ESRs

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15 Selected candidates (ESRs, Early-Stage Researchers) are expected to enrol in the program by March/April 2021 at the latest. Each ESR will be recruited for 36 months. ESRs will be enrolled in a PhD programme.

UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

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ESR nº: ESR3

Name: Soheil Hosseini

Home Country: IR- Iran

Host Institution: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Main Supervisors: Dr. Ramón J. Durán Barroso. e-mail: rduran@tel.uva.es and ignacio.miguel@tel.uva.es

Phd Enrolment University: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Secondment: TID - TU/e - TID

Research Project:
AI-based control method for the optical backhaul of IoTalentum: To design new planning and operation methods based on AI for multicore and elastic optical backhaul networks of IoTalentum architecture. Methods for integration of optical control of access and metro segments. To exploit AI techniques to improve the overall network performance in terms of latency, throughput, cost and energy consumption. Implementation of a simple use-case with developed method in UVa GPON testbed.

Department: Optical Communications Group (GCO-UVa)

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures


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ESR nº: ESR5

Name: Maryam Masoumi Estahbanati

Home Country: Iran - IR

Host Institution: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Main Supervisors: Dr. Ramón J. Durán Barroso. e-mail: rduran@tel.uva.es and ignacio.miguel@tel.uva.es

Phd Enrolment University: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Secondment: WIND - USAL - WIND

Research Project:
SDN for network virtualization in IoTalentum infrastructure: To develop planning and SDN control algorithms and techniques for IoTalentum networks. Integrate NFV in a distributed computing resources in MEC by means of SDN-based control mechanism.

Department: Optical Communications Group (GCO-UVa)

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures


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ESR nº: ESR7

Name: Hafiza Kanwal Janjua

Home Country: PK-Pakistan

Host Institution: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Main Supervisors: Dr. Ramón J. Durán Barroso. e-mail: rduran@tel.uva.es and ignacio.miguel@tel.uva.es

Phd Enrolment University: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Secondment: TID - ISEP - Chocolate cloud

Research Project:
Cognitive orchestrator of MEC and network resources: To develop cognitive control methods based on SDN to operate the IoTalentum architectures (MEC and the underlying network) with the objective of reducing the cost and the energy consumption of the infrastructure. To develop algorithms for load and VM balancing in order to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) to final users and objects. Integration and testing of IoTalentum distributed computing infrastructure in DREAM-GO mock-up.

Department: Optical Communications Group (GCO-UVa)

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures

TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

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ESR nº: ESR1

Name: Catalina-Ioana Stan

Home Country: RO - Romania

Host Institution: TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Main Supervisors: Prof. Idelfonso Tafur Monroy. e-mail: i.tafur.monroy@tue.nl and e.a.witteveen@tue.nl

Phd Enrolment University: TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Secondment: UVa - NVIDIA

Research Project:
Full virtualization of 5G RAN towards white box open infrastructures: To integrate offload layers for user plane functions (UPF) in MEC nodes through hardware offload, allowing hyper-scaling of the manageable throughput while maintaining low latency and reducing the need for load balancers on GPRS Tunneling Protocol (GTP). To analyze the interdependency between throughput and load balancers in MEC hosts, thereby estimating dimensioning properties of the virtualization. To implement a fully-virtualized RAN system for MEC on a smart network interface card with offloading capability maintaining line-rate handling while ensuring processing for VNFs.

Department: Electrical Engineering

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures


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ESR nº: ESR2

Name: Oumayma Bouchmal

Home Country: MA - Morocco

Host Institution: TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Main Supervisors: Prof. Idelfonso Tafur Monroy. e-mail: i.tafur.monroy@tue.nl and e.a.witteveen@tue.nl

Phd Enrolment University: TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Secondment: NVIDIA - AAU

Research Project:
Improving the flexibility of 5G heterogeneous networks by slicing: To develop a flexible architecture for heterogeneous 5G slices able to pull resources of IoTalentum integrated heterogeneous infrastructure and compose slices allocated to applications. To develop a distributed slice controller employing technologies like Edge Computing, SDN/NFV and AI.

Department: Electrical Engineering

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures


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ESR nº: ESR10

Name: Carlos Rubio Garcia

Home Country: ES-Spanish

Host Institution: TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Main Supervisors: Prof. Idelfonso Tafur Monroy. e-mail: i.tafur.monroy@tue.nl and e.a.witteveen@tue.nl

Phd Enrolment University: TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Secondment: AAU - Cryptera

Research Project:
Quantum secured data communication for IoTalentum control plane: To conceive and experimental validate a secure data transmission link using vortex beam signaling both in wireless and optical fibre transmission ink. A novel approach based on the combination of technologies such as vortex transmission, sub-carrier multiplexing and hybrid photonic-electronic generation will be considered, in Telecom wavelength compatible with IoTalentum optical backhaul networks.

Department: Electrical Engineering

Research Field: Cybersecurity

AAU – Aalborg University, Denmark

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ESR nº: ESR9

Host Institution: AAU – Aalborg University, Denmark

Main Supervisors: Prof. Knud Erik SKOUBY, email: skouby@cmi.aau.dk and sok@cmi.aau.dk

Phd Enrolment University: AAU – Aalborg University, Denmark

Secondment: TU/e - Cryptera

Research Project:
Cybersecurity for IoT at hardware level in IoTalentum infrastructure: To identify and analyse security challenges at the hardware level in IoTalentum ecosystem providing an in-depth technical analysis of different available and upcoming hardware security technologies, such as secure boot and ARM TrustZone®, relevant for IoT devices and applications. To develop a security architecture that encompasses the devices and the network infrastructure elements.

Department: Center of Communication, Media and Information Technologies

Research Field: Cybersecurity


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ESR nº: ESR11

Name: Muhammad Waleed

Home Country: PK-Pakistan

Host Institution: AAU – Aalborg University, Denmark

Main Supervisors: Prof. Knud Erik SKOUBY, email: skouby@cmi.aau.dk and sok@cmi.aau.dk

Phd Enrolment University: AAU – Aalborg University, Denmark

Secondment: TU/e - Cryptera

Research Project:
Security in thing-to-cloud IoTalentum architectures for IoT ecosystems: To identify and describe new models mapping, quantifying, forecasting and ensuring adequate levels of privacy and security within the distributed computing centers the IoTalentum cloud-to-thing continuum. To develop and testing of a hardware-free identification tool for computing centers to increase the level of security and privacy of collected data in IoT virtual environments

Department: Center of Communication, Media and Information Technologies

Research Field: Cybersecurity

WINDTRE – Wind Tre S.p.A, Italy

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ESR nº: ESR4

Host Institution: WINDTRE – Wind Tre S.p.A, Italy

Main Supervisors: FabrizioGabrio.Brasca@windtre.it and Gianluca.Rizzi@windtre.it

Phd Enrolment University: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Secondment: UVa - USAL - UVa

Research Project:
Fast instantiation of VNFs in a real 5G deployment: To study the enhancements to support the fast instantiation of VNFs for 5G networks and its relations with the distributed processing infrastructure of IoTalentum to reduce the latency and improve the quality of the experience. To evaluate how an end-to-end orchestration of infrastructure and services (supported by big data from monitoring) should assure a reliable deployment and execution of new 5G services in a few vertical contexts like media and energy and how to manage the lifecycle of those services.

Department: Technology Architecture & Governance

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures

TID – Telefonica I+D, Spain

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ESR nº: ESR6

Name: Liesbeth Roelens

Host Institution: TID – Telefonica I+D, Spain

Main Supervisors: Dr. Oscar González de Dios. email: oscar.gonzalezdedios@telefonica.com

Phd Enrolment University: UVa – Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Secondment: UVa - ISEP - UVa

Research Project:
Resilient self-Learning software-defined 5G-ready transport network: To design novel data models and AI/ML techniques for end-to-end IP/MPLS 5G ready transport network of the backhaul of IoTalentum architecture. To prototype and evaluate telemetry collection and novel control methods that auto-adjust the behaviour.

Department: Transport Technology and Optimization; Laboratory

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures

AU – Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

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ESR nº: ESR8

Name: Axel Johansson

Home Country: FI -Finland

Host Institution: AU – Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

Main Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Enrique Lucani Rötter, email: daniel.lucani@eng.au.dk

Phd Enrolment University: AU – Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

Secondment: Chocolate cloud - UVa - Chocolate cloud

Research Project:
Privacy-by-design compression, sharing, and processing of IoT data in IoTalentum architecture: To design, implement and evaluate secure data sharing and controlled, privacy-preserving processing of IoT data using the cloud-to-thing IoTalentum infrastructure, trusted execution environments (e.g., Intel SGX), local computing resources, and judicious allocation of data. To investigate compression techniques that allow for processing directly on compressed data as a way to reduce data traffic and memory usage, both in local, MEC, and cloud devices in order to address the explosion in generated data worldwide.

Department: Department of Engineering - Aarhus University

Research Field: IoT Infrastructures

USAL – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

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ESR nº: ESR12

Host Institution: USAL – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Main Supervisors: Prof. Juan Manuel Corchado. email: corchado@usal.es and martaplaza@usal.es

Phd Enrolment University: USAL – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Secondment: Digitel TS - ISEP - PH Energia

Research Project:
Blockchain applications in the IoTalentum infrastructure: To develop a benchmarking platform and testbed to test trusted communications in IoT using the distributed ledger. To optimize the trade-off between the intricateness of the proof of work in blockchain technology and the cost (both computation and monetary) of the transaction. Integration and testing of the security technique in DREAM-GO mock-up.

Department: Bioinformatic, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology

Research Field: Cybersecurity


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ESR nº: ESR14

Host Institution: USAL – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Main Supervisors: Prof. Juan Manuel Corchado. email: corchado@usal.es and martaplaza@usal.es

Phd Enrolment University: USAL – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Secondment: Digitel TS - ISEP - PH Energia

Research Project:
Smart Grids: Secured management of energy resources in smart neighbourhoods by mean of IoT devices: To design a collaborative environment able to monitor and measure the energy produced and consumed by different users and create an automated system for the “invoicing” of a balance, resulting from the interaction of the user with this pool of energy. To demonstrate the application of blockchain and IoT for handling an energy hub (microgrid). Integration and testing of IoTalentum infrastructure in DREAM-GO mock-up.

Department: Bioinformatic, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology

Research Field: Applications – Smart Grids

ISEP – Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal

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ESR nº: ESR13

Host Institution: ISEP – Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal

Main Supervisors: Prof. Zita Vale. email: zav@isep.ipp.pt

Phd Enrolment University: USAL – Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Research Project:
Smart Grids: IoT for smart homes in the context of smart grids: To develop an architecture for IoT devices in smart homes compliant with IoTalentum access network for efficient communications in smart grids paradigm. To test different IoT devices for energy consumption monitoring and control to support the activation of demand response events, compliant with IoTalentum infrastructure. Integration and testing of IoTalentum infrastructure (particularly the smart-home architecture designed) in DREAM-GO mock-up.

Department: GECAD - Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development

Research Field: Applications – Smart Grids