behalf of the ICC 2004 Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure
to welcome you to Paris, France for the next IEEE International
Conference on Communications (ICC 2004) on 20-24 June 2004.
The technical program will feature a unique set of technical
symposia disseminating the latest research and development
results in communications and networking, and Executive and
Expert Panels, where industry leaders will address the hottest
topics in telecommunications and the future evolutions of
this field. In addition, the program will include tutorials
by internationally recognized experts, where engineers can
learn about new technologies of their choice.
After Amsterdam in 1984, Geneva in 1993 and Helsinki in 2001,
this is the fourth time that ICC is coming to Europe. Paris
is the world's premier tourist destination city, which has
everything to satisfy everyone's taste, be it for fashion,
arts, shopping, city walks, gourmet dining, or entertainment.
Paris has also a privileged situation in the heart of Europe
and is at the crossroads of a hi-tech region, which has its
fair share of the world's most significant innovations and
developments. Its engineering schools, universities, research
centers, and industries have played a pioneering role in many
recent technologies ranging from the Minitel (the ancestor
of the Internet), to the Global System for Mobile Communications
(GSM), and Digital Audio and Video Broadcasting (DAB, DVB)
standards, just to mention a few. It is in this dynamic environment
that ICC 2004 will bring together researchers, developers,
and practitioners from all over the world, and disseminate
the latest results in communications.
We urge you to take advantage of your travel to Paris and
hope you will be able to stay long enough to see some of its
wonders. The conference is at the beginning of the tourist
season, when all facilities are available, and still not crowded.
Come and enjoy this fabulous city, which enchants tens of
millions of visitors every year.
look forward to welcoming you to Paris!
behalf of the Technical Program Committee, it is my great pleasure
to invite you to join us in Paris for the 2004 IEEE International
Conference on Communications (ICC 2004). I am certain that you
will enjoy the excellent quality of the technical program and
that you will be thrilled to visit or revisit Paris, one of
the worlds finest cities.
Paper submission to ICC 2004 has gone much beyond our expectations.
We received 2946 papers from 63 countries, which is an absolute
record in the conferences history. The Technical Program
Committee carefully reviewed all submissions and selected 864
high-quality papers for presentation in one of the 9 symposia
organized in 18 parallel sessions. The paper acceptance ratio
is thus less than 30%, which ensures a high-quality technical
program. The ICC 2004 technical symposia are:
Access and Home Networks Symposium
Communication Theory Symposium
High-Speed Networks Symposium
Multimedia Technologies and Services Symposium
Optical Networking Symposium
QoS and Performance Modeling Symposium
Signal Processing in Communications Symposium
Wireless Communications Symposium
Wireless Networking Symposium
In addition to the technical symposia, in which attendees can
hear about the latest research results, the ICC 2004 Technical
Program also features a track of Executive and Expert Panels,
where top experts and executives, mostly from industry and network
operators, will discuss the current trends in communications
and networking and give their vision on the evolution of this
field in the coming years. We have organized 12 Executive and
Expert Panels devoted to very hot topics, which should be of
strong interest to a broad audience from both industry and academia.
Finally, the Technical Program features 27 Tutorials by internationally
recognized experts on very timely topics. These tutorials on
Sunday, 20 June, and Thursday, 24 June are an excellent opportunity
for engineers and researchers to learn about new topics and
keep technically up-to-date in a fast changing world.
Obviously, setting up such an ambitious technical program could
not have been possible without the hard work of many volunteers.
Unfortunately, the space limitations do not allow us to list
all of them in the Program. The ICC 2004 Technical Program Committee
alone has more than 350 members, and thousands of Reviewers
were needed to review the papers. I would like to thank all
of these volunteers for the time that they generously spent
on the ICC 2004 Technical Program.
I look forward to welcoming you to Paris!