From the General Chair

It is my great honor to welcome you to the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications. Despite the difficult economic situation and the dramatic events of March 2011 in Japan, we received a large number of high quality contributions from around the world. WPMC aims at enabling presentation of new results in the field of wireless information and multimedia communications with a focus on wireless multimedia convergence. The WPMC objective is not only to deal with technologies but also with applications. It is an opportunity to share novel research ideas as well as practical applications in the area of wireless communications. I am then happy to give the opportunity to WPMC 2011 participants to attend the inauguration of ImaginLab, which is an LTE-based open platform dedicated to experimentation, from integration and interoperability testing to usability analysis for new products and services on fixed and mobile networks. ImaginLab as well as WPMC 2011 are good examples of tight cooperation between research centers and companies with the support of local authorities. The rich program of WPMC 2011 and the diversity of attendees will no doubt stimulate very interesting discussions and generate new ideas.

It is the first time WPMC has been held in France. I am sure every participant will enjoy Brest and will have the opportunity to have a look at the infinite variety of coastal landscapes Brittany has to offer.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our organising committee members and the steering Committee members for their support, help, and consistent effort to make this conference a success. My thanks will also be for all of the technical committee members for their diligent and untiring effort in reviewing the submissions and all the speakers and authors.  The experience and efforts of those mentioned above are indeed a great contribution for the success of this conference. I look forward to seeing you in Brest, France.

Paul Friedel
WPMC 2011 General Chair
Vice-President of Pôle Images & Réseaux
Director of Telecom Bretagne
President of SEE, France


From the TPC Co-Chairs

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications. It is the first time WPMC has been held in France and it takes place at an exciting time in the history of wireless technology with the deployment of 4G networks all over the world and with the development of networks that do not only manage millions of human subscribers but trillions of various devices. The theme of WPMC 2011 "Communications, Networking and Applications for the Internet of Things" and the 4 workshops on Mobility Management, Discontinuous Networks, Emergency Telecommunications, and Medical ICT Systems reflect this transition to a new era.

This year, we received a total of 213 paper submissions for WPMC 2011 including 34 for affiliated workshops, from 44 countries and regions. All papers were rigorously and independently peer-reviewed by the 138 TPC members and a large number of other reviewers. After a thorough review process, in which each paper was evaluated by at least two reviewers, 142 papers, including 26 for workshops, were selected for presentation and publication. The accepted papers were then grouped into 32 sessions.

One of the highlights of the conference is the 4 Keynote presentations delivered by distinguished scientific experts – Professor Claude Berrou (Télécom Bretagne, France), Professor Catherine Rosenberg (Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada), Dr. Pierre-Damien Berger (CEA LETI, MINATEC Campus, France), Professor Peter Reichl (Telecommunications Research Center, Austria) and Dr Jorge Pereira, (Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media). The program also includes leading-edge tutorials from international experts: on Cooperative OFDM Relay Technologies by Professor Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic (University of Montenegro, Montenegro), Sensor Networks by Dr Tahiry Razafindralambo  (INRIA, France), Future Internet by Professor John Baras,( Founding Director of ISR and University of Maryland, USA) and Machine-to-Machine by Dr Benoît Ponsard (Kimeggi, France). We hope that you will find this program very stimulating, informative and inspiring.

The technical program of WPMC 2011 would not have been possible without the exceptional commitment of many expert volunteers. We wish to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to all the authors, keynote speakers, TPC members and reviewers, who have contributed their time and expertise. We would especially like to thank Dr Paul Friedel, General Chair, Prof Ramesh Pyndiah, Publication Chair and Prof Jean-Marie Bonnin, Tutorial Chair for their hard work and devotion towards the success of the conference.

Finally we sincerely hope that all WPMC 2011 participants will have a memorable experience and a wonderful time in Brest, France.

Xavier Lagrange, Catherine Rosenberg, Ruiji Kohno

WPMC 2011 TPC co-chairs

From the Steering Board Co-Chair

On behalf of the WPMC Steering Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite and welcome you to the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC’11) held in Brest, France with the theme ‘Communications, Networking and Applications for the Internet of Things’.

Internet of Things (IoT) can be defined as a complex network where each network element uses a mobile radio component for communicating (autonomously) data by way of specific technology. IoT network elements can be defined as smart objects that are able to sense, plan and act autonomously and combine a large degree of autonomy with complex collaborative behaviour to accomplish common tasks. Energy is one of the key enabler such behaviour. Few of the required capabilities for energy-aware object-to-object communication relate to personalized service creation, identity-based object management, and connectivity.

Regardless of the type of topology involved, the common point for all objects constituting the IoT scenario is the Internet. A key characteristic is that the objects/things will communicate in a dynamic and highly distributed way. This brings about many challenges related to communications, networking and the successful deployment of applications.

WPMC’11 has an outstanding Technical Program comprising presentations, panels and key note speeches to stimulate a strong discussion forum that will bring researchers closer together and increase interchange of valuable knowledge. With such a firm platform for global cooperation we expect to stimulate the goal of global communications in the area of IoT.

It is the first time that WPMC is organized in the beautiful and historic city of Brest in France. Over 300 researchers, students, engineers, and managers from all over the world have shown interest to participate in the Symposium. We have the full confidence that it will prove to be a professional experience complemented by the well-set social and cultural atmosphere provided by the hospitality of the General Chair, Technical Program Chair and the Organizing Committee amidst the beautiful forest and breathtaking surroundings.

Wishing you a fruitful and enjoyable WPMC’11 Symposium.

Ramjee Prasad
Steering Board Co-Chair
Director, Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF)
Aalborg University, Denmark

From the Steering Board Co-Chair

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Fourteenth International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications, WPMC 2011, as a co-chair of the steering board. This year, WPMC is held in Brest, France, where my pleasant memory of another conference remains. That is ITST 2005 (The Fifth International Conference on ITS Telecommunications), for which I served as a co-president. I clearly remember how successful the conference was and how beautiful the city in Bretagne is.

ITS (Intelligent Transport System) has been growing up to a typical and successful instance of CPS (Cyber-Physical System), which is considered as a social system based on a network of interacting elements with physical input and output. The theme of WPMC this year “Communications, Networking and Applications for the Internet of Things” is closely related to CPS. I believe that this theme is extremely important to construct social systems that will be solutions to many difficult problems of the world.

I have just attended two world-class general conferences for engineers, IEEE Sections Congress and World Engineers’ Convention. Both conferences picked up as major topics global challenges that we engineers have to face, climate changes, natural resource shortage, and especially risk-laden energy production brought out by the disaster in Fukushima. Risk management and disaster recovery are being recognized as keys to the future safe and secure society. As suggested by the spread of CPS, what wireless communication engineers can do about the global challenges is rich and indispensible for the bright future.  

WPMC 2011 provides to all participants from academia, industry, regulatory bodies as well as young and experienced researchers an opportunity to discuss our capability and responsibility from various synergetic aspects. I hope that this will essentially contribute to mitigation of the global difficulties.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for your participation. I hope all of you will enjoy this symposium and your stay in Brest, France.

Hideki Imai
Steering Board Co-Chair
Chuo University, Japan

From the Steering Board Co-Chair

Welcome to Brest, France to join WPMC2011.

WPMC was inaugurated in 1998 to establish a global platform for mutual cooperation and discussions in the field of wireless multimedia communications.

This is the first WPMC in France, one of the most attractive countries in the world.

The first WPMC was held at Yokosuka Research Park (YRP) in Japan in honor of the opening of YRP. Since the first WPMC in YRP, fourteen WPMCs were held through the world in Asia, Europe, North and South Americas. WPMC2011 is the 14th WPMC, Brest, France is the 6th WPMC held in Europe.

With the continued and close support by numerous organizations and human relationships, the WPMC has grown into an international symposium widely recognized by industries and academic societies.

It is our great pleasure to announce that the theme of the Symposium is "Communications, Networking and Applications for the Internet of Things", which covers very attractive and interesting topics in the recent ICT trends. Further, in addition to the regular sessions, the Symposium will feature four workshops of (1) EMT 2011 : International Workshop on Emergency Telecommunications “From User Perspective To Field Products”, (2) WODTN 2011 : International Workshop on Opportunistic and Delay/Disruption-Tolerant Networking, (3) FEELIT 2011 : The 2nd International Workshop on Future Wellness and Medical ICT Systems, (4) MMFN 2011 : International Workshop on Mobility Management for Flat Networks

On behalf of the Steering Board of WPMC, I would like to express my deep gratitude to all the delegates for coming from all over the world, and expect you will be having exciting experiences at WPMC2011.

And I wish to take this opportunity to thank all supporting organizations and staffs of WPMC2011, especially for General chair Paul Friedel, Vice-President of Images & Réseaux, Director of Telecom Bretagne, President of SEE, France and TPC Co-Chairs Europe : Xavier Lagrange, Telecom Bretagne, France ; Asia Pacific: Ryuji Kohno, Yokohama National University, Japan ; Americas: Catherine Rosenberg, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Dr. Shingo Ohmori
Steering Board Co-Chair
YRP International Alliance Institute
Vice President
YRP R&D Promotion Committee

From the Chairman of YRP R&D Promotion Committee

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to address a few words of welcome on the occasion of the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC 2011) in Brest, as Chairman of YRP R&D Promotion Committee.

First of all, I would like to express our sincere feeling of gratefulness for your kind words of sympathy and condolences towards the damage and losses caused by the earthquake in Japan.

Since its origination in Yokosuka in 1998, WPMC has gained worldwide recognition and held in various sites around the world. It is my great pleasure to hold the 14th WPMC here in Brest, the sister city of Yokosuka.

This October marks the 14th anniversary of the foundation of YRP. To achieve our goal, exploration of the Ubiquitous Mobile Frontier, we are accelerating a positive spiral in wireless technology research and development, enhancing our center of excellence with better research and exchange platforms, and promoting industry-academia-government collaboration in an international level.

Strategic activities of YRP currently focus on (1) the enhancement of its ICT testbed functionality for interoperability and other testing, and (2) the development of innovative ICT human resources with global perspectives.

By combining these two projects, we will further strengthen YRP's R&D activities on a global scale. We would appreciate your continued support and cooperation.

We sincerely hope that WPMC 2011 will be a worthwhile opportunity for greater interaction among wireless technology researchers from around the world, and that their interaction will lead to enduring collaborations among the organizations they represent.

Thank you very much.

Prof. Dr. Mitsutoshi Hatori
Chairman, YRP R&D Promotion Committee
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

From the President of NICT

It is my great pleasure to hold the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC’11) in Brest, France, which keeps a long-term close friendship with Japan and maintains a world-class force in ICT field.

On 11th March this year, eastern part of Japan was struck by a tremendous earthquake and an enormous tsunami, with the scale of the fourth largest quake ever recorded in world history. I hereby extend my heartfelt sympathy to those who have suffered. In addition, as a Japanese citizen, I am also much obliged to have received a great many supports and warm messages from France and other friend countries.

The catastrophe, named as the Great East Japan Earthquake, has destroyed almost all communication infrastructures, including mobile networks, in stricken areas. However, mobile network was the first to be restored, and satellite communication supportively maintained indispensable communications until the restoration. This fact revealed the problem in current ICT and showed us the direction of its future application. At the same time, wireless communication technology was recognized anew as effective in case of disaster and as beneficial for constructing a safe and secure social infrastructure.

NICT has been conducting R&D of information and communications technology including wireless communications, and intends to make further exertions in the 3rd Mid-Term Plan that has started since this April to fulfill the social mission as Japan’s sole public research institute in ICT field.

I sincerely hope that WPMC’11 will promote productive information exchanges and collaborations in R&D of wireless communication under this year’s theme “Communications, Networking and Applications for the Internet of Things” aiming at realizing safe and secure society.

Dr. Hideo Miyahara
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)



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