Dr. Seshadri Mohan, chair of UALR’s Department of Systems Engineering, and Dr. Nitin Agarwal, assistant professor of Information Science served as guest editors of the June 2012 edition of IEEE Communications Magazine.
Also serving with Drs. Mohan and Agarwal in that role was Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, the chief technology officer for NIKSUN, a Princeton, NJ-based company that provides cybersecurity and network performance appliances.
The three guest editors authored an editorial entitled “Social Networks Meet Mobile Networks” that addresses the possibilities that are arising as use of mobile devices escalates at the same time bandwidth is increasing. “These technological advancements have created a favorable environment for launching mobile-aware social computing applications, offering practitioners and researchers key architectural challenges with numerous fledgling opportunities,” the editorial notes.
The editorial introduces four articles on the subject included in the June issue of IEEE Communications Magazine, and concludes that “the advances in both Web paradigm and mobile devices have induced phenomenal socio-technical behavioral changes in the users of these technologies. The advent of social applications has invigorated the user-content creation and sharing at an unprecedented scale. Further, pushing these applications onto mobile devices has intensified content generation by leaps and bounds. Users can share whatever they like and wherever and whenever they want. However, the impact of advances in both the sectors and the resulting interaction between them has not been fully explored and understood. There exists a plethora of exciting opportunities and intricate challenges to mutually leverage the advancements in each sector to the benefit of the other in offering a rich user experience.”
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