Second International Workshop on
Personalized Networks

Call for Paper in PDF

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline:
April 15, 2007 (CLOSED)
Notification of Acceptance:
June 1, 2007
Camera-Ready Submissions:
June 10, 2007

Contact Information


General chairperson

Ignas Niemegeers
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Program Co-Chairpersons

Sonia Heemstra de Groot
University of Twente, Netherlands
Sai Shankar
Qualcomm, San Diego, USA
Magda El Zarki
University of California, Irvine, USA

Publicity Chairperson

Paolo Bellavista
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Paolo Bellavista
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
Milind M Buddhikot
Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, USA
Chun-Ting Chou
Philips Research, New York, USA
Carlos Cordeiro
Philips Research, New York, USA
Piet Demeester
Ghent University, Belgium
Sudhir Dixit
Nokia, Boston, USA
Minaxi Gupta
Indiana University, USA
Carmelita G÷rg
University of Bremen, Germany
K. V. S. Hari
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Frank den Hartog
TNO, Netherlands
Sonia Heemstra de Groot
TI-WMC, Netherlands
Geert Heijenk
University of Twente, Netherlands
Ramin Hekmat
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
James Irvine
Strathclyde University, Scotland
H. S. Jamadagni
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Ern÷ Kovacs
NEC Europe, Heidelberg, Germany
Anup Kumar
University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Joy Kuri
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Guy Leduc
Universite de Liege, Belgium
Anthony Lo
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Ingrid Moerman
Ghent University, Belgium
Luis Mu˝oz
University of Cantabria, Spain
Ignas Niemegeers
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Giovanni Pau
University of California Los Angeles, USA
Jorge Pereira
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Neeli Prasad
University of Aalbarg, Denmark
Ramjee Prasad
University of Aalbarg, Denmark
Tarek Saadawi
City University of New York, USA
Paolo Santi
CNR Institute for Informatics and Telematics, Italy
Amardeo Sarma
NEC Network Laboratories, Germany
Sai Shankar
Qualcomm, San Diego, USA
Sirin Tekinay
New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA
Magda El Zarki
University of California, Irvine, USA
Djamal Zeghlache
INT, Paris, France

Organizing Committee

Bảo Linh Đặng
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Ramin Hekmat
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Weidong Lu
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Martin Jacobsson
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
R. V. Prasad
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Past Workshops

Pernets 2006

Personalized Networks

to be held in conjunction with
The 4th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Networks and Services

August 10, 2007 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library

*** Final Technical Program ***


Purpose of this workshop

The ubiquitous nature of wireless networks has spawned many interesting applications that were unimagined hitherto. It has also brought many challenges for the communication and networking community to address. On one hand we see present day mobile devices are capable of providing many services that required several devices before. For example, most cell phones nowadays provide high speed data access, still and video cameras, PDA functionality, etc. These advances in device sophistication and service offerings, including wireless hotspots, have made a difference in the way we communicate. With increased user mobility and user's desire to always be connected, we have seen a growing interest in Personal Area Networks (PANs) and Body Area Networks (BANs). These networks can be tuned and applied meaningfully for individual users and their requirements. On the other hand the Internet has changed our way of interacting dramatically. These two major communication areas are having an in-depth influence on the way we communicate; it is worth considering them 'together' as the future communication vehicle.

Personalized Networks is one such future oriented concept where we seek to bring BANs, PANs, WLAN, sensor networks, ad hoc networks, home networks, vehicular networks and the Internet together onto one platform under one broader vision of future (4G) communication networks. The idea is to enable continuous and seamless connectivity of all the personal devices of a user, information sources, and network enabled controllers in an unobtrusive way, regardless of where these entities are located - be they local or remote. It is a microcosm of the persons themselves with their associated accessories somewhere on the Internet. It is equivalent to the Internet presence that has become a prominent concept in the last decade. This advanced overlay network is strongly person oriented and must be ad hoc, intelligent and must behave as a user-friendly virtual intelligent personal assistant to its owner. It is a personal distributed environment, global in scope that can co-exist on the present day Internet with its active participation. Such a platform enables many new applications, especially for users with rapidly changing communication demands that often operate in various contexts simultaneously. It can also provide the much needed user-friendliness to many services of today.

There are numerous issues which are challenging to the communication network community in realizing a Personalized Network. Most of them arise from the lack of current technology to deal in a transparent way with the dynamic and mobile nature of the entities, the unpredictable topology of the network, the power constraints of the mobile devices, and the heterogeneity of the networking and link-level technologies. Therefore, creating a Personalized Network yields new architectures, protocols, algorithms, platforms, middleware, etc. They take care of addressing, routing, resource and service discovery, the self-organization of the network, the localization of the devices/person, the complex security and privacy requirements, the offering of context aware services and service management. Many of these issues, ventured upon earlier under various mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) and mobile network research initiatives, need to be reconsidered in this case. These technologies have to meet strict requirements with respect to user perception, viable business models, usage of communication bandwidth, protocol complexity, robustness, availability of links and infrastructure, dependability and trust.

Four broader areas under which the presentations are classified:

  • Architectures and systems
  • End-to-end networking
  • Security and privacy
  • Operations, administration, management, and provisioning

Scope of the submission

We seek original contributions which are aimed at finding solutions to the problems that are outlined above towards realization of a Personalized Network. We have identified the following major topics under which we try to categorize the submissions. However, we will consider any other original, interesting, and imaginative ideas and thoughts towards meeting this goal of a Personalized Network.

  • The architectural framework of personalized networks
  • Context awareness and support
  • Resource, service and context discovery
  • Self-organization and adaptation
  • Addressing and routing
  • Interworking between PANs, ad hoc networks, etc, and infrastructure-based heterogeneous networks
  • Mobility of personalized networks
  • Security, privacy and accounting
  • Zero configuration methods and other enablers for ease-of-use
  • Dependability
  • Context-aware and application-driven communication substrates
  • Interactions between persons through their networks, federations of such networks
  • Handling of QoS across heterogeneous and dynamically changing link layers
  • New QoS concepts in personalized networks
  • Mapping of functional requirements to physical devices and resources
  • Modeling and simulation of personalized networks
  • P2P paradigm in personalized networks
  • Innovative applications or prototypes and demonstrations of such person centric applications are equally valued

Why should you participate in this workshop?

Personalized Networks is a concrete vision of the future networks, yet very current, in the field of communications. It attracts researchers from both wired and wireless domains. This workshop is an ideal platform to share a vision of where we are heading, interact, and strongly advocate an exciting new avenue for researchers and practitioners in the field of communication. Further, the final program will consist of carefully selected - with at least three peer reviews - and high quality submissions with a large emphasis on new ideas rather than incremental contributions to the field. Submissions of shorter versions of full papers that can be submitted to other conferences/journal in the near future are discouraged.

To attend the workshop, you need to register. Registration is done via this website. If you register before July 7, you will get a discounted early registration fee.

Submission Instructions

NOTICE: Paper submission for this year's Pernets workshop is now closed.

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the technical program committee. Accepted papers will be made available in IEEE Explore and IEEE digital library. Authors should prepare an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of their full paper. Papers must be in English and not exceed 8 pages double column in IEEE conference format (US Letter size, 8.5 x 11 inches) including text, figures and references. The font size must be 10 points. Please follow the IEEE conference paper format as given in these templates: MS Word, LaTeX (Unix), or LaTeX (MS Windows). See sample manuscript as a visual aid for formatting and styles.

Paper submission will be handled electronically by the COCUS Conference Management System. In order to submit a paper you must first create a COCUS account.

  1. Please go to the COCUS website:
  2. Click on “Register” if you do not already have an account. Once you have an account, login and click on “Submit Paper”.
  3. Scroll down to find “PerNets 07”.
  4. Choose the “Submit a paper” link.
  5. Once the paper has been registered, please upload the manuscript by clicking “submit” on the right-hand side.
After the paper has been uploaded successfully, the status of the manuscript will change to 'submitted', and you will also receive a confirmation email generated by the system. Further information about COCUS for authors is available here. Questions regarding the submission procedures can be sent to our email address:

The First Workshop

The First Pernets Workshop was held in conjunction with Mobiquitous - 2006 (San Jose) and was a success. We received 24 papers out of which we selected 8 Full Papers and 4 Posters. All the papers and posters were presented during the workshop. Many of the attendees came from Europe and one from Australia. At the end of the workshop, we had an informal session during which all the attendees were allowed freely to share their ideas about the workshop. Based on the feedback, we will be giving more credence to the implementation and measurements. If we receive more papers we will also be able to arrange an expo during the poster session.

Updated by: Martin Jacobsson,