We are working to organize WONS 2020
Wireless on-demand network systems and services have become pivotal in shaping our future networked world. Starting as a niche application over Wi-Fi, they can now be found in mainstream technologies like Bluetooth LE, LTE Direct and Wireless LANs, and have become the cornerstone of upcoming networking paradigms including mesh and sensor networks, the Internet of Things, cloud networks, vehicular networks, disruption tolerant and opportunistic networks, underwater and intra-body networks.
The challenges of this exciting research field are numerous. Examples include how to make smart use of these novel technologies when multiple technologies or a mix of permanent services and on-demand networking opportunities are available to a network node, how to provide robust services in highly dynamic environments, how to efficiently employ and operate heavily resource-constrained devices, and how to develop robust and lightweight algorithms for self-organization and adaptation. Finally, there are many application-specific challenges.
We all know Mario Gerla work and impact on the past 50 years of Internet research, and his continuous enthusiasm in new initiatives and cross breeding of ideas.
And yes, Mario was also among the initiators of WONS, back in 2004 in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.
Mario has always been known for his varied interests, in research, culture, and ... sports.
A great runner, swimmer and also and avid skier he was immediately enthralled by the idea of organizing a small, high quality event joining lively discussions on recent advances in networking systems and services that explore unexplored paths, with the exploration of mountain trails and tracks.
Mario was the first keynote speaker at WONS, the one who wanted WONS to visit mountains outside the Alps too, the one who always took the chance to visit (nearly) unbeaten tracks with the skis.
We, the steering committee, honor Mario's memory and legacy, and we'll do our best to guarantee that WONS stands to the high and demanding expectations of his co-founder.