International Workshop on

Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networking

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May 16th, 2011
Paris, France

Held in conjunction with

The 12th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing

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Many defense, disaster response and other mission-critical applications rely on networking centric systems. They open a new spectrum of capabilities (e.g. global reach, situational awareness and formation flying) and improvements of decision making processes. Instead of using deployable static network infrastructures, a Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc NETwork (MANET) can be rapidly operational, trading off high-performance with flexibility, affordability and survivability while being capable of supporting mission-critical services such as remote navigation and control, coordinated mobility and decisions, collaborative working or blue force tracking. Furthermore, Tactical MANETs must be deployed successfully in non-cooperative (not to say aggressive) environments, on which limited knowledge is available. They must also be managed with no or limited operator interventions, still providing reliable behaviours in spite of large scale topologies. To this end, MANET routing, cross-layering techniques, and cognitive networking must cope with various forms of mobility, link breaks, jamming, node failures and message losses. Many theoretical and practical issues arising with MANETs have been investigated so far. However, a broad range of problems remain open with Tactical MANETs.

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Final Program

9h00 -- Workshop START

Invited Paper: AI Technologies for Tactical Edge Networks
Karen Zita Haigh
Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA

A Gossip-based Synchronization Protocol for State Consistency in Distributed Applications
Aaron Rosenfeld
Drexel University, USA

Slinky: An Adaptive Protocol for Content Access in Disruption-Tolerant Ad Hoc Networks
Niky Riga
Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA

Parametrization of Terrestrial Ad-Hoc Routing Protocols for Tactical Underwater Networks
Jan Bauer
University of Bonn, Germany

10H30 -- 11H00 BREAK

Collision Reduction in Random Access Slots for TDMA Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
Pascale Fouillot
Thales Communication, France

Cooperative Transmission Scheduling in Multiuser Detection MAC for Tactical CDMA-MANET
Amandine le Pape
Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Canada

Efficient Wormhole Attack Detection Through Cross-Layer Management
Peter C. Mason
Defence R&D, Canada

On Applying Signal Processing Techniques to Defend Against Mobile Ad hoc Network Attack
Peter C. Mason
Defence R&D, Canada

12h30 -- LUNCH

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Invited Talk

AI Technologies for Tactical Edge Networks
Karen Zita Haigh
The field of adaptable communication networks is a rich application area for artificial intelligence technology. Recent developments in software defined radio technology have opened up the opportunity to develop networks that are, in principle, highly adaptable and effective under a much wider range of operating conditions than currently possible, but few researchers are addressing the issue of how to take advantage of this new flexibility. This talk briefly discusses some of the Artificial Intelligence techniques that can and have been be leveraged in this domain.

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This multi-disciplinary workshop invites submissions from researchers in industry and academia. Submissions are particularly encouraged on principles of Tactical MANETs as well as on practical experiences with real deployments (including underwater, land and aerospace systems). Topics of relevance include but are not limited to:

  • Routing protocol customisation and optimisation, to deal with tactical mobility, threat level, adversarial strategies, and dangerous environments.
  • Tactical MANET architectures, cross-layering and related design techniques to meet critical requirements. Impacts on Medium Access Control, Routing and Transport layers. Coordination of MAC and Routing protocols. Reliable MAC-level routing protocols. Robust MANET network synchronization with and without GPS (GNSS)
  • Service admission and maintenance for Tactical MANETs, including time-utility requirements, bandwidth management, priorities and criticalities, heavy loads and congestions.
  • Mission-critical traffic provisioning in MANETs, dealing with route availability, guaranteed bandwidth and delays for mission-critical traffic.
  • Extreme forms of Tactical MANET: ad hoc short-lived MANETs, long endurance disruptant networking, scalability issues.
  • Self-healing and self-reconfiguration techniques, failure detection, isolation and recovery. Survivable routing, secondary routing or backup route generation, threat-aware routing. Resilient routing, service and/or route repair, global MANET recovery in nominal state.
  • Topology control with mission-critical constraints, lifetime optimisation.
  • Plan aware or mobile-aware routing, related service admission techniques and optimization, considering mission planning constraints, navigation and delay contingencies.
  • Node localisation and discovery protocols, taking in account uncertain or biased data.
  • Performance evaluation of routing protocols and cross-layering techniques, considering harsh or difficult environment. Trade-off between connectivity, scalability, threats and performances.

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The workshop format will consist of technical presentations based on accepted papers, each followed by a Q/A session.

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Submissions may be regular papers (10 pages) or short position papers (4 pages). Position papers should focus on relevance to application domain, positioning, and innovative ideas. All papers should conform to the MobiHoc Standard template (Conference style template). Each paper will be reviewed by at least two referees.

Submissions, in PDF format only, should be sent by email to christophe.guettier @ and geraud.allard @ using the subject line Tactical MANET 2011 Workshop Submission.

All workshop attendees must be registered for MobiHoc 2011.

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Important Dates

The schedule of important dates for the workshop is as follows:

Paper submission: CLOSED (4th of April 2011)
Notification of acceptance: CLOSED (22 Avril 2011)
Camera-ready version deadline: 4 May 2011 (hard)
Workshop date: 16 May 2006

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Organising Committee

Christophe Guettier
Paris, France

Geraud Allard
Paris, France

Program Committee

Arnaud de la Fortelle - Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
Karen Haigh - BBN Technology, USA
Jae H. Kim - Boeing Research & Technology, USA
Louise Lamont - CRC, Canada
Gérard Le Lann - INRIA, France
Juha-Pekka Mäkelä - CWC, Finland
Jan Nilsson - FOI, Sweden
William Regli - Drexel University, USA
Harri Saarnisaari - CWC, Finland
Carlos Enrique Palau Salvador - Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Yi Shang - University of Missouri, USA

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