We warmly welcome you to ICETE 2005 and we hope you will enjoy the 2nd International Conference on E-business and Telecommunication Networks, which is held, this year, in the United Kingdom. This conference reflects a continuing effort to increase the technical exchanges among professionals who work on the e-business and telecommunication networks fields, including aspects related to security, wireless systems, signal processing, and all sorts of applications, who are deploying new services and technologies into the lives of ordinary consumers. The major goal of this conference is thus to bring together researchers and developers from academia and industry working in areas related to e-business to stimulate a debate with a special focus on telecommunication networks. In the program for this conference, we have included keynote lectures, tutorials, papers, and posters to present the widest possible view on these technical areas. This year, four simultaneous tracks are going to be
held, covering different aspects, namely: “Global Communication Information Systems and Services”, “Security and Reliability in Information Systems and Networks”, “Wireless Communication Systems and Networks” and “Multimedia Signal Processing”. With these tracks, we expect to appeal to a global audience of the engineers, scientists, business people and policy experts, interested in the research topics of ICETE. All tracks focus on real world applications and rely on contributions from the industry, with different solutions for end-user applications and enabling technologies, in a diversity of communication environments. The proceedings demonstrate a number of new and innovative solutions for e-business and telecommunication networks, and show that the technical problems in both fields are challenging and worthwhile. We have received 151 papers in total, with contributions from 38 different countries, from all continents, which really shows the success and global dimension of ICETE 2005. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper evaluation method was used: each paper was reviewed by at least two internationally known experts from our Program Committee. In the end, 85 papers were selected for oral presentation and for publication, corresponding to a 56% acceptance ratio. This paper acceptance ratio demonstrates that ICETE 2005 strives to achieve a high quality standard which we will keep and enhance in order to ensure the success of next year conference, to be held in Setúbal/Portugal. Furthermore, a short list of about thirty papers will be selected to appear in a book that will be published by Springer. We would like to emphasize that ICETE 2005 includes six outstanding keynote lectures in areas which are very relevant, nowadays. These talks are presented by distinguished researchers who are internationally recognized experts in different areas of the conference, and contribute to heighten the overall quality of the Conference. Three satellite workshops, related to the field of the conference, are also hosted in conjunction with ICETE 2005: The “1st International Workshop on Web Personalization, Recommender Systems and Intelligent User Interfaces (WPRSIUI 2005)” and the “1st International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Information Systems in Digital Economy (REISDE 2005)”. But life is more than technology, so a Conference Banquet was organized for the evening of October 6 (Thursday) in order to facilitate social networking. We hope that you enjoy this exciting conference and we wish you an unforgettable stay in the traditional town of Reading. We would like to express our thanks, first of all, to the authors of the technical papers presented at the conference, whose work made possible to put together a high quality program. Next, we would like to thank all the members of the program committee and reviewers, who helped us with their expertise, dedication and time. We would also like to thank the invited speakers for their invaluable contribution, sharing their vision and knowledge. Naturally, a word of appreciation for the work of the secretariat and all other members of the organization, whose diligence in dealing with all organizational issues were essential and required a collaborative effort of a dedicated and highly capable team. All the local arrangements, including conference rooms, lunches and coffee-breaks, would not be possible without the kind sponsorship provided by MICROSOFT U.K., and the support provided by their collaborators, including especially Gavin King, Andrew Sithers and Joanna Smail. We hope that you will find these proceedings interesting and a helpful reference in the future for all those who need to address the areas of e-business and telecommunication networks.
Vol. 1 - 972-8865-32-5
Vol. 2 - 972-8865-33-3