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IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems
May 30 to June 1, 2022 // Marina Del Rey, LA, California


6th IEEE International Workshop on Wireless Communications and Networking in Extreme Environments


Wireless communications and networking in extreme environments such as underwater, underground, rural areas, intra-body, in flight and in space have been attracting growing interest from both academia and industry in an effort to conquer the last frontier for wireless technologies. In recent years, underwater wireless networks have attracted significant attention for military and commercial applications including oceanographic data collection, disaster prevention, tactical surveillance, offshore exploration, and pollution monitoring. Unmanned aerial systems that are autonomously networked can assist humans in extreme or difficult-to-reach environments as well as provide cost-effective wireless connectivity for devices without infrastructure coverage. Underground wireless networks could enable applications such as precision agriculture, pipeline fault diagnosis, mine disaster rescue, concealed border patrol, and crude oil exploration, among others. Wireless networked systems of intra-body sensors and actuators could play a key role on real-time monitoring and medical treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, as well as enable automated drug administration and targeted drug delivery. Satellite (mega-)constellations could improve communications and ongoing monitoring of Earth phenomena ranging from weather and climate to disaster management. Rural areas remain underserved by increasingly core societal applications.

Despite the obvious differences, underwater, aerial, underground, intra-body, rural and space wireless networks share common core research challenges that arise from the harsh nature of the propagation medium (fading, absorption, scattering, multipath) and the inaccessible nature of the environment. As a result, conventional communication and networking techniques do not “scale up” in extreme communication environments mainly due to the excessive propagation losses of traditional wireless technologies and the financial limitations of operating far from “grids”. The goal of the WCNEE workshop, now in its 6th edition, is to bring together academic researchers and industrial players to share their research findings and technical contributions, from the physical all the way to the application layer in realizing underwater, aerial, underground, intra-body, rural and space wireless communication networks with a focus on bridging the gaps between theory, algorithms, prototypes, testbeds, demonstration and production networks. WCNEE will also facilitate discussions about modeling and characterizing propagation and wireless network performance in such diverse environments based on real-world data measurements.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI/ML applied to wireless systems
  • AI/ML for control and management of networks of networks with heterogeneous requirements
  • Adversarial learning and operation of autonomous wireless systems
  • Spectrum sharing and coexistence in licensed and unlicensed frequency bands
  • Security and privacy mechanisms for data sharing in extreme environments
  • Hardware-reduced software-defined radios
  • Low-power wireless systems
  • Ad-hoc infrastructure-less cross-layer networking, routing, handover and meshing
  • RF/Acoustic/Optical/Visible-light communication systems
  • Autonomously networked mobile or static (implantable in a living tissue or in a reservoir) communications system designs
  • Cooperation of robotic unmanned vehicles with multi-domain (sea-land-air) capabilities
  • Self-driving self-sustainable wireless networks
  • Distributed mobile multi-function wireless systems for joint communications and sensing
  • Localization, detection, classification and tracking methods
  • Energy harvesting and wireless power transfer systems
  • Experimental testbeds and measurements from prototypes and real-world wireless (underwater, aerial, intra-body, underground, rural, space) network deployments
  • Signal propagation and attenuation models


Manuscripts must be limited to 8 pages in IEEE 8.5x11 format. Papers up to 8 pages plus 2 extra pages (with extra page fees) are allowed. Authors may add at most two (2) pages, but only for an appendix, i.e., these two pages contain supplementary material only. The additional two pages will incur overlength charges at $100/page. The reviews will be single-blind. The manuscripts should be formatted in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double-column, 10-pt font) and be submitted as PDF files (formatted for 8.5x11-inch paper). Accepted papers will be published in the combined DCOSS 2022 Workshop proceedings and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore. Submitted papers may not have been previously published in or under consideration for publication in another journal or conference. The reviews will be single blind. Manuscripts should be submitted as PDF files via EDAS . The submission link will open one month before the deadline.

For more information on IEEE DCOSS 2022, please visit the main website .


Workshop Organizers
Steering Committee

Technical Program Committee
  • Sergi Abadal, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Fatemeh Afghah, Northern Arizona University, USA
  • Paolo Casari, University of Trento, Italy
  • Nan Cen, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  • Salvatore D'Oro, Northeastern University, USA
  • Pedram Johari, Northeastern University, USA
  • Hovannes Kulhandjian, California State University, Fresno, USA
  • Athanasios Panagopoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Konstantinos Pelekanakis, NATO Center for Martime Research and Experimentation, Italy
  • Christian Renner, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Zhi Sun, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
  • Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou, University of New Mexico, USA

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: February 15, 2022
Author Notification: April 10, 2022
Camera-ready submission: April 30, 2022
Workshop Day:  TBA

Contact Us

E-mail the organizers: ieee.wcnee@gmail.com

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