MeshTech '07. Pisa, Italy. October 8, 2007. Co-located with IEEE MASS
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9:00am -

Opening remarks

9:05am -

Keynote speech


“Enmeshed in the Future”
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Donald E. Eastlake III,
Motorola Laboratories, 111 Locke Drive, Marlboro, MA 027157 USA
Chair, IEEE 802.11 Mesh Networking Task Group (TGs)

The past was a time of simple point-to-point and general broadcast capabilities. This was generally true in wireless and wired networks and their protocols. The trends for the future are clear: dominance by mesh, particularly 802.11 mesh, in most of the wireless arena and greater use of multi-cast in protocols.

9:45am -
Session 1: Medium Access
Session Chair: Luciano Lenzini (University of Pisa)

IEEE 802.11s MAC Fundamentals
Guido R. Hiertz, Sebastian Max, Yunpeng Zang, Thomas Junge, and Dee Denteneer

A Distributed and Autonomous Beacon Scheduling Algorithm for IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee Networks
Ralf Burda and Christian Wietfeld

Impact of Directional Antennas in Wireless Sensor Networks
John Dunlop and Joan Cortés

10:45am -
Coffee Break
11:15am -
Session 2: Routing
Session Chair: Enzo Mingozzi (University of Pisa)

Update on the Hybrid Wireless Mesh Protocol of IEEE 802.11s
Michael Bahr

A Statistic-Based Approach towards Routing in Mesh Networks
Alexander Klein and Phuoc Tran-Gia

Interference-aware Multipath Selection for Reliable Routing in Wireless Mesh Networks
Jack W. Tsai and Tim Moors

Monitoring Assisted Robust Routing in Wireless Mesh Networks
Zainab R. Zaidi and Bjorn Landfeldt

1:00pm -
2:00pm -
Session 3: Performance
Session Chair: Dee Denteneers (Philips Research)

Evaluation of VoIP Performance in Downlink Cellular Networks with Multihop Relaying
Nikolaj Marchenko, Jakob Hoydis, Aik Chindapol, and Rainer Schoenen

End-to-End Bandwidth Reservation in IEEE 802.16 Mesh Networks
Claudio Cicconetti, Alessandro Erta, Vanessa Gardellin, Luciano Lenzini, and Enzo Mingozzi

On Indoor Multi-hopping capacity of Wireless Ad hoc Mesh Networks
Mehran Abolhasan, Jerry Chun-Ping Wang, and Daniel Franklin

3:00pm -
Session 4: Network Formation and Management
Session Chair: Claudio Cicconetti (University of Pisa)

Measurement Campaign on Connectivity of Mesh Networks formed by Mobile Devices
Beatrice Pietrarca, Giovanni Sasso, Gian Paolo Perrucci, Frank H.P. Fitzek, and Marcos Katz

MAYA: A Tool For Wireless Mesh Networks Management
David Manzano, Juan-Carlos Cano, Carlos T. Calafate, and Pietro Manzoni

3:45pm -
Coffee Break
4:15pm -



“Wireless Mesh Networks - Applications and Challenges”

A panel of reknown mesh experts from industry and academia will propose and discuss a
number of propositions on the applications and challenges in wireless mesh networking.
Additionally, the panel welcomes contributions from the floor. Questions and propositions on mesh networking can be brought up for discussion either before the panel discussion via the moderator or during the panel discussion.


  • Dee Denteneer (Philips Research, NL)


  • Michael Bahr (Siemens AG, DE)
    Ad hoc Mesh Networks
    Wireless Mesh Networks and Mobile Ad hoc Networks follow the same concept - data communication over multiple wireless hops on paths found with self-organizing routing protocols on a meshed network topology. This will remove the wires from networks and provide greater flexibility. Consequently, there are many usage scenarios for Ad hoc Mesh Networks - from backhaul meshes consisting of infrastructure devices to client meshes where the end customer devices are the mesh nodes and constitute the network. Interoperability and extensibility are important requirements.
  • Donald E. Eastlake 3rd (Motorola Laboratories, US; Chair, IEEE 802.11 Mesh Networking Task Group (TGs))
    Mesh for Emergency Incident Scenes
    Emergency incident scene response involves multiple organizations which need to both securely intercommunicate at the scene and have secure access to their own network and infrastructure. This will require a more sophisticated mesh security approach than the current all-or-nothing access system.
  • Frank H.P. Fitzek (Aalborg University, DK)
    Mesh for Sensor Networks
    Wireless sensor networks are a highly interesting field of research an application as stand alone networks or as enrichment for mobile devices. Due to the resource limitation in data transmission speed and energy constraints, cooperativeness among those entities is advocate beyond simple fairness and forwarding schemes. Cooperative access schemes and network coding approaches will be introduced to meshed sensor networks and discussed in terms of complexity and performance.
  • Carl Eklund (Nokia Siemens Networks, FI)
    Mesh Standards
    So far we have seen only a couple of 'opportunistic' mesh standardization efforts in which mesh has been added as a spice to an already established technology. At the same time mesh networking has been a hot topic in the research community. Is mesh ready to be standardized? Are mesh standards needed? What would be the appropriate venue for mesh standards?