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Dr. Eiman Kanjo, King Saud University
Elizabeth Platzer & Christian Kittl, Evolaris, Austria/UK
Abstract: Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC are considered to be low power, affordable and available on most mobile handsets. However, these types of wireless mediums are classified as short links since their communication ranges are limited to ~100meters for WiFi and ~10 meters in the case of Bluetooth which seems to stifle the full usefulness of the service. In this paper, we propose a new wireless network concept called ViralNet, solely dependent on the mobile devices in the vicinity using principles of opportunistic networking. ViralNet allow new type of communications beyond the short-range limit which can be used to connect to other phones and sensors distributed in the environment. A message or sensor reading can be turned instantly viral. An authentic user or a monitoring device sends a message to others nearby and they do the same without internet connection.  This  can  open  the  door  to  completely new  type of  applications ranging from emergency evacuation  in  crowded  areas  and  animal  monitoring  to  citizen  reportage, if the authorities want to keep an image from escaping the scene, they must confiscate hundreds or thousands of mobile phones.
Speaker: Dr. Eiman Kanjo is an associate professor in the Information Systems Depatment at the College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and worked for many years as a Lecturer and Researcher at various British Universities including Cambridge university and Nottingham University, Anglia Ruskin University, and Abertay of Dundee University. Please see her short bio for more information.
Date: April 16, 2012

Time: 1-2pm

Location 1-2pm in Room 37 of building 20