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Special Issue: Self-Organisation in Mobile Networking

Special Issue: Self-Organisation in Mobile Networking
Author: Issue Edited by Christian Bettstetter, Frank Fitzek, Hannes Hartenstein, Guy Pujolle, Paolo Santi links:
Source: Published Online: 21 Sep 2005
DOI: 10.1002/ett.1058
Current systems for mobile communication, such as GSM, UMTS and IEEE 802.11, still require significant manual configuration and central management both for deployment and operation. Such a paradigm will not be feasible any longer in a future world of ubiquitous networking, where wireless technologies will interconnect a tremendous number of embedded devices, sensors and even everyday items. An important design aspect for future systems is to limit the administrative requirements, thus reducing the network deployment time, cutting the operational costs and facilitating network management.

In this context, the term ‘self-organising communication networks’ has been in the mind of researchers for some decades. During the last few years, the term has mainly been used to describe the nature of wireless multihop networks, socalled ad hoc networks. Although ad hoc networks are expected to play an important role in future systems, this special issue addresses the issue of self-organisation in mobile networks from a broader perspective: cellular networks, wireless hotspots, ad hoc networks, as well as Bluetooth scatternets are addressed taking into account such diverse topics like radio resource management, fault resiliency, routing and topology formation, as well as security and reputation. Methodology-wise the papers bring together thoughts on self-organisation from the fields of artificial intelligence, swarm intelligence, game theory and dynamical systems, to mention a few disciplines.