Projects

POPROW: Pop­Routing On WiSHFUL

The goal of the project is to test and enhance “Pop-Routing”, a technique for wireless mesh link-state routing protocols that tunes the generation frequency of control messages independently for each node of a wireless mesh network as the result of real-time graph analysis performed on the network topology. Pop-Routing is backward-compatible and allows the reduction of the routing tables convergence time after a failure by a factor of up to 60%, or, conversely, it can keep the same convergence speed and reduce the total amount of control messages, thus reducing overhead and increasing the scalability of the protocol.

Pop-Routing theory was presented at IEEE Infocom 2016 and evaluated via emulation, the basic prototypes for a real implementation have been developed, and functional tests of prototypes are under review, OLSRv2 integration has been proven feasible. Further research is needed to fully understand Pop-Routing potentials.

The WiSHFUL infrastructure enables testing Pop-Routing in real conditions, and in particular, in scenarios in which we can fully control and modify the underlying physical and logical connectivity. This is a key task since Pop-Routing is dynamic: it changes the frequency with which control messages are generated on a per-node basis depending on the modification of the network topology. The great flexibility, total control and the monitoring functions that UPIs provide will empower a multi-layer analysis where we can compare the evolution of the physical network (which we control) with the evolution of the routing graph (which we monitor) and check how fast and consistent are the updates generated by Pop-Routing.

We will pursue two goals:

  • Improve, tune and extend Pop-Routing algorithms in order to achieve scientific breakthrough that will produce top-level scientific publications;
  • Stabilize Pop-Routing open source code in order to move one crucial step towards the implementation of Pop-Routing in real networks.

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Websitehttp://www.wishful-project.eu/
PeriodMarch 2016 - Ongoing
FundingWiSHFUL Open Call 3

Wireless Community Networks: A Novel Techno-Legal Approach

A multi-disciplinary effort to study the legal implications of the use and the mis-use of a WCN and to produce technical countermeasures applicable in the loosely-organized social environment of a WCN in order to strengthen the legal position of the people in the community when a user of the network misbehaves.

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PeriodJanuary 2016 - Ongoing
FundingUniversity of Trento (internal competitive call)

netCommons: Network Infrastructure as Commons

netCommons is a Horizon2020 research project, which follows a novel transdisciplinary methodology on treating network infrastructure as commons, for resiliency, sustainability, self-determination, and social integration. Project partners have expertise in engineering, computer science, economics, law, political science, urban, media, and social studies; and close links with successful Community Networks like guifi.net, ninux.org, and sarantaporo.gr.

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Websitehttp://netcommons.eu
PeriodJanuary 2016 - Ongoing
FundingEU, Horizon2020, Grant Number 688768

PLEXE: the PLatooning EXtension for vEins

Plexe is an extension of the popular Veins vehicular network simulator which permits the realistic simulation of platooning (i.e., automated car-following) systems. It features realistic vehicle dynamics and several cruise control models, permitting the analysis of control systems, large-scale and mixed scenario, as well as networking protocols and cooperative maneuvers. It is free to download and easy to extend.

We developed this simulator as part of Michele Segata’s PhD thesis and made it free to use for the community. On the website you find instructions for downloading, building, and running the simulator, as well as some tutorials on how to use it.

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Websitehttp://plexe.car2x.org
PeriodApril 2012 - Ongoing
FundingCCS group and ANS group

Programmable Networks

Information-aware data plane for programmable networks is project that started in 2015 with the goal to contribute to the deployment of a high-quality/cost-effective network infrastructure via an enhanced data-plane, which is able to serve the increasing traffic demand generated by a variable set of applications.

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PeriodJanuary 2016 - January 2017
FundingEIT-ICT labs

Smart Communications for Intelligent Transportation Systems

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) aim mainly at the reduction of traffic-related accidents, the improvement of the infrastructure exploitation, and the reduction of energy consumption and pollution. The key components of ITS are inter-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (IVC). Without proper communication means that empower the distribution of data so that informed and intelligent decisions can be taken, any application of ITC technologies and methodologies at ITS remains vain.

Within this broad framework this PhD proposal is focused mainly on understanding, modeling, exploiting and possibly improving the IEEE 802.11 standard amendment 802.11p or WAVE (Wireless Access in Vehicular Environment). Several lines of research can be identified within this focus, which are intertwined and require a cross-layer approach.

First of all, the behavior and characteristics of WAVE communications must be understood at a higher level than it has been analyzed so far: the presence of hundreds of communicating devices all moving at high speed and using the same frequency channels makes even the definition of the communication channel itself extremely difficult. Novel work is needed to find appropriate channel models to be used in conjunction with safety-related application, where approximate or wrong modeling of the communication part may lead to malfunctioning systems, which is unacceptable in these cases. The novel models must be validated, possibly against the first real implementations of IEEE 802.11p and not only against simulation tools.

Secondly, proper IVC protocols must be designed to properly support safety and non-safety applications. In particular, it is envisaged that vehicles will be equipped with multiple radios to exploit the multiple available channels, specifically to guarantee that the safety-related channel is continuously monitored. This scenario requires adequate coordination. If we can assume that infotainment applications will run on orthogonal channels from safety, other applications, such as cooperative driving, may require the use of dedicated channels, but are tightly intertwined with basic safety applications, so that proper joint management is required.

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Websitehttp://www.ccs-labs.org/projects/smartivc/
PeriodApril 2012 - March 2015
FundingBIT PhD School

No Cat Community

A project financed by the Caritro foundation to perform a multi-disciplinary study on wireless community networks. It involved the Law department of our university, and the sociology department of the university of Padua.

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PeriodOctober 2011 - September 2015
FundingFondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto

CONFINE: Community Networks Testbed for the Future Internet

Confine is a FP7 FIRE project devoted to the study of Wireless Community Networks. We entered the project via a call for sub-projects with the OSPS proposal.

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Websitehttp://osps.disi.unitn.it/
PeriodOctober 2011 - September 2015
FundingEU FP7-ICT-2011-7