September 18, 2006

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of all members of the International Technical Program Committee, we would like to extend our sincere welcome to all participants in the 11th Online World Conference on Soft Computing in Industrial Applications. The conference continues a tradition started over a decade ago by the World Federation of Soft Computing to bring together researchers interested in advancing state of the art in the field. Continuous technological improvements since then continue to make this online forum a viable gathering format for a world class conference.

The program committee received a total of 63 submissions, of which 61 papers qualified for peer review by the International Program Committee. Each paper was then reviewed by at least three referees, culminating in the acceptance of 30 papers for publication. Authors of all accepted papers were then notified to prepare and submit their final manuscripts and conference presentations. This resulted in a total of 28 final submissions by 73 authors that comprise the six sessions of the conference program. Final preparations for compiling the conference proceedings will start after the conference presentations period (September 18-October 6, 2006) is concluded.

We extend our sincere thanks to all authors and to all members of the International Program Committee for their clear and unwavering commitment to the success of WSC11. Reflecting the worldwide nature of WSC11, authors, members of the program committee and the conference organizers are from over 20 countries and five continents. We also extend our thanks to our keynote speaker, Dr. Pieter Mosterman of the MathWorks for his contributed talk.

Congratulations to all.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ashraf Saad , General Chair of WSC11
Savannah, Georgia, USA

Dr. Erel Avineri, Program Chair of WSC11
Bristol, UK