The IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference (WCNC) 2011 was held from March 28-31 in Cancun, Mexico. IEEE WCNC is an event hosted by IEEE Communications Society which gathers every year professionals from the industry as well as researches do discuss and exchange information about the latest trends in wireless communications.
The first day of the conference started full of tutorials in hot topics like: Game theory for multiple access, Resource allocation in wireless networks, Beyond 4G mobile broadband, Cooperative wireless communications, Relay-enhanced LTE-advanced networks, and IP-based mobility and handover optimization.
It was difficult for me to choose one of this tutorial among many interesting topics, but at the end I assisted to “Game Theory for Multiple Access and Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks”, given by Prof. Ekram Hossain from the University of Manitoba(MB), Canada, and Prof. Dusit Niyato from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. I can say that the tutorial was quiet good for understanding the basic concepts of game theory, but also because it gave interesting ideas for open research issues as: Cost of information, Utility and cost function design and Uncertainty in wireless and mobile networks, among other.
In the following days, there were over 80 technical sessions with around 380 technical papers presentations in innovative issues like: energy efficiency, cognitive radio, resource management, communications theory. With topics such like wideband spectrum sensing, green cellular networks, power allocation in cognitive radios, improving energy efficiency in mobile phones. My personal opinion is that the two leading trends in research issues were Cognitive Radio and Green Networks or Energy Efficiency. Even the panels led by Samsung, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and other, discussed about these trends with debates about Future of Wireless Networks and Wireless Green Networking.
I would like to mention also, that not everything was about technology. In the conference we had a relax environment with a Caribbean feeling (even some participant wore short), and during the social activities I could meet interesting people ;)
Be ready for the next IEEE WCNC conference that will be held in Paris, France and the paper submission deadline is 12th September 2011. For more information see: WCNC2012