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Symposium on Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN 2008)



Next generation mobile networks are expected to allow subscribers to transparently access broadband multimedia services via multiple wireless and wireline access networks. Evolution towards next generation mobile networks is already taking place through the interworking of third generation (3G) cellular systems such as UMTS and cdma2000 with other broadband wireless access technologies such as WiFi hotspots and WiMax and the emerging Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technologies to provide mobile users with anytime anywhere access to broadband multimedia services over the Internet. Dynamic spectrum access and cognitive radio techniques will be essential for maximizing the radio resource utilization in future generation mobile networks. The next generation mobile networks will also be shaped by emerging standards for wireless access from mobile terminals, e.g., IEEE 802.22 WRAN and IEEE 802.20 MBWA, and for integration of heterogeneous wireless access networks, e.g., IEEE 802.21. Due to the heterogeneity in the wireless access techniques and the requirements of multimedia services, the issue of QoS provisioning and enforcement in the future generation mobile networks will become a critical issue for the wireless access equipment vendors, networks service providers, and customers. Cross-layer protocol engineering along with application-oriented signaling protocols, and creation of new services will be required for efficient network resource utilization and to bring profitability to the service providers.

The symposium on “Next Generation Mobile Networks” will provide a timely technical forum for the dissemination of new results in this exciting research area. It will cover key aspects of B3G/4G mobile networks, particularly architectures, protocols and management techniques. Papers addressing areas such as protocol engineering, resource management, mobility management, handoff management, QoS provisioning, authentication, authorization and accounting, performance analysis and optimization models are encouraged.

Symposium Topics

Topics include but are not limited to:

                   Next generation broadband wireless mobile network architectures and protocols

                   Heterogeneous wireless mobile networks

                   Internetworking among heterogeneous wireless and wire-line networks

                   Radio resource management in broadband wireless mobile networks (e.g., WiMax, MBWA)

                   Next generation WLANs, WMANs, and wireless mesh networks

                   Cognitive techniques and dynamic spectrum management for mobile networks

                   Modeling, performance evaluation, simulation, and optimization techniques for wireless mobile networks

                   Mobility, location, and handoff management in heterogeneous mobile networks

                   Multimedia QoS and traffic management in wireless mobile networks

                   Multi-protocol architectures and devices for mobile networks

                   Proxies and middleware for wireless mobile networks

                   Next generation broadband satellite systems

                   Cross-layer protocol engineering for wireless mobile networks

                   Wireless mobile network security and privacy

                   Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) over heterogeneous mobile networks

                   Emerging applications of wireless mobile networks (e.g., wireless telemedicine)

Paper submission


Instructions for paper preparation: http://dropzone.tamu.edu/~xizhang/IWCMC2008/author.html

Accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore. Accepted papers of particularly high quality will be invited for publication in a special issue of Wiley's Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC) Journal. A best paper award will be given and the authors will be recognised at the conference.


                   (Full) Paper submission deadline: March 30, 2008 (extended)

                   Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2008

                   Camera-ready version and copyright form submission: June 8, 2008

                   Registration deadline for authors: June 8, 2008