Panel 3

Smart connectivity in the context of Next Generation Internet

Thursday, 21 june, 11:00-12:30, Room Linhart hall
  • Arturo Azcorra (5TONIC Laboratory, Spain)

Motivation and Background

The network will remain, for the next decade and beyond, the fundamental cornerstone of every Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system. Regardless of the ICT research field or application area, current, emerging or future, it is inconceivable to envision it in an isolated way. From supercomputers and parallel computers, to data analytics, passing through cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), cooperative robots, or autonomous vehicles, it is universally agreed that every system and application must be interconnected to its peers, as well as to other related entities and systems. This implies that the network, as a universal connecting paradigm, is permanently stressed by an ever-increasing demand of stringent performance requirements, number of connected terminals, geographical coverage, energy consumption and related key performance indicators. The network model itself is challenged, evolving from the current transport-only network, into a hybrid computing/transport model, oriented to the location of content and services, or even new forms of communication paradigms, instead of the current interconnection of terminals. At the same time, there is enormous pressure from end users and operator companies alike, to reduce the CAPEX and OPEX costs while increasing all the other capabilities. One of the relevant aspects to be addressed is the security of the network operation, as an absolutely critical infrastructure, as well as privacy and auditability issues. Smart Connectivity in the context of NGI is the crystallization of the different research elements into a network model and architecture that can address the challenges of the network-centric world. Smart Connectivity builds over the required scientific advances in the areas of physical sciences, logical sciences and key enabling technologies to provide a coherent framework supporting the future networks designs. The precise definition of Smart Connectivity will be emerging as the result of intense research in the coming years. However, we can already envision some of the characteristics of Smart Connectivity:
– Integrated Connectivity, Computing and Control (the 3Cs)
– Massive tailored services
– Converged fixed and mobile networks, integrating the 3Cs
– Support of hyperconverged overlays
– Hundreds of trillions (10^14) of connected, active, devices and terminals
– High societal and vertical penetration: Energy, transport, health, entertainment, security, industry, aerospace and many other sectors
– This panel will allow a passionate discussion among its invited experts over the future trends and characteristics of the Smart Connectivity concept.


  1. What will be the key technological elements of Smart Connectivity?
  2. What will be the control and data planes of Smart Connectivity?
  3. What will be the radio characteristics of Smart Connectivity?
  4. What will be the challenges for a widespread deployment of Smart Connectivity?
  5. What role will European companies and academia have in the world market of Smart Connectivity?


The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Arturo Azcorra (Vicepresident of 5TONIC Laboratory, Spain)
  • Serge Fdida (Sorbonne University, France)
  • Diego Lopez (Telefonica I+D, Spain)
  • Stefan Parkvall (Ericsson, Sweden)
  • Dimitra Simeonidou (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)

Arturo Azcorra

Prof. Arturo Azcorra received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the UPM in 1986 and his PhD from the same university in 1989. In 1993, he obtained an MBA with honours from Instituto de Empresa. He is the founder of the international research centre IMDEA Networks, and currently is its Director, with a double affiliation as Full Professor at University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M). He has been visiting researcher at University of Berkeley and at MIT. He has participated in and/or directed 53 research and technological development projects, from the first EU Framework Programme to the current H2020. Prof. Azcorra has coordinated the EU project 5G-TRANSFORMER, 5G-CROSSHAUL, TRILOGY-2 and CARMEN, and the CONTENT, E-NEXT and E-NET European Networks of Excellence. He is also the founder of the Spanish Scientifica Society for Telematics (ATEL), and the co-founder (with David del Val) of the international 5G Co-creation Laboratory 5TONIC. He is author of over 100 top publications in leading international journals and conferences.

Serge Fdida

Prof. Serge Fdida is a Professor with Sorbonne Université (formally UPMC) since 1995. His research interests are related to the future internet technology and architecture. He has been leading many research projects in Future Networking in France and Europe, notably pioneering the European activity on federated Internet testbeds. He is currently leading the Equipex FIT, a large-scale testbed on the Future Internet of Things. Serge Fdida has published numerous scientific papers, in addition to a few patents and one RFC. He is a Distinguished ACM Member and an IEEE Senior member. Serge Fdida has also developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, – he was the co-founder of the Qosmos company, – one of the active contributor to the creation of the Cap Digital cluster in Paris. He has been appointed Vice-President Europe and International affairs at UPMC from 2011 to 2017.

Diego López

Dr Diego R. López joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit of Telefónica I+D. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network service abstractions and the development of APIs based on them. During this period, he was appointed as member of the High-level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission. Dr Lopez is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the coordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network virtualization, infrastructural services, network management, new network architectures, and network security. He chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization, and the NFV Research Group within the IRTF. He has published more than 100 papers and supervised several PhD theses on the matters related to Software Networks, network security and network middleware.

Werner Mohr

Werner Mohr was graduated from the University of Hannover, Germany, with the Master Degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and with the Ph.D. degree in 1987. Dr. Werner Mohr joined Siemens AG, Mobile Network Division in Munich, Germany in 1991. He was involved in several EU funded projects and ETSI standardization groups on UMTS and systems beyond 3G. Since December 1996 he was project manager of the European ACTS FRAMES Project until the project finished in August 1999. This project developed the basic concepts of the UMTS radio interface. Since April 2007 he was with Nokia Siemens Networks and since September 2013 with Nokia Solutions and Networks (now Nokia) in Munich Germany, where he is Head of Research Alliances. He was the coordinator of the WINNER Project in Framework Program 6 of the European Commission, chairman of WWI (Wireless World Initiative) and of the Eureka Celtic project WINNER+. The WINNER projects laid the foundation for the radio interface for IMT-Advanced and provided the starting point for the 3GPP LTE standardization. In Framework Program 7 he was coordinator of the FINSENY project as part of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) and chairman of the FI-PPP Steering Board from May 2013 to June 2014. In addition, he was vice chair of the eMobility European Technology Platform in the period 2008 – 2009 and chairperson of the Net!Works (formerly called eMobility) chairperson for the periods 2010 – 2011 and 2012 – 2013. He was elected in December 2013 as chairperson of the new communications networks related ETP NetWorld2020 for the period until December 2016, which was launched in October 2013 based on the former Net!Works and ISI ETPs. Werner Mohr was in addition Chair of the Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association as part of 5G PPP of the EU Commission from its start in November 2013 until December 2016. Werner Mohr was chair of the “Wireless World Research Forum – WWRF” from its launch in August 2001 up to December 2003. He is member of VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, Germany) and Senior Member of IEEE. 1990 he received the Award of the ITG (Information Technology Society) in VDE. He was board member of ITG in VDE, Germany for the term 2006 to 2008 and was re-elected for the terms 2009 to 2011 and 2012 to 2014. Werner Mohr is co-author of a book on “Third Generation Mobile Communication Systems” a book on “Radio Technologies and Concepts for IMT-Advanced” and a book “Mobile and Wireless Communications for IMT-Advanced and Beyond”. In December 2016 Werner Mohr received the IEEE Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications.

Dimitra Simeonidou

Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou is Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Bristol Is Open and Head of the High Performance Networks group (HPN). Her research is focusing in the fields of High Performance Networks, Network Convergence, Software Defined Networking and Smart City infrastructures. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks,, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Since 2015 she has been the Technical Lead of the smart city test-bed project Bristol Is Open ( Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar.