This volume contains the papers presented at the First Emirates International EAS-ICOP Conference as well as some other facets of the conference, including its final recommendations, introductions by the editors (one in English and one in Arabic), the list of talks and participants, etc. The conference witnessed the gathering of over 100 participants and sometimes up to 100 additional people in the audience, including local teachers and students. Although announced less than 6 months earlier, the conference received more than 50 papers, about 40 of which were accepted through a semi-rigorous refereeing process.
The proceedings volume is divided into two parts: the English part, which contains 9 papers and the abstracts of the 10 papers in Arabic, and the Arabic part which does the reverse. The lengths of the various papers relate to the amount of time given to the presenters in each case or to the fact that the paper was included in poster form only. It is unfortunate that several of the papers that were presented were not submitted in time by their authors and thus do not appear in this volume and that the rich discussions that took place around some of the papers could not be summarized here. We do, however, encourage everyone to contact the participants directly to obtain copies of the (few) papers that can be found in this volume. As to the contents of the volume, they reflect the four themes developed in the conference:
We the editors hope that the papers published in this volume will constitute, at least partially, a faithful reflection of the conference deliberations, that it will be useful to researchers everywhere and encourage many to explore such topics in novel and fruitful ways. We invite feedback and discussions about the contents of this volume, as well as suggestions for the main themes of the next conference, slated for early 2009.
The book consists of 192 Arabic pages and 113 English pages. The weight of the book is 770 g.
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