WiNTECH 2008:
The Third ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation and CHaracterization

September 19, 2008, San Francisco, CA.
A workshop in conjunction with ACM Mobicom 2008.




  • The program is now available here.

Call for papers

In recent years, some wireless technologies (e.g., WiFi, sensor networks) have matured to the point of finding wide acceptance in the real-world and leading to many new and interesting applications. At the same time, several new networking and radio technologies (e.g., dynamic spectrum access, UWB) are emerging to address the performance limitations of existing technologies and make wireless networking more ubiquitous. Realistic evaluation of such diverse set of technologies and their mutual interactions will play a major role in identifying the key performance bottlenecks, thus shape future advances in wireless technology. The importance of testbed-based evaluation of wireless network protocols/applications as well as characterization of real-world aspects using traces from operational networks is gaining wider recognition in the mobile and wireless networking research community.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers working in the broad area of experimental wireless networking. This workshop will serve as a forum to share new ideas/experiences in all experimental aspects of wireless networks and systems, and facilitate discussions of key unresolved challenges in this area.

We are seeking original, previously unpublished papers addressing experimental wireless networking issues. All submissions will be judged by their technical merit and relevance to the workshop, based on a thorough review process by the Technical Program Committee.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and evaluation of wireless testbeds, prototypes and platforms
  • Experiences/lessons from recent testbed deployments
  • Hybrid experimentation approaches combining use of multiple evaluation methodologies
  • Integration of diverse and distributed testbed infrastructures
  • Testbed management issues and monitoring support
  • Wireless testbed case studies
  • Experimental evaluation of applications and protocols, including the impact of cross-layer interactions
  • Large-scale and heterogeneous wireless network evaluations
  • Approaches for real-world evaluation of mobile networks
  • Evaluation environments for sensor and satellite networks
  • Techniques for improving reproducibility of real-world testing
  • Implementation approaches to ease transition between different evaluation methodologies
  • New measurement methodologies and infrastructures
  • Measurement and characterization (modeling) of real-world aspects of wireless networks such as usage patterns, traffic, mobility and channel characteristics
  • Interference and spectrum usage measurements
  • Validation of existing simulation models, and results across different testbeds/evaluation methodologies
  • Software tools in support of measurements, trace/data collection and management

Demo Contest: WinCool (aka the Next Big Thing in Wireless)

This year, we are challenging the community to show us their latest, coolest, chair-rocking and mind-blowing innovation in an operational demonstration. Go beyond the theoretical limitations and shed off the numerous assumptions about wireless system and present an operational prototype that has the potential to revolutionize wireless networking. Innovations can be at any layer, from physical to application. However, we particularly encourage innovations that span over multiple layers. The innovations must have wireless networking as its key topic. The demo must be presented live, i.e. a presentation of a demo (powerpoint, video, etc) only is not allowed. Also, we emphasize that the demo contest is not a forum to display commercial products. The demo contest will be judged by a panel from industry and academia based on the technical merit and relevance to the workshop. The winners will take home cash prices and bragging rights to award-winning research demonstrators:
  • $ 2500 for the winner
  • $ 1500 for the second place
  • $ 1000 for the third place
The extended abstract of the accepted demonstrations will be published in the workshop proceedings and will be available at the ACM digital library.

The price money for the Demo Contest is sponsored by the following companies. We would like to express our gratitude for the generous donations!

Call for Posters

WiNTECH 2008 is seeking proposals for posters describing novel work in wireless network testbeds, measurements and characterizations. The areas of interest are the same as those listed in the technical call for papers. The posters may describe work in progress and offers an excellent opportunity for feedback and discussions on early research.
All submissions will be reviewed by the technical program committee and will be judged by their technical merit and relevance to workshop. The extended abstract of the accepted posters will be published in the workshop proceedings and will be available at the ACM digital library.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: Wed, May 14, 2008, 23:59 EDT (Extended from May 7. This is the final extension)
  • Poster/demo submission deadline: Wed, July 9 2008, 23:59 EDT (Extended from June 4.)
  • Author notification: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 (extended from June 23)
  • Poster/demo notification: Mon, Jul 31, 2008
  • Camera ready papers: Mon, Jul 7, 2008, 23:59 EDT
  • Workshop date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008

Paper submission instructions

All regular paper submissions will be handled electronically via the
EDAS system. Regular paper submissions should conform to the following requirements:
  • A maximum of EIGHT 8.5"x11" pages (including figures, tables, and references)
  • The paper must be in two-column format, using 10-point size or greater and reasonable margins
  • It must use PDF format

Poster/demo submission instructions

Demo contest submissions must provide a writeup with the following requirements:
  • A maximum of TWO 8.5"x11" pages (including figures, tables, and references)
  • A third page should be included that lists the requirements for the demo at the workshop venue if the demo is selected.
  • The writeup must be in two-column format, using 10-point size or greater and reasonable margins
  • It must use PDF format
Submit by emailing your poster/demo writeup (pdf file) to: Lin Zhong, (lzhong (at) rice (dot) edu)

Please make poster and demo submissions by providing a writeup as per the following requirements:

  • A maximum of TWO 8.5"x11" pages (including figures, tables, and references)
  • The writeup must be in two-column format, using 10-point size or greater and reasonable margins
  • It must use PDF format
Submit by emailing your poster/demo writeup (pdf file) to: Lin Zhong (lzhong (at) rice (dot) edu)

Committees

General chair:
Ashutosh Sabharwal, Rice University (ashu [at] ece [dot] rice [dot] edu)
Co-TPC chairs:
Roger Karrer, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories/TU Berlin (roger [dot] karrer [at] telekom [dot] de)
Lin Zhong, Rice University (lzhong [at] rice [dot] edu)
Publicity Chair:
Thomas Huehn, Deutsche Telekom Laboratoires/TU Berlin


Steering Committee:
Rajive Bagrodia, UCLA
Mahesh Marina, University of Edinburgh
Ed Knightly, Rice University
Joe Evans, University of Kansas

TPC members:

  • Rajive Bagrodia, UCLA
  • Suman Banerjee, University of Wisconsin
  • Ian Chakeres, Motorola
  • Joe Evans, University of Kansas
  • Ramesh Govindan, USC
  • Robert Heath, UT Austin
  • Gentian Jakllari, BBN
  • Thanasis Korakis, Polytechnic
  • Glenn Judd, CMU
  • Nick Laneman, Notre Dame
  • Henrik Lundgren, Thomson
  • Mahesh Marina, U Edinburgh
  • Scott Nettles, UT Austin
  • Antonio Pescape, U Napoli "Federico II"
  • Srinivasan Ramasubramanian, U Arizona
  • Raghupathy Sivakumar, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Song Chong, KAIST
  • Adam Wolisz, TU Berlin
  • Heather Zheng, UCSB
Demo Contest Judges
  • Craig Partridge, BBN Technologies
  • Dennis McCain, Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Dan Schneider, ViaSat
  • more to come

Sponsors

Many thanks to the sponsors of WiNTECH08, in particular for the WinCool Demo Contest