The explosion of both wireless technologies and applications as well as the increasing number of radios and frequency bands available demand an understanding of in-field performance to design the next generation of wireless systems. Complex channel properties such as multipath, delay spread, and Doppler effects prevent even the most complex channel models from exactly characterizing repeatable in-situ behavior. Abstract models of devices and energy storage, as well as emerging paradigms such as energy harvesting enabled systems, make estimation of system performance and lifetime quite challenging unless supported by field experiments.
To better understand the potential of novel paradigms and ideas, it is therefore imperative to evaluate these ideas in the field via empirical measurement. While analytical and simulation-based approaches are useful, they are often limited by the simplistic modeling of the wireless protocols and devices and by the varying and error-prone wireless channel. Even slight misunderstandings can cause drastic performance differences in various research avenues from cognitive spectral sensing to spatial reuse in large-scale network planning to lifetime estimation as well as estimating the amount of tasks which can be performed by Internet-of-Things devices. As a response to these limitations, the need for experimental wireless network measurements has gained wide recognition in the networking research community.
WiNMeE 2014 is the tenth edition in the International Workshop on Wireless Network Measurements and Experimentation series that began in 2005, and is intended to bring together researchers in the field of experimental wireless networking and serve as a forum for discussing advances and challenges in experimental wireless network measurements and experimentation.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Experience and measurements from building, designing and/or operating production and research wireless networks
- Measurement and characterization of wireless network traffic such as WLANs, cellular networks (including smartphone and mobile application traffic characteristics), wireless home networks, vehicular ad hoc networks, cyber physical and sensing systems
- Experimental validation of network simulators
- Experimental driven mobile social network and mobility models
- Measurement-based network management and troubleshooting
- Experiences and challenges with wireless measurements, including novel measurement techniques
- Methodologies for validating wireless test-bed results and improving the repeatability of tests, simplifying experiment setup and reconfiguration
- Methodologies for measuring and characterizing heterogeneous wireless networks
- Techniques and experiences with collecting, archiving, anonymizing, analyzing and sharing wireless measurement data
- Techniques and experimental results on performance measurements of cognitive radio systems, cyber physical and sensing systems, WLAN and VANET, cellular systems
- Prediction and inference of user access, demand and mobility; estimation and prediction of energy availability
- Software tools for building and/or managing wireless test-beds
- Spectrum utilization measurements techniques in spectrum sharing and cognitive radio networks