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Welcome to the 11th International Conference of Information Fusion, FUSION 2008, welcome to the 10th Anniversary of ISIF and the successful series of ISIF conferences, which has evolved into the premier global platform for exchanging latest advances in our field of research and its countless applications. And welcome to Cologne as well, one of the oldest cities in Germany, situated in the very heart of Europe and its historic Rhineland region.

Köln Panorama

For more than 2000 years Cologne, the Roman Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, has been a melting pot “fusing” people, languages, and cultures, creating a unique European metropolis. May Cologne’s spiritus loci, her visible witnesses of a grand culture, her modern liveliness and beautiful scenery along the River Rhine dominated by the famous cathedral sheltering the Shrine of the Three Wise Men, create an atmosphere that will stimulate us to learn from each other. May it inspire us to discover new frontiers in one of the most fascinating and dynamically evolving branches of knowledge: Information Fusion.

The Hyatt Regency Cologne is not only a conveniently situated conference site with a view on Cologne’s impressive skyline, but also overlooks one of the “historic sites” of Fusion Science, the famous Hohenzollernbrücke. On this Rhine bridge, the German engineer Christian Daniel Hülsmeyer performed his legendary radar experiments in April 1904 – one of the very first examples of producing situational awareness by exploiting information from artificial sensor devices.

Hohenzollernbrücke (Ausschnitt) von U. Ernser
© U. Ernser - Stadt Köln

The conference chairs believe that an extraordinary technical programme has been arranged, consisting of 274 oral presentations in up to 7 tracks, which were selected from 368 full draft papers submitted from over 40 countries. In a peer-reviewing process, almost 1100 reviews were produced by the 162 members of the Technical Programme Committee and have been evaluated by the conference chairs. 13 tutorials will be given by internationally recognized experts providing excellent introductions into the information fusion methodology and its various applications.

Organizing a top-class conference such as FUSION is a wonderful experience and, in fact, one of the last real adventures modern life can offer. It requires many heads, hearts, and hands to make it a success. We would like to thank all those who have contributed.

In our view, the FUSION 2008 technical programme clearly demonstrates on this 10th Anniversary of ISIF and the FUSION conferences that Information Fusion has actually evolved into a mature branch of Applied Science characterized by its own methodologies, technologies, and fields of application. We hope that the 11th International Conference on Information Fusion gives you as much pleasure as we had when preparing it for you.

On behalf of the Organising Committee

Wolfgang Koch
Fusion 2008 Executive Chair