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Special Issue on Wireless Networking for e-Health Applications
The confluence of electronics miniaturization, information proliferation in healthcare, and novel concepts for energy efficiency and energy scavenging, has pushed the application of Mobile Wireless Networks, such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and – perhaps more importantly so – Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN) from the realm of theoretical exploration into healthcare reality. This advance heralds in a new era for patient monitoring, medical procedures, patient status awareness, outpatient treatment, and a plethora of other areas in modern healthcare.

Developments in component miniaturization of electronics and sensing devices, advances in low-power wireless communication, and the arrival of energy harvesting have led to the development of ultra-low power wireless communication and sensing devices that are ideally suited for mobile healthcare applications. These devices can be installed in medical facilities and equipment, or worn directly on a patient’s body, allowing for real-time data acquisition, data fusion, reporting, and alerting from a plethora of sources. This allows for an unprecedented level of insight into a patient’s health, with a similarly high level of fidelity of the collected data that in many cases is sufficient to allow biometric identification of
an individual.
With the advent of these new e-Health applications and their associated requirements and constraints, many vital topics of research need to be
explored to provide robustness, security, responsiveness, and longevity of the wireless network and patient health information. This special issue
focuses on the state-of-the-art in wireless networking for e-Health applications, associated technical and regulatory challenges, as well as
exploring deployments and implementations in real-world applications.

The topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
– Applications of Wireless Networks in e-Health
– Real-World e-Health environments from design to operation – experiences, problems, and insights
– Cross-Layer Design for e-Health applications
– The PHY Layer of WSN, WBAN, and other e-Health Wireless Networks
– MAC and Routing in e-Health Wireless Networks
– Privacy, Security and Trust for e-Health applications
– Biometrics using WBANs and its applications
– Ensuring Energy Efficiency
– Energy Harvesting for low-power wireless networking in e-Health applications
– RF Interference and Coexistence
– Mobility in e-Health applications
– Modeling, Simulation, and Performance Evaluation for e-Health technologies
– Collaborative, Opportunistic, and Cognitive Wireless Technology in e-Health
– Trends, Future Applications and Research Challenges for Wireless Networks in e-Health
– Regulatory Challenges and Commercialization of e-Health solutions
– Data Collection, Data Storage, Data Sharing, and Cloud Services for e-Health
– Analysis of e-Health products for compliance, security, performance

Manuscript Submission
Authors are invited to submit original scientific articles for review. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication
elsewhere will be considered. Papers should be tutorial in nature to help non-expert readers gain a good understanding of the topic. The papers should also discuss recent advances and future research topics. For further details, please refer to „Submission Guidelines“ in IEEE Wireless
Communications Magazine website at: Authors must follow the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine guidelines for preparation of the manuscript and submit it via Manuscript Central, selecting „Wireless Networking for e-Health Applications“ as the topic.

Submission Schedule
Manuscript Submission: January 11, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: April 1, 2013
Final Manuscripts Due: July 1, 2013
Publication Date: August, 2013

Guest Editors
Hamid Sharif
Director, Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory University of
Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

Michael Hempel
Associate Director, Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

Bernd Blobel
Director, eHealth Competence Center
University of Regensburg Medical Center, Germany

Thomas Michael Bohnert
Director, ICCLab
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Ali Khoynezhad
Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

On the TPC of the Second Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) Workshop (co-loc with ACM SIGCOM 2013)

Second Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) Workshop
MCC service architecture and designs
MCC data and storage architecture
MCC performance evaluation and measurement of MCC services and applications
MCC software development platform and enabled new applications
MCC service platform and Quality of Experience (QoE) studies
MCC content/context-based sensing, routing, and networking
MCC security and privacy protection
MCC data and information management for MCC service providers and users
MCC supported social media and networks, virtual community and virtual humans
MCC supported multimedia services, advertisements, games, and entertainments
MCC cloud-on-chip and chip-to-cloud designs and service models
MCC Virtualization and programmable infrastructure
MCC enabled individual, crowdsourcing-based sensing for application scenarios, such as environment monitoring, energy preservation, intelligent transportation, smart grid/home, healthcare and monitoring, personal cloud, ad hoc cloud, mission-critical cloud, collaborative surveillance, etc.

Submission Instructions
All submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. The workshop will accept papers describing completed work as well as work-in-progress, so long as the promise of the approach is demonstrated. Radical ideas, potentially of a controversial nature, are strongly encouraged. Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages in length and must be a PDF file. Reviews will be single-blind: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission. Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines at

Papers should be submitted via the submission site: Papers must include the author name and affiliation for single-blind peer reviewing by the program committee. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.

Important Dates
Paper Registration March 18, 2013
Paper Submission March 25, 2013
Author Notification April 26, 2013
Camera Ready May 27, 2013
Workshop Date August 12, 2013

1st IEEE Workshop on Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN 2013)

The 1st Workshop on Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN 2013) will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2013 (ICC 2013) on June 9-13, 2013, in Budapest, Hungary, see also:

The workshop will bring together researchers, engineers and users, who are interested in future mobile telecommunication networks and/or cloud computing applications and enabling technologies. MCN will discuss recent trends in telecommunication networks and cloud computing and will in particular focus on challenges to be solved when integrating these technologies as well as possible synergies of these technologies.

Access to cloud storage and computing service via wireless/mobile networks should be optimized in terms of delay, bandwidth and energy consumption from an end user perspective. Moreover, there is an increasing trend to implement more and more functions of a mobile telecommunication network in software, e.g., for signal and protocol processing. This enables to use cloud computing infrastructures as processing platform for signal and protocol processing of mobile telecommunication networks, in particular for current and future generation mobile telecommunication networks. In particular, the integration of protocol and application/service processing allows several opportunities to optimize performance of cloud applications and services observed by the mobile user, whose device is connected to the cloud via wireless access networks.

The workshop solicits original contributions in the topics of interest for the workshop. Those topics include but are not limited to the following:
Protocols and wireless network technologies for mobile cloud applications
Network virtualization for mobile cloud networks
Energy-saving at mobile end systems in network elements supporting mobile cloud applications
Distributed mobility management, including mobility prediction
Future Internet architectures and protocols for mobile cloud computing, including content-centric / context-based networking
Network and protocol support for delay-tolerant applications
Cloud computing in opportunistic networks
Management and allocation of mobile cloud resources, including SLA management
Cloud service management and migration
Seamless handover support for mobile cloud applications
Resource and service monitoring in mobile cloud networks
Physical radio resource sharing
End-to-end performance of mobile cloud applications
Novel cloud-based implementation architectures for mobile communication networks
Quality-of-Experience in mobile cloud applications
Cloud-based applications and services for mobile users, including social networks
(Participatory) sensing and mobile cloud applications, including data aggregation
Security and privacy issues of mobile cloud computing, including authentication and authorization
Accounting and charging of mobile cloud services
Testbeds and performance evaluation for mobile cloud networking and applications
Paper Submission and Author Guidelines

Papers must be submitted via the EDAS submission site at or at by selecting the ICC’13 – IEEE ICC’13 – Workshop MCN. Please follow carefully the submission guidelines below. These are also available at IEEE International Conference on Communications 2013 (ICC 2013).

Papers should be written in English with a standard length of five (5) printed pages (10-point font) including figures, without incurring additional page charges (maximum 1 additional page with extra charge if accepted). You may use the standard IEEE Transactions templates for Microsoft Word or LaTeX formats found at Alternatively you can follow the sample instructions in template.pdf at Only PDF files are accepted for paper review. You submitted PDF file and registered EDAS account of a paper must list the same author(s), title and abstract (minor wording differences in the abstract are ok). Papers where the PDF and EDAS account do not match the author(s), title, and/or abstract will be withdrawn by the Technical Program Co-Chairs or Symposium Co-Chairs.

Important Dates

Paper Registration – January, 4th 2013

Full paper submission – January, 11th 2013

Notification – February 22th, 2013

Camera-ready papers – March 8th, 2013

Steering Committee
Thomas Michael Bohnert, ZHAW, Switzerland
Torsten Braun, University of Bern, Switzerland
Marcus Brunner, Swisscom, Switzerland
Edmundo Monteiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Georgios Karagiannis, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Workshop Chairs
Torsten Braun, University of Bern, Switzerland,
Luis M. Correia, IST-Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal,
Georgios Karagiannis, University of Twente, the Netherlands,
Edmundo Monteiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal,
Almerima Jamakovic-Kapic, University of Bern, Switzerland

Presenting ICCLab, FI-WARE and the FI-PPP at ICTProposer’s Day 2012

After some hesitation I decided to attend the ICTProposer’s day 2012. This time in Warsaw.

At the end, tt was absolutely worth it. Sure, not so much for the presentations and proposal ideas presented – I doubt that any one with a good idea needs to stand up in front of 100 people in order to find partners. But the ICTProposer’s day is a perfect place to keep in touch with your community – only paralleled by the Future Internet Assembly, the Future Networks and Mobile Summit (my most preferred EC event) and the ICT Summit.

Most of my time I spent at the FI-PPP booth (little surprise). Good discussions, fairly controversial, and nice to see that community interest is still high.

The FI-PPP intro session was well-attended but, in fairness, only few questions were raised. Perhaps due to the fact that there was a dedicated FI-PPP Call 2 Info Day just two weeks earlier.


The slides of my talk are available for download at the ICPProposer’s Day website (local copy).


P.S. Greetings to the Ambassador, Teacher, the Priest/Jesus/God, and the Artist.

Open- or NotSo-OpenStack? – Comments on the OpenStack Foundation

An analysis of the OpenStack Foundation and its technical governance approach. Originally published at the ICCLab

Contributions to Open Source Software (OSS) projects are an excellent means to foster broad uptake of  innovations and has therefore become indispensable for research and development in computer science.

With the Internet allowing ubiquitous collaboration (e.g. between OSS software developers, OSS community managers, OSS document editors, etc) of all sorts, across all backgrounds, and locations spread over the entire globe, some OSS projects are so successful that they reach sizes (and budgets) that are comparable to full-blown companies.

Contributing to OSS is also an unparalleled frank (and in times brutal) means for receiving feedback by an expert community. OSS communities are commonly governed by technical meritocracy, a term inherently subjective and thus reliable warrant of controversy. Contributions are in turn relentlessly scrutinized, the latter not seldom amplified by the fact that the motivation for OSS contribution is reward by community appreciation (instead of financial compensation), a principle that renders OSS environments highly competitive, in particular for highly popular projects like Linux, Apache, OpenStack and the likes.

We, at the ICCLab, consider it paramount to deliver our ideas and innovations as running code to a few carefully selected and relevant OSS projects to get receive feedback that validates our ideas and to ensure that our ideas and innovations gain support and uptake by the community. This is an inherent element of our impact-centric research methodology.

The powers of OSS is exemplified by the OpenStack project. It emerged out of a merger between NASA and Rackspace, who both have developed their own IaaS framework but decided to cooperate for the sake of creating a serious competitor to existing incumbents, like Amazon and VMWare. This initial motivation of the founders continues to materialize and the project enjoys comprehensive community support backed up by significant financial and organizational backing by some of the most influential industry incumbents.

OpenStack meanwhile became (supposedly) the largest OSS project since Linux and reached a size significantly larger than Linux. Such growth pushes organizational structures of any OSS project to the limits. If also imposes a hefty burden onto founding members, for OpenStack in particular onto Rackspace who managed the project from an administrative perspective.

A common way out of this is to transform the organisation into an foundation, like for instance the Apache Foundation  or the Linux Foundation, and this was applied to OpenStack too. With the beginning of September 2012 the OpenStack Foundation is in charge of the OpenStack project. The advantages are evident; professional structures, comprehensive governance, and financial management. All this fosters trust as it leads OpenStack out of a loosly coupled community project into a trustworthy company-style enterprise.

But such industry-grade and -oriented advantages come at a price. While native (pure) OSS projects share powers based on meritocracy, derived from technical  expertise and commitment to the project, foundations are characterized by a significant financial dimension, and the OpenStack Foundation does not make an exception. The difficult part of this is the balanace between professional structures, the financial backing required, and the value (influence) provided to those that are willing to invest cash on one hand, and on the other to preserve the drive and nature of the OSS movement, that is technical liberty and community recognition.

The OpenStack compromise to this issue is documented in the OpenStack Foundation Bylaws. This document lays out the general framework (not to say powers) and thus puts any person and institution committed to OpenStack – just like the ICCLab – in an unequivocal context. The question therefore is: What are the implications of the OpenStack Foundation?

Our initial analysis goes here ICCLab : The OpenStack Project and Foundation

Feedback much welcome!

Invited to talk about Software-defined Networking at the ITU Telecom World 2012

ITU Telecom World 2012 is the leading platform for the global ICT community to connect, debate, network and share knowledge. Key stakeholders from across the entire industry ecosystem will come together in Dubai from 14 -18 October to harness the power of ICTs to create real change. This exclusive Leadership Summit will bring together global leaders responsible for shaping the ICT visions, policies and strategies of the future.

At the core of the World 2012 programme are the Panel Sessions, where leading industry figures engage in lively discussion on the key topics and future trends impacting the world of ICT and the world in general. These trends and topics will each be examined and debated from the three principle perspectives uniquely inherent to the industry: technology, business and policy.

It is therefore a special honour to be invited as Panel Speaker and a great feedback for the ICCLab as such.

From the Invitation Letter:

On behalf of Mr Blaise Judja-Sato, Executive Manager of ITU Telecom, we are pleased to enclose the official invitation letter extended to you by Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General, inviting you to participate in the Forum of ITU Telecom World 2012.

This is a brief description of your panel session:

Open Source Routing Monday 15 October, 15:45-17:00 One of the key drivers of the proliferation of the internet was the adoption of managed open source for the domain name infrastructure (BIND). This enabled an open, interoperable yet affordable internet for all. Today, a similar revolution is happening through trends in the virtualization of network resources such as OpenFlow. Open source routing is a new initiative that will help establish a “platform” supporting committers and communities behind the open source routing protocols. No longer will there be a reliance on equipment vendors’ proprietary hardware and closed software stacks that don’t adapt to rapid changing requirements. Virtualization and open source routing will bring a lot of disruption in the industry and also a lot of new services to the public.

Kindest regards,
ITU TELECOM Place des Nations | CH-1211 Geneva 20 | Switzerland

Talk about the FI-PPP at the 3rd European Summit on the Future Internet

The 3rd European Summit on the Future Internet was hosted by TIVIT in Helsinki. After attending the first event, presenting SAP’s Future Internet vision, was invited a second time this time presenting some insights into the evolution, status, and near future of the FI-PPP from a program-level (CONCORD) perspective in my new appointment as Senior Technical Adviser to TIVIT.

The talk was recorded and the video stream can be accessed here: T. M. Bohnert, „The FI-PPP after One Year: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Opportunities Ahead“ (slides)“, 3rd European Future Internet Summit, Helsinki, June 2012

IEEE ICC 2013 Call for Workshops – Deadline 25 June 2012

IEEE ICC 2013 Call for Workshops
In 2013 the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2013) will be held for the first time in Eastern Europe, in the beautiful city of Budapest. As with previous editions of this IEEE ComSoc flagship conference, ICC 2013 will be hosting a set of workshops and therefore invites submission of workshop proposals.

Organization and Submission Procedure
According to IEEE Communications Society guidelines, workshops should emphasize current topics of particular interest, and should include a mix of regular papers, invited presentations, and panels, while in general promoting the participation of attendees in active discussion.

Accepted workshops will implement ComSoc’s academic best-practices, in particular in what regards peer-reviews and paper publication. Articles will be
added to IEEE Xplore and workshop proceedings are foreseen.

Workshop proposals should be submitted via EDAS (link will be available very soon) no later than 25 June 2012.

Each workshop proposal must include
– Title of the workshop
– Length of the workshop: Half-day, Full-day
– Names, addresses, and a short CV (up to 200 words) of the organizers
– A brief description (up to 1 page) of the technical issues that the workshop will address, emphasizing its timeliness
– Names of potential participants, such as program committee members and invited speakers
– Planned format of the workshop, such as number of refereed papers, hot topic sessions, keynotes, panels etc.
– If appropriate, a description of past versions of the workshop, including number of submitted and accepted papers, number of attendees, etc.
– A description of the publicity and promotion plan
– A draft call for papers
– The workshop website address (if available at the time of the proposal
– will be required later if the workshop proposal is accepted)

Important Dates
Workshop proposal submission deadline: 25 June 2012

Thomas Michael Bohnert, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, thomas.bohnert/at/,
Christina Fragouli, Assistant Professor, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, christina.fragouli/at/
Christoph Mecklenbrauker, Professor, Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria, cfm/at/

On the TCP of ACM SIGCOMM 2012 – Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing

Hot topic to watch (see my earlier blog post on MCC).

SIGCOMM 2012 – MCC: Mobile Cloud Computing

Today the Internet Web Service is the main way we access any kind of information from fixed or mobile terminals. Some of the information is stored in the Internet Cloud, where computing, communication, and storage services are main services provided for Internet users. In a non-distant future many of our queries will be beyond current Internet scope and will be about the people, the physical environments that surround us, and virtual environments that we will be involved. Having witnessed the phenomenal burst of research in cloud computing, Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) is to extend cloud computing functions, services and results to the world of future mobile applications. MCC will address issues that current Internet Clouds or Mobile Computing Technologies alone cannot effectively or efficiently address.

The MCC workshop is intended to bring together researchers, developers, and practitioners in current mobile computing and cloud computing from academia, industry, and service providers, to share ideas, experiences, and practical implementations related to new MCC technologies and applications. Both position and working-in-progress papers are encouraged. Workshop participants will discuss emerging and future trends in research and application that integrate the cloud computing paradigm into mobile devices, mobile applications, security and privacy, and mobile services, evaluating the impact of mobile applications on cloud computing techniques. To that end, papers are solicited from all MCC related areas involving the interactions or integrations of mobile techniques and cloud computing solutions, including, but not limited to the following topics.

Paper Registration March 19, 2012
Submissions due March 26, 2012