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Greetings from the General Chair

It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the VTC 2006-Spring Organising Committee, welcome you to Melbourne and VTC 2006-Spring.

With the technology bust well behind us now, the wireless industry is moving ahead again at a breath-taking pace. As we have all witnessed over the past year, 3G technology has now truly taken off all the way across the world and is rapidly changing the way people communicate with each other. This has in turn dramatically fueled the R&D effort on 3G and B3G systems, both by industry and by academia.

VTC 2006-Spring will serve as an ideal technical forum for this fast evolving field at such an exciting time. All the hottest issues and some of latest R&D results will be reflected in the 615 papers, 5 plenary sessions, and 3 panel sessions at this conference. Complementing all these are the 4 high-quality tutorials on Sunday 7 May.

VTC has a long and proud history. Over the past 55 years, VTC has established itself as one of the premier conferences in the world on wireless communications. However, VTC 2006-Spring - the 63rd VTC – is making history in its own right: it will be first ever VTC to be held on the Southern Hemisphere.

As I showed many of our colleagues at VTC Stockholm and VTC Dallas last year, Melbourne and the surrounding regions have countless fascinating attractions for you to explore. I sincerely hope that you will find some time to enjoy what Melbourne, as one of the most livable cities in the world, has to offer.

Once again, welcome to Melbourne, and enjoy the first VTC-Spring held in autumn.

Fu-Chun Zheng
General Chair, IEEE VTC 2006-Spring


Message from the TPC Chair

Welcome to VTC2006-S in Melbourne! The Technical Programme Committee has prepared an exciting program of technical presentations covering the wireless & vehicular communications and transport areas We have published a total of 615 papers from 1364 submitted papers , with 481 papers being presented orally and 134 papers as poster presentations. The papers cover the full range of wireless communications. As is customary for VTC, the Transmission Technologies track attracted the largest number of paper submissions, followed by Mobile Networks. We also have many papers in the Future Wireless, Wireless Access, Mobile Applications & Services, Antennas & Propagation, Satellite Systems & Networks, and Transportation Systems tracks.

I would like to express my gratitude to all authors who submitted their work to VTC2006-S. All submitted papers have been thoroughly independently reviewed in accordance with standard blind reviewing practices. Each of the submitted papers was assigned to at least 3 reviewers.

The review process is a real community effort, and we were very fortunate to have a dedicated group of people serving as the technical program committee members who spent their valuable time in providing reviews and in drafting external reviewers. In total we had 195 TPC members plus a further 1525 non-TPC reviewers generating some 4171 reviews for VTC2006-S. Thanks go to all reviewers for providing timely and high quality reviews to complete this enormous task.

My special thanks go to TPC vice-chairs Iain Collings, Graeme Woodward, Jamil Khan, John Kot, Saman Halgamuge, Takis Mathiopoulos and Panagiotis Demestichas for their tireless work, and in particular to Iain Collings and Graeme Woodward for their exemplary work with the huge Telecommunications Technologies track. Despite having the largest number of papers submissions, this track was always first to meet the tight reviewing and programming deadlines.

I also wish to thank Alisdair McDiarmid for his rapid responses to all my TrackChair questions, and Lynn Guarente of IEEE conference publishing for her outstanding work in getting the conference proceedings together.

I hope that you will find the program and presentations exciting and thought-provoking, and look forward to your company in a very exciting VTC in Melbourne. I hope that you enjoy the conference and your visit to Melbourne and to Australia.

David Everitt
TPC Chair, VTC2006-Spring


Welcome from the VTS President

On behalf of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 63rd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne, the gateway to Victoria, is an eclectic city of casual elegance, characterized by an interesting blend of modern and Victorian architecture, attractive parks and lush ornamental gardens. Set on the banks of the Yarra River, the city's unique geographical position means that it's possible to visit the coast, via the Great Ocean Road, or ski in the Victoria Alps within a day. Melbourne is unique in having five winegrowing regions within an hour and a half’s drive of the city, and there are numerous tours to visit one of the many vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula or the burgeoning winegrowing region of Geelong, where world-class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced.

Melbourne is a multicultural city with a vibrant cultural life and is regarded as one of the culinary, sporting and shopping capitals of Australia, with a wide selection of museums, art galleries, theatres and festivals.

The objectives of the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) are scientific and educational in nature. Its fields of interest include mobile radio, motor vehicles, land transportation and wireless. A large technical conference requires an organizational structure, which comprises mostly volunteers from the VTS membership. Our success is entirely dependent upon the quality work of these volunteers, who have given greatly of their time to making this event a success. I wish to convey a special thank you to the General Chair, Dr. Fu-Chun Zheng, the Technical Program Chair, Prof. David Everitt, and all the other members of the Conference Committee for their leadership and implementation of such an outstanding conference program.

Finally, I wish to thank all of the delegates attending the conference, and wish you a most enjoyable stay in Melbourne.

Dennis Bodson
President, Vehicular Technology Society, IEEE


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