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The Computer Networks conference was established in 1993 in the Institute of Informatics which belongs to the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. The main originator, organizer and chief of the conference Program Committee was Professor Andrzej Grzywak, the prominent specialist of network systems.
The first five editions of the conference took place in the halls of the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology. In 1999 the conference was organized as an open event for the first time. The venue was the capital of the Polish Tatra Mountains, Zakopane. Each of the next editions was organized outside Gliwice, always in the mountains regions so far.
From the very beginning, for many years, Ms. Halina Węgrzyn worked actively during the conference organization, becoming the main stem of the Organization Committee. In 2007, prof. Andrzej Kwiecień became the chief of the Technical Program Committee (TPC), whereas dr. Piotr Gaj went in for being in the chair of the Organization Committee.
In 2008 the conference form was changed into international with two official languages: English and Polish, which gave guests from abroad an opportunity to participate. Since then, the number of foreign guests is constantly increasing. Since 2015 the official language is only English. The conference organizers have always cared about strong contact with industry. Thus, during many editions it was possible to meet representatives of various Polish and foreign companies, who shared their knowledge and experience with our participants, and simultaneously took advantage from obtaining contacts with academic society.
The extension of the conference formula became an ambition of the organizers. The scope of the conference is updated each year in consultation with partners, co-organizers, and the TPC members. The contemporary topics as well as ones from untypical domains are welcome. There are certain domains of knowledge, which apparently seem to be not directly connected with computer networks. They have been allowed to be presented during the conference, provided that they have direct connections with networking issues. The examples are domains related to nanoinformatics, quantum technologies, molecular networks, as well as biological and chemical aspects of informatics.
Among the conference TPC members are specialists from various areas of the computer networks domain. Since the very beginning, the number of TPC members is increasing. Only the best specialists in their fields are engaged in the TPC activities. Starting from 16 Polish members, now there are over 130 members from 26 countries: Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, and USA.
During all these years, the conference has become a platform of knowledge, experience, and achievements, possible to be shared, as well as facilitated in the publications of research and applications results.
For many years the conference materials were published by Silesian University of Technology Publishing as ‘Science Copybooks’ in Informatics series, which had been released since 2000 as the ‘Studia Informatica’ series. In addition, based on the conference papers, monographs were also created and published by the Polish WKŁ Publishing House. Moreover, proceedings named ‘Computer Networks’ were created in Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series by Springer Publisher from Germany. The cooperation between CN and Springer continues from 2009. The CCIS series is indexed by DBLP, EI, Scopus and it is submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings and Inspec. However, the availability in the Web of Science database is always up to decision of the service owner and with a delay. The papers published in proceedings of all conference editions since 2009 have been already indexed by the Web of Science database.