NetRL brief description
NetRL, the Networks Research Laboratory, performs research in networking
issues, such as protocols, algorithms, and mechanisms that support
network control and the provision of quality of service in both fixed
and wireless/mobile networks. The principal aim of our research is the
development of protocols with a primary focus on flow and congestion
control, mobility management, traffic engineering, resource allocation
and radio resource management, and issues on multimedia distribution and
video streaming in wireless environments. New networking architectures
and techniques, as for example sensor networks and VANETS, are also
being investigated.Also, the Web of Things and Smart Homes, with a focus on energy, are recent research activities of the Lab.
Research issues under consideration include: control structures and
techniques based on non-linear, adaptive, and fuzzy-logic control
theory, stability of congestion control mechanisms for arbitrary network
topologies, network survivability, and optimization of resource
allocation using computational intelligence. Various resource management
algorithms enabling quality of service provisioning and mobility while
optimizing resource efficiency in fixed and 3rd Generation mobile
communication networks and beyond (e.g., enhanced-UMTS, MBMS). NetRL also pursues fundamental research on sustainable networking
architectures (both infrastructure and infrastructureless) aiming at
increasing operational efficiency either through better utilization of
the wireless resources (especially spectrum and energy resources), novel
routing/forwarding strategies and intelligent data propagation
techniques. Security issues, especially in the context of ad-hoc and sensor networks are also of primary concern.
Concepts of complex control and nature inspired techniques are adopted
for network resilience and adaptivity, with emphasis on sensor networks.
Game theoretic techniques for radio access network selection in
4G/Heterogeneous networks. Video distribution and streaming techniques
for the efficient support of video streams focusing on network
adaptation, content adaptation, and error resilience techniques.
Web-based energy-aware Smart Homes. Web of Things and the Web Home application framework. Internet Technologies and their applications in Mobile e-Services. are also studied. DITIS:
a Collaborative Health Care System for the home treatment of patients,
has received several awards, and is currently in use by a number of
healthcare organisations, (PASYKAF for home care of cancer patients and
LITO for cardiac patients). An OEM agreement is currently being signed
with a major telecom network equipment manufacturer for worldwide
commercialisation. Furthermore, smart houses are investigated in the
context of elderly and cognitively impaired.
The research activities are supported by our participation in several
research projects funded by the Information Society Technologies (IST)
of the European Commission (e.g. AGILE, GINSENG, C-CAST, M-POWER, C-MOBILE, MOTIVE, CRUISE, B-BONE, E-NEXT, SEACORN, HEALTHSERVICE24, LINKCARE, GEANT, MBNet, e-MINDER), the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation e.g. MIND2C , EM-VANET , ASPIDA , TRAFFICNET , HRA, SKINIKO, Net6, TRAFBUS, VIDEO, POSEIDON, ERMES, DITIS I, ENDIKTIS), the University of Cyprus (ADAVIDEO), and Cambridge Microsoft Research Labs (DITIS II).
The Laboratory currently consists of 17 personnel: 2 professors, 3 post
doctoral scientists and 12 research assistants. It pursues
collaboration with a number of research organizations, including the
University of Southern California (USA), the Centre for
Telecommunications and Information Engineering of Monash University,
Melbourne (Australia), the ADETTI (Portugal), the Athens University of
Economics and Business (AUEB), the Aristotle University of Thessalonica
(Greece), the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal), Portugal
Telecom Inovacao (PTI), the University of Twente (Netherlands), the
SINTEF (Norway), and Hutchison Whampoa Europe (UK).
Research in the Networks Research Laboratory is further enhanced with the use of new equipment and software supported by OPNET, CISCO, and Microsoft, as well as from UCY and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.
A LINUX based pilot network implementation supporting DiffServ, VoIP,
SIP, IPv6 and MIPv6, as well as a pilot sensor network, are already
utilized in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
Research infrastructures also form part of our research, in
collaboration with the Cyprus Academic and Research Network (CYNET).