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CCNC 2005
CCNC 2004

IEEE CCNC 2006 Special Sessions

Important Deadlines

  • Paper submission: 15 September 2005
  • Author notification: 1 October 2005
  • Camera-ready due: 7 October 2005
  • Author registration deadline: 1 October, 2005

1. Advanced techniques for power efficiency of wireless devices and wireless networks

Lawrence Brakmo and Ulas Kozat, DoCoMo Labs

Wireless portable/mobile devices that rely on limited battery power are becoming more versatile devices that can address both the communication and the computation needs of end users. In addition, application specific wireless sensors and actuators are expected to become a reality of daily life. One way of coping with the energy constraints of these devices is to develop renewable or highly efficient power sources. Another way is to develop more energy efficient devices from silicon layer to application layer.

This special session aims to create a forum of experts who address the challenge of energy-constrained communication and computation from different perspectives at different layers, e.g. communication protocols, operating systems, device architecture, power sources, etc. We highly encourage submissions that look at the problem across the layers and/or that investigate the fundamental limits of energy efficiency. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-layer design for energy efficient wireless communication
  • Energy efficient computing architectures and operating systems
  • Resource control techniques for improved battery lifetime
  • Fundamental communication and computation tradeoffs for energy efficiency
  • Fundamental QoS and power efficiency tradeoffs
  • Energy efficient wireless network communication and/or computation
  • Fundamental limits on energy efficiency
  • Battery and fuel cell technologies
  • Energy efficient wireless sensor networks
  • Energy efficient mobile networks

2. Agile radios and cooperative networking for next generation wireless networks

Sai Shankar N, Qualcomm Inc.
Carlos Cordeiro, Philips Research USA
Chun-Ting Chou, Philips Research USA

Agile or cognitive radios are being considered as one of the promising technologies for next generation wireless networks. Devices equipped with these smart radios can monitor and adapt to the radio environment in real time to optimize their performance. They may scan and opportunistically utilize unused radio spectrum bands, thus significantly increasing spectrum access and unleashing tremendous capacity for a plethora of new applications. Coupled with cooperative communication capabilities, these devices may interact with each other to provide spatial diversity so as to achieve higher throughput or save power.

In this workshop, papers describing original and significant research contributions to the field of agile/cognitive radios, cooperative networking, and their applications are solicited. All submissions must describe original results that are not published nor currently under review by any another conference or journal. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Software defined radio (SDR)
  • Platform or prototype of agile/cognitive radios
  • Spectrum agile (SA) communications
  • Signal and feature detection
  • Coexistence and Interference mitigation
  • Medium access control (MAC) for SA communication
  • Network architecture for SA communication
  • Code and modulation design for spatial diversity
  • Partner detection and selection in cooperative communications
  • MAC for cooperative communications
  • Modeling and performance evaluation
  • Applications for SA or cooperation-based communications

3. Autonomic Communication

Xiaoyuan Gu and Linda Jiang Xie

The Internet is facing ever-increasing complexity in the construction, configuration and management of heterogeneous wireless networks. New communication paradigms are undermining its original design principles. The mobile Internet demands a level of optimum that is hard to achieve with a strictly-layered protocol stack. All of these have put traditional design methodologies for the Internet under examination.

Autonomic communication (AutoComm) represents a vision of using context-awareness and distributed policy-based control to achieve efficiency, resilience, immunity and evolvability in large-scale dynamic communication infrastructure. Meeting the grand challenges of autonomic communication requires scientific and technological advances in a wide variety of fields, and intensive cross-disciplinary basic and applied research.

This special session will provide a forum for researchers working in the field of AutoComm to exchange ideas and seek synergies. The forum also aims to bring together academic and industry professionals for meaningful collaborations. In doing so, we hope to develop and nurture a community that work closely to contribute to the communication paradigms of the future Internet.

Topics solicited in this special session span a wide range of areas of interests including but not limited to:

  • AutoComm in home networks
  • AutoComm in consumer communications
  • AutoComm in multimedia communications
  • Middlebox communications and AutoComm
  • Autonomic services
  • Autonomic signaling
  • Network architecture with AutoComm flavors
  • Holistic and systematic cross-layer design for AutoComm
  • Protocol engineering featuring self-*
  • Bio-inspired principles for AutoComm
  • Networked ecosystems
  • Self-organizing systems
  • Self-optimizing and self-tuning networks
  • Self-healing and self-protecting networks
  • Self-configuring networks
  • Self-governing and self-aware networks
  • Composable/Composite functional systems
  • Ecological models for AutoComm
  • AI and agent technologies for AutoComm
  • Adaptive control theories for AutoComm
  • Grid solutions for AutoComm
  • Network calculus and network coding for AutoComm
  • Cellular automatons for AutoComm
  • Swarm intelligence for AutoComm
  • Economic models for AutoComm
  • Learning and knowledge plane construction techniques
  • Situation/Context-awareness
  • Proactive monitoring and control
  • Rule and policy-based management
  • Fitness functions for AutoComm
  • Cost functions for AutoComm
  • Decision theories for AutoComm
  • Conflict resolution algorithms for AutoComm
  • Evolvability in AutoComm
  • AutoComm testbeds
  • Mobile code and network programmability

Session Co-Organizers

4. Biosensors and biosensor networks

K.R. Namuduri, Wichita State Univ. and B. Natarajan, Kansas State University

Biosensors are being developed around the world for various applications including - environmental monitoring, biosurveillance, and healthcare. Classical bio-sensors require human interaction for data acquisition and analysis. With the emergence of wireless networks and protocols, researchers are finding new opportunities to utilize the strengths of the wireless networks for environmental, biological, and healthcare applications. Biosensor networks capable of autonomous data acquisition, analysis and network management will pave the way for novel applications in the future.

Numerous technological challenges need to be tackled before such bio-sensor networks can be deployed for real-world applications. Such challenges include: design and development of miniaturized bio-sensors, integration of bio-sensing, signal processing and communication capabilities in a single module, development of data analysis tools and techniques among others. As research in bio-sensors and bio-sensor networks progresses, there is a need to incorporate inter-disciplinary educational and training opportunities in the university curriculum so that we can prepare professionals capable of working in this field.

Several federal organizations are currently supporting research in bio-sensors and bio-sensor networks. In order to protect citizens from terrorist-related activities, scientists and researchers at various national laboratories are working towards the development a nationwide sensor network that could provide a real-time early-warning system for a wide array of chemical and biological threats across the nation.

This special session is an attempt to bring researchers working in this inter-disciplinary field of biosensors and biosensor networks in order to discuss their research activities, and share their research experiences. Topics of interest include but not limited to the following:

  • Biosensor design and development
  • Biosensor fabrication Sensor Fabrication
  • Signal acquisition and processing Communication issues in Biosensor in biosensor networks
  • Communication issues in biosensor networks in Biosensor Networks
  • Body area networks
  • Biosensor network optimization
  • Data analysis and decision theory
  • Biosensor network applications (ecological monitoring, bio-surveillance and telemedicine among others)

Program Chairs:

  • Kamesh Namuduri, Assistant Professor, ECE Department, Wichita State University
  • Bala Natarajan, Assistant Professor, ECE Department, Kansas State University
  • Francis D'Souza, Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Wichita State University

5. Challenges and advances in enabling seamless multimedia applications over wireless networks

Dan Lelescu and Onur Guleryuz, DoCoMo Labs

This special session is intended to provide an environment where innovative approaches relevant to the topics of interest in wireless multimedia are presented and discussed. Guidance topics include but are not limited to:

  • mobile wireless multimedia
  • real-time wireless multimedia applications
  • on-demand multimedia access over wireless networks
  • multimedia over peer-to-peer wireless networks
  • joint optimization of power consumption and rate-distortion performance in wireless multimedia applications
  • future wireless multimedia applications"

6. Content Management and Semantic Web

T. Wu, Nokia

The explosive growth of digital content available to consumers, the emergence of multi-purpose "converged" devices, and rapid innovations such as social networking and P2P services are imposing serious design challenges for device vendors, application developers and content and service providers. While device and format interoperability issues are being addressed in industry forums, it remains difficult to develop easy-to-use, intuitive and empowering applications that allow consumers to effortlessly create, search, share and consume digital content.

With its roots in document and media metadata, the "Semantic Web" is a research area characterized by the association of accessible formal semantics with content and services. Semantic Web holds considerable promisenot only for content management, but also in improving the interoperabilitybetween devices and systems in a pervasive computing environment (such as a "digital home").

This special session will set a stage for researchers in related fields toshare their latest results and ideas in content management and the Semantic Web technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Multimedia search
  • Content distribution and sharing in the home and over the Internet
  • Multimedia applications in social and P2P networks
  • Ontologies for digital content
  • Use of ontologies in search
  • Use of Semantic Web technologies in social networks
  • Use of Semantic Web technologies to improve device interoperability
  • Standardization activities
  • Digital rights management for the digital home
  • Privacy and Legal Implications

7. Convergence of computer and consumer electronic applications in the home

D. Cavendish, NEC Labs

Consumer Electronics (CE) is currently estimated at 100 Billion market size, and growing. CE applications currently use a myriad of interconnection technologies, such as 1394 and Bluetooth, to serve audio and video applications in the home. Meanwhile, Personal Computers (PCs) are ever more present in the modern home of today. Data applications are networked via wired and wireless technologies such as WiFi and Ethernet Switches. This special session aims at exploring applications and network technologies that merge these two worlds within the home of the future. In particular, we are interested in applications that combine data and video/voice streams, as well as future networking technologies able to serve both data and Audio/Video (A/V) streams.

Topics of interest include:

  • Synchronization mechanisms in packet networks for Audio/Video applications
  • Audio/video addressing schemes
  • Network topologies for home networking
  • Audio/Video application discovery in the home
  • Integration of various packet network technologies in the home
  • Integration of audio/voice/data applications in the home

8. Economic aspects and tools in networks

M. Chatterjee, Univ. of Central Florida

It is well known that the role of economics plays an important role in the success of a technology. Recently, researchers in electrical sciences are applying the tools and techniques from the domain of economic theory to solve various problems including thatof networking. Use of pricing models to control congestion related problems and inducing cooperation in ad hoc networks are just two examples. Utility models, game theory, auction theory, etc. have been successfully applied to various optimization problems.

In this special sessions, we solicit papers that deal with with economic aspects in any kind of networks, including wireless networks.

Topics of interests are not limited to the following:

  • Utility modeling
  • Social welfare, revenue maximization
  • Pricing mechanisms and incentives
  • Network dynamics using games/auctions
  • Bandwidth options and other derivatives
  • Spectrum markets, business models, and pricing access to spectrum
  • Co-operative model in ad hoc networks
  • Power control in centralized or distributed systems

9. Multimedia and QoS in Wireless Networks

L. Hang, Thomson Research

Wireless networks including WLAN and WPAN as well as emerging mobile ad hoc networks and wireless sensor networks, provide consumers with platforms for convenient and ubiquitous access to information and applications, and change the way in which people live, work, play, and interact. Continual advances in radio communications, video/audio compression, computing, and ICs technologies are enabling efficient and robust multimedia applications over wireless networks, ranging from in-home/in-car multimedia communications to networked entertainment systems. However there are a lot of technical challenges to support real-time multimedia and QoS over wireless networks due to variable communication environments, limited battery power, and heterogeneous devices. Intelligent network protocols, middleware and applications are required for effective service discovery, network self-organization, and system interaction and collaboration.

This special session is intended to provide a forum for researchers, engineers, and practitioners to share their experiences, discuss challenges, and report their state-of-the-art research and development on all aspects of multimedia and QoS over wireless networks, especially wireless ad hoc networks and sensor networks. Contributions emphasizing recent advances and new research directions are strongly encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • QoS support in ad hoc networks and sensor networks
  • Multimedia over WLAN, WPAN, and 3G/4G networks
  • QoS-aware media access techniques and protocols
  • Transport layer QoS support
  • Cross-layer design such as integration of PHY, MAC, routing and
  • application aspects
  • Service discovery
  • QoS provisioning and control
  • Resource adaptation algorithms for volatile computing and
  • communication environments
  • QoS middleware
  • Peer-to-peer technologies
  • Networked multimedia sensor applications
  • Video transport over ad hoc networks
  • Architectures, protocols and platforms for networked gaming and
  • entertainment
  • Voice over IP over wireless networks
  • Broadcast and multicast in wireless networks
  • Devices, testbed, performance evaluation and modeling

10. Recent advances in UWB

S. Mo, Panasonic Research

Ultra Wideband (UWB) is a new emerging wireless technology for high data rate, low power, low cost and short distance applications. Because of above properties, UWB is considered as a favorite candidate for Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) for home audio/video applications. Interest in UWB has broadened since the FCC approved commercial deployment of UWB systems in 2002. IEEE standards groups are creating PHY specifications for UWB.

This session will present current advance in UWB technology in both microwave and millimeter wave bands.

11. Nature Inspired Approaches in Sensor Networks

Yi Shang, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

12. Video over wireless

Haohong Wang, Qualcomm

The rapid growth in wireless video applications, such as video streaming, video telephony and wireless video games, has resulted in spectacular strides in the progress of wireless communication systems. However, the high error rates of wireless channels and the stringent energy constraints of mobile devices still pose significant barriers in the deployment of wireless video applications.

This special session will provide an excellent forum for experts working in this area to join each other for a discussion of various important issues concerning video over wireless networks. The forum aims at increasing the synergy between academic and industry professionals specializing in this area. The submitted papers should focus on the state-of-the-art research in various important aspects of the emerging technologies and standards related to video coding and transmission over wireless networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced video coding algorithms
  • Advanced error resilience and concealment algorithms for wireless video
  • Video quality assessment for wireless communications
  • Rate control for wireless video
  • Joint source-channel coding for wireless video
  • Energy-efficient wireless video coding, scheduling, transmission, and playback
  • Cross-layer wireless video communication protocol, system design, and optimization
  • QoS issues for wireless video
  • New video applications over 3G/4G wireless systems
  • New wireless multimedia protocols and standards
  • Scalable and multiple description video coding and transmission
  • Wireless video traffic modeling
  • Wireless video streaming and synchronization
  • Wireless video sensor networks?

13. Wireless sensor networks

J. Shi, Seoul National University

Wireless Sensor networks (WSN) - networks of tiny sensing devices capable of wireless communication, realize the vision of pervasive computing and bridge the gap between computer systems and the real world. It is expected to have a significant impact on the efficiency of military and civil applications such as target field imaging, intrusion detection, weather monitoring, security and tactical surveillance conditions, seismic activities, or images of the environment. This workshop aims at bringing together researchersfrom different backgrounds to create a forum where cross-layerintegration, novel solutions for specific problems, and the future development of WSN functionalities can be discussed.

Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Scalable Architecture, Algorithms and Complexity Issues for Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Communication protocols for WSNs, e.g. MAC and routing, addressing schemes
  • Distributed Sensor and Actor Network Tasking and Self Organization
  • Data compression, association, aggregation
  • Distributed Sensor Networks - Networking Caching Issues
  • Hardware for WSNs and its impact on communication protocols
  • Operating systems and middleware for WSNs
  • Distributed classification and data fusion

14. Topics in ad hoc network security

Tom Karygiannis, NIST

Mobile handheld devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, and laptops can be used by today's emerging mobile workforce to easily and quickly set up mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) to communicate with their peers and to provide extended connectivity to the Internet. MANETs are also well suited to act as, and collect data from, sensor networks comprised of small wireless electronic devices that can observe events and measure events and physical and biochemical properties in environments not easily accessible by humans or environments that require continuous monitoring. Ad hoc networks and sensors can be used to monitor bridges, manufacturing plants, hospitals, highways, and airports, for example, to help improve public safety. Data collected from sensor and ad hoc networks must, in turn, be shared across the Internet with authorized users. The focus of this special session is on the security of ad hoc and sensor networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Secure ad hoc communications
  • Distributed trust management
  • Secure ad hoc network gateways
  • Network IDS in ad hoc networks
  • Sensor-ad hoc network communication
  • Secure ad hoc routing protocols
  • Practical experiences in deploying secure ad hoc networks
  • Secure sensor-ad hoc network communication
  • Secure distributed storage management
  • Hybrid ad hoc network security
  • Privacy in ad hoc networks

15. Distributed Multimedia Streaming

Thinh Nguyen, Oregon State University,
Duc A. Tran, University of Dayton,
Pascal Frossard, EPFL

Multimedia streaming is one the most popular services on the current Internet. Its already-high demand is even on the rise as the Internet users have started to be familiar with peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies which enable them to share contents between one another directly. Streaming in the P2P manner, in contrast to the traditional client/server approach, takes advantage of existing end-system computational and networking resources, thus allowing economical clients to leverage their collective power to benefit the entire service community. However, multimedia content is resource demanding while user computing devices are not as powerful as are content servers. Consequently, designing a good decentralized streaming scheme in a large-scale peer-to-peer environment is challenging. The problem becomes more of a challenge due to the ad hoc behavior of peers; they can leave and join the system freely at any time.

As people tend to work beyond their office desk, it is also expected that the next generation of communication networks includes rapid deployments of independent mobile users. With the emergence of wireless technologies such as IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth, mobile users are enabled to connect to each other directly without any networking infrastructure such as the Internet and infrastructure-based wireless LANs. In other words, the users form a mobile ad hoc network (MANET). As multimedia streaming becomes an integrated part of an increasing number of applications and wireless networks are emerging to dominate the communication environment of the future, it is interesting and worthwhile to investigate multimedia streaming solutions for MANETs. There are many open issues regarding this investigation due to the deviation between the resource, energy, and bandwidth availability of ad hoc networks and the quality of service desired by multimedia streaming users.

This special session seeks original contributions of high-quality papers that address novel systems challenges towards the success of multimedia streaming deployment in peer-to-peer, content distribution, and wireless ad hoc networks.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Signal processing/compression/information theories to support ad hoc multimedia streaming
  • Modeling, measurement, and performance study on ad hoc multimedia streaming
  • Internet P2P multimedia streaming
  • P2P multimedia content distribution networks
  • Ad hoc overlay solutions for multimedia streaming
  • Live streaming, video on demand, and video conferencing in wireless ad hoc networks
  • Network and transport protocols for streaming in wireless ad hoc networks
  • Management, QoS, and security aspects in streaming over wireless ad hoc networks
  • Streaming applications in sensor networks
  • Implementations of multimedia streaming in ad hoc networks