IEEE U-NET Workshop collocated with ICC 2012 in Ottawa, Canada, June 10-15

U-NET Workshop is dedicated to the debate of challenges and opportunities concerning user-centric networking technologies, which allow end-users to cooperate by sharing network services and resources. This set of technologies may empower the end-user as a new Internet stakeholder and not just as a consumer and producer of content. User-centric networking technologies can be applied to a wide range of scenarios, encompassing:

  • Sharing subscribed broadband Internet access based upon cooperation incentives or rewards, as well as based upon people’s own mobility patterns and social behavior,
  • Providing support for a better Internet connectivity, such novel functionality allowing local-loop networks to operate in a completely autonomic way,
  • Allowing the usage of communication services even in the absence of a reliable Internet access,
  • Assistive networking services based on user involvement for the detection and repair of communication problems.

User-centric networking includes important and timely research topics aiming to devise future wireless emerging networks. Topics of interest for U-NET include but are not limited to:

  1. Challenges and opportunities for access providers. What is the impact of applying user-centric networking on current Internet wholesale models? How will this user-centric role influence the current virtual operator perspective? What is the impact of having neutral operator infrastructures (separation of transport and service provisioning), where a local-loop is based on user cooperation?
  2. Impact on Internet architectures. Considering that the end-user is part of the network requires a paradigm shift from the end-to-end principle. What is the impact of not having a clear splitting between network and end-user devices?
  3. Internet connectivity. Is connectivity relaying a robust mean to support transfer of information and if so, how good is it compared with multi-hop routing based on network-wide information? Do we need to manage large mesh networks, if users start to share available frequencies and bandwidth?
  4. Trust models, incentives to share broadband access. Which incentives can be considered to build robust and secure large user-provided networks? Can reputation help? How to provide trust to users willing to share Internet access?
  5. Human behavior and mobility patterns. What is the impact that user-provided networking may have on human mobility patterns, and vice-versa? Would it be possible to devise an autonomic control of spreading factor and range by influence of human behavior?
  6. Self-organization. How can user-centric networks be organized themselves taking advantage of human behavior and highly dynamic surrounding conditions, while preventing surges of network load? Will it be possible to predict how many users will be served by specific micro-provider at a time?
  7. Wireless cooperation. User-centric networking relies on incentives for cooperation (e.g. connectivity and spectrum sharing), which may be the starting point to explore further cooperative methods (e.g. aiming to develop augmented routing, medium access, location management, scheduling and energy management). What are optimum or suboptimum, but implementable, approaches/algorithms in the incentive based resource management?

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