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A Message from the PC Chairs

On behalf of the Technical Program Comittee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to MobiQuitous 2006 (MQ). In onl its third year, this conference has earned a respectable place within the scientific community working on mobile and ubiquitous computing research. Ultimately this largely rests on the technical program of research papers offered by the conference. This year we feel we have a good program that that brings together researchers working on many layers of the software and protocol stack, ranging from wireless networking protocols to mobile applications and middleware.

The Technical Program Committee (TPC) consists of 58 experts drawn from industry and academia. All 107 papers submitted for the conference went through the same blind peer-review process. The first phase was a Quick Reject phase, where a small number of papers that were identified as being obviously out of scope or of too low quality were rejected by the TPC chairs; this was done to save both the authors and the TPC valuable time. All remaining papers were assigned to TPC members to review, and in many cases additional external reviewers were also invited to provide reviews. In fact about two dozen external reviewers provided reviews.

Based on the reviews, 19 papers were accepted as full papers, an acceptance ratio of about 17%. Some papers were considered to be of good quality but not mature enough to be presented as full papers; thus 6 papers were accepted as Research In Progress papers. Finally, 12 submissions were invited to make poster presentations. We feel that the Research In Progress and poster presentations will contribute greatly to the program by stimulating interactive discussion and providing an early look at new ideas and approaches under exploration. The final program has authors from 18 countries who will converge at the meeting in San Jose.

We would like to thank the TPC as well as the external reviewers for their efforts. We would also like to thank the General Chairs, Tom LaPorta and Hamid Ahmadi, for their invitation to chair the TPC, and all their assistance with the process. Finally, we would like to thank all the authors who submitted their research, without whom this conference would not be possible.

Welcome to MQ!

Ravi Jain, Asim Smailagic and Arkady Zaslavsky