We list below some recent reseach initiatives with substantial involvement of NETCOM members 

5TONIC: an open 5G Networks Research and Innovation Laboratory

Contact: Arturo Azcorra (

5G networks are considered the gateway to the age of “connected everything” that awaits us. The development of 5G has thus become a landmark in the global competition for technological leadership. The 5TONIC Laboratory is born to promote joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and a conference site, all in an international environment oriented to achieve the highest technological impact in this area. 5TONIC will provide physical space and infrastructure to support a wide range of systems, functionality, services and applications allowing the deployment, analysis, testing, trial and demonstration of choice technologies currently considered the driving forces of 5G development. With the 2020 Horizon Program in sight, the private-public initiative 5TONIC aims to tackle the challenge of creating a blueprint for the new technologies and standards that are to define future 5G networks, the backbone of the “networked society”. 5TONIC will serve to demonstrate and display the capabilities and interoperation of pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications by leading global companies in the 5G arena. In this way, the Laboratory will help interested industry to perform a realistic evaluation of technology choices, together with the latest innovations in the core network

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NetIDE: An integrated development environment for portable network applications

Contact: Arturo Azcorra (

Nowadays, while most of the programmable network apparatus vendors support OpenFlow, a number of fragmented control plane solutions exist for proprietary software-defined networks (SDN). Thus, network application developers need to re-code their solutions every time they encounter a network infrastructure based on a different controller. Moreover, different network developers adopt different solutions as abstract control plane programming languages (e.g. Frenetic, Procera), leading to not reusable and shareable source code for network programs. Despite having OpenFlow as the candidate for a standard interface between the controller and the network infrastructure, interworking between different controllers and network devices is hindered and walled gardens are emerging. NetIDE will deliver a single integrated development environment to support the whole development lifecycle of network controller programs in a vendor-independent fashion.

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TEAM: Technologies for information and communications, Europe – east Asia Mobilities

Contact: Albert Banchs (

The objective of the International Cooperation between East Asia and Europe, “Technologies for Information and Communication, Europe – East Asia Mobilites (TEAM)”, coordinated by Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), is to promote institutional cooperation and mobility activities between European and East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The TEAM partnership brings together world class institutions with complementary experiences and knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with the common goal of creating a network of excellence in ICT between Europe, Japan and Republic of Korea, as well as to innovate in doctoral training. Through academic cooperation and exchanges, the partnership endeavors to work together as a team to develop new and innovative technologies, to enhance career prospects of young researchers and competitiveness of researchers, to promote intercultural understanding and to increase the attractiveness of European higher education.

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BRADE-CM: BRAin inspired Data Engineering

Contact: Jose Félix Kukielka (

In recent years there have been multiple examples of bio-inspired systems, which have eased progress in different ICT areas. Some examples are neuronal networks for learning systems or ant algorithms used to trace optimal paths in communication networks. In this context, recent advances in data acquisition techniques about the brain’s anatomic-functional organization (for both humans and animals) have allowed the scientific community to start analyzing and understanding the brain’s structure and its cognitive and transmission processes. This offers a unique opportunity for the design of novel ICT systems inspired by the brain’s structure, as well as by its cognitive and adaptive processes. Recently, some of the main companies in the ICT sector such as IBM, Qualcomm or Intel have launched pioneering projects for the design of brain-inspired ICT systems, which indicates the importance of this research line for the ICT sector. The current project represents an effort in this research line, which is both characterized by being ground-breaking and multidisciplinary. In particular, the BRADE consortium aims to contribute to it through the development of tools that promote an advance towards the design of computation and information processing systems for large-scale datasets (i.e., Big Data), based on the processing mechanisms used by the brain

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