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Title: Research on Multihop Wireless Networks: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Date: Wednesday, November 19th

The past decades' research has greatly advanced our understanding on how to design and control multihop wireless networks. From the theory side, many provably-efficient algorithms have been developed to deal with the difficult cross-layer interactions in these networks, improving their capacity, energy-efficiency, and quality-of-service. From the system side, a number of testbeds and operational wireless mesh-/sensor-networks have been built and much has been learned from the practice. However, today not all the significant theoretical developments have found application in real systems, and not all the problems identified in practical systems have been analytically and extensively studied. The objective of this panel is to invite both analytical and system-oriented researchers together, to identify the pressing challenges and research opportunities from the view-point of both sides.


Xiaojun Lin, Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University


Anthony Ephremides, Cynthia Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,University of Maryland, College Park

Koushik Kar, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Konstantinos Psounis, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California

Yonghe Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington



Title: Software-Defined Radios: How much programmability do we really need?

Date: Tuesday, November 18th.

Software-Defined Radios are the key enablers of cognitive radios and cognitive networking and is perceived to be a important component of our wireless future. However, as multiple research and commercial prototypes of this platform come into existence, it has become apparent that increased programmability sometimes comes at a cost of high computing requirements, increased energy consumption, and high costs. In this panel, we will, therefore, visit the question of what is the right level of programmability that software-defined radios should really possess.


Suman Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences,

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Heather Zheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Univ. of California Santa Barbara

Douglas C. Sicker, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Danijela Cabric, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department,

University of California, Los Angeles

Joseph B. Evans, Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Kansas

Petri Mahonen, Department of Wireless Networks, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


WICON Dates & News

 Paper submission due:

July 15, 2008

 Notification date:     

September 15, 2008

 Camera-ready due:

October 15, 2008


 Workshop proposal due:    

July 1, 2008

 Notification date:

July 15, 2008


 Panel proposal due:

September 1, 2008

 Notification date:

September 15, 2008


 Conference Dates:

November 17-19, 2008

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