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Personalized Networks

to be held in conjunction with
The IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference
CCNC 2009)

January 13, 2008 - Harrah's Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Click here for all the details on this workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library

Paper submission via EDAS.
(Please read the submission instructions below first)

Purpose of this workshop

The ubiquitous nature of wireless networks has spawned many interesting applications that were unimagined hitherto. It has also brought many challenges for the communication and networking community to address. On one hand we see present day mobile devices are capable of providing many services that required several devices before. For example, most cell phones nowadays provide high speed data access, still and video cameras, PDA functionality, etc. These advances in device sophistication and service offerings, including wireless hotspots, have made a difference in the way we communicate. With increased user mobility and user's desire to always be connected, we have seen a growing interest in Personal Area Networks (PANs) and Body Area Networks (BANs). These networks can be tuned and applied meaningfully for individual users and their requirements. On the other hand the Internet has changed our way of interacting dramatically. These two major communication areas are having an in-depth influence on the way we communicate; it is worth considering them 'together' as the future communication vehicle.

Personalized Networks is one such future oriented concept where we seek to bring BANs, PANs, WLAN, sensor networks, ad hoc networks, home networks, vehicular networks and the Internet together onto one platform under one broader vision of future (4G) communication networks. The idea is to enable continuous and seamless connectivity of all the personal devices of a user, information sources, and network enabled controllers in an unobtrusive way, regardless of where these entities are located - be they local or remote. It is a microcosm of the persons themselves with their associated accessories somewhere on the Internet. It is equivalent to the Internet presence that has become a prominent concept in the last decade. This advanced overlay network is strongly person oriented and must be ad hoc, intelligent and must behave as a user-friendly virtual intelligent personal assistant to its owner. It is a personal distributed environment, global in scope that can co-exist on the present day Internet with its active participation. Such a platform enables many new applications, especially for users with rapidly changing communication demands that often operate in various contexts simultaneously. It can also provide the much needed user-friendliness to many services of today.

There are numerous issues which are challenging to the communication network community in realizing a Personalized Network. Most of them arise from the lack of current technology to deal in a transparent way with the dynamic and mobile nature of the entities, the unpredictable topology of the network, the power constraints of the mobile devices, and the heterogeneity of the networking and link-level technologies. Therefore, creating a Personalized Network yields new architectures, protocols, algorithms, platforms, middleware, etc. They take care of addressing, routing, resource and service discovery, the self-organization of the network, the localization of the devices/person, the complex security and privacy requirements, the offering of context aware services and service management. Many of these issues, ventured upon earlier under various mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) and mobile network research initiatives, need to be reconsidered in this case. These technologies have to meet strict requirements with respect to user perception, viable business models, usage of communication bandwidth, protocol complexity, robustness, availability of links and infrastructure, dependability and trust.

Scope of the submission

We seek original contributions which are aimed at finding solutions to the problems that are outlined above towards realization of a Personalized Network. We have identified the following major topics under which we try to categorize the submissions. However, we will consider any other original, interesting, and imaginative ideas and thoughts towards meeting this goal of a Personalized Network.

  • Architectural framework of personalized networks
  • Personalized Network Applications
  • Personal Communications in the next generation Internet
  • Personal Networks for rural areas
  • Context Awareness
  • Resource, service and context discovery
  • Self-organization and adaptation
  • Addressing and routing
  • Interworking between PANs, ad hoc networks, etc, and infrastructure-based heterogeneous networks
  • Mobility of personalized networks
  • Security, privacy and anonymity
  • Zero configuration methods and other enablers for ease-of-use
  • Dependability
  • Application-driven communication substrates
  • Personalized networks for group oriented networking
  • New QoS concepts in personalized networks
  • QoS across heterogeneous Networks and Devices
  • Mapping of functional requirements to physical devices and resources
  • Modeling and simulation of personalized networks
  • P2P paradigm in personalized networks
  • Innovative applications or prototypes and demonstrations of such person centric applications are equally valued

Why should you participate in this workshop?

Personalized Networks is a concrete vision of the future networks, yet very current, in the field of communications. It attracts researchers from both wired and wireless domains. This workshop is an ideal platform to share a vision of where we are heading, interact, and strongly advocate an exciting new avenue for researchers and practitioners in the field of communication. Further, the final program would consist of carefully selected - with at least three peer reviews - and high quality submissions with a large emphasis on new ideas rather than incremental contributions to the field. Submissions of shorter versions of full papers that can be submitted to other conferences/journal in the near future are discouraged.

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal, and has not been previously published. Paper length should not exceed five-page technical paper manuscript.

Papers should be submitted in a .pdf or .ps format to the EDAS paper submission website. A separate cover sheet should show the title of the paper, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the address (including e-mail, telephone, and fax) to which the correspondence should be sent. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author of accepted papers is required to register at the full registration rate.

You may submit your paper using this link.

Previous Workshops

The First PerNets workshop was held in conjunction with Mobiquitous - 2006 (San Jose) was a success with around 25 attendees. We received 24 papers out of which we selected 8 Full Papers and 4 Posters. All the papers and posters were presented during the workshop. Many of the attendees came from Europe and one from Australia. At the end of the workshop, we had an informal session during which all the attendees were allowed freely to share their ideas about the workshop. We had two keynote speeches, by Robin Kravets of UIUC and another by J. Pereira of EU Commission.

The Second PerNets workshop was held in conjunction with Mobiquitous - 2007 (Philadelphia) was a success with around 23 attendees. We received 22 papers out of which we selected 9 Full Papers with two keynote speeches. All the papers were presented during the workshop. We had the attendees from Europe, Asia and USA. We had two Keynote speeches, first one by Sirin Tekiney of NSF and NJIT, and the second one by Jorge Pereira of EU Commission. At the end of the workshop, we had an informal session during which all the attendees were allowed freely to share their ideas about the workshop.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline:   August 25, 2008
Notification of Acceptance:     October 1, 2008
Camera-Ready Submissions:  October 10, 2008
Author Registration Deadline:  October 10, 2008

Contact Information


General chairperson

Ignas Niemegeers, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Program Co-Chairpersons

Sonia Heemstra de Groot, University of Twente, Netherlands
Magda El Zarki, University of California, Irvine, USA

Publicity Chairperson

Paolo Bellavista, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Paolo Bellavista, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada
Milind M Buddhikot, Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, USA
Mainik Chatterjee, University of Central Florida, USA
Carlos Cordeiro, Intel, USA
Frank den Hartog, TNO, Netherlands
Piet Demeester, Ghent University, Belgium
Sudhir Dixit, Nokia, Boston, USA
Vasilis Friderikos, King's College London, UK
Carmelita Görg, University of Bremen, Germany
K. V. S. Hari, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Hossam Hassanein, Queens University, Canada
Sonia Heemstra de Groot, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
James Irvine, Strathclyde University, Scotland
Sumanth Jagannathan, Stanford University, USA
H. S. Jamadagni, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Theo G. Kanter, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden
Anup Kumar, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Joy Kuri, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Anthony Lo, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Thomas Magedanz, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Mahesh Marina, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ingrid Moerman, University of Ghent, Belgium
Klaus Moessner, University of Surrey, UK
Luis Muñoz, University of Cantabria, Spain
Ignas Niemegeers, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Jorge Pereira, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
T. V. Prbhakar, Indian Institute of Science, India
Ramjee Prasad, University of Aalbarg, Denmark
Neeli Prasad, University of Aalbarg, Denmark
Liuha Petri, Nokia, Germany
Heung-Gyoon Ryu, Chungbuk National University, Korea
Tarek Saadawi, City University of New York, USA
Amardeo Sarma, NEC Network Laboratories, Germany
Subbalakshmi, Stevens Institute, USA
Sai Shankar, Broadcom, San Diego, USA
Sirin Tekinay, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA
John Thompson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Stephen B Weinstein, CTTC, New Jersey, USA
Magda El Zarki, University of California, Irvine, USA
Honggang Zhang, Zhejiang University, China
Djamal Zeghlache, INT, Paris, France

Organizing Committee

Martin Jacobsson, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Weidong Lu, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
R. V. Prasad, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Past Workshops

Pernets 2006 
Pernets 2007


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