Samos, an island with age-long history, the birthplace of goddess Hera in the banks of river Imvrassos, the place where mathematician Pythagoras, astronomer Aristarchos and philosopher Epikouros lived, welcomes you to an unforgettable Manweek 2008. University of the Aegean, the continuity of Constantine Caratheodory's initial vision in 1920 for the Ionian University, one of the largest Universities in Greece with 17 departments, also welcomes you to an inspirational Manweek 2008.

Manweek 2008 is being held at the Doryssa Bay Resort. Within walking distance of the hotel is the city of Pythagorio with many historical sites, very good restaurants, gift shops, wine shops where you could buy the famous samiotiko wine and a wonderful beach. In Vathi (10 minutes drive from Pythagorio), you can see the great kouros of Samos, the largest surviving kouros in Greece (Samos Archeological Museum).

Manweek 2008 is expected to attract over 200 delegates from industry and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under the ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7). This year Manweek hosts:

  • Six of the most reputable workshops and conferences in the area of management of networks and services (i.e., DSOM, MMNS, IPOM, MACE, EVGM, NGNM).
  • Three keynote speeches and a number of panels organised by the individual workshops.
  • Two FP7 projects plenary meetings (AutoI and PEACE) and one FP6 project plenary meeting and concluding workshop (UNITE).
  • TMA (Traffic Measurement and Analysis) COST Action meeting.
  • ACF meeting.
  • IM09 TPC members meeting.
  • IFIP TC6 meeting.

Closing this welcome message, I would really to thank from my heart the many people who made this event possible and I would like to apologise to the numerous ones not mentioned in this message. Many thanks to the authors of the submitted manuscripts, the Manweek 2008 workshop chairs, as well as the respective technical program committees and reviewers, the members of the Organising Committee, the coordinators and the partners of the Autol, PEACE, UNITE, TMA COST and ACF, the keynote speakers, the panelists and moderators, both the academic (University of the Aegean, NCSR Demokritos, Waterford Institute of Technology, Centre for Technological Research of Crete) and corporate sponsors (Converge ICT Solutions & Services S.A, Sigint Solutions Ltd, HP, CISCO, ERICSSON), whose financial support has been essential in making this event possible, my old good friends and colleagues Spyros, Sofoklis, Tasos, Harry, Lambros, Evangelos, Raouf, and my new friends Tom, Sven and Brendan, who put in an admirable effort, and of course you, the participants.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Manweek 2008.

George Kormentzas
Manweek 2008 General Chair