Wireless networks (WNs) in ad hoc mode have so far been comprehensively studied in terms of communication protocols. Despite the achievements accomplished in the research community, application-oriented WN tests and implementation are more desirable for helping to realise adaptive ubiquitous services.
The wide variety of possible applications results in vastly varying requirements and characteristics, and raises a number of critical issues to be addressed during the design of WN protocols. In recent years, to meet the general trend towards diversification, new medium access control, routing, power management and data gathering protocols have been designed specifically for emerging WN applications. However, much more work is required in the optimisation of different network parameters to address the realistic requirements and constraints of the target domain.
Therefore, application-specific goals must be considered in protocol stack development to reconcile their requirements. Until there are more widespread and longer-term deployments of applications using ad hoc WNs, the performance requirements and resulting cost/performance tradeoffs will not be well understood.
This special issue will present a collection of articles discussing advances in wireless protocol design from the application and services perspective. The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Advanced Engineering Materials and Wireless Communications (AEMWC2012), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Case studies on the use of wireless ad hoc networks
- Wireless networks for harsh environments
- Underwater wireless communication and networks
- Case studies on physical channel properties affecting performance
- Application-oriented medium access control protocols/algorithms
- Application-oriented routing protocols/algorithms
- Application-oriented transport layer protocols/algorithms
- Application-oriented cross-layer protocols/algorithms
- Application-oriented security protocols/algorithms
- Deployment and scalability of wireless sensor networks
- Energy-efficient wireless networking protocols
- Test-bed, prototype and practical system design
- Simulation tools for wireless networking solutions
- Comparative studies of communication protocols in application-specific scenarios
- Performance evaluation of IEEE 802.11/802.15/802.16/802.20/802.22 series standards
Submission deadline: 16 February, 2013 (extended)
First round of review due: 31 May, 2013
Minor/major revisions due: 30 June, 2013
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 31 August, 2013
Submission of final paper: 15 September, 2013