ICDCS 2006 

The First International Workshop on

Specialized Ad Hoc Networks and Systems (SAHNS 2007)

Friday, June 29, 2007


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The Workshop, held in conjunction with IEEE ICDCS 2007, provides a forum for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present their latest research findings in specialized ad-hoc networks and systems.


Specialized ad hoc systems can be built on top of specialized ad hoc networks. Alternatively, they can be constructed independently, e.g., on top of general-purpose ad hoc networks.


The concept of SAHNS might not have been explicit but the practice of building SAHNS is not new. Very popular sensor networks and P2P systems are perhaps the best known examples of SAHNS. However, since general-purpose sensornets and P2Ps are extremely broad classes of SAHNS, we want to include in the scope of this Workshop only their specialized varieties, excluding the general-purpose sensornets and P2Ps.


Other examples of SAHNS are Incident Area Networks (IANs), dedicated to single incidents or events. An IAN can be pre-deployed for a planned event, such as a sporting or "nationally significant" event, or can be dynamically deployed for an unplanned incident, such as a local law enforcement situation or a natural disaster. Opportunistic networks (oppnets), in which the network reacts to a lack of resources by looking for "helpers" that have needed resources, are yet another example of

SAHNS. They are suitable for many application scenarios, including but not limited to emergency response situations.


The specific technical issues of particular interest for include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) Design Issues for Specialized Ad Hoc Networks and Systems:

  • Methodologies, models and tools for developing specialized ad hoc systems
  • Customized network protocols (incl. cross-layer and Layer 2.5 protocols)
  • Resource management algorithms (incl. discovery and integration of resources)
  • Algorithms and modeling for localization and mobility management
  • Novel network and system architectures
  • Operating systems and middleware
  • Analytical and validation models
  • Performance evaluation and modeling (incl. simulation-based ones)
  • Economically-based models and solutions (incl. incentive-based techniques)
  • Survivability and reliability issues
  • Privacy, Security, and Trust Management issues
  • Novel hardware and software platforms, esp. highly heterogeneous ones

2) Operation and Management Issues for Specialized Ad Hoc Networks and Systems:

  • Topology control and management
  • Energy control and management
  • Resource and service discovery and control
  • QoS provisioning and management
  • Data management, data aggregation, data dissemination, and query processing
  • Assuring survivability and reliability
  • Controls for privacy, security, and trust management

3) Application Issues for Specialized Ad Hoc Networks and Systems:

  • Best applications for SAHNS now and in the future (incl. applications in emergency preparation and response; public safety, healthcare; telecommunications; industrial, office, building, and home automation)
  • Experiences with SAHNS in "real life" (incl. commercial products)
  • Social and business impacts of SAHNS-based applications

For further information, please contact the workshop chair.




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Last update on Jan. 15, 2007