© 2016

Opportunistic Mobile Networks

Advances and Applications


Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 3-21
    3. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 23-52
    4. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 53-88
  3. Human Aspects in Opportunistic Mobile Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 91-126
    3. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 127-160
  4. Cooperation in Opportunistic Mobile Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 163-189
    3. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 191-221
  5. Advanced Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 225-257
    3. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 259-272
    4. Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, Sujata Pal
      Pages 273-276
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-303

About this book


This clearly-written and practically-focused textbook/reference reviews the fundamental theory, varied applications, and latest breakthroughs in Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs). Presenting a specific focus on Opportunistic Mobile Networks (OMNs), the text carefully considers the influence of human aspects, and examines emerging forms of inter-node cooperation. Readers will learn how to master protocol development and testing, overcome issues of non-cooperative behavior, and address heterogeneity in OMNs and other networks.

Topics and features:

  • Contains review terms, study exercises and programming exercises in each chapter, with the solutions and source code available at an associated website
  • Introduces the fundamentals of DTNs, covering OMNs, Pocket Switched Networks (PSNs), and Mission-Oriented Opportunistic Networks (MOONs)
  • Describes the Opportunistic Network Environment (ONE) simulator, explaining how to set up a simulation project using NetBeans, and the version control software Git
  • Provides detailed insights into the development and testing of protocols, together with a set of best practices for increased productivity and optimized performance
  • Examines human aspects in the context of communication networks, from human-centric applications to the impact of emotion on human-network interplay
  • Proposes various schemes for inter-node cooperation in DTNs/OMNs, including incentive-based and game theoretic approaches, as well as the DISCUSS scheme
  • Presents a detailed discussion on aspects of heterogeneity in DTNs, and a comprehensive review of the latest research on DTNs/OMNs

Students and instructors will find this easy-to-follow work to be ideally suitable as a textbook for introductory courses on OMNs and advanced courses on communication networks. Researchers will be greatly interested in the descriptions of state-of-the-art developments in OMNs, wireless sensor, and ad hoc networks. Practitioners developing real-world applications will also benefit from the coverage of relevant technical specifications and patents.


Delay Tolerant Networks Evolutionary Computing Human Aspects in Computing Mission-Oriented Opportunistic Networks Pocket Switched Networks

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Computer Science & EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer Science and EngineerinIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  3. 3.School of Information TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia

About the authors

Sudip Misra is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India. He has vast research experience, and has published over 260 research papers and 8 books on diverse areas of wireless networks. He has received several national and international awards for his outstanding contributions in research. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, and Editor of several highly reputed journals.

Barun Kumar Saha has several years of experience in research & development. His works on OMNs have been published in several journals and transactions. He has also served as peer reviewer for many reputed journals and conferences. Barun is well known in the research community for his widely popular blog on DTNs and the ONE simulator. For more details, visit

Sujata Pal is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She was a recipient of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Research Scholarship and the prestigious Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship, 2015. Sujata has several years of teaching and research experience. Her works have been published in high quality international journals and conferences.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Opportunistic Mobile Networks
  • Book Subtitle Advances and Applications
  • Authors Sudip Misra
    Barun Kumar Saha
    Sujata Pal
  • Series Title Computer Communications and Networks
  • Series Abbreviated Title Computer Communications, Networks
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-29029-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80476-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-29031-7
  • Series ISSN 1617-7975
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-8433
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 63 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Computer Communication Networks
    Simulation and Modeling
    Philosophy of Technology
    Sociological Theory
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An excellent resource for both students and researchers interested in mobile opportunistic networking. A well balanced mix of theoretical and practical aspects.

Marco Conti, Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy


I've been working on opportunistic networking since a friend was caught up in a disaster zone after a tsunami and couldn't use his smart phone, as the net was down, yet there were many devices around the town which had wireless and could store, carry, and forward messages, but no protocols to implement this useful service. This book covers in clear and up-to-date style, the principles and practice of the main communications mechanisms to date, and offers helpful exercises and useful information on how to implement these systems in practice.

Jon Crowcroft, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of ACM, Fellow of Royal Society (UK), University of Cambridge, UK