NSF Research Grant

International Workshop on Theoretical and Algorithmic Aspects of Sensor, Ad Hoc Wireless, and Peer-to-Peer Networks

 Project Summary 

Theoretical and algorithmic approaches to address key issues in Sensor networks, Ad hoc wireless networks, and Peer­to­peer networks (simply called SAP networks) have played a central role in the development of emerging network paradigms. These three networks are characterized by their ad hoc nature without infrastructure or centralized administration. Unlike infrastructured networks, including cellular networks, where nodes interact through a centralized base station, nodes in an SAP network interact in a peer­to­peer fashion. As a result of the mobility (including join/leave the network) of their nodes, SAP networks are characterized by dynamically changing topologies. The applications of SAP networks range from civilian (file­sharing) to disaster recovery (search­and­rescue), and military (battlefield). 

The purpose of the present proposal is to seek funding to support the International Workshop on Theoretical and Algorithmic Aspects of Sensor, Ad hoc wireless, and Peer-to-peer Networks. The main goal of this workshop is to bring an international forum on the recent development on theoretical and algorithmic aspects of three related fields. 

Intellectual Merit:  

The workshop seeks to bring together different research disciplines to initiate a comprehensive technical discussion on theoretical and algorithmic approaches to three related fields: sensor networks, ad hoc wireless networks, and peer-to-peer networks. The objective of the workshop is to identify several common theoretical and algorithmic approaches that can address issues related to SAP networks. 

The central topic of the workshop revolves around the following two questions: What are the central technical issues in SAP networks? What are the possible solutions/tools available to address these issues? After identifying areas for research, the next focus of this workshop is on future research challenges. 

Broader Impact:  

This workshop seeks a broad impact through a mix of theoretical researchers and practitioners (from local industry) and by helping to stimulate collaborations. We believe that theoretical progress on the research topic in the workshop will have a long­term impact on SAP networks. 

A major theme of the project is the integration of research and education. It is addressed through participation of graduate students, especially from regional universities in South Florida, which have a high percentage of Hispanic and Black students.

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