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Research Areas of the Computer Networks Group

The research in the Computer Networks group headed by Prof. Dr. X. Fu falls into the following four major themes:

  • New architectures, protocols and services for next generation networks, including the design and evaluation of new network architectures (e.g., GONE, COPSS/ICN; EUJ GreenICN and ICN2020 projects), Internet QoS and NAT/firewall middlebox control (e.g., SIGNET, CASP/NSIS signaling), availability (SOUP), resilence (e.g., fast rerouting, multipath), congestion control (e.g., MulTCP, NF-TCP, XMP, LAMPS, DCMPTCP).
  • Mobile computing systems and applications, urban computing, Internet of things, smart mobility and smart cities (EU  ENABLE, MING-T, Daidalos-II, MobileCloud, COSAFE projects), which studies innovative traffic and mobility management paradigms, and the emerging mobile edge/cloud computing and vehicular network architectures and strategies.
  • Cloud computing, software-defined networking and network function virtualization (EU CleanSky, MobileCloud projects). This tackles various issues in softwarized network and system environments, e.g., energy efficiency, resource allocation, pricing, scheduling, resilience and scalability.
  • Big data and social computing (DAAD, Lindemann Foundation, Humboldt Foundation), which addresses the integration/fusion of heterogenous multi-dimensional data in the society (e.g., multi-sensory data in smart/urban cities, institutions, special groups) including online social media, survey data, governmental and not-for-profit reports and other socio-economic data. We apply machine/deep learning and sociological methods in understanding, profiling/characterizing, predicting behavior and where appropriate, interventing specific targeted groups in a privacy-preserving manner.

Research projects

External collaborators:
Research conducted in Computer Networks Group has been frequently collaborating with external research labs from both the academia and the industry, including those have been sponsored by the EC (ENABLE, Daidalos-II, MING-T, GreenICN, MobileCloud, CleanSky, ICN2020, COSAFE), ETSI (IPT), DAAD PPP (SIGNET, NGStream, BigDataSecurity), German Telecom (VIDIOS), Siemens (PTLS), Panasonic (MobiAuth), and many other sources such as Chinese Scholarship Council, DAAD, Humboldt Foundation and the University of Göttingen.
Over the past few years we have worked with, among others, the following institutions:

  • AT&T Labs, USA
  • Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT), China
  • British Telecom, UK
  • Brunel University, UK
  • China Telecom, China
  • Columbia University, USA
  • Deutsche Telekom, Germany
  • DoCoMo Euro-Labs, Germany
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST), Bretagne, France
  • Ericsson Research, Sweden
  • European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), France
  • France Telecom/Orange Labs, France
  • Fraunhofer Institut fuer Offenen Kommunikationssysteme (FOKUS), Germany
  • Fudan University, China
  • Helsinki University of Technology (HUT/TKK), Finland
  • Huawei Technologies, China
  • Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG), Germany
  • Institut National des Telecommunications (INT), Evry, France
  • Lulea University of Technology (LTU), Sweden
  • Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamic and Selforganization, Germany
  • Medicine School Hanover, Germany
  • Microsoft Research, USA/China
  • Nanjing University, China
  • Nankai University, China
  • NEC Europe Labs, Germany
  • Nokia Bell Labs, Germany/USA
  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Finland/Germany
  • Northeastern University, China
  • Panasonic, USA
  • Peking University, China
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
  • Siemens and Roke Manor Research, Germany/UK
  • Swedish Institute of Computer Science
  • Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • Telecom Italia Lab, Italy
  • Telefonica I+D, Spain
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University of Essex, UK
  • University of Hamburg, Germany
  • University of Hanover, Germany
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Murcia, Spain
  • University of Oregon, USA
  • University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Uppsala University, Sweden