WCNC 2004 General Chair Remarks

On behalf of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and the members of the Organizing Committee I would like to welcome you to the 2004 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference – WCNC 2004 – ComSoc’s flagship conference in the area of wireless communications technology and services. This is the third successive year that WCNC is co-located with the CTIA (Cellular Telephone and Internet Association) WIRELESS 2004 trade show. This increasingly successful partnership allows WCNC attendees a uniquely comprehensive experience of being exposed to both leading edge R&D results and to the most recent developments in the equipment and service industries as well as network with scientists and industry professionals from around the globe.

Undoubtly WCNC is becoming bigger every year. This year we will be showcasing a record number of technical papers. WCNC is also becoming better. Every year the pool of papers from which we draw our program is growing tremendously allowing us to implement a extremely competitive selection process. Steve Weinstein and his talented committee did an outstanding job in putting together a superior program that as usual includes not only the technical sessions but is complemented by a host of Tutorials carefully chosen by the Technical Program Committee. Those attendees who prefer a more applied and business-oriented flavor are been offered a track of Business and Application Sessions that will permeate the whole conference. Please do not miss the opening session on Monday afternoon anchored by distingished keynote speakers and a panel on Global Network Evolution jointly produced by ComSoc and CTIA and featuring wireless technology leaders from different countries.

Broadband Wireless: The Time Is Now! The conference theme, selected by the Organizing Committee, is very current. It recognizes the direction the industry is moving and as consequence it is the underlying focus of most of the contributions presented at WCNC. It also represents the pressing challenge we engineers are facing, to develop a wireless communications infrastructure that allows broadband services that are truly attractive to users (as judged by the users and not by vendors or service providers) to be created and offered at a price that customers are willing to pay.

Please enjoy WCNC 2004, the CTIA event and the myriad of attractions that the Olympic city of Atlanta has to offer.

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