An Underwater Sensor Network (UWSN) is an emerging network paradigm which consists of a number of underwater sensor nodes and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) that are deployed to perform collaborative monitoring and resource exploration tasks over a given area.
The applications of UWSNs have huge potential for monitoring the health of river and marine environments. Although there are a large number of developed network protocols for wireless sensor networks, the unique characteristics of UWSNs – such as limited bandwidth capacity, large propagation delay and node mobility, as well as high error probability – lead to considerable challenges in their design.
This special issue aims to bring together a variety of advanced technologies, theory and applications in the area of UWSNs. We solicit high-quality theoretical as well as practical studies on a broad range of issues important to communications, networks and applications.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Network architecture and topology control
- Medium access control protocols
- Routing and data aggregation
- Network coverage and node placement
- Localisation and tracking systems
- Time synchronisation
- Data collection, storage and management
- Energy efficiency and power control
- Reliable transport and quality of service
- Cross-layer design and optimisation
- Network modelling and performance analysis
- Case studies, implementations and real deployments of UWSNs
Deadline for submission: 1 April 2012 (extended)
Acceptance notification (1st round): 15 July 2012
Final notification of acceptance: 15 October 2012