The Networking Group is active on a wide range of research activities on the design, planning, optimization and evaluation of wireless and wired networks. The team has a solid background on queuing theory, optimization models and algorithms, game theory, and discrete-event simulation. Implementation and prototyping of advanced network technologies is also a key activity of the group carried out in the two experimental laboratories.
The ANTLab (Advanced Network Technologies Laboratory) focuses on three broad application areas:
- Wireless Internet. Design, radio planning, configuration and management of 3G/4G, WiFi, MESH, ad-hoc, and cognitive networks. Design of MAC, routing, power control, scheduling, mobility, network selection, and security algorithms.
- Internet of Things. Design and planning of Sensor Networks, Middleware Development and application to Health-care Support.
- Internet of Energy. Models and Methods for “greening” the Internet, Domestic Energy Consumption Monitoring and Control Through Sensor Networks, Communication Networks for the Smart Grid.
The BONSAI (Broadband Optical Networks, Security, Advanced Internet) laboratory focuses on these application areas:
- Broadband networks. Multilayer design of resilient broadband networks based on electronic or optical technologies and high speed packet switching systems.
- Network design. Optimization techniques for designing and dimensioning optical networks, routing in multidomain networks, design of carrier-grade packet networks.
- Switching. Architectures for optical packet-switching fabrics with new optical devices, application of network-switching theory to the design of optical crossconnects for circuit-switched communications and performance analysis.
- Multimedia Internet. Design and evaluation of resource reservation procedures and traffic control algorithms for provisioning of end-to-end Quality of Service guarantees to traffic flows in the intserv, diffserv, and MPLS scenarios. Design of advanced transport layer procedures to make TCP robust against radio outages. Control and management of fractal traffic, content-based routing in overlay and p2p networks, coordination of underlay and overlay routing.
- Network traffic analysis and modelling. Stochastic models for network traffic. Methods for network traffic analysis. Design and evaluation of techniques for classification of encrypted, obfuscated, and tunneled Internet traffic.