International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications – SIGMAP 2010


July 26 – 28, 2010
Athens, Greece

Organized by INSTICC
In cooperation with WfMC (Workflow Management Coalition),
IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers), SWIM (Special Interest Group on Software Interprise Modeling) and ACM SIGMM (ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia)
Hosted by University of Piraeus
Proceedings indexed by: THOMSON REUTERS – Conference Proceedings Citation Index, INSPEC, DBLP and EI (awaiting confirmation of indexation from the last one) BOWN

SIGMAP Program Co-Chairs
George Tsihrintzis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Maria Virvou, University of Piraeus, Greece

Important Deadlines:
Regular Paper submission: February 03, 2010
Authors Notification (regular papers): April 08, 2010
Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: April 22, 2010

Dear Harilaos G. Koumaras,

The International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications steering committee invites you to submit a paper to the SIGMAP 2010, to be held in Athens, Greece. Since your research interests seem to be in an area related to signal processing and its current applications, we are sending you an invitation to submit a paper to this conference.

The signal processing field, when combined with multimedia information encompasses a large number of research topics and emerging applications.

Ideas on how to analyse and apply signal processing techniques to solve problems involving multimedia information and technology, either in the scope of R&D projects, engineering or business applications, are welcome. Papers describing new methods or technologies, advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged.

SIGMAP 2010 is part of the International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications (ICETE 2010) that has 5 more conferences with very strong synergies between them, namely:
– DCNET: Int’l Conference on Data Communication Networking ( – ICE-B: Int’l Conference on e-Business (
– OPTICS: Int’l Conference on Optical Communication Systems (
– SECRYPT: Int’l Conference on Security and Cryptography (
– WINSYS: Int’l Conf on Wireless Information Networks and Systems (

A number of outstanding keynote speakers internationally respected in their scientific areas were invited to participate at ICETE:

Ian F. Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
Petar M. Djuric, Stony Brook University, U.S.A.
Stamatios Kartalopoulos, University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Nikolaos Bourbakis, Wright State University, U.S.A.
[List Not Yet Complete]

Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and CD-ROM support.

Additionally, a selection of the best papers of the conference will be published in a book, by Springer-Verlag.

The conference proceedings will be indexed by major international indexers namely, the Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Thomson Reuters, INSPEC, DBLP and EI (awaiting confirmation of indexation from the last one).

All published papers will be also available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library, which will be made available shortly.

Best paper awards will also be distributed during the conference closing session.


Workshop on Collaborative Modeling and Simulation (CoMetS)

1st International Workshop on
Collaborative Modeling and Simulation

June 28 – June 30, 2010, Larissa (Greece)

# Papers Due: March 2, 2010
# Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings
# by the IEEE Computer Society Press and indexed by EI.

Modeling and Simulation (M&S) is increasingly becoming a central
activity in the design of new systems and in the analysis of
existing systems because it enables designers and researchers to
investigate systems behavior through virtual representations. For
this reason, M&S is gaining a primary role in many industrial and
research fields, such as space, critical infrastructures,
manufacturing, emergency management, biomedical systems and
sustainable future. However, as the complexity of the
investigated systems increases and the types of investigations
widens, the cost of M&S activities increases because of the more
complex models and of the communications among a wider number and
variety of M&S stakeholders (e.g., sub-domain experts, simulator
users, simulator engineers, and final system users). To address
the increasing costs of M&S activities, collaborative
technologies must be introduced to support these activities by
fostering the sharing and reuse of models, by facilitating the
communications among M&S stakeholders, and more generally by
integrating processes, tools and platforms.

Aside from seeking applications of collaborative technologies to
M&S activities, the workshop seeks innovative contributions that
deal with the application of M&S practices to the design of
collaborative environments. These environments are continuously
becoming more complex and therefore their design requires
systematic approaches to meet the required quality of
collaboration. This is important for two reasons: to reduce
rework activities on the actual collaborative environment, and to
maximize the productivity and the quality of the process the
collaborative environment supports. M&S offers the methodologies
and tools for such investigations and therefore it can be used to
improve the quality of collaborative environments.

A non-exhaustive list of hi-level topics includes:

* collaborative environments for M&S
* agent-based M&S
* collaborative distributed simulation
* net-centric M&S
* web-based M&S
* model sharing and reuse
* model building and evaluation
* modeling and simulation of business processes
* modeling for collaboration
* simulation-based performance evaluation of collaborative
* model-driven simulation engineering
* domain specific languages for the simulation of collaborative
* domain specific languages for collaborative M&S

To stimulate creativity, however, the workshop maintains a wider
scope and invites interested researchers to present contributions
that offer original perspectives on collaboration and M&S.

On-Line Submissions and Publication

CoMetS’10 intends to bring together researchers and practitioners
to discuss key issues, approaches, open problems, innovative
applications and trends in the workshop research area.

Papers should contain original contributions not published or
submitted elsewhere. Papers up to six pages (including figures,
tables and references) can be submitted. Papers should follow the
IEEE format, which is single spaced, two columns, 10 pt
Times/Roman font. All submissions should be electronic (in PDF)
and will be peer-reviewed by at least three program committee

Full papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the
proceedings, published by the IEEE Computer Society Press (IEEE
approval pending). Note that at least one author from each
accepted paper should register to attend WETICE 2010 to get the
paper published in the proceedings.

Authors may contact the organizers for expression of interests
and content appropriateness at any time. Papers can be submitted
in PDF format at the submission site
(, which is
supported by the EasyChair conference management system. Please
contact the workshop chairs (comets10) if you
experience problems with the EasyChair Web site.

Important Dates

* Submission Deadline: March 2, 2010
* Decision to paper authors: April 2, 2010
* Final version of accepted papers due to IEEE: April 14, 2010
* Conference dates: June 28 – June 30, 2010

Organizing Committee

* Andrea D’Ambrogio, University of Roma TorVergata, Italy
* Daniele Gianni, European Space Agency, Netherlands
* Joachim Fuchs, European Space Agency, Netherlands
* Giuseppe Iazeolla, University of Roma TorVergata, Italy

Program Committee

* Michele Angelaccio, University of Roma TorVergata, Italy
* Olivier Dalle, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS & INRIA, France
* Steve McKeever, University of Oxford, UK
* Alessandra Pieroni, University of Roma TorVergata, Italy
* Andrew Rice, University of Cambridge, UK
* José L. Risco-Martin, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
* Helena Szczerbicka, University of Hannover, Germany
* Hans Vangheluwe, McGill University, Canada
* Gabriel Wainer, Carleton University, Canada
* J.Chris White, ViaSim Solutions, USA
* Quirien Wijnands, European Space Agency, Netherlands
* Heming Zhang, Tsinghua University, China

Contact Information
Andrea D’Ambrogio (workshop co-chair)
Email: dambro

Thunderbird 3: An small piece of disappointment… making it to look like Thunderbird 2

As always when the weather is cold in Athens and this happens during weekends, it is a nice case to spent some time performing unnecessary tasks with your laptop.

So… One for the first tasks was to upgrade my Thunderbird version to the latest v3.

Thunderbird 3, as promises features a lot of new tools, such as :

New search with advanced filtering tools

  • New Search with Advanced Filtering Tools Search results now include advanced filtering tools. You have the option to filter your results by sender, tag, attachments, people, folder, and mailing list. You can also filter your email using the timeline tool.
  • New Global Search Field with AutocompleteWhen typing in the Global Search field, Thunderbird autocompletes against your address book. You have the option of searching everywhere or filtering against different parts of the email such as by subject or by sender.

User Experience Improvements

  • New Mail Account Setup WizardThe new Mail Account Setup Wizard matches against a database of email settings from popular mail providers so that you will only need to provide your name, email, and password to set up new mail accounts.
  • Redesigned Mail ToolbarThe Mail Toolbar is redesigned to include the new Global Search bar. Buttons such as reply, forward, delete, junk are part of each email message. You can add those buttons back to the main toolbar by customizing the toolbar.
  • Tabbed Email MessagesDouble-clicking or hitting enter on a mail message will now open that message in a New Tab window. Middle-clicking on messages or folders will open them in a Tab in the background. When quitting Thunderbird, visible tabs will be saved and will be restored when you open Thunderbird the next time. There is also a new Tab menu on the Tab toolbar to help you switch between Tabs.
  • Smart FoldersThe folder pane offers a Smart Folders mode which combines special mailboxes, like Inbox, from multiple accounts. Smart Folders is now on by default.
  • New Message Summary ViewSelecting multiple messages will give you a summary view of the emails you have selected.
  • Column HeadingsThe column headings that are displayed and the order in which they are displayed can now be set on a per-folder basis.
  • Message ArchiveYou can now file messages from your Inbox or other folders into the new Archive folder system.
  • Activity ManagerThe Activity Manager records all the interactions between Thunderbird and your email provider in one place.
  • New Add-ons ManagerThe new Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to find, download, and install Thunderbird Add-ons which includes Extensions, Themes, and Plugins. Note that few Add-ons are compatible with this beta at the time of release, as Add-on developers need to upgrade them.
  • Improved Address BookIf someone is in your address book, it is indicated by a new star icon which you can click to edit contact details inline. If they are not in your address book, you can add them with one click of the icon. A new birthday field allows you to keep track of your friends’ birthdays. You can also add a photo for contacts in your address book.
  • Improved Gmail IntegrationBetter recognition and integration of Gmail’s special folders such as Sent and Trash including non-English versions of Gmail. Thunderbird also uses All Mail as the Archives folder.
  • For Windows Vista users, Thunderbird 3 is now integrated with Vista search results. On first start, Thunderbird will prompt to install its indexing system into Windows Vista and you can choose to see Thunderbird email and news messages in Windows search results.
  • For Mac users, Thunderbird 3 is now integrated with Spotlight, can import from, read your OS X address book, and use Growl for new mail alerts.

Performance Improvements

  • IMAP Folder SynchronizationThunderbird will download IMAP messages by default in the background to allow for faster message loading and better offline operation. This feature can be enabled on an individual folder basis via Folder properties, or for all folders in an account via Account Settings / ‘Synchronize & Storage’.

Hoo-wah!!! A lot of interesting new tools!! TABS!! IMPROVEMENTS… !! So.. this time the updating process was most promising than ever before!

Upon completing the update, the new Thunderbird come up and the little piece of disappointment started to become bigger and bigger. The GUI is practically new, with icons that personally I do not like so much. The searching different and not so helpful as the release notes page promises. Smart Folders concept… not very clear to me. And above all, the new Thunderbird performs very slowly in contrast to the previous version.

This was an astonishing surprise for a Saturday morning!

So, I started to google how to deactivate many new features or more precisely make them look like in Thunderbird 2.

I summarize here, my findings:

Make Thunderbird 3 Toolbar to look like in Thunderbird 2: In order to switch back to your lovely Thunderbird 2-look of the toolbar, click Help for the Menu Bar and the select the Migration Assistant,, which provides some options for customizing Thunderbird 3 to look like 2. On the new TAB that opens, you can select to use original Toolbar. This will switch you back to your friendly Toolbar, along with your customization from previous versions or installations.

From Smart Folders to All Folders: By clicking on the the little left and right arrows at the top of the inbox folder area, it is possible to switch between various views. One of them is the classic ‘All Folders’.  Alternatively you can go to Help and then select the Migration Assistant, which provides some options for customizing Thunderbird 3 to look like 2. From Migration Assistant you can select “all folders” option.

I think that these two actions, will make you to feel better… At least they helped me a lot.

Moreover, I found that some users have faces various issues with indexing procedure of the new Thunderbird. In case that you are one of them, then you can follow these steps for deactivating the indexing feature in Thunderbird 3:

From the menu bar click on Tools and the select Options. On the new window select the Advanced tab and in case that it is not selected then click on General. There you will find the option to uncheck the “Enable Global Search and Indexer“. This practically will stop the idnexing procedure.

Ouuuuf. This was enough for a smooth Saturday morning… BUT the story does not end here.

Being ready to use my favorite freeware for backing up my inbox (MozBackup is really useful and I have tested many times for moving my whole mails and settings to other laptops or PCs), a pop-up window appeared informing me that a new version of Thunderbird is available.. !!!  VERSION 3.0.1!  When I realized that there is an update of the just released Thunderbird 3, I started to worry. Here it is what is reported on the official Thunderbird 3.0.1 page:

New in Thunderbird 3.0.1:

  • Several fixes to improve stability and security
  • Several fixes to the user interface and attachment handling.

These news are not quite good…

Searching a little bit more, you can come up with a list of numerous security issues and bugs (Page 1 and Page 2), existing in the new version, making you to wonder: Why I decided to move up to the last version of Thunderbird?

UPDATED: Upon testing the 3.0.1 version for two days, I am convinced that many latency issues have been solved and improved.