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We offer you a warm welcome to the Eleventh Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2013). We are very excited about the technical program we have put together for our conference this year. The program includes 27 technical papers representing high-quality research on the broad range of topics in the area of pervasive computing.

This year PerCom received 174 high-quality submissions from 29 different countries on five continents. The region including Europe, Middle East, and Africa was the major contributor (37%), followed by the North and Latin America (33%) and Asia/Pacific Area (30%). These numbers confirm the widespread interest in pervasive computing around the world.

Evaluating these submissions and putting together the high quality PerCom program was challenging and time consuming and relied on the enthusiastic participation of the Technical Program Committee (TPC). Each paper was assigned to at least three TPC members and received from three to five reviews, either from TPC members or external reviewers carefully selected by TPC members. The papers then went through an extensive online discussion phase crafted to begin to build consensus regarding decisions for paper. At a TPC meeting at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the TPC presented and discussed the reviews, online discussions, and details of the papers. At the meeting, the TPC converged to a final decision for each paper, resolved remaining issues, and finalized the program. The TPC assigned some papers a shepherd to ensure the final published version of the paper was of the highest possible quality. As a result of the complete review process, the TPC accepted 19 full papers and 8 concise contributions for inclusion in the PerCom 2013 technical program. The acceptance rate, considering both full and concise papers, was approximately 15.5%. Authors of accepted papers are distributed across different regions as follows: United States (33%), Europe, Middle East, and Africa (41%), Asia/Pacific Area (26%).

The conference program has been structured into eleven sessions, including a session for the candidates for the Mark Weiser Best Paper Award, two invited keynote sessions, and a panel session. The remaining seven sessions are: “Innovative applications, tools and software design”, “Context modelling and reasoning“, “Privacy, security and location detection”, “Pervasive networking and sensing”, “Positioning and tracking”, “Context-awareness and social sensing”, “Enabling technologies, smart applications and devices”.

In closing, we would like to thank all of the TPC members, the external reviewers, and our paper shepherds for their invaluable work during the review process. We would also like to thank the Publicity Chairs, Chiara Boldrini, Peizhao Hu, Jamie Payton, and Zhiwen Yu, as well as the Website chair, Jonas Michel, for their extensive efforts in advertising the conference across the globe and attracting the large number of submissions that enabled us to put together this excellent technical program. Furthermore, we also express our gratitude to the Publication Chairs, Daniele Riboni and Peizhao Hu, for their work in copy editing and packaging this program. Last but not least, we would like to thank the General Chair, Jadwiga Indulska, the vice General Chair, Chatschik Bisdikian, and the entire PerCom Steering Committee, chaired by Marco Conti, for their constant support and guidance throughout the paper selection and technical program development.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy the PerCom 2013 program!

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Claudio Bettini

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Marco Gruteser

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Christine Julien

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Marius Portmann

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