Winter School on Underwater Network Simulations and Experimentation

We are delighted to announce the second Winter School on Underwater Network Simulations and experimentation (UNWiS). Like last year, it will take place in Padova during the Venice carnival: given that Venice can be reached in 25 minutes by train, we warmly recommend you to stay one day longer and join the party.

The winter school will start in late January 2024 in Padova, Italy, and it is organized by the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova and Wireless and More srl. UNWiS will last one week and will focus on the DESERT Underwater network simulation and experimentation framework. Every day will be split into two parts, a theoretical part where the students will attend classes on the concepts and procedures to perform network simulations and develop software modules. The second part is experimental, it will be focussed on the implementation of the code, on running simulation experiments, and on analyzing the results.

Two tracks will be available:

  • 💡 The basic track, warmly recommended for first year PhD students and professionals that are approaching the field of underwater networks for the first time. We will address the basics of communication networks analysis, linux bash and basics of C++, to then learn how to design, simulate and realize an underwater network simulation.
  • 💡 The advanced track, for experienced attendees with basic knowledge of linux bash, communication networks, and underwater networks. Underwater multimodal networks most advanced elements will be addressed. There will be a simulation of a sea test, that will be implemented in the nearby river (Piovego) if the weather conditions are favorable.

About the venue:

  •   Where: University of Padova, Department of Information Engineering (DEI), via G. Gradenigo 6/b 35131, Padova, Italy
  •   When: 29th of January (early morning) – 2nd of February 2023 (late afternoon)
  •   Point of Contact: Filippo Campagnaro: (email subject [UNWiS])
  •   How to reach Padova: Padova’s nearest airports are Venice Marco Polo (VCE) and Treviso Canova (TSF), both 45 minutes driving (or 1 hour 15 minutes with public transport)
  • Please find here some directions for public transportation: Please find here a list of some accommodation options: For additional info please see the SIGNET webpage on how to reach DEI
  •   What to visit: Padova is a wonderful city with many historical sites, including the University (801 years old). In addition, it is located only half an hour from Venice, one hour from Verona and Garda Lake, and two hours from the Dolomites
  •   Required equipment (for all): laptop with GNU/Linux OS (recommended Ubuntu LTS), a Linux virtual machine. A WiFi connection will be available to all participants
  •   Nice to have (required for the advanced track): basic knowledge of C,C++ and GNU/Linux OS
  •   Used tool: DESERT Underwater is a complete set of public C++ libraries that extend the NS-MIRACLE simulator to support the design and implementation of underwater network protocols. Get more information on DESERT Underwater at
  •   Registration fee (includes lunches, coffee breaks for all days of the school and a social dinner):
    •   •  Regular: IEEE OES member: 985 EUR, non member: 1125 EUR
    •   •  Student: IEEE OES member: 562 EUR, non member:   700 EUR
      •   Payment info:
        •   •  Wireless and More
        •   •  IBAN: IT67 G060 4502 0000 0000 5001 451
        •   •  BIC/SWIFT: CRBZIT2B136
          • please specify in the wire transfer reference your name and the name of the event you are registering for. Also, please send an email to with the proof of payment, once this has been done.

              Please fill in the registration page.

          The registration deadline is November 30th, 2023

            The registration deadline is postponed until December 15th, 2023

            You can download the final programme of the school at this link

          If you are in need of additional information, please contact (please use tag [UNWiS] in the email subject)

          The organizers and the whole DESERT Underwater team

          Special thanks to our sponsors:

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