to Portugal for the 2002 International Symposium on Personal,
Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications.
We are in a particularly interesting and challenging time for
the mobile telecommunications industry. On one hand, we have
witnessed several years of extraordinary growth and technical
development, with many countries implementing the vision that
everyone should be able to communicate with anyone, anywhere,
at any time. On the other hand, the promise of 3G, with its
view of endless growth coming from data, is today hedged around
by a high degree of uncertainty. There are doubts about what
3G will really deliver, when it will be ready, which is the
better and cheaper technology, what the successful applications
will be, and who will be willing to pay for it.
Portugal is a great place to hold this event. Portugal has been
a leader in mobile communications since 1992, when we were one
of the first countries in the world to deploy GSM. The first
prepaid product was commercially launched here and today we
have a penetration above 80 %, and the mobile networks have
coverage close to 99% of the population, with the lowest tariffs
Innovation has always been the driving force of development,
with intense competition in products, aggressive marketing of
new services and relentless technical development. Innovation
remains the key element for the future of the industry and this
symposium is a great opportunity to discuss it, by understanding
and anticipating the right technology choices that will fulfil
customer needs. The mix of industry and the academic world,
which has always been a powerful engine of development and networking
with fellow professionals, creates the right environment for
knowledge sharing and potential partnerships.
On behalf of the 2002 PIMRC organisers, I warmly welcome you
to join us and hope all of you will enjoy this symposium in
Paulo Rodrigues da Silva
13th edition of the IEEE International Symposium on Personal,
Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications is coming back to Europe,
Lisbon in Portugal to be more specific. "Sailing the waves of
the wireless oceans" is the motto, which tries to build a symbiosis
between the place and the event. Some centuries ago, Portugal
was one of the first European countries to sail the oceans in
search of new horizons, new cultures, and new trades. Today,
mobile and wireless communications are also in search of new
horizons, new services and new applications, to be provided
to customers, so that the technologies and capabilities being
developed find themselves useful and successful. Each day, we
telecommunications engineers find ourselves in an increasing
need to interact with other areas of expertise, the development
of services and applications for UMTS, and for systems beyond
third generation, being a good example of that. Moreover, the
blend between academia and industry is truly a need in these
days, without which research and development would not evolve
properly. The Technical Programme (technical sessions, tutorials,
and panels) reflects this situation, spreading from the "traditional"
areas of mobile radio to others that are becoming more and more
interrelated, in the quest for an increasing personal use, more
and more at indoors environments, in mobile and wireless communications.
I think that this approach is well represented with this year's
edition of PIMRC; our goals have been achieved.
This year's edition of PIMRC is being held in difficult times
for those involved in mobile and wireless communications. Nevertheless,
we had a response to the Call for Papers that surpassed our
best expectations, since 648 papers were submitted, which constitutes
an absolute record for PIMRC. From these, a total of 500 papers
will be presented at the conference, 375 in oral presentations,
and the remaining ones in poster sessions; roughly 60 % come
from Europe and Africa, 25 % from Asia/Pacific, and 15 % from
the Americas, which definitely give a global international perspective
to the conference, and enable a true exchange of experiences
and information worldwide. This has put an increased responsibility
to all the team involved in organising the conference, and we
can only hope that all those attending the conference find that
we have fulfilled their expectations.
As Chairman of the Technical Programme Committee, I would like
to thank all of those who have contributed to the success of
the conference. First, the authors of the papers submitted to
the conference, most of them of very high quality, who represent
the reason for organising a conference. Secondly, the invited
speakers, panels' members, tutorials' presenters, and sessions'
chairpersons, who accepted the invitation to be here, hence
providing an added value to the conference. Thirdly, the members
of the Technical Programme Committee and the Board of Reviewers,
who provided the necessary expertise and performed an excellent
work in shaping the conference from the technical point of view.
Last, but definitely not the least, all people involved in the
organisation of the conference, not only from the Organising
Committee, but students as well, for their very hard and dedicated
work, without whom PIMRC'2002 would have never existed.
I hope that you enjoy both PIMRC and Lisbon. The former has
certainly very good motives for attending. The latter is for
sure a very pleasant place to visit, with interesting places
to explore and a gastronomy to experience.
Luis M Correia