WONS 2004

Madonna di Campiglio
(Trento, Italy)

January 21-23, 2004

First Working Conference
Wireless On-demand Network Systems

(sponsored by IFIP WG 6.3 and 6.8)

Call for Papers

Wireless LANs are enjoying a growing interest at all levels: research, application, business. The explosive growth of IEEE802.11b (Wi-Fi), the ongoing change of spectrum management policies and the technology boost making wireless wideband a reality are bringing high bandwidth wireless connectivity to the masses. Connectivity and networking built "on-demand", where and when they are needed in an evolutionary and incremental fashion with limited investments, is spawning new research and business opportunities, offering unprecedented possibilities to support working communities and ubiquitous, cooperative computing.

Many aspects of the current wireless LANs growth resemble the rapid, and in part anarchic and unexpected, evolution of the wired Internet. The road is traced and enthusiasm is mounting but many challenges have to be solved before providing seamless communication, reliable quality, secure high bandwidth connectivity, and useful services.

The workshop will concentrate on new research issues open in the "wireless Internet" context, including design, modelling and performance evaluation, pricing and profitability models, QoS models and practical implementation. Sound experimental evaluation of new techniques will also be considered.

The meeting will take place in one of the finest winter resorts of the Alps, Madonna di Campiglio, in the Trentino region. The cozy atmosphere of the workshop hotel, facing one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps, will facilitate concentration and creativity.

The schedule of the meeting will consist of presentations in the morning and in the afternoon/evening. A pause after lunch will allow social activities and informal interaction among the participants.

Topics comprise, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless access to the Internet
  • Modelling and performance evaluation of wireless LANs
  • Quality of service and pricing ("charging for quality")
  • Traffic and user activity models
  • Service differentiation mechanisms
  • Virtual operators in WiFi networks
  • Pervasive / ubiquitous computing
  • Location and context-awareness
  • Wireless LANs design
  • Management, authentication, authorization and accounting
  • On-Demand, Ad-Hoc Networks

Important deadlines