Ad Hoc, Sensor and Mesh Networking Symposium

Symposium Co-Chairs

Prof. Nirwan Ansari
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Walaa Hamouda>
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University, CANADA

Prof. Nei Kato
Graduate School of Information Sciences
Department of Electrical Engineering
Tohoku University, JAPAN

Prof. Hongchi Shi
Department of Computer Science
Texas State University-San Marcos, USA


Scope and Motivation

The field of ad-hoc, sensor and mesh networking is re-emerging amid unprecedented growth in the scale and diversity of computer networking. In recent years, ad hoc and sensor networks have enjoyed a tremendous rise in popularity. The continued miniaturization of mobile computing devices and the extraordinary rise of processing power available in mobile laptop computers combine to put more and better computer-based applications into the hands of a growing segment of the population.

A Mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) is a system of wireless mobile nodes dynamically self organizing in arbitrary and temporary network topologies. People and vehicles can thus be internetworked in areas without a pre-existing communication infrastructure, or when the use of such infrastructure requires wireless extension. Therefore, such networks are designed to operate in widely varying environments, from military networks (with hundreds of nodes) to low-power sensor networks and other embedded systems. Dynamic topologies, bandwidth constraints, energy-constrained operations, wireless vulnerabilities, and limited physical security are among the characteristics that differentiate mobile ad hoc networks from fixed multi-hop networks.

There is a growing number of real applications using wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, and they are being taken seriously by the industries. These applications include, among others, emergency preparedness and response operations, decision making in the battlefield and data acquisition operations. Sensor networks have already entered many aspects of our lives. Wireless sensors can be deployed in almost any hostile and harsh weather environments. As a result, the last few years have witnessed a wealth of research ideas on ad hoc and sensor networks that are moving rapidly into commercialization and standardization.

As wireless nodes proliferate and as applications using Internet become familiar to a wider class of customers, those customers will expect to use networking applications even in situations where the Internet itself is not available. For example, people using laptop computers at a conference in a hotel might wish to communicate in a variety of ways, without the mediation of routing across the global Internet. Yet today such obvious communications requirements cannot be easily met using the Internet. Providing solutions to meet such requirements will be the subject of this symposium. The basic solution to meet such requirements is to allow mobile computer users with (compatible) wireless communication devices to set up a (possibly) short-lived network just for the communication needs of the moment- in other words, an ad-hoc network. The ultimate goal is to enable a multitude of users at any place access information from anywhere at any time.

Before wireless and mobile ad hoc and sensor networking technology can be easily deployed, improvements must be made in such areas as: wireless technologies, variable topology, device heterogeneity, limited power supply and the lack of effective energy-efficient design, lack of QoS and application support, location and configuration management, addressing and routing, interoperability, and security.

This symposium aims at providing a forum for sharing ideas among researchers and practitioners working on state-of-the-art solutions to the challenges above. We are seeking papers that describe original and unpublished contributions addressing various aspects of ad hoc and sensor networks.

Topics of Interest

  1. Applications and Evolutions of Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  2. Autonomic Networking
  3. Wireless, Ad Hoc, and Sensor Devices
  4. Physical Layer Design of Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  5. Frequency and Channel Allocation Algorithms
  6. Topology Control and Management
  7. Algorithms and Modelling for Localization, Target Tracking, and Mobility Management
  8. Architectures of Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing
  9. MAC Protocols for Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  10. QoS Provisioning in Medium Access Control and Routing for Ad Hoc and Mesh Networks
  11. Analytical, Mobility, and Validation Models for Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  12. Performance Evaluation and Modelling of Mobile, Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  13. Integrated Simulation and Measurement based Evaluation of Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems
  14. New Simulation Languages, Methodologies, and Tools for Wireless Systems
  15. Analysis of Correctness and Efficiency of Protocols
  16. Data Management, Data Aggregation, Data Dissemination, and Query Processing
  17. Cryptography and Security Issues in Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  18. Distributed Algorithms
  19. Pricing Modelling and Solutions
  20. Pervasive and Wearable Computing
  21. Co-existence Issues of Hybrid Networks
  22. Energy Saving and Power Control Protocols for Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  23. Resource Management Algorithms in Mobile, wireless Ad Hoc and Mesh Networks
  24. Synchronization and Scheduling Issues in Mobile and Ad Hoc Networks
  25. Service Discovery for Wireless Ad Hoc, Mesh, and Sensor Networks
  26. Cross-layer Design and Interactions
  27. Mobile Service and QoS Management for Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  28. Survivability and Reliability Evaluation and Modelling for Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Mesh Networks
  29. Ubiquitous and Mobile Access for Wireless Mesh Networks
  30. Security and Privacy Issues for Wireless Ad Hoc, Mesh, and Sensor Networks