PerSec 2006 welcome address

We are pleased to present the proceedings of the Third IEEE International Workshop on Pervasive Computing and Communication Security. The workshop, held on 13 March 2006 in conjunction with IEEE PerCom, is taking place this year in Pisa, Italy, after two previous years in the United States.

Computing devices of many forms are coming to pervade our lives inexorably, with benefits of striking magnitude both in industrial environments and in our everyday lives. Security and privacy will be two of the main props of this flowering infrastructure and, we hope, equally as pervasive as the computing devices they support.

This workshop brings together leading researchers to disseminate and foster original research ideas on security and privacy in pervasive computing. Pervasive computing introduces a host of vital technical problems, and has seen a global research community swiftly rise to its challenges. The geographical reach of this community was reflected in the 26 submissions we received from scientists in Asia, Europe, and North America. The program committee conducted a very strict and thorough review, evaluating papers on the basis of scientific quality, clarity, originality, and relevance to the focus of the workshop. Most papers received five reviews; in some cases we relied on the expertise of external referees. Strong competition among the submissions resulted in the selection of only seven refereed papers for the final program, meaning an acceptance rate of fewer than one in three papers.

We thank the workshop program committee, on whose hard work, time, and expertise we depended throughout the selection process. Thanks are due as well to our external reviewers: Ammar Alkassar, Jared Cordasco, Prabal Dutta, Lothar Fritsch, Sotiris Ioannidis, Mattias Johansson, Loukas Lazos, Mingyan Li, Mats Näslund, Melek Önen, Heiko Rossnagel, Javier Salido, and Melanie Volkamer. A special note of gratitude is to due to Ford-Long Wong, who oversaw the installation and administration of the submission server under challenging conditions and time pressure. And of course we extend our thanks to all of the authors who submitted papers in response to our call. Last but by no means least, we are very grateful to David Naccache for delivering the keynote talk of the workshop.

Ari Juels and Frank Stajano
PerSec 2006 Co-chairs