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New PhD student joins
Wednesday, 08 April 2020 18:48
John Bosco Ssemakula arrived to the Group early January 2020 in order to carry out his PhD in the genaral framawork of ML/AI applied to management of networks and servfices. John Bosco holds a MSc in ICT Management, Policy and Architectural Design from the Martyrs University of Kampala (Uganda) and a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda)
NECOS project is concluded
Wednesday, 08 April 2020 18:37
Although officially ended on 31st of october 2019, it hasn't been up to now, i.e. first Quarter of 2020, that the project activities have ended. In fact, following the Final Review recommendations, we have produced new videos with embedded audio that makes them selfcontained. These videos are now made available in the web of the project, independently of the software of the demonstrators. In addition, a white paper on network slicing and the achievement of NECOS in that context was also edited and will be available in the project website.
Dr. Raquel Fialho Lafetá stays in the group for three months
Sunday, 19 May 2019 18:40
Dr. Raquel Fialho Lafetá will do an internship in the group from May to july 2019. Dr. Lafetá will work in a model of Elasticity as a Service in collaboration with us. She is from University of Uberlandia (Brazil) and a member of the NECOS team
Dr. Javier Baliosian joins the NECOS team
Saturday, 24 February 2018 14:20
Dr. Javier Baliosian, professor at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, has arrived to Barcelona to join our technical team in the NECOS project. Dr. Baliosian, who is also an external academic of our research group, will stay with us for the whole duration of NECOS
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:29
The NECOS project is ongoing
Saturday, 24 February 2018 14:10

The Novel enablers for Cloud Slicing (NECOS) project is already in its fourth month.


The NECOS project addresses the limitations of current cloud computing infrastructures to respond to the demand of new services, as presented in two use-cases that will drive the whole execution of the project. The first use-case is Telco service provider focussed and is oriented towards the adoption of cloud computing in their large networks. The second use-case is targeting the use of edge clouds to support devices with low computation and storage capacity. The envisaged solution is based on a new concept – Lightweight Slice Defined Cloud (LSDC) – as an approach that extends the virtualization to all the resources in the involved networks and data centres and provides a uniform management with a high-level of orchestration.
The NECOS approach will be manifested in a platform whose main distinguishing features are:
  1. The Slice as a Service –- a new deployment model. A slice is a grouping of resources managed as a whole, and that can accommodate service components, independent of other slices.
  2. Embedded algorithms for an optimal allocation of resources to slices in the cloud and networking infrastructure, to respond to the dynamic changes of the various service demands.
  3. A management and orchestration approach making use of artificial intelligence techniques in order to tackle with the complexity of large scale virtualized infrastructure environments.
  4. Making reality the lightweight principle, in terms of low footprint components deployable on large number of small network and cloud devices at the edges of the network.
The NECOS platform will be based on state of the art open software platforms, which will be carefully selected, rather than start from scratch. This baseline platform will be enhanced with the management and orchestration algorithms and the APIs that will constitute the research activity of the project. Finally, the NECOS platform will be validated, in the context of the two proposed use cases, using the 5TONIC and FIBRE testing frameworks.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:25
New project in 5G networks is going to start
Monday, 29 February 2016 14:37

The Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad has recently adopted the resolution to fund ADVICE, a collaborative project to be carried out by research groups of University of Cantabria, which will take the coordinator role, and our MAPS group at University Polytechnical of Catalunya. The project is planned to start along the next few months and will last for three years.


The ADVICE project (Dynamic provisioning of connectivity in high density 5G wireless scenarios) aims to tackle some of the challenges that are foreseen to appear in the future wireless communications, which are usually referred to as 5G. Our approach consist of the appropriate combination of SDN/NFV paradigms, together with radio resource management mechanisms for heterogeneous networks, exploiting the advantages of such a holistic approach. Furthermore, we will also analyze the potential deployment strategies of some of the mechanisms that will be proposed during the project over management and resource orchestration platforms that are being currently used by mobile operators. In this sense, the results of the research project will be also linked to the particular needs of the stakeholders pushing such platforms, thus broadening the project impact.



Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 14:58
Organising CNSM 2015 in Barcelona
Monday, 02 February 2015 07:44
The 11th Conference on Network and Service Management CNSM 2015 will be organised by our group. The conference will take place from the 09th to 13th of November 2015 and we expect to gather above 150 people participating in the conference and its collocated workshops.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 15:01
Best paper Award
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:43
Rashid Mijumbi received the Best Student Paper Award for his contribution and presentation of the paper entitled Design and Evaluation of Learning Algorithms for Dynamic Resource Management in Virtual Networks at the NOMS 2014 conference
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:48
PhD offer in the area of Social Networks analysis
Thursday, 11 July 2013 15:31

PhD proposal title:

Analysis and study of the traffic demand in social networks. Evaluation and evolution of the traffic demand on several social network scenarios.

PhD supervisors:

Prof. José-Luis Melús and Dr. Marcos Postigo


In the aim to understand and to determine what are the necessary resources that network or service operators need to offer their services it is useful to know the user traffic patterns generated in its access to these services. This traffic not only depends on the type of device that the user utilizes, but how it uses. In fact the used technology is really important but the habits of the users when use these services could be crucial.  More often these habits are close related with the relationships with their friends.  In this sense social networks are fundamental in achieving this goal. Millions of people in the world are connected every day through this massive communication strategy. Personal, familiar or professional relations of people are influenced by the use of social networks.  This work analyzes and evaluates the influence that social networks have in the traffic that circulates by networks and, in this sense, it try to establish the type of this traffic and to quantify its associated demand. It is not quite difficult to admit that the topology of the network and the typology of its use will play an important role in the determination of the present traffic and, of course, it could be an approximation to evaluate its evolution in the future. Thus, to know how the social network is, where users are involved in or, to determine the connectivity degree that users have in each network they utilize, could be important factors in the determination of the type of influence that each user exercises on others and vice versa and, of course, in the demand of traffic that they require.



  • To analyze the state of the art in the field of proposed demand models or patterns of traffic for the traffic generated in the present networks (wireless networks and users with smartphones, tablets, etc.).
  • To define appropriate models for traffic generation (based on agents that are able to simulate the behavior of individual users) that allows simulating the demand of the offered services.
  • To analyze the influence of different typologies of social networks on the generation of distinct types of traffic. The typology of each network could be classified according to some metrics such as its connectivity (homophily, multiplexity, mutuality, etc.), its distribution (bridge, centrality, density, distance, etc.) and its segmentation (clustering coefficient, cohesion, etc.).
  • To define a model to generate traffic (volume and characterization) based on the social network which generates this traffic. This model should tackle the evolution of the demand on by means of data clustering techniques, temporal smoothing-driven evolving clustering, milestone-driven-evolving clustering or incremental adaptation-driven-evolving clustering).

Previous Know-How or backgroud required:

It is recommended a basic knowledge in these areas:

  • Existent patterns analysis applied to demand in network traffic
  • Graph theory and metrics in network topologies with applications to social networks.
  • Simulation techniques or special ad- hoc software appropriated to the generation of network topologies.
  • Analytical techniques that allow to evaluate and to compare different network topology scenarios in social networks


The suggested steps to develop this work are:

  • Analysis of the state of the art in the aim to eliminate ways that have been followed by other authors. In parallel the scenarios (in social networks) suggested in this work should be defined.
  • Proposal and implementation of the selected scenarios using the available simulation techniques or creating new ones (ad-hoc).
  • Evaluation and comparison by simulation or analytical techniques, based on different metrics used in networks and in the selected scenarios, of the type and characteristics of the traffic generated in different social networks.



  • Stanley Wasserman and Katherine Faust, “Social Network Analysis: Methods and Analysis”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1999 reprint (1994 original).
  • Easley D., Kleinberg J., “Networks, Crowds and Markets“, Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • Jackson M.O. “Social and Economic Networks”, Princeton University Press, 2008.
  • Newman M.E. J. “Networks. An Introduction”,  Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Y. Jin, et al. “Characterizing data usage patterns in a large cellular network”. In Proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGCOMM workshop on Cellular networks: operations, challenges, and future design (CellNet '12), ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 7-12, 2012.
  • J. Kang J., S. Seo S., H. J.W.-K., "Usage pattern analysis of smartphones", Network Operations and Management Symposium (APNOMS), 2011 13th Asia-Pacific, vol.1, nº 8, pp: 21-23 Sept. 2011.
  • Giatsoglou M., Vakali A., "Capturing Social Data Evolution Using Graph Clustering",  IEEE Internet Computing, vol.17, nº.1, pp.74,79, Jan.-Feb. 2013.
  • Olfati-Saber R., "Evolutionary dynamics of behavior in social networks", 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2007, pp: 4051-4056, Dec. 2007.
  • Singh B, Gupte N. (2005), “Congestion and decongestion in a communication network”, Phys. Rev. E 71(5):055103.
  • Krebs V., "The Social Life of Routers", Internet Protocol Journal 3, pp. 14-25, 2000.
  • Kas, M., et al., "What if wireless routers were social? Approaching wireless mesh networks from a social networks perspective, "IEEE Wireless Communications, vol.19, nº6, pp: 36,43, December 2012
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 15:42
FLAMINGO starts 1st November 2012
Friday, 07 December 2012 07:48
FLAMINGO, a Network of Excellence funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program, officially started 1st of November this year. Our group is participating in the project and it was represented at the kick-off meeting that was held in Enschede (Holand) the 22 and 23 of November.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 07:58
Hosting AIMS 2013 in Barcelona
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:04
The 7th International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security (AIMS 2013) will be held in Barcelona from 25th to 28th June 2013. From the group, Joan Serrat is the General Chair and Juan-Luis Gorricho the Labs co-Chair
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:08
Co-organizing DANMS 2012
Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:46

The Fifth International Workshop on Distributed Autonomous Network Management Systems DANMS 2012 , co-located with 13th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium NOMS 2012 , is co-chaired by Joan Serrat.

The event will take place at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii, USA
April 16, 2012.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:51
Professor Jonathan Smith sabbatical stay
Saturday, 21 May 2011 10:32

Professor Jonathan Smith from Pennsylvania University, will spend a sabbatical in our group, starting July 2011. Professor Smith, director of the NEBULA cloud computing project, will also collaborate with Telefonica I+D in Barcelona

Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2011 06:27
Participation in international cooperation for the development project
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:16

MAPS group is represented in the international cooperation project entitled Institutional cooperation between Addis Ababa University (AAU) and UPC-BARCELONATECH and academic cooperation in ITC technologies. The project is  funded by the Spanish International Cooperation for the Development Agency (AECID)and is lasting for one year, starting June 2011.

The objective of this project is to prepare and to set up the basis for permanent academic cooperation between these two institutions which will be done in the near future through an Integrated Action. A key goal of the project is institutional building which will strength the future cooperation between AAU and UPC-BARCELONATECH

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:23
EVANS project starts 1st of May 2011
Friday, 08 April 2011 10:59
After succesfull signature of the Grant Agreement by all parties, the PIRSE EVANS projects will start the first of May of this year. The kick-off meeting will take place in Essex on a date still to be decided.
Rashid Mijumbi gets FPI grant for PhD
Monday, 30 August 2010 16:47
Rashid Mijumbi has been selected for a grant / research contract, starting October 1st 2010 and lasting for four years, to carry out research conducting to his PhD. Rashid holds a BSc degree on Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Uganda. This grant is associated to the project Management of Next Generation Services in Internet (TEC2009-14598-C02-02), both supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación"
Dr. Javier Baliosian in Barcelona
Saturday, 28 August 2010 11:21
Dr. Javier Baliosian, one of our external group members, will be in Barcelona for the whole September. The aim of this stay is to reinforce our research on Economic Management and particularly in the field of Pricing for new services
Dr. Steven Davy coming for an internship
Saturday, 28 August 2010 11:16
Steven Davy, a researcher at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland has been granted with an IRCSET INSPIRE Fellowship to do research and other formative actions on the subject of Policy Authoring.The award lasts for two years and the first one will be done at our premises in Barcelona in collaboration with our team
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 August 2010 15:15
Attending the NOMS 2010 congress
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:57
Javier Rubio and Joan Serrat will be attending the Network Operations and Management Symposium organized this year in Osaka, Japan, from 19th to 23th of April.
CloudComp 2010 organized in Barcelona
Thursday, 11 March 2010 21:54

coffeeJoan Serrat is the local organizer of CloudComp 2010 that will be taking place in Barcelona from 25th to 28th October this year

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 07:47
The gSLM project will be funded
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:55



The project entitled Service Delivery & Service Level Management in Grid Infrastructures is a Support Action addresing the objective INFRA-2010-3.3 (Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures) that will be funded by the Commission of the EU. Our group represents UPC as partner of the consortium



The goal of the gSLM project is to bring together European experts from the grid and service management community and promote the development of SLM solutions that are well tailored to the requirements of and operational conditions in the e-infrastructure service provision today and in the future

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 19:32
AIMS 2010 announcement
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:31
The 4th International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security (AIMS 2010), will take place on June 21-25, 2010 at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. This symposium will be collocated with the 4th International Summer School in Network and Service Management (ISSNSM 2010).apple-logo
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 14:27

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