The First International Workshop on Hybrid Optical and Wireless Access Networks (HOWAN 2009)

Venue: Cannes

Location: Cannes, France

Event Date/Time: Aug 23, 2009 End Date/Time: Aug 29, 2009
Registration Date: May 10, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Mar 20, 2009
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============== HOWAN 2009 | Call for submissions ===============


HOWAN 2009, The First International Workshop on Hybrid Optical and Wireless Access Networks

HOWAN 2009 is scheduled to be in 2009 - along with the INTERNET 2009 conference
August 23-29, 2009 / Cannes, Côte d'Azur, France

HOWAN 2009:

Submission deadline: March 20, 2009

INTERNET 2009 is Technically Co-sponsored by IEEE France
Sponsored by IARIA,

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE CPS, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed with the major indexes.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals:

Hybrid Optical and Wireless Access Networks (HOWANs) consists of a multi-hop wireless mesh network (WMN) at the front-end and an optical access network, e.g., a passive optical network (PON) at the back-end. PONs use inexpensive and passive optical splitters to divide a single fiber into separate strands feeding individual subscribers. EPON is based on the Ethernet standard, which comes with the added benefit of the economies-of-scale of Ethernet, and provides simple and easy-to-manage connectivity both at the customer premises and at the central office. A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a communication network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology, which is reliable and offers redundancy. The mesh architecture sustains signal strength by breaking long distances into a series of shorter hops. Intermediate nodes not only boost the signal, but also cooperatively make forwarding decisions based on their knowledge of the network states. Compared with pure WMNs or PONs, HOWANs provide a more cost-effective way for broadband access network infrastructure and integrates the benefits from WMNs and PONs. For example, the reliability, robustness and high capacity of PON is integrated with the flexibility and cost saving of wireless networks. However, as a hybrid of two distinct networks and technologies, HOWANs post a lot of challenges for routing, survivability, service provisioning, QoS, and network design and optimization.

The First International Workshop on Hybrid Optical and Wireless Access Networks (HOWAN 2009) is a unique event for discussing open issues on original research results in the areas of architecture, implementation, optimization and applications of Hybrid Optical and Wireless Access Networks (HOWANs).

The scope of this workshop is to act as a catalyst for a thorough overview of hybrid optical and wireless access networks by providing a forum for academia, industry and standardization organization. Therefore, the workshop will focus on the near- to mid-term architecture, applications, algorithms, and deployment.

We solicit papers covering various topics of interest that include, but not limited to the following. All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

Multi-hop wireless mesh networks
Passive optical networks
Node architecture and design of hybrid optical and wireless networks
Emerging wireless/optical applications
QoS management for hybrid access networks
PON and WDM-PON network experiments
FTTx network architecture and applications
Routing and multicast over hybrid optical and wireless networks
Service resilience and availability of hybrid optical and wireless networks
Applications and evolutions of hybrid access networks
Network design, control, and performance in HOWANs
Capacity analysis, flow and congestion control in HOWANs
Optimization of hybrid optical and wireless networks
Evolution of HOWAN access networks
Broadband wireless access in HOWANs
Security and privacy in HOWANs
New services and applications
Test-bed and prototype implementation
Standardization issues


The HOWAN 2009 papers will be in the INTERNET 2009 Proceedings, published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and posted on-line via IEEE XPlore Digital Library. IEEE will index the papers with major indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) March 20, 2009

Notification April 25, 2009

Registration May 10, 2009

Camera ready May 15, 2009

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format), not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the IEEE CS Press an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Contributions may be /see the site/

Regular papers


Work in progress

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations


Panel proposals

For more information:


HOWAN Advisory Chair

Petre Dini, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA / Concordia University, Canada

HOWAN 2009 Workshop Chairs

Xu Shao, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Yuebin Bai, Beihang University, P. R. China