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On investigating social dynamics in tactical opportunistic mobile networks
Author(s): Wei Gao; Yong Li
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Paper Abstract

The efficiency of military mobile network operations at the tactical edge is challenging due to the practical Disconnected, Intermittent, and Limited (DIL) environments at the tactical edge which make it hard to maintain persistent end-to-end wireless network connectivity. Opportunistic mobile networks are hence devised to depict such tactical networking scenarios. Social relations among warfighters in tactical opportunistic mobile networks are implicitly represented by their opportunistic contacts via short-range radios, but were inappropriately considered as stationary over time by the conventional wisdom. In this paper, we develop analytical models to probabilistically investigate the temporal dynamics of this social relationship, which is critical to efficient mobile communication in the battlespace. We propose to formulate such dynamics by developing various sociological metrics, including centrality and community, with respect to the opportunistic mobile network contexts. These metrics investigate social dynamics based on the experimentally validated skewness of users’ transient contact distributions over time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9096, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2014, 909606 (17 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050802
Show Author Affiliations
Wei Gao, The Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville (United States)
Yong Li, The Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9096:
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2014
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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