Special Issue "Wireless Ad Hoc Networks"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Robert C. Atkinson
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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Interests: Internet of things (IoT); wireless networking; intelligent systems; cyber security
Dr. Christos Tachtatzis
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Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW, Scotland, UK
Interests: Internet of Things; cloud and edge computing; machine learning; artificial intelligence; ultra-low power networks
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Dr. Xavier Bellekens
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School of Design and Informatics, University of Abertay, Dundee, United Kingdom
Interests: cyber security; computer networks; internet of things; massively parallel architectures
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wireless ad hoc networking has now evolved into a mature field of study. Much of the initial interest was focused on a broad range of routing strategies aimed at optimizing a particular cost function (e.g., battery life or quality of service). Often, these strategies assumed a particular type of network traffic, and thus their optimization could be highly service-specific. Another significant area of investigation was focused on the various security threats posed to these networks.

Today, there is plenty of interest in the potential of these networks in areas to disparate as autonomous vehicles, including drones, remote sensing, cooperative sensing, and IoT applications. As traditional constraints (longer battery lives, cheaper memory, and smarter processing) on mobile devices gradually dissipate, more applications become feasible. Furthermore, flexible approaches to organizing and managing these networks become possible.

In this Special Issue, we aim to collate a range of state-of-the-art research papers focused on novel approaches for managing the complexity of a network characterized by high mobility and uncertain membership. Accordingly, we invite submissions on a range of potential approaches aimed at the agile management of wireless ad hoc networks. Moreover, we are seeking papers in new, and potentially transformational, applications of these networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • The application of software defined networking to MANETs
  • Machine learning techniques for network management
  • Interworking between the Fog computing paradigm and MANETs
  • Wireless mist computing: applications and architectures
  • Distributed low-complexity cyber defense strategies
  • Trust and sharing models for MANETs, e.g., Blockchain technologies
  • Agile software defined radio for optimal link performance
  • The application of Ad Hoc Network technologies to mission critical systems
  • Smart phones as a platform for MANET applications
  • Transformational applications of MANETs

Dr. Robert C. Atkinson
Dr. Christos Tachtatzis
Dr. Xavier Bellekens
Guest Editors

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  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Internet of things
  • Software defined networking
  • Software defined radio
  • Distributed cyber security
  • Machine learning

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Hybrid Zoning Algorithm to Optimize Overhead in Smart Mobile Communication
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8(4), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan8040053 - 24 Oct 2019
With the increase of mobile terminals, routing protocols in wireless communications must provide better quality of service to meet bandwidth and reliability requirements. In networks without infrastructure, such as ad hoc and sensor networks, where a device performs as both a terminal and [...] Read more.
With the increase of mobile terminals, routing protocols in wireless communications must provide better quality of service to meet bandwidth and reliability requirements. In networks without infrastructure, such as ad hoc and sensor networks, where a device performs as both a terminal and a router to forward data of other nodes, maintaining the network topology consumes considerable resources in terms of energy and bandwidth. These parameters need to be considered when designing routing protocols for wireless networks. To reduce the cost of the protocol overhead, some algorithms act on the forwarders, while others act on the transmission of messages. Finally, the hybrid ones are a combination of both. In this paper, we propose a new algorithm with two zoning strategies to enhance the performance of mobile network. The first strategy helps to select dispersive forwarders in order to reduce the collision in radio channel. The second strategy aims to reduce the transmission of redundant messages. Both strategies are based on the location information of nodes. We implemented our algorithm in the optimized link state routing protocol, the most used protocol in mobile ad hoc networks. We showed by simulations that our solution reduces drastically the cost of the overhead with no hindrance to the network topology. Full article
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