Scope and Goals of the Conference
Over the past few years,
electronic commerce (EC) has emerged as a dramatic new mode of business.
Today, almost every company is either using or considering the use of EC. Advances
in telecommunications and automated processes are already forcing dramatic
changes in a variety of industries, ranging from banking and finance to music
and entertainment. Yet, the EC space is still in a relatively early state of
evolution, and many of the significant advances in understanding and
implementing EC are occurring concurrently in academia and industry. The
traditional sequential process of technology innovation followed by
technology transfer no longer applies. Thus, dialogue on this field between
academia and industry is important. As EC spans a wide range of reference
disciplines, forums focusing on EC research are necessary to stimulate the
necessary interactions and knowledge sharing across this broad community.
ICECR-4 is intended to address these needs.
Following on the heels of the successful third conference in 2000, the goal
of the conference is to bring together both academic and industrial
researchers in the field of EC on an ongoing, annual basis, to discuss new
technological developments and their implications for EC, as well as
technological issues that need to be addressed to further the effectiveness
and efficiency of EC. The conference combines research tracks in which
technical papers will be presented, with industrial tracks consisting of
panels, plenary speakers and exhibits.