The First ACM International Workshop on
UnderWater Networks (WUWNet)

In conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2006
Sep. 25, 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE

Technical Co-Sponsorship:
IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society



Apr. 1, 2007: WUWNet'07 has been accepted by ACM SIGMOBILE and will be held in conjunction with MobiCom'07/MobiHoc'07 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 14th, 2007.

Mar. 1, 2007: Ian Akyildiz and David Du will co-chair WUWNet'07 in conjunction with MobiCom'07/MobiHoc'07 (pending). Planning is underway.

Oct. 30, 2006: Part of the presentation/poster slides have been posted on the workshop program page. More slides will come soon.

Oct. 5, 2006: All technical papers have been posted on the workshop program page. Presentation/poster slides will be posted soon

Oct. 2, 2006: Among the eight ACM MobiCom workshops, WUWNet finally TIED with VANET, ranking the FIRST in terms of attendance

Oct. 1, 2006: <Upcoming Event> "Undersea Distributed Networked Systems Conference", February 13-15, 2007, Newport RI

Sep. 25, 2006: There are 65 attendees at the First ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks

Sep. 22, 2006: WIP poster extended abstarcts are available on-line

Sep. 21, 2006: Detailed demo information is available on-line

Sep. 12, 2006: Demo session is available on-line

Aug. 27, 2006: Poster/Demo submission is extended to Sep. 3

Aug. 21, 2006: The workshop program is available on-line

Aug. 21, 2006: WUWNet is calling for demos and posters

Aug. 8, 2006: Advance registration (on-line, mail, fax) is now open and ends on Sep. 14. The deadline for registration with discounted rates is Sep. 3


The oceans cover 71% of the earth's surface and represent one of the least explored frontiers, yet the oceans are integral to climate regulation, nutrient production, oil retrieval and transportation. As such, there is significant interest in monitoring aquatic environments for scientific, environmental, commercial, safety, and military reasons. While there is a need for highly precise, real-time, fine grained spatio-temporal sampling of the ocean environment, current methods such as remote telemetry and sequential local sensing cannot satisfy current needs, let alone future needs. The notion of an underwater network is relatively new due to the lack of maturity of underwater acoustic communication. However, networks are necessary in order to achieve the monitoring goals noted above. The physical challenges of acoustic underwater communication require us to completely re-think how a network should be deployed in this environment. Challenges to be overcome by underwater acoustic modem and network designers include: severely limited range-dependent bandwidth and attenuation, extensive time-varying multipath propagation, and low speed of sound propagation in water resulting in long propagation delays. Moreover, a unique feature of underwater networks is that the environment is constantly mobile, naturally causing the node passive mobility. All the above distinct features of underwater networks yield new challenges for every level of the network protocol suite.

The goal of the proposed workshop is to bring together researchers and practioners in areas relevant to underwater networks. Thus, many layers of the “stack” from the physical layer to the application layer will be represented. The objective is to serve as a forum for presenting state of the art research, exchanging ideas and experiences, and facilitating interaction and collaboration.


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Last Modified: Oct 1, 2006