The Third International Symposium on Multidisciplinary Emerging Networks and Systems (MENS2012)

September 4, 2012, Fukuoka, Japan

This symposium will be held in conjunction with the 9th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic and Trusted Computing (ATC 2012).


In recent years, novel computing paradigms are emerging. On conventional computer networks, we are superimposing new networking systems, such as peer-to-peer, wireless ad hoc, sensor networks, and general overlay networks. In these systems, environments are distributed, heterogeneous and dynamic. They are managed by multiple administrative authorities and shared by users with different and competing interests. More often than not, they are autonomously provided by independent and rational individuals. The most distinguishing feature of intelligent networks and systems is that, each player determines its behaviors autonomously. "Design for choice" is the fundamental principle of emerging autonomous networks and systems.

As computing and network systems gradually become the fundamental infrastructure of the information society, many multidisciplinary research topics emerge to support/reflect the features of our economics and society. As we know, in the research and application of future networks and systems, only a technical approach is far too weak to deliver a satisfactory solution. It has already been proven by the dilemma of Internet QoS researches and applications. Even more important is that, multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches will shed new light on various related issues in different networks and systems, and foster new applications. For example, a social network over wireless ad hoc network can provide proximity based social computing, and may be one of the killer applications in wireless ad hoc networks. In this direction, knowledge from biology, psychology, economics (e.g., game theory), social network, and many other research fields can provide important and helpful hints for future networks and systems research.

Following the success of the International Symposium on Multidisciplinary Autonomous Networks and Systems (MANS2009), and the International Symposium on Multidisciplinary Emerging Networks and Systems in 2010 (MENS 2010), the International Symposium on Multidisciplinary Emerging Networks and Systems in 2012 (MENS 2012) is organized in series to continue providing a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange new ideas and information regarding advancements in the state of the art of emerging networks and systems from multidisciplinary perspectives. This symposium will as well facilitate to identify new research topics and envision the future.