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Program Chair Message
As stated in its objectives, the international MEDES Conference aims to bring together researchers in Computer Science, with the goal of better understanding digital ecosystems that arise due to the rapid evolution of computing concepts and techniques in almost all domains of Computer Science. To achieve this ambitious goal, it is of course important that selected papers, additionally to being of high scientific quality, address a wide range of topics. As the Program Chair of the conference, I hope that, this year again, this aforementioned goal can be reached as accurately as in the previous three editions!
This year, we received about 50 submissions, out of which 16 have been accepted as full papers, and 9 as short papers. Each paper has been assigned to at least 3 members of the program committee, and has been peer reviewed by 2 to 4 members of the program committee. Moreover, the final decision has been made after a rebuttal phase, so as to allow exchanges between reviewers and authors. On the other hand, considering that 7 additional papers had some merit but did not reach the standard quality to deserve publication, we decided to organize a poster session during which the authors will shortly present their work. Based on this selection, the conference program is composed of one poster session and 5 paper sessions that cover the following topics: natural language processing, web services, health care applications, network and security, information systems and soft computing, and digital eco-systems and business applications.
Additionally to these regular sessions, we are very pleased to welcome Professor Nicolas Spyratos and Professor Lionel Brunie, who will deliver two key notes, respectively on Digital libraries and on Security and privacy issues in multi scale digital ecosystems. To complete this program, two tutorials will be given prior to the conference, one by Professor Yudith Cardinale, on Ubiquitus computing for high performance computing, and one by Professor William I. Grosky, on A gentle introduction to the dimension reduction landscape. I would like to sincerely thank these four colleagues for sharing their expertise with the audience of the conference.
I would like to warmly thank all reviewers, either external or from the Program Committee for their efforts in providing accurate reviews, which hopefully, will help authors in improving the presentation of their work. I also would like to address my special thanks to Professor Janusz Kacprzyk, the General Chair of the conference, as well as to all members of the MEDES Steering Committee, for their support. The ACM, the ACM SIGAPP Interest Group, and the Ambassade de France en Ethiopie must also be warmly thanked for their support and sponsorship.
Last but not least, I am also grateful to Solomon Atnafu, Chair of the Organizing Committee, as well as to all members of this committee, either from the Addis Ababa University or from the Ministry of Communication and IT, since, as everybody knows, local arrangement of a conference is a very demanding task!
I really hope that attendees will enjoy the technical program of this fourth MEDES conference, held in Addid Ababa, and meant to provide a friendly and fruitful forum for sharing experience and initiating new collaborations.
Prof. Dominique Laurent