ComCom Special Issue on Opportunistic Networking

Elsevier – Computer Communications Journal
Special Issue on Opportunistic Networking
Submission Deadline: February 10, 2013

The widespread availability of mobile portable devices enriched with a
variety of sensing capabilities, coupled with the impelling need of
communication anytime and anywhere, has rapidly raised the interest
towards new approaches to communications between users. Opportunistic
networks are an instance of the delay tolerant paradigm applied to
networks made up of users’ portable devices (such as smartphones and
tablets). As such, they are able to cope with challenged network
conditions that are often present in real life, such as high node
mobility, variable connectivity, and disconnections, which would impair
communications in traditional Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. In this scenario,
user mobility becomes one of the main drivers to enable message
delivery. In fact, according to the store-carry-and-forward paradigm,
user devices store messages and carry them around while they move in the
network, exchanging them upon encounter with other nodes, and eventually
delivering them to their destination or to interested users. This new
communication paradigm enables legacy applications in challenged
scenarios, as well as it paves the way to innovative solutions. While
opportunistic networks initially received attention to support
communication where an infrastructure is not available (for disaster
recovery or in rural areas), nowadays a number of applications can be
envisaged ranging from content sharing, through mobile social
networking, to participatory and urban sensing. All these applications
rely on data forwarding amongst devices. As a consequence, two aspects
become relevant, that is, the need for mechanisms guaranteeing trusted
and secure communications while preserving users’ privacy (in the
absence of infrastructure and sometimes even end-to-end connectivity),
and incentive mechanisms able to boost the participation in the network.

This Special Issue of Computer Communications seeks contributions
pushing the state of the art in Opportunistic Networking. Topics of
interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

– Mobility measurements and models, mobility trace analysis
– Measurements, models, and analysis for user behaviors on mobile
– Unicast and multicast routing
– Transport, congestion control, and reliability issues
– Content dissemination, content caching, service composition,
opportunistic computing
– Trust, security & privacy in opportunistic forwarding, incentive
mechanisms, reputation systems, and key management
– Application support and middleware for opportunistic networks
– New applications and services relying on opportunistic networking
– Systems and experience for real-world deployments

Submission deadline: February 10, 2013
Author notification: May 24, 2013
Revised paper due: June 30, 2013
Final author notification: September 16, 2013
Publication: TBD

Guest Editors
Chiara Boldrini, IIT-CNR, Italy
Kyunghan Lee, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
(UNIST), Korea
Melek Onen, EURECOM, France
Joerg Ott, Aalto University, Finland
Elena Pagani, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Instructions for submission
Manuscripts must not have been previously published nor currently under
review by other journals or conferences. If the paper was published in a
conference, the submitted manuscript should be a substantial extension
of the conference paper. In this case, authors are also required to
submit their published conference articles and a summary document
explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.

Papers must be submitted through the Computer Communications website at, where guidelines for manuscript
preparation can also be found. To ensure that all manuscripts are
correctly identified for consideration by the Special Issue, the authors
should select “Special Issue: Opp-Net” when they reach the “Article
Type” step in the submission process.

For further information, please contact the guest editors at

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