The Second International Workshop on Under Water Sensors and Systems

UNWAT 2008

August 25-31, 2008 - Cap Esterel, France

Technical Co-Sponsors and Logistics Supporters

This workshop is part of SENSORCOMM 2008.

Publishing Information:

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services
Posted: IEEE Digital Library
Indexing process

Submit a Paper:

First, fill out the submission form with information about your paper. Please, fill it out only once for each paper, and do not resubmit it. Contact the address below if you run into any difficulties.

As the designated correspondence author, you will then receive a first e-mail message containing the paper ID. The information in the email will allow you to submit your paper.

If you have some problems send your paper via this e-mail (please report your paper ID in the text of your mail AND the name of the conference).

The conference staff will contact you only if the paper does not print properly or has other problems.

You can change information about your paper, submit brief corrections, view your reviews and create rebuttal, and even edit your personal information by following the link in the initial confirmation email.

Touristic Information:

Touristic information is available from the hosting conference, SENSORCOMM 2008.

Hotels and Travel:

Hotels and travel information is available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.

Call for Papers:

Sensor networks and sensor-based systems support many applications today on the ground. Underwateroperations and applications are quite limited by comparison. Most applications refer to remotely controlled submersibles and wide-area data collection systems at a coarse granularity.

Underwater sensor networks have many potential applications such a seismic imaging of undersea oilfields as a representative application. Oceanographic research is also based on the advances in underwater data collection systems.

There are specific technical aspects to realize underwater applications which can’t be borrowed from the ground-based sensors net research. Radio is not suitable for underwater systems because of extremely limited propagation. Acoustic telemetry could be used in underwater communication; however off-the-shelf acoustic modems are not recommended for underwater sensor networks with hundreds of nodes because they were designed for long-range and expensive. As the speed of light (radio) is five orders of magnitude higher than the speed of sound, there are fundamental implications of time synchronization and propagation delays for localization. Additionally, existing communication protocols are not designed to deal with long sleep times and they can’t shut down and quickly restart.

The International Workshop on Under Water Sensors and Systems, UNWAT 2008, brings together practitioners and researchers for discussion and work on the emerging aspects pertaining to the new mechanisms for underwater sensor networks and applications.


  • Protocols for underwater sensor networks
  • Underwater hardware
  • Underwater wired systems
  • Underwater wireless sensor networks
  • Underwater sensors for neutrino telescopes
  • Acoustic and radio underwater communication
  • Aquatic environments and applications
  • Unmanned underwater exploration
  • Underwater localization and knowledge acquisition
  • Scalable underwater monitoring and measurement systems
  • Fixed and mobile underwater wireless sensors
  • Aquatic surveillance applications
  • QoS/Performance in underwater communication
  • Surface-floating and underwater sensor communication
  • Access control in underwater networks
  • Latency effects for critical applications and synchronization
  • Synchronization and delays in underwater sensor networks
  •  Localization in underwater sensor networks
  • Advanced underwater sensor-based applications


The UNWAT 2008 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services and on-line via IEEE XPlore Digital Library. IEEE will index the papers with major indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission deadline April 5, 2008 April 15, 2008
Notification May 15, 2008 May 19, 2008
Registration and camera ready June 1, 2008 June 5, 2008

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via the an automated submission system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format), not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the IEEE CS Press an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will be published in the conference’s CD collection, together with the regular papers. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals can be for half or full day tutorials. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies.

For more information,


UNWAT Technical Program Committee

Miquel Ardid Ramirez, IGIC - Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Juan Antonio Martínez Mora, UP- Valencia, Spain
Nirwan Ansari, New Jersey Institute of Technology // University Heights Newark, USA

Special Area Chairs:
Mari Carmen Domingo, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain [Routing]
Olga Bondarenko, James Cook University, Australia [Real-Time]

(to be updated - preliminary version)

+Nirwan Ansari, New Jersey Institute of Technology // University Heights Newark, USA
+Miguel Ardid, UP - Valencia, Spain 
hlomi Arnon, Ben-Gurion U. of the Negev, Israel
+Vincent Bertin , CPPM - Marseille, France
+Olga Bondarenko, James Cook University, Australia
+Eduard Calvo, UP Catalunya, Spain
+Mari Carmen Domingo, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain
+Victor Espinosa, IGIC - UP Valencia, Spain
+Juan Freire, U. Coruña, Spain
+Joao Gomes, Institute for Systems and Robotics - Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
+Juan José Hernández-Rey, IFIC - Valencia, Spain
+Jens Hovem, NTNU - Trondheim, Norway
+Raja Jurdak, UC - Dublin, Ireland
+Juan Antonio Martínez Mora, UP- Valencia, Spain
+Dario Pompili, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, US
+Robert Qiu, Tennessee Tech University, USA
+Giorgio Riccobene, LNS - Catania, Italy
+Dan Rouseff, University of Washington, USA
+Winston Seah, Agency for Science, Technology, & Research, Singapore
+Lee Thompson, U - Sheffield, United Kingdom
+Wei Ye, USC/Information Sciences Institute, USA


Tutorials are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.

Preliminary Program:

Preliminary program is available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.

Manuscript Preparation:

Manuscript preparation is available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.

Registration Form:

Registration form is available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.


Statistics are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.


Photos are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.


Awards are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2008.


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