NEREUS’ intellectual outputs elaborate on cutting-edge topics that are of major importance for societal, cultural and economic prosperity, and with strategic impact in Europe’s 2020 Agenda for sustainable growth and competitiveness both at national and regional levels, focusing onto:
- Novel media coding and “green” transport mechanisms, focused on multimedia creation technologies for both Ultra-High Definition (UHD) and 3D applications, including signal processing techniques and algorithms for improved coding efficiency, error resilience and artefacts handling, along with novel transport mechanisms for environmental friendly delivery in different networking environments (broadcast, Internet, Mobile) based on MPEG Media Transport (MMT) and Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) technologies. This activity is led by the University of Malta (UoM), the Communications & Computer Engineering department, which has established know-how and expertise in resilient multimedia transmission techniques, 3D and Multi-view Video Coding technologies, protocols and applications for environmental-friendly media delivery.
- Open network architectures with service orchestration, focused on the state-of-the-art concepts for virtualised 4G+ infrastructures, including Software Defined Networks (SDN) and distributed control plane technologies, Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and mechanisms for elastic resource provision, Content Aware Networking and Small Cells design. This activity will be led by the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEIC), Informatics Engineering department, “PASIPHAE” Research Group, which has extensive R&D experience and educational know-how in fixed/mobile communications, service/network virtualisation, Future Internet architectures, network management and administration techniques, and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA).
- QoS/QoE modelling and management, focused on recent advances of mapping QoS parameters to QoE factors and prediction models for their correlation (and mutual sensitivity), as well as on QoE management techniques and decision-making systems, including cross-layer optimisation techniques based on appropriate utility functions. This activity will be led by the Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (UoB), CNRS-LaBRI lab., with extensive R&D know-how in the fields of real-time network adaptation and dynamic resource allocation for multimedia provisioning, End-to-end QoS mechanisms and Network- and Content- awareness for tight service/network coupling.
- Next generation cloud-based services, focused on state-of-the-art architectures enabling the migration of existing Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) to telecom clouds in terms of planning, dimensioning and deploying network resources. Special focus will be devoted to mechanisms for reliable synchronisation/mixing of multiple media sources and the on demand scalable resource pooling mechanisms for performing routing dynamically over the virtual networks, so that resources are acquired and released on-demand in order to meet QoE requirements. This activity will be led by the University of Nicosia (UoN), Mobile Systems lab., with established know-how in high performance cloud and mobile cloud computing systems, modeling and simulation of mobile computing environments and protocol development, data management, new ‘green’ mobility-based protocols and deployment for large-scale heterogeneous networks.
- Secure and trustworthy communications, focused on the recent advances in safe media communications, including low energy, low computational intensity cryptographic algorithms for secured media delivery over ubiquitous communication networks. Special focus will be devoted to state-of-the-art techniques for media delivery over Social Media Networks, including technologies for data confidentiality, privacy, integrity and authentication using advancements in key management techniques and the corresponding security protocols. This activity will be led the Kingston University (KU), Computer Science/WMN Research lab., which is a security and wireless technology expert in the area of next generation ubiquitous communications networks, and with established know-how in Social Media and Informatics.