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Networked Systems
The networked systems area has developed, in the last 18 years, thanks to the successful participation in 38 major advanced research projects mainly financed by the European Union (EU), carried on together with major European ICT players.
The networked systems area supports a Future Internet vision (in particular, the group participated to the large FI-WARE EU project just concerning the Future Internet technology founda- tion) foreseeing a technology independent distributed framework including coordinated advanced control algorithms (utilizing methodologies such as reinforcement learning for multi-agent systems, data mining, game theory, bounded optimal control, predictive control and robust control). These algorithms, on the basis of homogeneous integrated metadata (derived from properly selected heterogeneous information related to the present network and user status, converted in metadata and aggregated in a context- aware fashion), take consistent decisions (which are eventually actuated in the networks) concerning the management of network resources and of network contents/services, aiming at maximizing resource exploitation, while satisfying users in terms of Quality of Experience expectations (related to Quality of Service, security, mobility,. . . requirements). To deal with the above-mentioned vision, the networked systems area deals with the following key enablers: model-free learning, multi-agent systems with minimum coordination, cross-layering/cross-network optimization, context awareness, data fusion, decision support systems. In the framework of the in-progress projects, the above-mentioned vision has been applied in the following areas: home network speed enhancement up to Gbps, optimization of hybrid ad hoc and satellite networks, resource management for telecommunication and energy distribution networks (smart grids), demand side management for planning electric utilities, smart grids for supporting fully electrical vehicles, content management for peer-to-peer television, protection of critical infrastructures, total airport security, embedded system security/privacy/dependability, remote diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases, intermodal mobility solutions for people and goods, space assets for demining assistance, wireless cognitive sensor networks.


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