TSSG-logo1   Telecommunications Software & Systems Group in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT-TSSG)

WIT-TSSG ranks in the top 10 research institutes in Europe and is Ireland’s largest research centre in the ICT domain. The TSSG is unique in the Irish research landscape; it has a very high level inter-disciplinary view of the communications services space, linking basic science research expertise with engineering expertise. Founded in 1996, the TSSG has grown into a large research centre (over 34 active projects, with 154 completed projects, 115 active staff and students 1996-2011). The group has a fifteen year track record in research under Europe’s ICT framework programme, with over 62 such projects to date, including 23 in FP7 were for example the TSSG are prime contractors on the ICT 4WARD, ICT AutoI, and ICT EFIPSANS projects and coordinators of the ICT Persist, ICT ThinkTrust and ICT IncoTrust projects. The TSSG’s main area of research is in communication software services encompassing emerging architectures for the management of complex communications and Internet systems as well as next generation service development and deployment. The TSSG have been collaborating with the University of Boston, and i2CAT since 2009 to advance on the research and dissemination of the RINA architecture. The results of this collaboration include the publication of a number of papers, the contribution to the improvement of the RINA specifications and the ongoing development of a RINA prototype.


Captura de pantalla 2013-12-17 a las 16.10.59  Fundació Privada i2CAT, Internet i Innovació Digital a Catalunya (i2CAT)

The i2CAT Foundation is a not for profit Spanish organisation focused on Future Internet developments, and aims at meeting the following objectives: i) to promote and foster experimental technological development; ii) to promote advanced research into networks and broadband applications and to foster its usage; iii) to develop Internet technologies in Catalonia; iv) to set up platforms for collaboration between the private sector and university research bodies, and promote collaboration with organisations and institutions that have similar aims at national or international level. i2CAT Distributed Applications and Networks Area (DANA) is currently involved in several European and international projects, mainly in the area of network/infrastructure virtualisation, testbed management and federation, network provisioning and cloud/network integration. DANA is mainly involved in the following projects:

  • Cooperation programme: i) Future Networks: SODALES (Project Coordinator, WP3 leader), CONTENT (WP4 co-leader), GEYSERS (technical leader, WP3 leader); ii) FIRE: FIBRE (EU coordinator, WP3 leader), IRATI (project coordinator, WP2 leader), OFERTIE (WP5 leader), OFELIA (WP5 leader), BONFIRE (partner), NOVI (partner)
  • FP7 Capacities programme. i) Research Infrastructures: MANTYCHORE (project coordinator, WP4 lead), GEANT3 (3rd party of RedIRIS) Finished projects include FP6 PHOSPHORUS, FP7 FEDERICA and FP7 RAISME.
  • Selected non-FP7 projects and initiatives: Juniper JunOS Space early access program, RINA Prototype (Pouzin Society collaboration), OpenNaaS, NSI.


tid-logo  Telefonica I+D (TID)

Telefonica I+D (TID) is the main innovation catalyst inside the Telefonica Group, which is one of the world‘s largest telecom companies. Founded in 1988, it conducts applied investigation activities, conceptualizes new uses for communication and develops innovative products and services for the different businesses in the Group with the aim of strengthening the Group’s competitiveness through technological innovation. It is the most important private R\&D company in Spain, in terms of both activities and resources and one of the main companies in terms of level of participation in European research projects in the ICT sector. It has facilities in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Granada and Huesca and new subsidiaries has been created recently in Brazil and Mexico creating a network of centres of technological excellence that stretches far beyond the Spanish borders. It currently collaborates with technological leaders and numerous organisations in 34 different countries – among which more than 35 universities located in different parts of the world. It also participates in the most important international forums on technological know-how, thus creating one of the largest innovation ecosystems in the ICT sector. R\&D activities focus on strengthening landline, mobile, multimedia and interactive telephone services, network management systems, operation and business support systems, and emerging ICT technologies.

Telefonica I+D leverages its work on the use of the most advanced and competitive concepts and media. This requires thorough knowledge of the suitable technical capabilities over a range of basic technologies. Telefonica I+D also represents Telefonica at different standardization bodies (IETF, W3C, ONF, DMTF, OGF, OMG, ETSI, etc.) and industrial platforms initiatives (NESSI, eMobility, NEM).

ericsson-logo Ericsson (LMI)

Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries use their network equipment, and more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic passes through Ericsson networks. Ericsson offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards and the networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions make it easier for people, across the world, to communicate. Ericsson is playing a key role using innovation to empower people, business and society, working towards the Networked Society, in which everything that can benefit from a connection will have one.

Ericssons’ Network Management Lab in Ireland carries out applied research, developing new and innovative strategic solutions and technologies for service and telecommunication management in existing and emerging networks. Current areas of research are: Predictive Analytics; Service Assurance; and Big Data Visualisation utilising Machine Learning, Data \& Stream Mining, Complex Event Processing, Recommender Systems and Advanced Visualisation and Cloud technologies.


nextworks-logo  Nextorks (NXW)

Nextworks s.r.l., located in Pisa, Italy, is a very dynamic R\&D SME that was created in 2002 as a spin-off company of Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR). Nextworks operates in the IT and Telecommunications sectors, collaborating with some of the major European telecommunications manufacturers and operators. The Nextworks research team features relevant expertise and know-how in a number of areas:

  • TCP/IP protocols, both in terms of core components and network architectures for QoS
  • Data plane aspects of traffic control for packet networks
  • Design, development and integration of MPLS and GMPLS Control Planes on SDH, WDM and GbE devices; design and prototyping of T-MPLS Data Plane provisioning systems
  • IP routing, both in terms of protocols and algorithms
  • Design and development of Carrier-grade network software and low-level software development (firmware, driver and O.S. components)
  • The consulting activities carried out by Nextworks range from pure support consulting on one end, up to long-term, third-party design \& developments of protocol stacks for equipment vendors on the other end.

Nextworks participates actively in EU-funded research projects, cooperating with both academic and industrial partners, as an important and preferential investment to develop and update its knowledge on selected topics.


thales-logo   Thales (TRT)

Thales UK’s Reading-based research \& technology facility is the UK arm of the Thales corporate research centre. Its activities focus on developing technologies and solutions to meet the needs of Thales and its customers. TRT (UK) has key skills and capabilities in the following areas: i) Security – Security Architectures, Cyber Security, Information Security; ii) Communications – Radio Platforms, Software Encryption, Networks; iii) Sensor Processing and Fusion – Video and Image Processing, Radar Signal Processing, Electronic Warfare, Multi-dimensional Data Transformation and Fusion, Complex Visualisations; iv) Positioning, Navigation and Timing – Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and precise positioning, Indoor positioning, Intelligent Transport Systems and Road User Charging, Integrated Navigation/Positioning Systems.

TRT has a long track record of research in security, network, and cloud related projects. TRT has worked in information-based security over many years, including previous and ongoing EC projects such as FP7 CONTAIN and FI-PPP FI-WARE, as well as national projects such as the UK TSB PAL project. TRT was a partner in the PASSIVE-IST FP7 project, looking at secure management of cloud virtual resources.TRT has considerable experience in network architectures and technologies, network and service management, network performance evaluations, future internet concepts including Information centric and delay tolerant networking, intra/inter-domain QoS, from EC projects such as TEQUILA, MESCAL, ENTHRONE I \& II, etc.

nexedi-logo  Nexedi

Nexedi is the creator and operator of SlapOS decentralized cloud-computing platform. With more than 300 servers worldwide, Nexedi provides Cloud based disaster recovery services to governments and organizations. Nexedi disaster recovery approach is based on the idea that only through diversity of hardware, operating system, networks and electricity providers, resiliency to advanced persistent threats and force majeure events can be achieved.

bisdn-logo Berlin Institute for Software Defined Networks (BISDN)

BISDN was founded in 2012 and is a spin-off company of EICT GmbH. BISDN sets forward and commercializes the research results that were achieved over the last years in a number of R\&D projects. Main focus of BISDN is the creation of high-performance SDN-based network forwarding elements. BISDN aims towards carrier-grade virtualization of service router functionality with SDN, e.g. policy enforcement points as used by carrier networks or mobile network operators and provides consultancy services for migrating legacy network infrastructures to SDN environments to hardware manufacturers and network operators. BISDN’s team has experience in several programmable network platforms, including Network Processors, ASICs (Broadcom), software accelerated like Intel’s DPDK and ATCA platforms in general. BISDN’s team has also extensive expertise in control and management plane design and implementation.

atos-logo   Atos

Atos is an international information technology services company, delivering hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed services. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organisations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market.The company’s annual revenues are more than EUR 8,7 billion and it employs over 78,500 business technologists worldwide in 42 countries. Atos was established on July 1st 2011, following the successful integration of Atos Origin and Siemens IT Solutions and Services.

Atos has proven expertise and capabilities across telecommunication core and support processes. With more than 9.000 professionals in Telecommunications, Media and Technology, we provide services to over 220 clients in Telecom sector. Atos has also a solid track record in developing and delivering Cloud Services. With Atos Sphere™ (Global Key Offering) the company has formed a new combination of its consulting, hi-tech transactional services, systems integration and managed operations services to deliver a complete package of offerings to deal with this new challenge. This enables customers not only to choose between private, hybrid or community clouds with equal confidence in the integration and operation skills of your partner.

Atos Research \& Innovation (ARI), R\&D node of Atos, is a point of world reference in innovation for the whole Atos group. Atos participates in R\&D projects in national or international consortia that enrich Atos’ technological portfolio. Our background of 25 years participating in EC projects helps us reinforce our links with our customers by bringing research outcomes to Atos’ customers and empowering our role as source of innovative ideas.

juniper-logoJuniper Networks (JUN)

Juniper provides solutions, technology and equipment to build some of the largest Internet backbones and enterprise networks in the world, and on any given day will “handle” the broadband connections of millions of people around the world.

Our products and technologies run the world’s largest and most demanding networks today, enabling our customers to create value and accelerate business success within the new, rapidly changing global marketplace. Our customers include the top 130 global service providers, 96 of the Global Fortune 100, as well as hundreds of federal, state and local government agencies and higher education organizations throughout the world. As a pure play, high-performance networking company, we offer a broad product portfolio that spans routing, switching, security, application acceleration, identity policy and control, and management designed to provide unmatched performance, greater choice, and true flexibility, while reducing overall total cost of ownership. In addition, through strong industry partnerships, Juniper Networks is fostering a broad ecosystem of innovation across the network.

Our core competencies in hardware systems, silicon design, network architecture, and our open cross-network software platform are helping to propel the new network.


oslo-logo University of Oslo (UiO)

The Department of Informatics of the University of Oslo was established in 1977 when parts of the Mathematics department and Physics department merged and formed a new department. It is the oldest and largest informatics department in Norway, and offers the most complete course list within informatics compared to all other universities in Norway, having approximately 1500 BS and MsC students, and 150 PhD students. The research focus of the Networks and Distributed systems (ND) group is devising architectures and paradigms for future distributed applications and services. It has been appointed as a top-tier research group of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

brno-logo  Brno University of Technology (FIT-BUT)

The Faculty of Information Technology of Brno University of Technology has more than 2500 Bc.+MSc. students and cca 170 PhD students. It offers one of the most complete IT study programms in Czech Republic and is one of the best equipped research facilities for studying and researching computer networks. Networks and embedded systems research group NES@FIT has more than 15+ years long research history in application of formal methods for specification and analysis of computer networks, communication protocols and embedded systems. Recently, NES@FIT has focused on developing a variety of simulation models for analyzis real world network scenarios and new trends in networking including RINA, LISP and SDN among others. Researchers of Faculty of Information Technology are currently involved in several European research projects.

tsp-logo  Telecom SudParis (IMT-TSP)

Telecom SudParis is a leading graduate school of engineering and part of Institut Mines-Telecom, the reference Institute for Information and Communication Technology in France. The Institut Telecom is a French public organization placed under the aegis of the Minister of the Economy, Industry and Employment whose missions are to provide programmes for higher education, conduct research and support economic development in the field of information and communication technologies and sciences. Its schools are Telecom ParisTech, Telecom Bretagne, Telecom SudParis and Telecom Business School, and it has two subsidiaries, Telecom Lille1 and Eurecom, for a total of 5,550 students, 650 professors and 950 PHD, post-doctoral and sabbatical students.The Institut Telecom is one of the major French players of the R\&D Framework Programme (FP) in ICT (Information \& Communication Technologies). It has participated in more than 40 FP6/IST projects. The Institut Telecom is involved in 41 FP7 projects. The Institut Telecom is the coordinator of a network of excellence on future networks (Euro-NF project) and is a key contributor in a number of STREP and IP projects: SACRA, SAIL, ETICS, DEMONS, SOCIETIES, MASSIF.

Research in Telecom SudParis is part of the Research at Institut Mines-Telecom, with plural and coordinate skills, which aims to position it as a major player in European research and innovation in the field of ICST. It is based on a faculty of more than 100 permanent professors/researchers. Almost all research projects rely on joint work with partners in the framework of a steadily increasing number of contracts, centered on innovation. At Telecom SudParis, the turnover generated by research contracts in 2010 (industry, European contracts, and local authorities, ANR) comes to 4,9 M€. Collaboration with industrialist, other laboratories and with research organizations are at the heart of Telecom SudParis research.

createnet-logo  CREATE-NET

CREATE-NET is an independent multi-disciplinary research centre, founded in Trento (Italy) by some of the most prestigious universities and research organizations in Europe in April 2003. It has established a network of over 300 research partners throughout Europe, including top research institutions and companies. The centre has significant collaborations with leading institutions in the US (MIT, Georgia Tech and Cisco Systems), China (Tsinghua and BUPT), South Africa (SAP/Meraka) and Israel (Technion). CREATE-NET’s objective is to sponsor the highest quality research and innovation, and help convert talent and human capital into patents and start-ups for promoting European high-tech competitiveness, with the aim of building a global platform of scientific collaboration and experimentation in communications-driven technologies and applications. CREATE-NET has a long and recognized record as a leading research centre in Future Internet technologies and their application for innovation. Research lines pursued at CREATE-NET in the recent years resulted in both baseline theoretical research and applied or industrial research. CREATE-NET excellence in research is demonstrated by the large number of high-quality publications obtained by its researchers (more than 450 since 2003). CREATE-NET is or has been involved in 22 European projects, 8 FP6-IST ones and 14 FP7-ICT ones. CREATE-NET has been acting as coordinator of FP6-FET BIONETS IP,  FP6 ONE STREP, FP6 SAMBA STREP and FP7 MONARCA STREP projects.

iminds-logo   iMinds

iMinds is an independent strategic research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation by addressing technological, legal, business and sociological aspects (read more). The IBCN research group (Internet Based Communication Networks and Services) is part of the Future Internet Department of iMinds and belongs to the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University (UGent). The IBCN group is performing fundamental and applied research on internet based communication networks and services, more specifically with the focus on: (1) Network Modelling, Design and Evaluation, (2) Mobile \& Wireless Networking, (3) High Performance Multimedia Processing, (4) Autonomic Computing \& Networking, (5) Service Engineering, (6) Content and Search Management, and (7) Data Analysis and Machine Learning. At a national level the group is collaborating with over 100 industrial partners in many multidisciplinary projects. Also internationally there is strong involvement in European research projects, especially in the Future Internet area, with about 50 finished and running EU projects over the past 10 years. Since the start of the IBCN group in 1992, research resulted in over 1200 publications in international journals and conference proceedings, 60 PhDs, 30 international awards, and four spin-off companies.

pnsol_logo Predictable Network Solutions Ltd (PNSol)

PNSol was founded in 2003 to provide insight on large and complex network projects at the leading edge of feasibility, both technical and commercial. Coming from a strong scientific and engineering background PNSol quickly found that the tools and techniques available were inadequate for the tasks they were being asked to perform. Their response was to construct both the mathematical basis and the practical tools that were needed to service customers’ needs.

Since then PNSol have continued to work at this leading edge, spanning the issues of: performance; quality of experience; design and operational risks/hazards; and total cost of ownership. PNSol have taken those tools and techniques and industrialised them. PNSol have a strong track record of resolving issues that were previously thought intractable. They have worked with: major system integrators; network operators, both fixed and mobile; industry regulators; international research centres; network equipment manufacturers; and public sector bodies. PNSol telecommunications customers include small ISPs, medium sized national service providers and also large global carriers.