Special Session on Network Coding for Wireless Networks


 IEEE 7th Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC) 2010

Jan. 9-12, 2010, Las Vegas, NV


Wireless networks have been designed using the wired network as the blueprint. However, the wireless medium is fundamentally different from wired networks in the following ways. First, Communications over wireless channels are error-prone and unpredictable due to fading, mobility, and intermittent connectivity. Moreover, transmissions in wireless networks are majorly broadcast and tend to interfere with each other. In addition, security poses new challenges in wireless networks, where both passive and active attacks have quite different premises than in wired networks. As such, the wired network design is not suitable for wireless networks.


The term of network coding was first coined in 2000 by Ahlswede et al. The core notation of network coding is to allow and encourage mixing of data at intermediate nodes. Recent work indicates that network coding can improve the throughput, reliability, fairness, and security of wireless networks by exploiting the intrinsic characteristics of wireless networks, such as data redundancy, broadcast, and spatial diversity. Its potential benefits have spurred a lot of interest in the multimedia community. Nevertheless, these opportunities require the rethinking of the MAC, routing, and transport protocols and impose practical challenges facing the integration of such a design into the network stack.


The aim of this special session is to foster interactions among researchers from industry and academia on all aspects of network coding for wireless networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

         Network coding theory

         Applications of network coding in WLAN, WMAN, WiMax, etc.

         Applications of network coding in cognitive radio networks

         Applications of Network coding in wireless ad Hoc network

         Applications of Network coding in wireless sensor networks

         Network coding for multimedia streaming

         Multi-path network coding

         Network coding and interference cancellation

         Network coding at the MAC layer

         Network coding and routing

         Error-correcting network coding in wireless networks

         Delay-aware and prioritized network coding

         Network coding for network robustness

         Network coding for network security

         Physical layer network coding

         Practical network coding


Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit regular technical papers or position papers. The position papers should present novel technologies at an early stage of development or share future vision. All submissions should describe original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal. Manuscripts should not exceed five (5) pages in double-column IEEE format. Please submit the paper through EDAS.



Zhenguo Gao, Harbin Engineering University, gag@hrbeu.edu.cn

Yingtao Jiang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, yingtao@egr.unlv.edu

Mei Yang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, meiyang@egr.unlv.edu