Special Sessions will be important part of the program of IEEE CCNC 2007 conference. IEEE CCNC 2007 invites special session papers from interested communities. The goal of these special sessions is to complement the regular technical program with emerging topics of interest in consumer communications and networking.

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IEEE CCNC 2007 Specsial Sessions

  1. Recent Advances in Peer to Peer Networking and Communications,
  2. Video over Wireless Networks,
  3. Wireless Sensor Networks,
  4. Audio and Video Supportive Packet Networks,
  5. Consumer and Industrial Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks,
  6. Digital Home Entertainment: New Opportunities,
  7. Application of Wireless and Sensor Networks on Medical and Health Care,
  8. Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Distribution Services and Rights Management,
  9. Wireless Enabling Technologies for High-Quality Video/Audio/Gaming Entertainment Networks,
  10. Autonomic Communications,
  11. Delay Tolerant Networks,
  12. Millimeter-Wave Radio for Commercial Applications,
  13. Integrated Home Network Based on Peer-to-Peer Technologies,
  14. Residential Gateways,
  15. Content Distribution/Streaming and Its Commercial Applications,
  16. Multimedia Multicast/Groupcast in Wireless/Mobile Environment.

Recent Advances in Peer to Peer Networking and Communications


Heather Yu (, Panasonic, USA,
Zhu Liu (, AT&T Research Labs, USA

Any topic that relates to peer-to-peer and consumer networking and communications is open for consideration. We would like to give special encouragement to research papers related to peer-to-peer overlay networks, P2P media streaming, and P2P security.

Video over Wireless Networks


Dan Lelescu (,
DoCoMo Communications, Laboratories USA, Inc.

Wireless video-based applications such as streaming or video telephony are becoming an essential part of services offered to consumers. Given the nature of the channel and of the mobile devices, topics such as efficient video coding, error resilience, and energy-efficient operation are of great importance.

This special session is intended to provide an environment where innovative approaches relevant to subjects of interest in wireless video are presented and discussed. Paper submissions should show significant research contributions in areas related to wireless video communications including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Video coding
  • Error resilience
  • Rate control
  • Joint source-channel coding
  • Joint optimization of power consumption and rate-distortion performance in wireless video
  • Video streaming
  • Evaluation of subjective video quality for wireless applications
  • QoS for wireless video applications
  • New video-over-wireless applications

Wireless Sensor Networks


Dr. Jinglun Shi (, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Prof. Gong Jianmin, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

Wireless sensor networks (WSN) have experienced an explosive growth during the last few years. Aggregating sensor nodes into sophisticated sensing, computational and communication infrastructures to form wireless sensor networks will have a significant impact on a wide array of applications ranging from military, to scientific, to industrial, to health-care, to domestic. The new technologies, such as data aggregation, routing algorithms, and solutions for wireless sensor networks with Internet, and energy-efficient schemes, are needed and integrated together for the development of wireless sensor networks.

The goal of this session is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum for researchers in both academia and industry addressing the rich space of WSN system design issues to interact and exchange recent results. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Solutions for wireless sensor networks with Internet
  • Routing Algorithm for mobile Ad hoc Networks with sensor nodes
  • Communication protocols for WSNs, e.g. MAC and routing, addressing schemes
  • Distributed Sensor and Actor Network Tasking and Self Organization
  • Data compression, association, aggregation
  • Distributed Sensor Networks - Networking Caching Issues
  • Hardware for WSNs and its impact on communication protocols
  • Operating systems and middleware for WSNs
  • Distributed classification and data fusion

Audio and Video Supportive Packet Networks


Dirceu Cavendish (, NEC Labs America

Audio and video streams, once the source of revenue of cable operators only, are being delivered over multiple media, such as cell phones and broadband access. In addition, packet networks have become pervasive in communication networks of today. However, audio and video applications demand a predictable transport service, with stringent jitter and delay performance, whose requirements pose a challenge for packet network technologies of today. This special session aims at exploring new techniques to support audio and video streams in packet networks. In particular, we are interested in techniques that guarantee the delivery of quality audio and video streams over packet networks so that legacy A/V end devices may work seamlessly, or at least require minimum enhancements to deliver quality audio and video streams.

Consumer and Industrial Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks


Yi Shang (, University of Missouri-Columbia

Developments in computing, sensing, and wireless communications have made it technologically feasible and economically viable to develop low-power wireless sensor networks for many consumer and industrial applications, which has the potential to reshape the way we live and work. This special session focuses on challenges arising in the design and implementation of wireless sensor networks in consumer and industrial applications and provides the participants with up-to-date information on wireless sensor networks and applications around the world.

Digital Home Entertainment: New Opportunities


Naohisa Ohta, DMC, Keio University Japan (
Charles Swartz, Entertainment Technology Center, USC

Developments in computing, sensing, and wireless communications have made it technologically feasible and economically viable to develop low-power wireless sensor networks for many consumer and industrial applications, which has the potential to reshape the way we live and work. This special session focuses on challenges arising in the design and implementation of wireless sensor networks in consumer and industrial applications and provides the participants with up-to-date information on wireless sensor networks and applications around the world.

Digital Home Entertainment: New Opportunities


Naohisa Ohta, DMC, Keio University Japan (
Charles Swartz, Entertainment Technology Center, USC

This session will discuss new digital home entertainment opportunities and associated technical and business solutions. We will focus on high-quality digital video or motion pictures (HD or higher). Distinguished speakers will give their views on the new opportunities and solutions followed by panel discussions.

Application of Wireless and Sensor Networks on Medical and Health Care


Yang Xiao (Univ. of Memphis),
Jens Jahnke, Yvonne Coady, Kui Wu (U. of Victoria)

Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Distribution Services and Rights Management


Shiqiang Yang (Tsinghua University)
Jianfei Cai (Nanyang Technological University)

Wireless Enabling Technologies for High-Quality Video/Audio/Gaming Entertainment Networks


Huai-Rong Shao (, Samsung, USA

Consumer Electronics (CE) market will keep proliferating in the near future due to dramatically increased demand of digital multimedia information systems at home environments. High-quality multimedia applications such as HDTV content distribution, HF audio home theater, and real-time networked gaming require high network throughput and strict QoS support. Various new wireless networks such as WMAN/WLAN/WPAN will become the main communication structures in households worldwide. However, it is still a big challenging to enable wireless networks for high-quality video/audio/gaming entertainment applications. In this special session we plan to discuss the following aspects:

  1. Ideal wireless network infrastructure model at home environment to support high-speed multimedia applications.
  2. End-to-End QoS (reliability, jitter, etc.) support for wireless multimedia applications.
  3. Reliable broadcast/Multicast wireless technologies for multimedia applications.
  4. Security and content protection support for wireless multimedia applications.
  5. New wireless technologies for GBps video applications.
  6. Performance evaluation of new wireless standards for high-quality entertainment environments. Standard examples are 802.11n, 802.16e, etc.

Autonomic Communications


Xiaoyuan Gu, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
( Jiang Xie, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
( John Strassner, Motorola Research Labs, USA

Autonomic Communications (AutoComm) refers to the autonomy of communication networks with minimum human administration. Such self-management paradigm is by nature cross-disciplinary, as it involves considerations and designs from a number of science and engineering categories. In a system that features AutoComm, the networks and their elements strive to realize efficiency, immunity, resilience and evolvability through endogenous self-optimization, self-protection, self-recovery , self-adaptation and self-configuration. By encapsulating complexity within the networks, exploiting their intelligence and using technology to manage technology , human administration efforts can be greatly reduced while management efficiency can be maximized.

This special session will provide a forum for researchers working in the field of AutoComm to exchange ideas and seek synergies. The forum also aims to bring together academic and industry professionals for meaningful collaborations. In doing so, we hope to develop and nurture a community that work closely to contribute to the communication paradigms of the future Internet. Topics solicited in this special session span a wide range of areas of interests including but not limited to:

  • AutoComm in multimedia communications
  • AutoComm in consumer communications
  • AutoComm in home networks
  • Autonomic service platform
  • Network architecture for AutoComm
  • Service-oriented architecture
  • Protocol engineering featuring self-*
  • Bio-inspired principles
  • Networked ecosystems
  • Self-organizing systems
  • Self-optimizing and self-tuning networks
  • Self-healing and self-protecting networks
  • Self-configuring networks
  • Self-governing and self-aware networks
  • Composable/Composite functional systems
  • Ecological models for AutoComm
  • AI and agent technologies for AutoComm
  • Adaptive control theories for AutoComm
  • Grid solutions for AutoComm
  • Semantic web technologies for AutoComm
  • Cellular automatons for AutoComm
  • Swarm intelligence for AutoComm
  • Economic models for AutoComm
  • Learning and knowledge plane construction techniques
  • Situation/Context-awareness
  • Proactive monitoring and control
  • Proactive policy-based management
  • Fitness functions for AutoComm
  • Cost functions for AutoComm
  • Decision theories for AutoComm
  • Conflict resolution algorithms for AutoComm
  • Evolvability in AutoComm
  • AutoComm testbeds
  • Mobile code and network programmability

Delay Tolerant Networks


Kun Tan, Microsoft Research Asia (
Zhensheng Zhang, San Diego Research Center (

The traditional network architectures that make the Internet successful do not serve the communication well in many challenging environments, including in-motion wireless networking, mobile sensor networks or multi-hop wireless networks that provide connectivity for rural areas. In such environments, a continuous end-to-end communication path from the source to destination is intermittent, constantly disrupted, largely delayed or even none-existing.

This special session will provide an excellent forum for academic researchers and industry professionals to discuss the new applications in such Delay-Tolerant Networks, and also exchange novel designs of protocol architectures and algorithms that make the applications tolerant to such high delays and/or disruptions. The submitted papers should focus on the state-of-the-art research in various important aspects of this emerging area. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New architectures of delay tolerant networks
  • Characterization of delay tolerant networks, e.g. network/mobility measurements
  • Protocol design and evaluation over delay-tolerant networks.
  • Networking systems operating over delay tolerant networks and their implementation techniques
  • Delay and fault tolerance in mobile and sensor networks
  • Modeling and performance analysis
  • New applications and spontaneous services in delay-tolerant networks.
  • Security, privacy and incentive for cooperation

Millimeter-Wave Radio for Commercial Applications


Samuel Mo, Panasonic (

During the past few years, substantial knowledge about the 60-GHz millimeter-wave (MMW) channel has been yielded and a great deal of work has been done toward developing MMW communication systems for commercial applications. In 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated 7 GHz in the 57-64 GHz band for unlicensed use. The opening of that big chunk of free spectrum, combined with advances in wireless communications technologies, has rekindled interest in this portion of spectrum once perceived for expensive point-to-point links. The immediately seen opportunities in this particular region of spectrum include next-generation wireless personal area networks (WPANs).

Similar to the microwave UWB radio, the 60-GHz radio is suitable for high data rate, low power, low cost and short distance applications, but it experiences almost non inter-system interference. The 60-GHz radio has great potential to be widely used in numerous WPAN applications in residential areas, offices, conference rooms, corridors and libraries, and it is very a good candidate for in-home applications such as audio/video transmission, desktop connection, and support of portable devices.
However, given high expectation from public, there are a number of challenges in developing commercial 60-GHz radios. Open questions include: which technology is better for 60-GHz front-ends? Single-carrier or multi-carrier signaling? and how to effectively handle directional antennas from MAC layer? etc.
This session will cover the following topics and commercial wireless technologies:

  • Front-end technologies
  • Antenna array and beam forming
  • System performance evaluations
  • Novel application models

Integrated Home Network Based on Peer-to-Peer Technologies


Nobuo Saito, Komazawa University (

This session includes most advanced home network technologies based on P2P technologies. PUCC(Peer-to-Peer Universal Computing Consortium) was organized 2 years ago to develop network technologies for integration several different types of home networks and mobile phone networks. The overlay protocols are defined to interconnect different home network standards. This session gives presentations and discussions regarding the architecture of the whole home network, the interconnection for varieties of home appliances, streaming technologies through home networks via the internet, printing facilities through mobile phones, the security problems for home networks and so on. This P2P technologies for home networks will support the realization of ubiquitous environment in near future, and these topics are urgently discussed and investigated.

Residential Gateways


Suresh K. Chintada, Motorola India Research Labs, (
Nilanjan Banerjee, Motorola India Research Labs, (

Residential Gateways (RG) are enabling the integration of heterogeneous devices to improve the living experience at home. The devices belong to various domains such as communications and entertainments; examples include PCs, laptops to mobile computing devices, advanced set-top boxes, Internet appliances and home sensors. The integration brings in a paradigm shift of the traditional network computing model with the transition of intelligence and content from network to the home. Managing such intelligence and content at the edge of the networks with RG requires sophisticated architectures to be developed, which address the complexity of different of types of networks (e.g., wireless and wired networks) and fixed, mobile, and nomadic devices.

In this session we invite contributions from researchers working in this area on topics related to RG architecture, design, application, modeling, performance, measurements, and experimentation. All the papers would undergo technical reviews and care would be taken to include high quality contributions only that would further enrich this fertile area of research. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Residential Gateway and Home networking architectures
  • Quality of service and resource management
  • Converged services at home
  • Service discovery protocols (UPnP, Jini)
  • Service provisioning
  • Security and privacy
  • Device configuration (self-configurations, plug-and-play)
  • Broadband connection at home
  • Data dissemination and synchronization
  • Home monitoring applications
  • Network and device management
  • Context-awareness
  • Application of peer-to-peer technologies
  • Network access technologies (IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth, HomeRF, PLC)
  • Smart home space
  • Integration of home networks with the Internet and WANs

Content Distribution/Streaming and Its Commercial Applications


Yang Guo, Corporate Research, Thomson Inc. (
Hang Liu, Corporate Research, Thomson Inc. (

Distributing or streaming content over wired and wireless network has attracted much attention from academia as well as industry. Different methodologies have been investigated extensively, ranging from proxy-based technique, multicast-based technique, content distribution network, and peer-to-peer networking. We solicit papers representing the most recent advance in these domains. We are especially interested in the papers that studied the technical challenges that are encountered when applying these methods in a commercial setting.

This special session is intended to provide a forum for researchers, engineers, and practitioners to share their experiences, discuss challenges, and report their state-of-the-art research and development on all aspects of content distribution/ streaming and its commercial applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Video distribution over Internet
  • Multimedia over WLAN, WPAN, and 3G/4G networks
  • Peer to peer technologies and its applications
  • Networked multimedia sensor applications
  • Video transport over ad hoc/mesh networks
  • Multimedia security and digital rights management
  • Multimedia middleware and frameworks
  • Networked games
  • Broadcast and multicast in wireless networks
  • Devices, testbed, performance evaluation and modeling

Multimedia Multicast/Groupcast in Wireless/Mobile Environment

Planned Organizers:

Allan (jinsuo) Zhang, Yahoo! Corp. (
Sumi Helal, University of Florida

Multimedia multicast/groupcast under wireless/mobile environment is a key infrastructure under many scenarios, such as conferences, lectures, disaster recovery sites. This session brings related researchers in both academic and industry together to exchange ideas in this area. The following topics (must under multimedia multicast/ groupcast in wireless/mobile scenarios) will be covered under this session:

  • Routing algorithm
  • Network algorithm
  • Overlay network support
  • Applications
  • Application level implementation for multimedia multicast/groupcast
  • Traffic analysis
  • Workload benchmark

Special Session co-Chairs

Qian Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Hang Liu, Thomson, USA,

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 20 September 2006
Notification of acceptance: 1 October 2006
Camera-ready version due: 10 October 2006
Author registration deadline: 8 October, 2006

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