Sponsored by: IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing and IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance.
In co-operation with: DARPA, LAAS-CNRS, and University of Michigan
Held at the Hyatt
Bethesda, Maryland
••• June 23 - 26, 2002
Welcome Message from the General Chair
On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2002 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN-2002), the leading international conference on dependability, to be held this year at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD from June 23rd to 26th, 2002.
Computer systems and communications networks now pervade every aspect of our daily lives. While that has benefited society and increased our productivity, it has also made our lives more critically dependent on their correct functioning. The traditional concerns of the dependability community (e.g., inadvertent faults, errors, and failures) have now been enlarged by the massive connectivity provided by the Internet to include malicious exploitation of imperfect systems and networks and intentional cyber-attacks on them. How can we build systems that are not vulnerable to such threats - systems that users can depend upon in defense, transportation, financial, and e-commerce sectors? After 9-11, these questions have taken on added importance.
We have put together an excellent technical program for researchers, practitioners, and users to learn and exchange information on the latest research results and operational systems experiences in dependable systems and networks. There are multiple tracks that include Dependable Computing and Communications (DCC), the International Performance and Dependability Symposium (IPDS), as well as several Workshops and Tutorials, a Student Forum, and late-breaking research. There will also be an excellent social setting to network and mingle, including a reception, lunches, frequent breaks, and a dinner/cruise on the Potomac.
Plan now to attend the premiere conference on dependable systems and networks, in the capital region of USA, filled with museums, monuments and many more historic attractions. I look forward to seeing you at the conference. 
Jaynarayan H. Lala
General Chair
DSN 2002