Zhensheng Zhang
Cubic Corporation, USA



MANET formulation considered harmful and what is next?

Number of users/nodes in Internet has increased from 4 in 1969 to billions today. The number of cellular (2G, 3G and 4G) users also reached billions today, while only a 102 nodes of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANET) was demonstrated after a few decades of extensive research with millions papers appeared in the literature. What went wrong with MANET? Are large scale Mobile Ad-hoc Networks possible? Is the MANET formulated correctly? There are several theories that have been forwarded as to why MANETs do not scale.

Our view is that MANETs formulated the problem too narrowly. In this talk, we will review some of the fundamental limitations of MANET both from theory and practice, and discuss some of the reasons why the current MANET do not scale. We recommend orienting the tactical networks research agenda toward self-* heterogeneous information networks with globally large extent. Here the self-* includes self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimization, self-protection, among others. Some of the key enablers or future research topics to achieve the true self-* heterogeneous network s will be discussed.


Dr. Zhensheng Zhang received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Zhang has over twenty five years’ experience in design and analysis of network architecture, protocols and control algorithms, with very strong backgrounds in performance analysis, modeling and simulation of the communication networks. He is currently with Cubic Corporation, Senior Principal Scientist, Networking Research. Before joining Cubic, he worked at SDRC/ArgonST/Boeing as Principal Scientist, served as Principal Investigator for several Depart of Defense (DOD) projects. He also worked at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Columbia University, respectively, focusing on research and development in wireless networks. His research interests include wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks. He has published over 100 technical papers in IEEE Journals and key IEEE conferences (one of papers was listed as the top 10 most reading articles from  IEEE Communications Society website).  He has given many invited talks and tutorials on wireless ad hoc networks at various conferences and universities. He received the IEEE Regional/Area Outstanding Engineer award in 2011.

Dr. Zhang severed as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2002 to 2006. He served as the General Chair of Broadband Wireless Networking Symposium, October 2004. He was a Guest Editor for the IEEE JSAC special issue on Overlay Networks, 2003 and the Journal of Wireless Networks issue on multimedia wireless networks, August 1996. Dr. Zhang is the Chapter Chair of IEEE Communication Society, San Diego, 2004-2013.  Dr. Zhang was the IEEE Globecom 2012 TPC Chair, and is currently serving as the IEEE ICC 2015 TPC Vice Chair and IEEE Globecom 2015 Vice Executive Chair.