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8th EAI International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks

September 26–27, 2016 | Ottawa, Canada


Workshop on Convergence of Airborne Networking, Wireless Directional Communication Systems, and Software Defined Networking


Directional links and networks that are dynamic (e.g., self-forming and self-managing) and that operate at higher frequencies (less contention and greater directivity for a given aperture size) are driving an increased emphasis for novel, spectral-efficient wireless communications systems. Furthermore, these technical capabilities provide agility to make Quality-of-Service (QoS)-aware trades involving capacity, latency, interference tolerance, and security posture in real-time. As such, the Software Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm is a promising technology to simplify network management and allow rapid reconfiguration of networks. It is an emerging paradigm where the control and data planes are separated; the control plane is executed in a (distributed) controller while the data plane resides in a switch, being both physically and logically separated. This separation enables a distributed, policy-enabled framework for network control and allows fast reprogramming of switches. The convergence of directional network systems and software defined networking provides many unique technical challenges and opportunities for significant QoS and user-experience gains to support the proliferation of mobile user demands and mitigation of shrinking spectrum availability.

The topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to the following:

   • Antennas and power amplifiers: multiple antenna configurations (potentially including collections of omnidirectional apertures coupled with digital signal processing that can serve as lower cost alternatives to phased arrays), flexible-pattern antennas, and packet-rate controllable transmit power;
   • Link and topology control: fault-tolerant distributed topology control and context controlled Automatic Repeat reQuest (ARQ);
  • Network and system control: low overhead routing and network management, dynamic load balancing, flexible quality of service (QoS) and admission control;
   • Multi-mission/multi-function RF subsystems: ability to reuse apertures, signal processing, and control to support multiple RF functions (e.g., comm, radar, )
    • Software Defined Network (SDN) system architecture: readily extensible & evolvable architecture, distributed fault-tolerant network interoperability, and synchronized operations across multiple RF functions.
   • Understand the impact of the SDN model on current security concepts and whether these are amenable to SDN approach.


The ability of air vehicles to communicate voice, video, and data offers enhanced safety and efficiency for Next Generation airborne networks. The integration Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into National Airspace is expected to result in emerging applications of airborne networks for civilian applications such as air-traffic control, search and rescue missions, and disaster preparedness and recovery operations. Emerging applications such as aerial base stations for enhanced cellular coverage are being evolved. This workshop is an opportunity for researchers engaged in airborne networking to discuss state-of-the-art, share their research with their peers, and develop directions for future research in this emerging field. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

·       Next Generation Air Transportation Systems

·       Integration of Unmanned Air Vehicles in National Airspace

·       Communication and information foundations and fundamental limits

·       Models for mobility, connectivity, and coverage

·       Cyber-Physical System perspective of airborne networks

·       Airborne/Satellite Communication and networking platforms and strategies

·       Communications, networking, and security protocols and standards

·       Swarming, collaboration, and self-organization

·       Network trials, test-beds, experiments, and measurements

·       Real world applications such as border patrol, air-traffic control, search and rescue missions, disaster preparedness and recovery operations,  aerial base stations as communication relays and unmanned cargo

Workshop Chairs
John D. Matyjas, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Kamesh Namuduri, Electrical Engineering, University of North Texas, USA

Important Dates

Full paper: June 27, 2016
Notification: July 25, 2016
Final camera ready version: August 8, 2016

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors who would like to contribute to the workshop are encouraged to submit original and unpublished papers through the EAI “Confy” website.

Authors should select the “Convergence of Wireless Directional Network Systems and Software Defined Networking” track to identify that their manuscript is submitted to this workshop. Guidelines for submitting papers are available at Guidelines for authors, including templates, are available at All accepted papers will be published by AdHocNets 2016 Conference Proceedings by Springer-Verlag.