ECE Back to Basics Colloquium by Susana Sargento on "Self-Organizing Networks: a path to intelligent networks"

Date: December 7, 2011 (This talk will start at 13:00 in I-105, FEUP. Lunch will start at 12:30)
Place: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Register for the Colloquium at http://www.fe.up.pt/ecebacktobasics if you haven't yet.

Abstract:
One of the main features of Next Generation Networks is the panoply of wired and wireless access technologies, transport protocols, network devices, applications and users’ requirements. Thus, in order to fulfill the demand for constant connectivity and the provision of a ubiquitous service, it is necessary to overcome the heterogeneity of future networking environments. In this sense, the future of telecommunications points to intelligent networks able to capitalize information about users and the network itself, in order to offer personalized services while, simultaneously, optimizing rich-media content distribution. This new paradigm on self-organization is of particular interest of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), since defining new types of services that take advantage of heterogeneity is an added value regarding customer attraction and satisfaction. This talk will introduce the concept of self-organizing networks, current relevant issues, and specific examples spanning from virtualized networks to vehicular ad-hoc networks, currently being addressed in the Network Architectures and Protocols group (NAP, http://nap.av.it.pt/).

Susana Sargento 

Bio:
Susana Sargento (http://www.av.it.pt/ssargento) received her Ph.D. in 2003 in Electrical Engineering. She joined the Department of Computer Science of the University of Porto in September 2002, and is in the Universidade de Aveiro and the Instituto de Telecomunicações since February 2004. She was also a Guest Faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, in 2008/2009, in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.

She has been involved in several national and European projects, taking leaderships of several activities in the projects, such as the QoS and ad-hoc networks integration activity in the FP6 IST-Daidalos Project. She has been recently involved in several FP7 projects (4WARD, Euro-NF, C-Cast, WIP, Daidalos, C-Mobile), national projects, and Carnegie Mellon Portugal research projects (DRIVE-IN with the Carnegie Melon University). She has been TPC-Chair and organizing several conferences, such as MONAMI’11, NGI’09, IEEE ISCC'07, and will be organizing NTMS’12 and IEEE FEDNET (with IEEE NOMS’12). Her main research interests are in the areas of Next Generation and Future Networks, more specifically QoS, mobility, self- and cognitive networks.