Special Issue "Delay-Tolerant Networking"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sabrina Gaito

Department of Computer Science, Universita degli Studi di Milano, I-20135 Milan, Italy
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Interests: delay and opportunistic networks; edge computing; smart cities; human mobility; social media mining and network science
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Vasco N. G. J. Soares

Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
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Interests: vehicular networks; delay/disruption tolerant networks; Internet of everything; smart-cities; technological solutions for the agro-industrial sector
Guest Editor
Dr. Vasileios Karyotis

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece
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Interests: Internet-of-things; smart-cities; bundle (DTN2/ION) protocols; sensor networks; data fusion; scheduling; multiple-access protocols; cross-layer design; complex network analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Delay and disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) is an active research topic that has attracted significant attention from researchers. A DTN is a network of challenged-networks that support long delays and data loss between and within challenged networks, with the potential for countless applications in various challenged scenarios and environments. These applications include interplanetary networking, military and tactical systems, disaster recovery networks, wildlife tracking/monitoring sensor networks, vehicular communication, communication in remote and rural areas and developing countries, and many more. In the advent of 5G networking combining many different radio access technologies and the proliferation of edge computing, DTN is expected to obtain considerable value, oftentimes serving as a convergence substrate above the network layer, allowing many different heterogeneous radio networks and applications to inter-operate. Furthermore, software-defined networks (SDNs) will enable flexible definitions of intelligence at the edge network, ranging from well optimized models to rather thin radio clients. DTN can again serve as a dynamic convergence substrate for all heterogeneous devices, computational models, and access networks, enabling interoperation in arbitrary scales of inter-device distances, that is, from the very short-range ones to the extremely long, even inter-planetary ones.

This Special Issue aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners to exchange their ideas, experiences, and latest research results on DTNs and their applications.

The topics of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • DTN architectures, protocols, and algorithms
  • Security, privacy, and trust in DTNs
  • DTN data management and analytics
  • DTN prototypes, testbeds, and case studies
  • IoT applications over DTN
  • Social network analysis and DTN
  • Bundle protocols and applications
  • Data fusion, scheduling, and DTN
  • Store-carry-forward routing
  • Simulation and modelling of DTN
  • Cross-layer design and DTN

Prof. Sabrina Gaito
Prof. Vasco N. G. J. Soares
Dr. Vasileios Karyotis
Guest Editors

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  • delay-tolerant networks
  • disruption-tolerant networks (DTN)
  • network architecture
  • protocols
  • algorithms
  • security
  • data management
  • application scenarios
  • prototype
  • testbed
  • case study
  • data fusion
  • scheduling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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