Collection and Analysis of Multi-Dimensional Network Data for Opportunistic Networking Research
Opportunistic networks use human mobility and consequent wireless contacts between mobile devices to disseminate data in a peer-to-peer manner. Designing appropriate algorithms and protocols for such networks is challenging as it requires understanding patterns of mobility (who meets whom), social relations (who knows whom) and communication (who communicates with whom). To date, apart from few small test setups, there are no operational opportunistic networks where measurements could reveal the complex correlation of these features of human relationships. Hence, opportunistic networking research is largely based on insights from measurements of either contacts, social networks, or communication, but not all three combined.