Firstly, I would like to express my sincere thank you to all who participated in the 8th International Conference on IT in Asia 2013 (CITA'13), in particular to our fellow researchers who have come from afar. This year we have practitioners, academics and students, representing, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia and of course Malaysia. Indeed it was good to see familiar faces, as well as new participants to the conference.
The papers that were presented in CITA13 are from diverse range of areas taking a number of differing perspectives in addressing CITA13 theme. The insightful talks shared by our Keynote and Invited speakers created sparks in our thoughts on this theme. The panel discussion offered a platform for us to ponder and deliberate on how these smart devices are affecting our way of lives. I would like to thank our distinguished Keynote speakers and guests namely Professor Dr Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Europe Yahoo! Lab, Spain; Professor Dr Michael Wagner, University of Canberra, Australia; Dr Patrick Larvie, Google USA; Professor Dr Duncan Gillies, Imperial College, UK; Associate Professor Dr Seng Wai Loke, La Trobe University, Australia nd Mr Goh Su Gim from F-Secure Labs, for their willingness to share their knowledge, and experience, and taking time off from their busy schedule to be with us during CITA13.
We have attempted to keep the conference small to allow more effective networking opportunities. I observed this happening during the two and a half days of the conference. We have over the years, maintained the quality of the papers to be accepted. This year, the task fell onto the shoulders of more than 80 reviewers. Each of them is experts in their respective fields. From Malaysia, we had reviewers from Sabah, Sarawak, from Johore right up to Terengganu. This year, in addition to our regular reviewers from Germany, England, Wales, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, we have reviewers from Brazil and Portugal. We thank the reviewers for their continuous support in ensuring the quality of the conference proceedings. We would also like to extend our appreciation to our fellow collaborator - ICT Unit, Chief Minister's Department. Thank you also to the IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society for their assistance. Not forgetting our sister institute, Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation, ISITI UNIMAS for their encouraging cooperation and support.
I would also like to extend our gratitude, to the honourable Dato Sri Michael Manyin, who officiated the conference on behalf of the Chief Minister of Sarawak, and to the Sarawak State Government for their continuing support.
Special thanks to all our sponsors especially the ICT Unit at the Chief Minister Department, Google, Aldebaran Robotics, National Centre for Biometric Studies, Australia, F-Secure Labs and the Sarawak Convention Bureau.
To my colleagues in UNIMAS and the Faculty of Computer Science and IT, not forgetting the Faculty's Postgraduate Society; a big thank you to all for the efforts put in, in ensuring the success of this conference.
I would also like to take the opportunity to apologize for any shortcomings in the organizing of the event. Thank you again to the delegates of CITA13, for without you there is no conference. I hope that you have enjoyed the conference, and that many fruitful deliberations and networking were initiated and have sparked collaborative engagement. I sure hope that your recent trip here gave you flavour of what Sarawak can offer. Once again, thank you and we hope to see you in CITA2015
Associate Professor Dr. Jane Labadin
Chair for CITA 2013