3rd International Workshop on Wireless Community Networks (COMNETS 2008)

Venue: Hangzhou

Location: Hangzhou, China

Event Date/Time: Feb 29, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Apr 30, 2008
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***** COMNETS 2008 *****

3rd International Workshop on Wireless Community Networks

August 28, 2008
Hangzhou, China
Co-located with CHINACOM 2008



Based on the success of its predecessors, the First International
Workshop on CN and FTTx, held in Dallas, 2003, and the 2nd Workshop on
Deployment Models and First/Last Mile Networking Technologies for
Broadband Community networks, held in Boston, 2005, COMNETS 2008 is
planned to focus on wireless community networks and will integrate the
main aspects of planning, design, implementation and operation of
community networks as well as the related socio-technical issues.

Community networks have evolved during the last decade in North America
and, more recently, in Europe, from the concept of freenets or civic nets,
and represent a dramatic shift from the classical telecom infrastructures,
service provisioning methods and business models. Current related terms
are wireless cities or regions, digital cities, digital communities. CNs
are often created, owned and operated with the participation of local or
regional governments.

The objective of this workshop is to cover the inter-related issues of
planning, deployment and operation of wireless community networks. As
opposed to telco networks, there is a specific set of services that the
cities or regions want to implement, the definition of services and
technologies is often done by participation of the community, suitable
wireless technologies have to be selected, the applications and services
have to be made accessible by a wide range of geographically diverse users,
no matter where the user is located. And last but not least, suitable
business models have to be defined with clever constructions of involving
both the public and private sectors, while satisfying legal and regulatory

The workshop will have a strong inter-disciplinary character, topics of
interests concentrate around the intersection of communication technologies,
computer science, economic and social aspects.

Original unpublished papers are solicited in areas including but not
restricted to the following:

* Guidelines for network design and technology selection
* QoS support and service differentiation
* Implementation/operation experience
* New technology testing experience
* Wi-Fi Mesh networks
* Fixed and mobile WiMAX
* Legal frameworks: experiences and new challenges
* Testbeds of wireless community networks
* Public-private ownership structures
* Key applications for community networks
(e-gov, e-health applications, e-learning)
* Society-related issues
* Governance models
* Case studies and experience


Papers will be submitted by electronic submission through COCUS system:
http://cocus.eu. The page limit is 6 pages in IEEE double column format
with fonts not smaller than 10 points.

All papers accepted for publication will be published together with
CHINACOM 2008 proceedings and available on IEEE eXplore database and
indexed by Engineering Information (EI).


Submission deadline : April 30, 2008
Notification of acceptance : June 15, 2008
Camera-ready version : June 31, 2008
Workshop date : August 28, 2008

Organization Committee:

General Chair:
Karoly Farkas University of West Hungary, Hungary

Technical Program Chairs:
Jayanta Chatterjee IIT Kanpur, India
Shu Wang Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., China

Steering Committee:
Imrich Chlamtac Create-Net, Italy (Chair)
Csaba A. Szabo Budapest Uni. of Tech. and Eco., Hungary (Co-Chair)

Technical Program Committee:
Jayanta Chatterjee IIT Kanpur, India
Gyorgy Dan KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Karoly Farkas University of West Hungary, Hungary
Bertalan Forstner Budapest Uni. of Tech. and Eco., Hungary
Zhu Guangxi Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., China
Ashwin Gumaste IIT Bombay, India
David Hausheer University of Zurich, Switzerland
Farookh Khadeer Hussain Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Franck Legendre ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Pavan Nuggehalli Bose Inc., USA
Luigi Telesca Create-Net, Italy
Shu Wang Huazhong Uni. of Sci. and Tech., China
Xudong Wang Kiyon Inc., USA
Gergely Zaruba UT Arlington, USA
Honggang Zhang Zhejiang University, China
Liqiang Zhang Indiana University South Bend, USA

Publicity and Web Chair:
Zoltan Horvath Budapest Uni. of Tech. and Eco., Hungary

For more information about the workshop, please visit http://www.comnets.org/