IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
29 April - 2 May 2019 // Paris, France

Workshop on Wireless Communications and Networking in Extreme Environments - Program

The 3rd International Workshop on Wireless Communications and Networking in Extreme Environments (WCNEE 2019)

Monday, 29 April, 2019 ● 14:00 – 18:30 ● Room: Studio A


Extreme communication environments such as underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body have been attracting growing interest from both academia and industry in an effort to conquer the last wireless communication frontiers. Novel wireless communication architectures and networking protocols for GPS-denied and communication-constrained environments enable a rich body of applications with unprecedented societal impact. The workshop will focus on communication, networking, and system-level developments related to underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body environments, as well as on contributions towards the characterization and modeling of the different mediums based on real-world data measurements.

The goal of the workshop is to unveil the latest wireless technology developments, from the physical layer all the way to the application layer in realizing underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body communication networks with a focus on bridging the gaps between theory, algorithms, and practical system implementations. The workshop will bring together academic and industrial researchers to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body extreme communication environments.


Steering Committee:

Stella N. Batalama (Florida Atlantic University, USA)

Tommaso Melodia (Northeastern University, USA)

Dimitris A. Pados (Florida Atlantic University, USA)


Technical Program Chairs:

George Sklivanitis (Florida Atlantic University, USA)

Emrecan Demirors (Northeastern University, USA)

Panos P. Markopoulos (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)

G. Enrico Santagati (Bose Corporation, USA)



14:00 – 14:05

Opening Session

Chairs: George Sklivanitis and Emrecan Demirors


14:05 – 15:05

Keynote Session: Networks in unconventional environments: a perspective from NSF
Monisha Ghosh (Program Director, NSF, USA)


15:05 – 15:30

Session 1: Wireless Communications and Networking in Challenging Propagation Environments

On the Prospect of UAV-assisted Communications Paradigm in Public Safety Networks
Panagiotis Vamvakas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou (University of New Mexico, USA), Symeon Papavassiliou (ICCS/National Technical University of Athens, Greece)


15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:15

Session 1: Wireless Communications and Networking in Challenging Propagation Environments

On the Effects of Mobility Uncertainties on Wireless Communications Between Flying Drones in the mmWave/THZ Bands
Zhangyu Guan, Tejas Kulkarni (University at Buffalo, USA)
Deep Q-Network Based Power Allocation Meets Reservoir Computing in Distributed Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
Hao Song, Lingjia Liu, Hao-Hsuan Chang (Virginia Tech, USA), Jonathan D. Ashdown (United States Air Force, USA), Yang Yi (Virginia Tech, USA)
A Distributed MAC Using Wi-Fi to Assist Sporadic Backscatter Communications
Xuelin Cao, Zuxun Song (Northwestern Polytechnical University, P.R. China), Bo Yang (Prairie View A&M University, USA), Mohamed A. ElMossallamy (University of Houston, USA), Lijun Qian (Prairie View A&M University, USA), Zhu Han (University of Houston, USA)


17:15 – 18:30

Session 2: Localization and Tracking in GPS-denied Environments

Object Tracking in Random Access Sensor Networks: Extended Kalman Filtering with State Overlapping
Mohammadreza Alimadadi, Milica Stojanovic, Pau Closas (Northeastern University, USA)
Improving Elliptic/Hyperbolic Localization Under Multipath Environment Using Neural Network for Outlier Detection
Sanaa S.A. Al-Samahi, Dominic K. C. Ho, Naz Islam (University of Missouri, Columbia, USA)
LoRa-based Localization System for Emergency Services in GPS-less Environments
Andrew Mackey, Petros Spachos (University of Guelph, Canada)



Closing Session


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