A workshop in COMSNETS 2009

5-6 January 2009, Bangalore, INDIA

Venue: The Chancery Pavillion, Bangalore, India


This workshop is the result of several conversations with faculty, students, and industry personnel on improving the state of technology and research in the developing world.

Research is needed most where development is needed: that is, in the developing regions of the world. Unfortunately, here is where R&D is relatively lacking. On the positive side, activity of industries has been increasing in regions such as India, China, etc. in the recent past. This workshop seeks to bring together the pockets of research excellence, to foster interaction among them, and to spread the reach of this excellence.

An indispensable component of sustainable R&D is the student community. Therefore, an important goal of this workshop is to encourage student participation. We believe that bringing together students, academic researchers, and industrial participants would be beneficial to all of these parties in the short run as well as the long run.

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Previous years’ workshops:





        Intel - India

        IBM : India Software Laboratory and India Research Laboratory

        Microsoft Research India


        Final programme

        Submission page

Best paper award

M.Hegde, P.Kumar, K.R.Vasudev, S.V.R.Anand, A.Kumar, J.Kuri, “Experiences with WM: A centralised scheduling approach for performance management of IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs



The third annual workshop on “WIreless Systems: Advanced Research and Development” (WISARD 2009) will provide a platform for researchers from both academia and industry to present and discuss high quality research and development in the area of wireless systems.

Authors are invited to submit papers presenting new research covering all layers of the protocol stack: physical to application. Submissions must be unpublished, original, and not more than 10 pages in length. They should not be currently under review for publication in any other venue. We especially encourage submissions on wireless/network systems targeted for the developing world. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless applications and services
  • Mobility and location management
  • Network topology and architecture
  • Security, privacy, anonymity
  • Transport, routing, MAC layer issues
  • PHY layer techniques for wireless
  • Information theory applied to wireless networks
  • Cross layer interactions and optimizations
  • Power management, especially for rural systems
  • Wireless test-beds or real-world deployments
  • Performance analysis and measurements
  • Sensor networks, especially application centric

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings published by IEEE.

The workshop will also feature a student poster/demo session, and invited talks from distinguished researchers in the community.

Student poster session: The poster session complements the main programme by offering an opportunity for students to present recent on-going or as-yet incomplete research results in the topics listed above. Poster authors are invited to submit a two-page report that summarizes the main idea and results.

Research demos: The workshop will have a session on live demos along with the poster session. Authors (especially students) are encouraged to submit proposals for the same. The proposals should not exceed two pages and should include a description of the demo and equipment to be used.

Best paper and best poster awards: There will be a best paper award and a best poster award. Both will be judged based on relevance, originality, significance, and presentation.

Best student poster/demo award: Student posters and demos will be considered for this award. The award will be based on quality of work, student understanding, and clarity of explanation during the poster/demo session.

Invited programme: WISARD 2009 will feature an invited component. Authors of papers in venues such as SIGCOMM, INFOCOM, MOBICOM, ISIT, Globecom, ICC, etc. in the past 1-2 years will be invited to present their work. The goal is to expose our students and researchers to high-quality research and enable them to network with the leading researchers in the field.

Invited Speakers


  • Paper/poster/demo submission deadline: 16 October 2008
  • Notification of acceptance: 26 November 2008
  • Camera ready submission: 18 December 2008
  • Workshop: 05-06 January 2009

TPC chairs:
Rajesh Sundaresan, Department of ECE, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Vikram Srinivasan, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Bangalore, India

TPC members:
Ajay Bakre, Intel India

Srikrishna Bhashyam, IIT-Madras, Chennai

Mainak Chatterjee, University of Central Florida

Ajit Chaturvedi, IIT-Kanpur

Carla-Fabiana Chiasserini, Politecnico di Torino

Sharad Jaiswal, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

Suresh Kalyanasundaram, Motorola India

Abhay Karandikar, IIT-Mumbai

Aditya Karnik, General Motors India Science Lab

Joy Kuri, Indian Institute of Science

D. Manjunath, IIT-Mumbai

Neelesh B. Mehta, Indian Institute of Science

Venkat Padmanabhan, Microsoft Research India

Bhaskaran Raman, IIT-Mumbai

Vinay Ribeiro, IIT-Delhi