NSWMD 2018

The IEEE International Workshop on

Networks of Sensors, Wearable, and Mobile Devices 


Co-located with

IEEE Local Computer Networks Conference  

(LCN 2018 )

October 1-4, 2018, Chicago, USA

After the success of the first two editions:

"The IEEE International Workshop on Networks of Sensors, Wearable, and Medical Devices (NSWMD) held in association with IEEE LCN 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.),

"The IEEE International Workshop on Networks of Sensors, Wearable, and Medical Devices (NSWMD) held in association with IEEE LCN 2017, Singapore,

The 3ed IEEE International Workshop on Networks of Sensors, Wearable, and Mobile Devices (NSWMD) will be held in association with IEEE LCN 2018. This workshop provides an international forum for the research community working in the area of energy efficient, green, safe, and reliable connected health research areas. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Networks of mobile sensors.
  • Networks of mobile  devices.
  • Networks of medical devices and sensors.
  • Communication and networking issues in wearable devices.
  • Physical layer issues in networks of medical sensors and wearables.
  • Routing and transport protocol design issues.
  • Mobility effect on networking of devices.
  • Communication issues in medical devices.
  • Body area sensor networks.
  • WBSN and WPAN.
  • WSN for medical applications.
  • RFID technology and medical applications.
  • Integrating wearables and medical sensors with networks infrastructures.
  • Integration of wearables and medical sensors with cloud systems.
  • Energy optimization in wearables and medical sensors.
  • Security and privacy issues in networks of medical devices. 
  • Authentication in wireless body networks.
  • Secure WBSN communications.
  • Data security and privacy in eHealthcare.
  • Secure connectivity in wearable devices.
  • eHealthcare security challenges in the cloud.
  • Trustworthy wearable sensing devices.
  • Simulation and formal analysis of networks of mobile devices.
  • VANET.
  • MANET.
  • Intelligent vehicular ad hoc networks (InVANETs) 
  • Mobile IP Networks
  • QoS support for mobile networks.
  • Mobile sensing and Crowdsensing
  • Security in Networks with Mobility
  • Networking in Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAVs)
  • Surveys and state of the art reports in the area.

Workshop Program 

LCN-NSWMD 2018: IEEE Workshop on Networks of Sensors, Wearable, and Mobile Devices (co-located with IEEE LCN 2018)


Session time Monday, 16:00 until 17:30
Chaired by Amjad Gawanmeh (Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates)
Please count the attendees, at the beginning, the middle and the end of the session:

16:00: An Android Wear OS Framework for Sensor Data and Network Interfaces

Bashkim Berzati (Heinrich-Heine University, Germany); Andre Ippisch (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany); Kalman Graffi (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)
Abstract: Wearable devices like smartwatches conquer the market and simplify our everyday life. Mostly, these devices are connected to our mobile phones, helping us to make communication easier and faster. However, wearable devices feature plenty of sensors and network interfaces that are mostly unused. Thus, the question arises on how to use this potential to improve the functionality and user experience of handset applications. This paper presents a framework for the Android operating system which enables us to retrieve information from the wearable device and store and use it on the handheld device. The primary focus lies on sensor and network interfaces, and as a result, this information can be considered for further computations. We offer the framework as an Android library which can be included in all Android projects. We evaluate the framework by conducting network performance tests as well as tests regarding CPU, memory and battery usage, and achieve promising results. Concluding, we can say that the wearable technology offers lots of opportunities for present and future Android projects. Due to the different types of framework services, we achieve the goal of providing a broad base of information that can be utilized by all developers.
Bio for Andre Ippisch: Andre Ippisch studied Computer Science at Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf from 2009 and got his Master Degree in 2015. Since then he is working as a PhD student at the Technology of Social Networks Lab in Duesseldorf. He is currently working on Opportunistic Networking and Mobile Software Development.
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16:22: Modeling Context-Adaptive Energy-Aware Security in Mobile Devices

Sriram Sankaran (Amrita University, India); Swapnoneel Roy (University of North Florida, USA); Preeti Singh (University of North Florida, USA); Ramalingam Sridhar (University at Buffalo, USA)
Abstract: Energy Management is of primary importance in mobile devices due to increasing functionality coupled with rapid battery drain. Our analysis reveals that users differ in context and resource usage patterns which can be leveraged for power savings. A key challenge lies in providing context-adaptive security in an energy aware manner due to increasing sensitivity of user data and analyzing energy-security trade-offs. Towards this challenge, we model the problem of context-adaptive energy-aware security as a knapsack problem and develop a pseudo-polynomial dynamic programming (DP) based framework to maximize user utility corresponding to a power budget. Further, we prove the decision version of the problem to be NP-hard via a reduction from KNAPSACK and design a greedy heuristic for optimal assignment of security levels towards meeting a given power budget. Finally, we design a Fully Polynomial Time Approximation Scheme (FPTAS) for the problem which improves upon the DP based approach. The proposed mechanisms are optimal in that, they can be used to facilitate efficient allocation of resources pertaining to user needs.
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16:45: Supporting Seamless Connectivity in Drone-assisted Intelligent Transportation Systems

Nico Saputro (Florida International University, USA & Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia); Kemal Akkaya (Florida International University, USA); Selcuk Uluagac (Florida International University & Electrical and Computer Engineering, USA)
Abstract: Considering emergency scenarios for intelligent transportation applications, we propose a swarm of drones communication architecture that can sustain connectivity to assist the authorities for damage assessments. The connectivity sustenance needs stem from the fact that drones may move to various locations in response to service requests from the authorities but they still need to cooperate for data collection and transmissions. To address this need, we propose a centralized connectivity maintenance heuristic which will enable the swarm to dynamically adapt its formation in response to the service requests while ensuring uninterrupted live assessment reports. To select the moving drone(s), the minimum connected dominating set concept is utilized to come up with three strategies of mixed stretching or moving heuristic for the connectivity restoration. The proposed architecture and heuristics are implemented in ns-3 network simulator and the effectiveness is tested in terms of providing undisturbed services under heavy multimedia traffic. The results indicate that the proposed approaches enable uninterrupted multimedia traffic delivery.
Bio for Kemal Akkaya: Kemal Akkaya received his PhD in Computer Science at University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University. Prior, Dr. Akkaya was with the Department of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and lead the Advanced Wireless and Sensor Networking Lab (ADWISE). Dr. Akkaya is the Associate Editor of Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal. He has served as the guest editor for Journal of High Speed Networks, Computer Communications and in the TPC of many leading wireless networking conferences including IEEE ICC, Globecom, LCN and WCNC. His research interests include energy aware routing, security and quality of service issues in ad hoc wireless, sensor, mesh and underwater networks. Dr. Akkaya is a member of IEEE.
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17:07: Analysis of MAC Protocols for Real-Time Monitoring of Heart and Respiratory Signals

Negar Mohammadi-Koushki (University of Tehran, Iran); Amjad Gawanmeh (Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates)
Abstract: Wireless sensor networks have several appealing medical application. The deployment of wireless technologies in the medical field imposes several considerations on the choice communication methods, protocols, wireless technologies, and types of devices. One of the most challenging problems is the choice of the best medium access protocol in order to resolve problems such as the correlation of traffic, heavy collision, and free channel recognition. Real-Time monitoring of heart and respiratory signals has gained increasing attention in the last few decades, as there is more interest in continuous monitoring of the heart activity which can significantly improve early detection of heart problems. In this work, we adopt a Multi Attribute Decision Making (MADM) methodology in order to study, analyze and recommend the most optimum protocol for the purpose of heart monitoring. In MADM, the criteria for decision are attributes, as a result, this approach is based on ranking existing alternatives, according to several attributes that are often inconsistent. Then, provide a selection criteria among available alternatives.
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Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must be neither previously published nor under review by another workshop, conference or journal.

Only electronic submissions in PDF will be accepted. Submitted regular papers must be written in English, must be no longer than 6 pages in 10-point font, must render without error using standard PDF viewing tools, must print on US-Letter-sized paper, and must include the author names and affiliations in the first page. One extra page is allowed for additional charge of $100.

Submitted manuscripts may not exceed 7 single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages (IEEE conference style), including figures, tables, and references. See style templates for details: IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings

The authors of regular papers will deliver oral presentations. The authors of demo and poster papers will deliver system demonstrations and poster presentations, respectively. All accepted papers will be published by IEEE and indexed by IEEExplore.

Submission page

 Submission page: please use the following page on edas systemhttp://edas.info/N24454

Important Dates

- Paper Submission Deadline: June 8, 2018

- Notification of Acceptance: July 6, 2018

- Deadline for Camera-ready Papers: August 6, 2018

Work Chairs and Organization Committee:
  • Amjad Gawanmeh, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Youssef Iraqi, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Kashif Saleem, Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), King Saud University, KSA. (TPC chair)
  • Sazia Parvin, Melbourne Polytechnic, Victoria, Australia (Web chair)
  • Pritam Gajkumar Shah, Jain university, Bangalore India. (Publicity co-chair)
TPC Members:
  • Tanveer Zia, Charles Sturt University, Australia. 
    Murtadha Aldeer, WINLAB/ Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Negar Mohammadi-Koushki University of Tehran, Iran.
  • Junaid Chaudhry, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Australia. (Local Organization)
  • Ali Selamat, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. (Local Organization)
  • Shihab Jimaa , Khalifa University, UAE. (Program chair)
  • Zahoor Khan, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. (Publicity chair)
  • Aldar Chan, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
  • Hamada Alshaer The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Mubashir rehmani: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
  • Berk Canberk, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Moad Mowafi Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
  • Omar Alfandi, Zayed University, UAE
  • Kalman Graffi Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Mehdi Adda University of Quebec at Rimouski
  • Marinella Petrocchi, istituto di Informatica eTelematica, CNR, Italy
  • Al-Sakib Khan Pathan Islamic University in Madinah, KSA
  • Moh'd Alwadi, The University of Canberra , Australia.
  • Masahide Nakamura Kobe University Japan.
  • Yaser Jararweh, Jordan University of Science and Technology.
  • Lei Chen, Georgia Southern University, USA.
  • Kun-chan Lan National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Jiankun Hu, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Kanwalinderjit Gagneja, Southern Oregon University & North Dakota State University, USA
  • Wucherl Yoo,  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Jawwad Shamsi, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan
  • Majida Alasady, Universityof Tikrit, Iraq.
  • Ali Alwadi,  Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
  • Salam Dhou, Harvard Medical School, Boston USA.
  • Ibrahim Khalil, RMIT, Australia
  • Sim-Hui Tee Multimedia University, Malaysia
  • Sherali Zeadally, university of Kentucky, USA
  • shanshan chen university of Virginia, USA
  • Hamid Mcheick, University of Québec at Chicoutimi, Canada
  • Antonio Guerrieri, Università della Calabria, Italy. 
  • Rabeb Mizouni, Khalifa University, UAE.     
  • Toshiyuki Maeda, Hannan University, Japan 
  • Rafiqul Islam, Charles Sturt University, Austalia
  • Meryeme Ayache, ENSIAS, UM5S, Morocco
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