Alexandria, EGYPT
June 28 - July 1, 2004

Welcome Message from the Technical Program Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Technical Program Committee, we welcome you to the Ninth IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC 2004). We are sure that you will find the technical program exciting and of high quality and you will enjoy this year location in Alexandria, Egypt.

We would like first to thank all the authors of contributed papers and all those who attended the conference. We would also like to extend our thanks to all the reviewers that contributed significantly to maintain high quality and fairness in the overall review and evaluation process. The Technical Program Committee has ensured that only the highest quality papers have been accepted for presentation and publication in our conference proceedings. We received a very large number of paper submissions this year, 475 in total, from all over the world. Each paper has been reviewed by at least three international experts and then assessed by the program committee. We have accepted only 190 papers, which means an acceptance ratio of 40%.

The technical program contains 36 technical sessions arranged in four parallel tracks. These technical sessions and papers present interesting research and development efforts and results in the following diverse areas: Web Services and E-Commerce, Agent Technology, Distributed Computing Systems, Data Mining, Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks, Optical Communications, Security, Wireless Networks and Systems, QoS Provisioning, Signal Processing, Control and Optimization of Communication Systems, Network Modeling and Analysis, Traffic Engineering and Network Architecture, Network and Service Management.
Furthermore 6 tutorials delivered by experts in their fields are included in the technical program. These tutorials cover several interesting aspects of the overall computers and communications field, ranging from communications network design and architecture issues, to topics associated with the project management for telecommunication services.
Distinguished keynote speakers have contributed with their talks to give insights into the fascinating world of computers and telecommunications, indicating new trends and future technology developments.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the program committee, session chairs and expert reviewers who did a very professional job, meeting all the tight deadlines we were forced to impose.

We believe that you will get great technical information here at ISCC 2004 from the world's experts in the fields of communications and computers. The conference proceedings will allow you to obtain detailed information and share this information with other colleagues, for all the papers accepted. We are confident that ISCC 2004 will provide a forum for high quality interdisciplinary discussions on the various aspects of convergence between communications and computer technologies all over the world. The large diversity of the highly qualified participants and contributors, that come from a broad range of countries, universities and companies, guarantee its success and quality.

Dr. Symeon Papavassiliou Dr. Antonio Puliafito

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University of Messina
Messina, Italy