Large scale trials for Railway, Energy, Media and Factories of the Future planned 5G-VICTORI is funded by the EU program...
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly is a well-known institute for higher education in Greece. The Networks and Telecommunications laboratory focuses its activities in the areas of wireless networks, mobile communications, security of telecommunications and applications and services for smart cities. The lab members’ research profiles show a complementary background expertise in different areas in networking, including wireless networks and protocols, signal processing, distributed computing, sensors, video and media transmission, network security and energy-efficient networking. International collaborations strengthen ties with prestigious scientific and industrial institutions from abroad.
The ongoing research is not limited in theoretical optimization approaches, but includes significant implementation-based research work, which has resulted in many prototype implementations, in multiple networking fields and mainly in wireless networks. This work is based on experimentation and benchmarking on the NITOS testbed, an integrated testbed with heterogeneous facilities, which focuses on supporting experimentation-based research in the area of wired and wireless networks. In particular NITOS features wired LTE and OpenFlow-based infrastructure for the development and evaluation of converged LTE and SDN-based systems, and, members of the team have developed novel networking solutions for the future internet.
Role within 5G-VICTORI
The University of Thessaly will participate in the 5G-VICTORI project through the involvement in all the use cases that will take place in the Greek facilities of 5G-VINNI (UC1.1, UC2, and UC4). The University of Thessaly will lead the deployment actions for the Transportation: Enhanced Mobile broadband under high-speed mobility in Rail environments use case, by providing and extending their implementations for disaggregated base stations integrating heterogeneous technologies, which will be deployed on board. They will undertake technical implementation tasks with respect to the integration of the offered technologies and virtual network functions with the 5G-VIOS operating system and the monitoring of the KPIs set for this use case. They will participate in UC2 Factories of the Future: Digital Utilities with the development and deployment of sensing devices needed for carrying out the trial scenarios, and will be involved in UC4 Energy: Energy Metering for HV and LV for the high voltage monitoring scenarios. Through the application of hierarchical SDN controller topology, control plane management in all the aforementioned use cases will be developed, allowing the network configuration of different domains of interest through the 5G-VICTORI cross-domain orchestrator. The University of Thessaly team will pursue the publication of the project’s achievements and lessons learnt from the application of the use cases in several top-notch conferences and academic journals.
UTH and NITOS has participated to multiple experimentation driven EU projects: FLEX (FIRE LTE testbeds for open experimentation), SMARTFIRE, OneLab, OPNEX, N-CRAVE, REDUCTION, CONTENT, PERSUIT, FIRESENSE, MAZI, dREDBOX, 5GHAUL. Additionally, NITOS is the main wireless facility of OpenLab, an EU project that federates experimental facilities all over Europe and of FIBRE, a FIRE project that federates testbeds between Europe and Brazil and SMARTFIRE that federates testbeds between Europe and South Korea. NITOS is also part of the CREW facilities though the 2nd CREW open call and XI-FI through the relevant XI-FI open call. Finally, NITOS is one of the main wireless facilities of FED4FIRE, a FIRE project with the scope of integrating the FIRE infrastructure. The UTH team actively participates in contributing in state-of-the-art platforms for 5G research, and is currently a member of the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA) and the ETSI OpenSourceMANO group.