This year MedComNet was conceived as a gathering of researchers in the home town of Mario Gerla: Arona, Italy, a beautiful lake city with a very Mediterranean flavor right at the foot of the Alps, and we set out to assemble a program able to honor Mario, founder of this conference. Unfortunately, Covid-19 kicked in and destroyed the gathering, but the program stands up to any in-presence conference.
The success and quality of the program has only been possible thanks to the authors in first place, but also to the dedicated work of all the TPC members and our publicity chairs. A total of 52 submissions reached us from all over the world (although the prevalence is from Europe and Mediterranean countries). Out of these submissions, we selected 16 long papers and 7 short papers. This was not an easy task to leave out many other very good contributions. This was only possible thanks to the high-quality reviews provided by our program committee members; notably, only a couple of reviews were delegated to external expert reviewers. Every paper received at least 3 reviews.
Presentations of the selected papers, grouped into four sessions, form the body of the technical program complemented by four outstanding keynote speeches. The program is completed by a special session of invited papers organized by Edmundo de Souza e Silva. The sessions are uneven in size because all presentations are pre-recorded to allow easy off-line watching at any convenient time for attendees. We privileged thematic consistency to foster discussion during the on-line time in the days of the conference. We want to explicitly thank all the authors that dedicated time and effort to prepare very high quality presentations that make the audience feel nearly in presence. To honor this effort, we created a YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/MedComNet2020) for our conference, which will remain active also after the conference ends, so that all these wonderful presentations can be enjoyed by our research community.
We are really pleased to share the program with the nearly 100 registered attendees. We hope that the participants enjoy the program and have the opportunity to meet colleagues and establish links, even though the interaction will only be on-line. Finally, we hope that all participants find MedComNet so interesting as to enthrall them to submit to the next MedComNet edition – certainly in some beautiful Mediterranean location.
|Renato Lo Cigno
|University of Brescia