Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
October 27, 2014

Co-located with the 11th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS) 2014

PDF Version of the Call for Papers


The emergence of powerful handheld devices — coupled with the proliferation of cloud-based applications and an ever-increasing dominance of multimedia content in today’s Internet traffic — have ignited an unprecedented growth of mobile data traffic in recent years. Such a fact has posed significant challenges to mobile network operators, who are now pressed to maintain satisfactory quality of service under exponential traffic demands. To complicate matters, it has also become apparent that traditional approaches to expand network capacity may not suffice (e.g., new spectrum licenses and/or technology upgrades), and they can soon be outpaced by aforementioned traffic growth. Because of that, new ideas to cope with the so-called “data crunch problem” have been sought, and mobile data offloading has appeared as one of the most promising solutions: the routing of macrocellular traffic through alternative networks. Although mobile data offloading is generally thought in terms of WiFi hotspots or femtocell networks, recent developments in the arena of Opportunistic Networks — one of the most interesting evolutions of traditional mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs)  — have paved the way for researchers from both cellular and MANET backgrounds to work together in the development of new network paradigms, architectures, and techniques that can leverage the potentials of both “worlds” to promote and enhance mobile data offloading.

Topics of Interest

Motivated by the aforementioned vision, the organizers of the CARTOON 2014 Workshop invite researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and the public sector to engage in fruitful discussions by submitting original contributions to any of the following topics (but not limited to):

  • WiFi offloading

  • Hybrid operation in licensed/unlicensed spectrum

  • Authorized Shared Access / Licensed Shared Access

  • Incentive mechanisms for offloading to opportunistic networks

  • New architectures and paradigms for offloading using opportunistic networks

  • PHY and MAC-layer issues

  • Routing protocols for data offloading through opportunistic networks

  • Resource allocation and management

  • Game-theoretical studies for mobile data offloading

  • Multi-radio access technologies (RAT) co-existence and support for data offloading

  • Content and data dissemination, replication, and caching strategies

  • Mobility models

  • Data flow management and load balance

  • Machine-to-machine support in opportunistic networks

  • Internet of Things in opportunistic networks

  • Cooperative and non-cooperative approaches for mobile data offloading

  • Backhaul support for mobile data offloading with opportunistic networking

  • Network measurements and testbeds

  • Capacity sharing strategies

  • Traffic engineering and quality of service for mobile data offloading

  • Dynamic spectrum sharing and access for data offloading to opportunistic networks

  • Performance evaluation, simulation studies

  • Capacity studies and analytical modeling

  • Self-organization, self-configuration, self-healing mechanisms

  • Multimedia data offloading through opportunistic networks

  • Power saving mechanisms

  • Security, privacy, authentication issues