Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the IEEE Communications Society and members of the Organizing and Technical Committees, it is my
pleasure to welcome you to the first IEEE
Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, CCNC 2004. This conference represents a major initiative on the part of the Communications Society to increase the
technical exchanges among the professionals who are
driving the migration of networking technology into the lives of ordinary consumers. For this first conference, we have
chosen the theme "Consumer Networking: Closing the Digital Divide," to signify the profound impact on society that networking technologies will have as they become pervasive elements of our everyday lives.
In our program for this first conference, we have included papers, posters, panels, demonstrations, and tutorials so as to present the widest possible view on this emergent
technical area. Our presenters are international in origin, and we expect to appeal to a global audience of the engineers,
scientists, business people, policy experts, and journalists that are participating in and documenting the flood of networking innovation that is inundating the consumer market. Networking will pervade our homes, our cars, our bodies, our work and our play and the scope of the CCNC program reflects this diversity.
We have chosen Las Vegas as the venue for our conference because, in addition to its many charms, it is where the Consumer Electronics Association holds its annual tradeshow, which will occur this year on Jan 8-11, just after CCNC 2004. Our goal is to have CCNC 2004 feature the latest in technical achievements in consumer networking just as the CES show features the latest in consumer products.
I look forward to joining you at IEEE’s first Consumer Communications and Networking Conference with every expectation that this will be a significant milestone in the emergence of this field.

Robert S. Fish
General Chair, CCNC 2004
Panasonic Technologies Company



It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the first IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC 2004), 5-8 January 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The demand for networked consumer systems and devices is large and growing rapidly. As a result, consumer networking is gaining increasing attention from industry spawning a range of dramatically different solutions including wireless, wireline, and power line networked communications environments, each with their own strength and special challenges to overcome. This phenomenon, - "Consumer Communications and Networking", has been attracting many researchers in diverse areas from networking to consumer electronics.
Based on our theme "Consumer Networking: Closing the Digital Divide," this conference presents the latest approaches and technical solutions in the area of consumer networking, enabling technologies such as middleware and multimedia, and novel applications and services. CCNC 2004 provides a compelling forum for formal discussion and socialization of many of these research challenges with seasoned practitioners and colleagues from throughout the industry and academia. The conference includes a peer-reviewed program of technical sessions, technology application panels, tutorials, and poster sessions.
We have received a remarkably high number of paper submissions for a first time conference, 260 in total. Authors from 31 countries submitted their papers to this first IEEE conference ever on this subject. Each paper was reviewed by at least three internationally known experts who formed our Technical Program Committee (TPC) to make the final decision on acceptance or rejection of every submitted paper. In the end, 112 technical papers were selected for presentation at CCNC 2004. In addition, 35 papers were selected for poster presentations.
We have divided the 2-day technical program into four parallel tracks: Two Networking tracks focusing on protocols, infrastructures, transmission technologies, and performance of such systems; Enabling Technologies track covering middleware, coding, and video technologies that enable consumer communications; and Novel Applications track addressing the adoption, characterization, implementation and standardization of emerging applications and services that will be needed for this type of environment As a result, we are convinced that CCNC 2004 exhibits a high-quality program that is attractive to experts from research, planning and implementation in the field of consumer communications and networking.
We would like to express our gratitude, first of all, to the authors of the technical papers, whose work and dedication make this conference possible and lay the groundwork for this strong program. Next, we would like to thank the members of the TPC and reviewers, who helped us with their expertise and time. A very special thanks goes to the session chairs.
We received first-rate help and guidance from the staff at the IEEE Communications Society, specifically Gayle Weisman. Also, we would like to commend the people at IEEE Publications, especially Laura Hyslop, who provided us with the paper processing service, for their prompts reaction to our many requests.
Finally, a big hand to our colleagues from the CCNC 2004 Organizing Committee and Steering Committee, who worked diligently behind the scene to make this conference happen.

Mehmet Ulema, Technical Program Chair, Manhattan College, New York, USA
Eric Addeo, Technical Program Vice Chair, Devry College, USA
John Barr, Technical Program Vice Chair, Motorola, USA
Guenter Schaefer, Technical Program Vice Chair, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany