Special Issue "Opportunistic Networks in Urban Environment"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 October 2019) | Viewed by 2372

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Dr. Luis Francisco Díez
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Department of Communications Engineering, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Interests: service and traffic models including simulation; radio resource management in heterogeneous networks; wireless networks optimization; IoT service provisioning in smart cities
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban environments are becoming a vibrant application domain for information and communication technologies (ICT). In fact, ICT solutions are being adopted as a catalyst in the smart-city domain, on top of which new services are developed and legacy ones evolve. The coming of such services will lead to a remarkable increase of the communication capacity domain, along with specific service-dependent requirements. In order to cope with such demand, future urban wireless scenarios will embrace multiple technologies, and a remarkably higher density of communications devices. Such devices will be operated in a coordinated manner to optimize the potential of communication capacity in an efficient way.

In this sense, opportunistic networking is believed to play a relevant role in such complex scenarios, since it can leverage not only communication capabilities of access elements, but also of other devices. In the last years, we have witnessed the appearance of new opportunistic communication technologies aimed to cope with new urban services, such as IoT or V2X. In addition, novel networking techniques are being proposed to increase the communication efficiency.

This Special Issue aims to gather original studies on opportunistic networking in urban environments, innovative proposal of network techniques considering novel technologies, solutions to coordinate dense urban scenarios, and exploitation of opportunistic solutions to create novel urban services. Relevant topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel network topologies urban environments
  • Device-to-device communications
  • Opportunistic networking for IoT and machine-to-machine communications
  • Integration of opportunistic and cellular networks
  • Energy aware techniques for ad-hoc urban networks
  • Coding techniques in opportunistic wireless networks
  • Advanced routing techniques
  • Radio resource optimization techniques
  • Urban services over opportunistic networks

Dr. Luis Francisco Díez
Guest Editor

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  • Multi-hop communications
  • Device-to-device
  • Machine-to-machine
  • Network coding
  • Radio resources
  • Energy
  • Network topology
  • Routing
  • Smart City
  • Internet of Things

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My Smartphone tattles: Considering Popularity of Messages in Opportunistic Data Dissemination
Future Internet 2019, 11(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11020029 - 29 Jan 2019
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Opportunistic networks have recently seen increasing interest in the networking community. They can serve a range of application scenarios, most of them being destination-less, i.e., without a-priori knowledge of who is the final destination of a message. In this paper, we explore the [...] Read more.
Opportunistic networks have recently seen increasing interest in the networking community. They can serve a range of application scenarios, most of them being destination-less, i.e., without a-priori knowledge of who is the final destination of a message. In this paper, we explore the usage of data popularity for improving the efficiency of data forwarding in opportunistic networks. Whether a message will become popular or not is not known before disseminating it to users. Thus, popularity needs to be estimated in a distributed manner considering a local context. We propose Keetchi, a data forwarding protocol based on Q-Learning to give more preference to popular data rather than less popular data. Our extensive simulation comparison between Keetchi and the well known Epidemic protocol shows that the network overhead of data forwarding can be significantly reduced while keeping the delivery rate the same. Full article
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