Call for Papers: International Workshop on Community Networks and Bottom-up-Broadband (CNBuB 2012) in Barcelona

The International Workshop on Community Networks and Bottom-up-Broadband (CNBuB 2012)
co-located with the 8th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2012).

October 8, 2012
Barcelona, Spain

Community networking, together with the Bottom-up-Broadband initiative, is an emerging model for the Future Internet across Europe and beyond where communities of citizens build, operate and own open IP-based networks, a key infrastructure for individual and collective digital participation. Although community based networks often extend or complement the coverage of networks of commercial ISPs, they differ in several key aspects: There is usually no central authority that is responsible for a precise network planning. Support is decentralized and open, provided by the community. The network nodes are often inexpensive off the shelf equipment and the network elements exhibit a high degree of heterogeneity in the hardware, software, and capacity. The network infrastructure belongs to the user and is shared to build the network. The network is very dynamic: the number of nodes may rapidly grow and change as new members join the network, or when nodes overload or fail. These community networks are usually built with low cost point-to-point wireless links, MANET networks, and an increasing presence of optical fibre links.

In these scenarios, the networking and systems research community has the opportunity to contribute with more sustainable, adaptive, scalable, integrated, autonomic solutions for those common traits in community networks.

The CNBuB 2012 workshop aims at serving as a meeting point for exchanging ideas, discussing solutions, and sharing experiences among researchers and practitioners, both from academia and community networks. The workshop solicits original papers addressing theoretical and practical challenges of community networks and bottom-up-broadband, including insights from other disciplines that contribute to the socio-technical-economic understanding of the community network operation and growth.

Topics of interest for CNBuB 2012 include, but are not limited to:
– Wireless mesh networks
– Wireless MAC and routing protocols
– Services and applications
– Cross-layer designs
– Hybrid networks with wireless and optical fibre links
– Tools for bootstrapping and running community networks
– Performance modelling and evaluation
– Quality of service provisioning
– Quality of experience in community networks
– Community network security and privacy
– Large-scale management and data collection infrastructures
– Incentive models for encouraging users and businesses to participate in community networks
– Socio-technical-economic models for community networks


Paper submission deadline:  May 16, 2012
Notification of acceptance:  July 1, 2012
Camera ready paper due:  July 20, 2012
Advanced registration by:  September 2012


Once accepted, papers will be included into  the IEEE conference proceedings published by IEEE Computer Society Press and will be  accessible via IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

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