On July 30, Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a paper titled “Is Crowdcharging Possible?” co-authored by Prof. Eyuphan Bulut and his students at ICCCN 2018

On July 31, Center Director, Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a paper titled “Is Crowdcharging Possible?” co-authored by Prof. Eyuphan Bulut and his students at VCU in the session of future directions of networking at the 27th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2018) in Hangzhou, China. The paper focuses on the main bottleneck for smartphones which is limited battery capacity. Users are forced to charge their smartphones frequently to keep them alive. This has motivated the users to charge their devices at every opportunity with as much power as possible. While this results in overcharging of devices unnecessarily, it might have brought an opportunity for the realization of power sharing among mobile devices. In this paper, we introduce the concept of crowdcharging which aims to provide mobile users with ubiquitous power access through crowdsourcing. We first discuss the feasibility of crowdcharging from users’ perspective and present some analysis and survey results showing the interest and need. We then look at the software and hardware challenges to build such a system. To this end, we have developed a mobile app that builds a mobile social network environment among the users and manages the entire process of power sharing between the mobile devices. We present the software implementation details using P2P wireless energy sharing and provide initial lab results with actual wireless charging hardware. The paper is available at the link below.