Research

Our current areas of interest are:

  • Network Architectures
  • Optical Access Metro and Core Networks
  • Protocol Design
  • Deep Packet Inspection

PROJECTS

TEXEO

Tecnology Enablers for a fleXible Elastic Tb/s Optical network for 5G backhaul

Contact:
José Alberto Hernández. Email: jahgutie@it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es

Project website: click here

Funded by: Plan Estatal de Innovación Científica y Técnica de Innovación 2013-2016
Research Grant: TEC2016-80339-R
Project Partners: UC3M
Duration: January 2017 - December 2019
Keywords: 5G; Small Cells; Elastic Optical Networks; SDN/NFV

Description: The fifth-generation of mobile network (5G) is envisioned to enable the so-called networked society of the future, where both user and machine-type communications will share access to information anywhere and anytime to anyone and anything. Although the details of 5G are still under discussion, it is nevertheless accepted that 5G must offer ubiquitous ultra- broadband connectivity with 1000x aggregated capacity (bit/s/area) with respect to 4G and individual rates ranging from 100 Mb/s (minimum guaranteed) up to 10 Gb/s, and latency below 1ms (compared with 4G's current 15ms requirement) and seamless service delivery to a larger number of subscribers and connected devices and things, on attempts to realise a whole new generation of services such as augmented reality, high-definition video streaming and conferencing, machine inter-connectivity (M2M) and data collection for the Internet of Things and Smart Cities and ultra-low latency applications such as driverless cars. Realising a high-performance optical backhaul network for 5G transport in a cost-effective manner requires to re-think and re-engineer and re-architect many of its components, some of which will be targeted by TEXEO’s objectives. Taking as a starting point an extreme scenario featuring: C-RAN architecture support, massive small cell deployment (ultra- densification) and massive use of 10Gb/s of radio technologies, TEXEO will address both the muscle and the intelligence of the network. That is, building a faster data-plane capable of moving ultra-broadband capacity from one side of the network to another, combined with a flexible, programmable, vendor-independent control plane capable of setting resources were needed, in a cost-efficient way, and with extra mobility aspects. TEXEO will investigate a number of technology enablers of 5G, including the benefits of elastic optical networks in terms of bandwidth capacity and cost savings, the integration of fixed and mobile services through the metro and the access, where residential users can coexist with small cell deployments on the same xPON, the orchestration of network capacity and spectrum slices via Software-Defined Networking for the transport of fronthaul and backhaul flows in a C-RAN scenario; and the challenges faced by 5G to support machine- type communications and other next-generation services. A testbed including radio access components, a TWDM-PON and an SDN controlled metro network shall be developed for experimentation and validation of proposed enhancements.

INDECT

(Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment)

Contact:
Manuel Urueña. Email: muruenya@it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es

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Funded by: European Commission. FP7
Project Partners: AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland), Gdansk University of Technology (Poland), InnoTec DATA G.m.b.H. & Co. KG (Germany), Grenoble INP (France), MSWIA - General Headquarters of Police (Poland), Moviquity (Spain), PSI Transcom GmbH (Germany), Police Service of Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), Poznan University of Technology (Poland), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), University of Wuppertal (Germany), University of York (Great Britain), Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia), X-Art Pro Division G.m.b.H. (Austria), Fachhochschule Technikum Wien (Austria)
Duration: January 2009 - December 2013

Description: Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment (INDECT).

The main objectives of the INDECT project are:

  • To develop a platform for: the registration and exchange of operational data, acquisition of multimedia content, intelligent processing of all information and automatic detection of threats and recognition of abnormal behaviour or violence.
  • To develop the prototype of an integrated, network-centric system supporting the operational activities of police officers, providing techniques and tools for observation of various mobile objects,
  • To develop a new type of search engine combining direct search of images and video based on watermarked contents, and the storage of metadata in the form of digital watermarks.

The main expected results of the INDECT project are:

  • To realise a trial installation of the monitoring and surveillance system in various points of city agglomeration and demonstration of the prototype of the system with 15 node stations.
  • Implementation of a distributed computer system that is capable of acquisition, storage and effective sharing on demand of the data as well as intelligent processing
  • Construction of a family of prototypes of devices used for mobile object tracking,
  • Construction of a search engine for fast detection of persons and documents based on watermarking technology and utilising comprehensive research on watermarking technology used for semantic search,
  • Construction of agents assigned to continuous and automatic monitoring of public resources such as: web sites, discussion forums, UseNet groups, file servers, p2p networks as well as individual computer systems,
  • Elaboration of Internet based intelligence gathering system, both active and passive, and demonstrating its efficiency in a measurable way.

MyUI

(Mainstreaming Accessibility through Synergistic User Modelling and Adaptability)

Contact:
José Alberto Hernádez. Email: jahgutie@it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es

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Funded by: European Commission, ICT Program FP7, Grant agreement: FP7-ICT-248606
Project Partners: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V (Germany), PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE B.V. (Netherlands), INGENIERIA Y SOLUCIONES INFORMATICAS DEL SUR, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA (Spain), Clevercherry.com Ltd (United Kingdom), UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID (Spain), THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM (United Kingdom), FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM INFORMATIK AN DER UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (Germany), BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL (United Kingdom), SEMMELWEIS EGYETEM (Hungary), AYUNTAMIENTO DE GETAFE (Spain)
Duration: February 2010 - August 2012

Description:MyUI will foster the mainstreaming of accessible and highly individualized ICT products – a major issue for e-Inclusion. The project addresses important barriers which include developers’ lack of awareness and expertise, time and cost requirements of incorporating accessibility and missing validated approaches and infrastructures. The project’s approach goes beyond the notion of Universal Design by addressing specific user needs through adaptive personalized interfaces. An ontology-based context management infrastructure will collect user  and context information in real-time during use. Sharing the collected information across several personal applications will increase efficiency and validity. The user interface will self-adapt to the evolving individual user model, in order to fit the user’s special needs and preferences. The MyUI adaptation engine will rely on empirically based design patterns for specified user and context characteristics.

Providing support for developers is a key goal of the project. Accessibility guidelines, re-usable interface components and a virtual environment for illustration, training and monitoring will support the mainstreaming of accessibility in ICT products. An interface adaptation engine and simulation tools will help developers test, assess and refine their designs. MyUI technologies will be implemented in three selected ’use cases’ to demonstrate their benefit and feasibility in industrial development contexts: interactive TV device, interactivedigital physiotherapy service, and interactive socialization service.

BONE

Building the future Optical Network in Europe

Contact:
Ricardo Romeral. Email: rromeral @it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es

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Description: The core activity of the BONE-project is the stimulation of intensified collaboration, exchange of researchers and integration of activities and know-how into and amongst partners. Through the establishment of Virtual Centres of Excellence, the BONE-project looks into the future and builds and supports the final “Network of the Future” through education and training, research tools & testlabs on new technologies & architectures. The leading-edge position of European Research in the field and, consequently, of European industry, could be threatened by returning to an uncoordinated and scattered approach to optical networking research. BONE consolidates the process, supported during FP6, of integration and reorganization of research efforts across European academic and industrial groups in FP7 through:

  • Building Virtual Centres of Excellence that cover specific issues in the field of Optical Networking that can serve to European industry with education & training, research tools & testlabs and pave the way to development of new technologies & architectures.
  • Reaching out, including and linking to research activities in national programmes, or programmes outside Europe.
  • Stimulating an intensified collaboration, exchange of researchers between the research groups involved and active in the field.
  • Disseminating the expertise and know-how of these European Research groups to a broader audience, both R&D oriented as well as industry- and decision maker oriented.

FIERRO

Future Internet: Eficiencia en las Redes de Altas Prestaciones

Contact:
José Alberto Hernández. Email: jahgutie @it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es

Project website:click here

Descripción: FIERRO es una Red Temática que agrupa a 21 Universidades, Centros de Investigación y empresas españolas, que investigan en los retos tecnológicos que la Internet del Futuro (Future Internet) plantea en la red IP de altas prestaciones. Con esto nos referimos a las redes de comunicaciones de alta velocidad, por ejemplo con agregados de tráfico de 10 Gbps en adelante. Los retos de investigación abordados aparecen en todas las capas de red, y están relacionados principalmente con tres problemas de escala asociados al crecimiento de la Internet del Futuro:

  • Escalado en volumen de tráfico. La popularización masiva de enlaces de acceso a red desde el usuario final en el orden de 1 Gbps, implica un salto proporcional en el volumen de tráfico que las redes de agregación de altas prestaciones deben soportar. Como ejemplo en el plazo más corto, la introducción masiva de FTTH (Fiber To The Home) implica unos accesos de 50-100 Mbps por usuario en el canal descendente, que es alrededor de un orden de magnitud mayor al acceso estándar más popularizado. La experiencia dicta que cuando ese ancho de banda se ofrece al usuario final, el usuario lo usa.
  • Escalado en granularidad de tráfico. La convergencia de servicio multimedia sobre IP en la Internet del Futuro es asumida como un hecho. Esto implica una explosión en el número de flujos sujetos a restricciones de QoS. Los servicios IPTV dentro de los paquetes Triple-Play se consideran las killer-applications en este entorno.
  • Escalado en la variabilidad del tráfico y la movilidad. El acceso a través de redes celulares, implica que fuentes móviles pueden ser generadoras de flujos del orden de Mbps/Gbps. En las redes IP de altas prestaciones donde el tráfico es agregado, la movilidad de flujos de ancho de banda relevante redunda en una mayor variabilidad del tráfico.
  • Estos tres incrementos de escala, amenazan con ser la fuente de una gran ineficiencia en las redes IP de altas prestaciones, si no se aplican técnicas específicas para ello. En este contexto, la eficiencia no es un valor añadido, sino una necesidad para que la Internet del Futuro sea posible.

T2C2

(Telematic Technologies for Citizen Collaboration)

Contact:
Isaac Seoane. Email: iseoane @it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es

Project website:click here

Descripión: El proyecto T2C2 tiene por objeto investigar este nuevo paradigma, resolver los retos tecnológicos más importantes abiertos por el mismo y demostrar las soluciones encontradas sobre una plataforma real. Para ello se ha aunado la experiencia de cuatro grupos de investigación especializados respectivamente en redes multi-servicio y movilidad (UC3M), sistemas inteligentes y descubrimiento de servicios (UPM), arquitecturas de seguridad en sistemas distribuidos y mecanismos telemáticos de negociación (UAH) y redes celulares de nueva generación (UPV). La actividades proyectadas se llevarán a cabo durante un período de 4 años comprendidos entre el 2009 y el 2012.

E-PHOTON

(Optical Networks: Towards Bandwidth Manageability and Cost Efficiency)

Contact:
Ricardo Romeral. Email: rromeral@it.uc3m.es
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es
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Description: e-Photon/ONE Network of Excellence (NoE) aims at integrating and focusing the rich know-how available in Europe on optical communication and networks, both in universities and in research centres of major telecom manufacturers and operators. The set of available expertise ranges from optical technologies, networking devices and network architectures and protocols, to the new services fostered by photonic technologies. The NoE will contribute to the Strategic Objective “Broadband for All”, with a particular focus (quoting from the EC IST 2003-2004 Workprogramme, page 15) on “low cost access equipment”, “new concepts for network management, control and protocols”, and “increasing bandwidth capacity in the access network as well in the underlying optical core/metro network (including in particular optical burst and packet switching)”. The main technical focus of the NoE is to demonstrate the potential advantages of optical technologies in telecommunication networks with respect to electronic technologies. Strong cooperation among the participants to the NoE will favour a consensus on the engineering choices towards the deployment of cost-effective optical technologies in networking. This will support the future Internet, providing inputs to the standardization bodies and guidelines to the operators, as well as competitive advantages to European telecom equipment manufacturers. Integration will be pursued primarily by establishing long-term collaborations among partners in terms of research, infrastructures sharing, and education and training. The main instruments used to achieve these long-lasting collaborations are the regular exchange of researchers between partners, and the development of joint teaching programs. Dissemination will be pursued by means of coordinated publication activities, offering training programs, the organization of technical events, and interactions with other consortia in the same technical area. Research activities will mainly be carried out in research programs external to the NoE, both at the national and at the European level. Well focused technical research programs will be activated internally to the NoE.

IMPROVISA

(Minimalist Infrastructure for service PROVISioning in Ad-hoc networks)

Contact:
David Larrabeiti. Email: dlarra@it.uc3m.es
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Description: Improvisa is a project of the "Tecnologías de Servicios de la sociedad de la Información (TSI) convocatoria 2005" program from MEC, carried out by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (TSI2005-07384-C03-01), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (TSI2005-07384-C03-02) and Universidad de Alcalá (TSI2005-07384-C03-03). IMPROVISA addresses the issue of real service provisioning in scenarios lacking a fixed communications infrastructure, where the cooperation between humans and electronic devices (computers, sensors/actors, robots, intelligent nodes, etc) is paramount. An example of this sort of scenario is emergency management in natural catastrophes. Technological solutions to this problem can be found in the field of ad-hoc networking. Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (MANETs) are made up of a set of heterogeneous, autonomous and self-organising mobile nodes interconnected through wireless technologies. To date, most of the research in MANETs has focused on the design of scalable routing protocols. This project is focused on the development of real concrete application-oriented architectures, by the synergic integration of technologies covering practical ad-hoc networking, security frameworks, improved multimedia delivery, service-oriented computing and intelligent agent platforms that enable the deployment of context-aware networked information systems and decision support tools in the target scenario.

MEDIANET

(Integración de Servicios Multimedia de Siguiente Generación en la Internet del Futuro – Integration of Next Generation Multimedia Services in the Internet of the Future)

Contact:
Jaime Garcia Reinoso Email: jgr@it.uc3m.es

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Funded by: Department of Education, Regional Government of Madrid (Consejería de Educación, Comunidad de Madrid)
Project partners: RYSC Research Group from University Carlos III of Madrid, DSA Research group from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Institute IMDEA Networks, GIST Research Group from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.
Duration: January 2010 - December 2013
Description: This program strives for a significant scientific advance in the future media Internet where important advances are necessary to allow end-users to perceive a good quality of experience. The network technologies objectives consist of the definition and validation of new proposals for the efficient transport of high bandwidth, real-time data flows in a decentralized way where the network provides mechanisms to seamlessly request and configure devices to increase the quality of experience perceived by end-users. Furthermore, new experiences with layer 2 networks and a cross-layer design will be tested with high bandwidth demanding media services. The global result will be an integrated and independent advancement in future media Internet protocols, algorithms, switching architectures and standards.

PASITO

(A platform for telecommunication services)

Contact:
Jaime Garcia. Email: jgr@it.uc3m.es
Project website: (click here)

Funded by: State Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society (SETSI) of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (MITYC)
Project partners: Red.es/RedIRIS, CESCA (Centre de Supercomputació de Catalunya –Catalonian Supercomputing Centre), CESGA (Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia – Galician Supercomputing Centre), CICA (Centro Informático Científico de Andalucía – Andalusian Scientific Computing Centre), the Basque academic network i2BASQUE, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the i2CAT Foundation, IMDEA Networks, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), University of Carlos III of Madrid (UCIII), the University of Granada (UGR), the University of Murcia (UMU), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the University of Vigo (UVIGO).
Duration: Starting on September 2007 - TBD
Description: The platform for telecommunications services analysis (PASITO) is a distributed tests laboratory, which offers engineers the chance to construct, refine and evaluate test scenarios for telecommunication services.
The laboratory contributes to:

  • Optimizing communications resources
  • Designing and adapting new services to the current needs
  • Certifying equipment and services

PASITO is a public infrastructure, based upon the Spanish RedIRIS academic network. It uses varied technologies to enable it to test a wide range of telecommunication services and at the same time guarantee that its activities are isolated from the rest of the academic network's services. This avoids interference with other activities that are in operation within the Spanish scientific community.
The platform’s main research areas are:

  • Internet architectures
  • Communication protocols
  • Transport technologies with service quality
  • Virtualization and autoconfiguration of networks and services
  • Technologies and tools to monitor networks and services
  • Optical services for intensive data projects
  • Large scale information distribution technologies
  • Peer-to-peer systems
  • Mobility services
  • Technologies to improve network security
  • Standards for new generation collaboration services