Some Topics

1. General concepts
2. Modeling
3. Design, synthesis
4. Simulation of protocols
5. Modular composition, configuration, on-line configuration
6. Evolution/development of protocols
7. Forecasting of protocols
8. Combinatorial optimization problems in protocol engineering (e.g., routing, spanning trees, assignment/allocation, scheduling)
9. Anycast, multicast, unicast, broadcast communication flows (routing)
10. Server selection procedures
11. Application domains

Research Groups

  • PERC: Protocol Engineering Research Center (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Center for Wireless Communications (Prof. Anthony S. Acampora; Univ. of California, San Diego)
  • Berkeley Wireless Research Center (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
  • Protocol Engineering Lab. (Prof. Paul Amer, Univ. of Delaware)
  • Protocol Engineering Center (Electronic & Telecommunication Research Inst. ETRI)
  • Center for Disctributed and Mobile Computing CDMC, Univ. of Cincinnati (Dr. Dharma P. Agrawal)
  • Dr. Nikil Jayant (Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunication Technology GCATT, Georgia Inst. of Technology)
  • Prof. Kenneth P. Birman (Dept. of CS, Cornell Univ.)
  • School of Information Technology and Engineering (Univ. of Ottawa):
    (i) Ad Hoc and Sensor Networking Research Group,
    (ii) Computer Communication Network Research Group (CCNR), etc.
  • Lab. of Communication and Networking, CS Dept., Technion
  • Networking Group, CS Dept., Technion (Prof. Reuven Cohen)
  • Research Lab. for Network Protocols, Distributed Processing and Simulation (CS & Software Eng. Dept., Univ. of Canterbury)
  • Telecommunication Technologies, (Yuri A. Semenov, Inst. for Theoretical & Experimental Physics, in Russian)
  • Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Dept. of CS, Columbia Univ.
  • Wireless Network Laboratory (WINET) (Prof. Yuguang "Michael" Fang, University of Florida)
  • Prof. B.S. Manoj, Avionics, Indian Institute of Space Science and Tehcnology
  • Prof. David B. Johnson, Protocols for Wireless and Mobile Networking (The Rice Univ. Monarch Research Group), Dept. of CS, Rice University


  • Telecommunication Systems (Springer)
  • IEEE Trans. on Computers
  • IEEE Trans. on Communications
  • IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing
  • IEEE Communication Magazine
  • IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking
  • IEEE Network
  • IEEE Personal Communications
  • IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology
  • Computer Networks (Elsevier)
  • Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET)
  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Wireless Networks
  • Computer Communications (Elsevier)
  • J. of Networks and Computers
  • J. of Network and Computer Applications (Elsevier)
  • Int. J. of Network Management
  • J. of Network and Systems Management
  • Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software
  • Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Int. J. of Communication Systems
  • Informatica (Lith.) (IOS Press)
  • Journal of Communications Technology and Electronics (Springer)


  • Books
    1. I.F. Akyildiz, M.C. Vuran, Wireless Sensor Networks. Wiley, 2010.
    2 S. Basagni, M. Conti, I. Stojmenovic, S. Giordano (Eds.), Mobile Ad Hoc Networking, Wiley, 2004.
    3. K.P. Birman, Reliable Distributed Systems: Technologies, Web Services and Applications, Springer, 2005.
    4. M. Conti (Ed.), Mobile Multi-Hop Ad Hoc Networks: From Theory to Reality. Hindawi Publishing Corp., 2007.
    5. C. de Morais Cordeiro, D.P. Agrawal, Ad Hoc& Sensor Networks: Theory and Applications. World Scientific Publishing Company, 2006.
    6. J. Dong (Ed.), Network Protocols. Handbook. 4th ed., Jawin Technologies,2007.
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    9. D. Gislason, Zigbee Wireless Networking. Newnes, 2008.
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    12. P. Kuhn, Algorithms, Complexity Analysis and VLSI Architectures for MPEG-4 Motion Estimation. Kluwer, Boston, 1999.
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  • Special Journal Issues
    1. IEEE Trans. on Computers, Special issue on protocol engineering, 40(4), 1991.
    2. IEEE Communication Magazine, Special issue "Cross-Layer Protocol Engineering for Wireless Mobile Networks: Part 1." 2005.
    3. IEEE Communication Magazine, Special Issue "Cross-Layer Protocol Engineering for Wireless Mobile Networks: Part 2." January 2006.

  • Surveys
    1. A.A. Ahmed, H. Shi, Y. Shang, A survey on network protocols for wireless sensor networks. Proc. of Conf. "Information Technology: Research and Education" ITRE 2003, 301-305, 2003.
    2. K. Akkaya, M. Younis, A survey on routing protocols for wireless sensir networks. Ad Hoc Networks, 3(3), 325-349, 2005. 3. I.F. Akyildiz, W. Su, Y. Sankarasubramanam, E. Cayirci, Wireless sensor netrworks: a survey. Computer Networks, 38(4), 393-422, 2002.
    4. I.F. Akyildiz, X. Wang, W. Wang, Wireless mesh networks: a survey. Computer Networks, 47(4), 445-487, 2005.
    5. L. Atzori, A. Iera, G. Morabito, The Internet of things: A survey, Computer Networks, vol. 54, no. 15, pp. 2787-2805, 2010.
    6. M. Ayaz, I. Baig, A. Abdullah, I. Faye, A survey on routing techniques in underwater wireless sensor networks. J. of Network and Computer Applications, 34(6), 1908-1927, 2011.
    7. P. Baronti, P. Pillai, V.W.C. Chook, S. Chessa, A. Cotta, Y.F. Hu, Wireless sensor network: A survey on the state of the art and the 802.15.4 and ZigBee standards. Computer Communications, 30(7), 1655-1695, 2007.
    8. G.V. Bochmann, D. Rayner, C. West, Some notes on history of protocol engineering. Computer Networks, 54(18), 3197-3209, 2010.
    9. A. Boukerche, B. Turgut, N. Aydin, M.Z. Ahmad, L. Boloni, D. Turgut, Routing protocols in ad hoc networks: survey. Computer Networks, 55(13), 3032-3080, 2011.
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    11. O.D. Incel, A survey on multi-channel communication in wireless sensor networks. Computer Networks, 55(13), 3081-3099, 2011.
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    15. M.Sh. Levin, A modular approach to the communication protocol and standard for multimedia information: A review.
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    Electronic Scientific Journal "Information Processes", 12(4), 389-399, 2012 (in Russian)

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  • Electronic Preprints
    1. Levin M.Sh., A. Andrushevich, R. Kistler, A. Klapproth,
    Combinatorial evolution and forecasting of communication protocol ZigBee. Electronic preprint. 6 pp., April 15, 2012. [cs.NI]

  • Technical Reports
    1. S. Bhattacharjee, M.H. Ammar, E.W. Zegura, V. Shah, Z. Fei, Application-Layer Anycast. GIT-CC-96/25, College of Computing, Georgia Inst. of Technology, 1996.

  • PhD Dissertations
    1. Lixia Zhang, A New Architecture for Packet Switching Network Protocols. PhD Thesis, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, MIT, 1989.
    2. O.D. Incel, Multi-Channel Wireless Sensor Networks: Protocols, Design and Evaluation. PhD Thesis, Univ. of Twente, March 2009.
    3. Olga Zlydareva, Reconfiguable and Reprogrammable Multi-Standard Mobile Terminal Baseband Level Based on Software Defined Radio Module for WiMAX and UMTS Protocols. Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. of Trento, Italy, 2009.

  • MS Theses
    1. S. Doi, Design, implementation and evaluation of routing protocols for IPv6 anycast communicaiton. MS thesis, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka Univ., Feb. 2004.