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CSE@UTA to Host International Pervasive Computing Conference

June 21, 2002

The Computer Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers are co-sponsoring the first international conference in the emerging field of pervasive computing and communications. The conference, PerComm 2003, is scheduled for March 23 - 26 next year in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pervasive computing and communications involve automatic, real-time communications and collaborations among hardwired devices such as mainframe and personal computers and wireless devices such as laptops, PDAs and cell phones. CSE@UTA researchers recently received a $426,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop Pervasive Information Communities Organization (PICO), a software architecture that will create an enhanced Internet framework that is not only unique, simple and versatile, but can also work with current and future hardware/software tools. “We’re developing a framework for all-the-time, everywhere access,” says Associate Professor Mohan Kumar, principal investigator for the project. “PICO will provide autonomous and continual access to information and services.”

A “call for papers” has been issued for the conference and plans are underway for a host of workshops and presentations. Organizers expect more than 100 attendees at the event. “This is a first IEEE-sponsored International Conference of Pervasive Computing and Communications,” said Kumar. “It’s our opportunity to demonstrate to the computing world that CSE@UTA is a leader in the computing and communications fields, and we’re going to do our best to attract quality papers from researchers worldwide and present an excellent program.” Professor Behrooz Shirazi, chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, is the general chair of the conference. He is being assisted by Professors Kumar, Sajal Das and Diane Cook of UTA and Anand Tripathi of the University of Minnesota.

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