2005 October 21-22
2003 October 1-2
2001 November 28-29
1999 May 18-20
Topics of SIBCON include:
1. The Fundamental Problems of Communication and Control Theory.
2. Subsurface Radar and Remote Sensing.
3. Semiconductor Materials, Sensors, and Electron Devices.
More difficult was the issue of program coordination and personal trust
was decisive here, as usual. In 1998 Professor Boris Kapilevich proposed
idea of organizind IEEE Chapter in Tomsk. A first step to join people
to Chapter was the conference. It was thus with no surprise that he
supported the concept of the closest collaboration of Tomsk and ED-S IEEE.
To implement this idea, consultations with ED-S as the Symposium sponsor
were needed. Five years later we established good relations with MTT-S
Hectic preparations took place in 2001. Structure of the conference has
been made close to a regular international event. The conference became
truly international, with English and Russian as its official languages.
Papers were accepted and printed in English only. During sessions,
simultaneous interpretation was offered to foreing participants. Such
a situation lasted until 2005. Several conferences were convened in
The conference could not be created, exist, and develop without support
of numerous individuals and organizations. First of all, the backing of the
Russian Foundation for Basic Researches (RFBR), Tomsk Polytechnic
University, AlparySoft R&D, Radar R&D was crucial. Liaison with Radar R&D
goes back to the second 1997 event, when S.P. Lukyanov was among the
Symposium guests. Radar R&D offered financial support for young
scientists' participation. As usual, behind
organizational facades were committed people. O.A. Kozhemyak,
S.P. Lukyanov, A.D. Gelman, T.M. Orzechowski played a decisive role.
The SIBCON owes a great deal to a number of members of Scientific
Program Committee as A.A. Shelupanov, A.V. Tyazhev, I.J. Immoreev,
C.M. Stallo, L.A. Fokin, A.G. Dubinsky, A.K. Baranovski, R.P. Khudeev.
Professor B.Yu. Kapilevich, founder of Novosibirsk Joint Chapter supported
the event for many years. It is worth noting that B.Yu. Kapilevich
organized the IEEE Russia Siberia Section in 2003. Officers of the IEEE Russia Siberia
Section - A.N. Fionov, N.A. Dvurechenskaya, A.V. Gridchin deserves special
mention. They initiated financial support of the main section events.
The IEEE support materialized through the activities of Book Broker
Program and Pat Tompson as chair of the program. SIBCON has been a
common endeavor of many individuals, too many to list all of them here.
Without their imagination and invaluable hard work behind the scenes,
the conference would not be possible.
From the very beginning, the SIBCON conference offered various social
activities, including get-together parties, excursions, bowling, and
The years that have passed since the inception of the SIBCON witnessed
many changes. About ten generations of electronic technologies appeared.
Some generations of engineers left universities to start professional
carriers. The iron curtain disappeared.
We always tried to bring together individuals interested in various
fields, theory and practical applications, to enable their interaction in
the belief that new ideas often sparkle on the borders of different fields
of activity. As a result, Tomsk became a meeting place of people
involved in the different researches: wave propagation and antennas,
control and management, communications and spectrum engineering. It worked
and people were supportive to such a wide range of topics. It is worth
noting that during these years, his working contacts transformed into
friendship with the many participants which lasted up to present.