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FIRE Thematic workshops on Wednesday May 9, 2012

FIRE workshop 1: Experimental validation of cognitive radio/cognitive networking solutions

Responsible for the workshop: Ingrid Moerman (IBBT)

Project: CREW

Location: Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Meeting room: Gaestesalen

Time: 9:00 - 17:00


In this workshop concrete results will be presented on experimental validation of cognitive radio/cognitive networking solutions. We target projects in the areas of Future Networks, Future Internet, and Embedded Systems & Control. In this workshop we want to share experiences and best practices for wireless experimentation and find answers to the following questions: What is a good experiment? How an experiment can be unambiguously defined? What output do we expect from an experiment? How do we control the wireless environment? What does an experimenter expect from the FIRE facilities?

In the afternoon, tutorials will be presented by representatives of the CREW facilities on how to use the CREW facilities.

Expected outcome(s):

  • Recommendations for improving current wireless facilities
  • Best practices for wireless experimentation
  • Attendees will learn how to use CREW testbeds

Agenda: Session chair: Luiz Da Silva (TCD)

09:00 – 09:30 Opening - introduction by the CREW project

09:30 – 10:15 Case 1: CONSERN

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:15 Case 2: COGEU

11:15 - 12:00 Case 3: FARAMIR

12:00 – 12:30 Discussion


13:30 - 16:30 Tutorials: using CREW

CREW representatives of the Berlin, Ljubljana, Dublin and Gent CREW islands will be present to show the audience the possibilities offered by these CREW islands.


Abstracts of the presentations:

  • The CREW project: experimental validation of cognitive radio, cognitive networking and spectrum sensing concepts - Luiz DaSilva - Luiz DaSilva, Trinity College Dublin - 30 minutes
The main target of FP7-CREW is to establish an open federated test platform, which facilitates experimentally-driven research on advanced spectrum sensing, cognitive radio and cognitive networking strategies in view of horizontal and vertical spectrum sharing in licensed and unlicensed bands. In the opening talk, the relevance of experimentation for the field of CR/CN en spectrum sensing is discussed. In addition, the audience will learn how CREW can help them in executing CR, CN and sensing experiments.

  • The CONSERN experimental validation methodology - Panagis Magdalinos - Panagis Magdalinos, University of Athens- 45 minutes
CONSERN (COoperative aNd Self growing Energy awaRe Networks) is a Specifc Targeted Research Project (STREP) of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, addressing (i) the Wireless Sensor Networks and Cooperating Objects and (ii) the Control of large-scale systems pillars of the Strategic Objective ICT-2009.3.5 "Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control systems". CONSERN is introducing a novel paradigm for dedicated, purpose-driven small scale wireless networks characterized by a service-centric evolutionary approach, referred as an energy-aware self-growing network and system. CONSERN concepts and techniques are evaluated - with respect to their validity and viability - on the project's integrated testbed. In fact, a key project goal is the evaluation and demonstration of energy gains in cooperative heterogeneous wireless networks as well as the applicability of self-growing network paradigms on a small scale level. Additionally, CONSERN's prototyping activities on the integrated testbed are focusing on providing experimental results regarding the validity and viability of the concepts and techniques developed in the project's technical workpackages.
In the context of this presentation, we will try to provide in a concise and precise way the CONSERN experimental validation methodology. Specifically the presentation will evolve around the following thematic areas:
  1. The CONSERN integrated proof-of-concept and experimentation testbed
  2. Presentation of the experimentation methodology (testbed integration, test-cases derivation etc)
  3. Experimental and Impact Assessment Process
  4. Lessons Learnt and Way Forward
  • The development and evaluation of the COGEU TVWS prototype - Tim Forde - CTVR, The Telecommunications Research Centre - 45 minutes
COGEU (COgnitive radio systems for efficient sharing of TV white spaces in EUropean context) is an FP7 STREP project that is a composite of technical, business, and regulatory/policy domains, with the objective of taking advantage of the TV digital switch-over by developing cognitive radio systems that leverage the favorable propagation characteristics of the TVWS.
Of interest to the FIRE workshop is the development and experimental evaluation of the COGEU TVWS prototype transceiver which has been designed to demonstrate some key features; the ability of a TVWS device to co-exist with spectrum incumbents, i.e. DVB-T receivers and PMSE users, to efficiently use fragmented spectrum opportunities, to allow for network rendezvous between these TVWS devices in a dynamic environment and, finally, to operate under the control of a geolocation database or other licensing entity.

  • FARAMIR - Jad Nasreddine, RWTH Aachen - 45 minutes
FARAMIR is an FP7 STREP project, with a goal to research and develop techniques for increasing the radio environmental and spectral awareness of future wireless systems. The project aims to accomplish this by developing a reference hierarchical architecture and implementation for Radio Environment Maps (REMs), which are essentially knowledge bases in which next generation wireless networks, such as cognitive and heterogeneous networks, store and access information about the environment, user preferences, and other wireless systems. New spectrum sensing technologies and algorithms are also being developed, including novel radio neighbourhood mapping techniques for characterizing interference sources. These technologies will then be used to develop environment-aware resource management decisions in a variety of wireless network types.
In this presentation we discuss the experiences from the prototyping and experimentation work carried out in FARAMIR, especially focusing on the challenges posed by the application of cognitive radio principles in cellular networks. Current experimental platforms used in the research community typically target small scale indoor deployments, which are well suited for performance studies in, for example, small femtocell networks. However, in order to understand the true potential of applications of radio environment maps and similar technologies, much more large scale experiments will be necessary. In particular, experiments related to dynamic construction of propagation models, coverage estimation, uncertainty in collected information, and management of aggregate interference require new types of platforms. We discuss how we have dealt with some of these issues within the project, lessons learned from those activities, and propose avenues for future work within this domain.

FIRE workshop 2: Measurement and Measurement Tools

Presentations & slides available on EULER web

Responsible for the workshop: Davide Careglio (UPC) Dimitri Papadimitriou (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs)

Project: EULER

Location: Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Meeting room: Bondestuen

Time: 9.00-17.15


This workshop aims at gathering all the FIRE projects under the measurement and tools thematic. Participants are invited to present their current needs and developments on measurements and associated tools in the context of experimental research. Measurements and measurement tools will be key elements in the operation and management of future network infrastructures, at the equipment and network performance monitoring level but also in support of higher-level control functionality such as on-line analysis and diagnostic. These tools also play a fundamental role in measurement-based experimental research relying on the experimental evaluation and benchmarking of project outcomes including protocols, systems, etc. by means of reliable and verifiable tools.

This workshop consists of 11 talks from 9 different FIRE European projects and a final round table. Speakers will present their current needs and developments on measurements and associated tools in the context of experimental research. Four talks present and discuss specific "measurement and tools" needs in FIRE projects. Presentations discuss tools needs in wireless/sensor networks, informatic-centric networking, large scale experimental facilities, and openflow-enabled networks. Six talks present tools that are currently used and/or under development and try to bridge gaps (how reusable some of these tools are, can they be extended/enhanced, what are their properties and capabilities with respect to other similar tools, etc.). The important point here is more about the potential of the tool(s) than their kinetic. Presentations discuss available tools to measure heterogeneous metrics in wireless/sensor networks, large scale experimental facilities, openflow-enabled networks, and Internet.


The workshop will consist of four different sessions:

  • Session 1: Introduction and motivation of the workshop thematic.
  • Session 2: Measurement and tools needs in FIRE.
  • Session 3: Presentation of tools developed in FIRE.
  • Session 4: Round table discussion (how to bridge the gap).

Expected outcome(s):

  • Identify what can be performed/reached by means of cooperation between projects from a directory of tools accessible to the FIRE community at large up to the joint development of tools, under which conditions, etc.
  • Determine needs and document best practices in tools development for measurement-based experimental research


09:20 – 9:30 Welcome

09:30 – 10:00 Session 1: Introduction and motivation of the workshop topic

For this purpose, an introductory talk will be given (what do we mean by measurement, in which context/experimental-research measurements are being performed, their objectives - up to which extend a measurement tool can be designed if the measurement model is not completely known, etc.) - Dimitri Papadimitriou - 30 minutes

10:00 – 12:30 Morning session: tools needs and tools developed in FIRE

Session chair: Davide Careglio

  • 10:00 – 10:30 - HOBNET - Experimental performance evaluation of sensor-based networking for energy efficiency in smart buildings - Sotiris Nikoletseas
This talk presents experimentation methodologies, test-beds and tools developed in the context of the FIRE/HOBNET project for smart/green buildings via IPv6 sensor networking. The problems addressed relate to key distributed computing primitives (such as data propagation, tracking) as well as specialized application commissioning (such as garden watering, CO2 monitoring). Towards better convergence and integration of collected measurements a REST architecture is adopted. Also, for experimental research, repositories of key networking components (reference topologies, traffic patterns, energy models, mobility profiles, protocol families and performance metrics and trade-offs) are developed.

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

  • 11:00 – 11:30 - CREW - Metrics and measurement tools for assessing the channel condition in a wireless experimentation environment - Ingrid Moerman
Novel wireless solutions, in particular new cognitive radio and networking concepts, require a rigorous experimental validation prior to uptake in wireless standards and commercial products. Wireless experimentation is very challenging, as experiments may be impaired by unwanted/uncontrolled interfering signals in the wireless environment. Within CREW a benchmarking methodology is developed to support the experimenter in getting more reliable and comparable results when executing their experiments. In this talk we will focus on a method for measuring the channel occupation during a wireless experiment. First we will explain how we can measure and score the channel condition in a wireless experimentation environment. Next we will show that the metrics for the channel condition can be used at the same time (1) to validate the performance of a cognitive wireless solutions in ISM bands and (2) to improve the efficiency of wireless experiments.
  • 11:30 – 11:50 - LAWA - Methods and tools for temporal Web analytics - Marc Spaniol
The LAWA project develops methods and tools for temporal Web analytics. The focus of developments are semantic and structural analytics of time-versioned textual Web contents. In particular, we are developing methods that enable entity detection and tracking along the time axis as well as temporal studies of large (Web) graphs. To this end, we also prepare a reference data set and will provide analytics services.
This talk first introduces Information-Centric Networking (ICN), a new paradigm in which the network layer provides users with contents, instead of providing communication channels between hosts, and is aware of content identifiers. Then it presents the needs on measurements required by this approach in general and by the project CONVERGENCE in particular. ICN is significantly different with respect to the current networking architecture, and poses several new requirements to measurements, which have to be performed both in the current network (to understand some of its aspects useful for the design of ICN) and possibly in the new one.

12.20 - 13.30: Lunch break

13.30 - 16.20 Afternoon session: tools needs and tools developed in FIRE

Session chair: Josep L. Marzo

  • 13:30 – 14:00 - OFELIA - Metrics and measurement tools needs in openflow and OFELIA in particular - Hagen Woesner
The core idea of OpenFlow and in a wider sense the new paradigm of 'software defined networks' is the separation of control, forwarding and processing of data. Performance evaluation of such networks has to look into details of switch internals that were not visible before, but also requires different tools for measurement. This talk introduces the available tools in the OFELIA testbed and demonstrates live access to a traffic generator/testing environment available inside the federation of OpenFlow-enabled campus islands that OFELIA is growing.
  • 14:00 – 14:30 - OpenLab -- Heterogeneous testbeds, tools and experiments - Measurement requirements perspective - Anastasius Gavras
OpenLab delivers control and experimental plane middleware to facilitate early use of its large scale shared experimental facility by future Internet researchers. Interoperability of testbeds at several levels is the main challenge of the technical work of the project. A key objective is to provide experimenters the testbed environments they need, including the tools to manage their experiments and measurement results. OpenLab has conducted an open call for experiments and is currently integrating the accepted experiments according to the capabilities of the testbeds and is ensuring the availability of the tools to run the experiments and assess the results. This presentation will focus in parts on the different requirements for measurements and measurement tools to support the researchers in their work.
  • 14:30 – 14:50 - EULER - Metrics and measurement tools for distributed and adaptive routing algorithms - Dimitri Papadimitriou
In the ICT domain, measurement is classically oriented to the verification process of the designed function set and their expectedly met performance objectives by the experimental corpus being an engineered artifact, a prototype, etc. When the scale of the real environment becomes difficult to reproduce (the Internet being the best examples) and the number of states together with their dynamics are themselves difficult to model ("how to model and quantify uncertainty"), a new approach shall be considered: simplify the experimental corpus (introduce abstraction) while maintaining its functionality and reproduce significant environmental phenomena derived from measurements of the actual environment. The EULER project in its investigation of adaptive and distributed routing models - alternative to policy-based path-vector routing - is confronted to this situation: there is no Internet scale facility where routing schemes can be experimented before being deployed. In this context, this talk will detail the proposed methodology, the measurement tools being developed in order to derive representative environmental conditions, and the verification means that have been elaborated to enable wide-scale experiments.

14:50 – 15:20: Coffee break

  • 15:20 – 15:40 - OpenLab - Measurements and measurement tools in OpenLab - Javier Aracil
This talk provides an overview of the measurement tools developed within openlab, with special emphasis in the integration of several heterogeneous data formats within a common user interface. The talk summarizes the main concerns when dealing with many different measurement tools for the different testbeds present in OpenLab. As a possible solution, the use of ontologies provides an umbrella under which federation of the measurement tools becomes feasible. In this regard, the talk presents the measurements ontology developed within MOMENT and OpenLab, along with the standardization efforts.
  • 15.40 - 16.00 - NOVI - NOVI's experience in monitoring tools and measurements - Józsi Stéger
The FP7 STREP project NOVI develops control, management and monitoring planes in order to allow the federation of various test beds, consisting of heterogeneous virtual resources. Monitoring and measurements of federated testbeds is of primary importance not only to allow other service components to make intelligent decisions, but it is also very valuable for the end-users. This talk focuses on the monitoring service component of NOVI, and it will be shown that with the use of monitoring ontology a wide range of monitoring tools, metrics and databases can be easily integrated in the NOVI monitoring framework.
  • 16:00 – 16:20 - CONECT - NITOS: Methods and measurement tools for experimentation on wireless testbeds - Thanasis Korakis
NITOS is a publicly accessible wireless testbed featuring WiFi-enabled nodes, USRP boards, cameras and various types of sensors, while it is currently also being extended with WiMAX, LTE and 3G femtocell components. In the EU project CONECT, NITOS is widely used for the implementation and experimentation evaluation of packet level cooperative approaches, from the MAC to the application layer. To cope with the heterogeneous set of measurements in these experimentation efforts, we use the OML measurement framework adopted from the EU project Openlab. OML is based on customizable measurement points inside applications running on the resources and provides a well-structured solution for capturing, processing, storing and visualizing measurements. Experimentation on cooperative networks, taking place in CONECT, exploits this framework, in order to benchmark different architectures tested on NITOS. The existence of USRP boards with spectrum sensing capabilities offers the capability of capturing the state of the wireless medium during an experiment and is extremely important for understanding the dynamics of cooperative networks implementation.

16:20 – 17:00: Session 4: Round table

  • Finally, a round table discussion about what can be performed/ reached by the projects together (from a directory of tools accessible to the FIRE community until joint tools developments), under which conditions, etc.

17:00 – 17:15: Concluding session

  • Wrapping-up results of discussions and define possible action points and future activities

FIRE workshop 3: EU-Japan Workshop on Experimental Future Internet Research

Presentations & slides available on FIRE web

Report from the workshop

Responsible for the workshop: Milon Gupta

Organisers: FIRE STATION Project & NICT, Japan

Location: Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Aalborg Congress & Culture Center, Europa Plads 4, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark

Meeting room: Albatrosstuen

Time: 09:00 - 12:30


The workshop will continue discussions between experts from the EU and Japan on collaborative activities in the Future Internet area with a focus on experimental R&D over federated testbeds in Japan and the EU. This will continue the dialogue from the 4th EU-Japan Symposium on the "New-Generation Network (NWGN)" and the "Future Internet (FI)" held in Tokyo, Japan, on 19 January 2012.

The workshop will be of particular interest for both Japanese and European researchers in view of the envisaged coordinated EU-Japan call for research projects in this area. The workshop will focus on ‘OpenFlow and its applications’ as well as ‘Global Cloud infrastructure’.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • SESSION 1: OpenFlow and its applications
  • SESSION 2: Global Cloud infrastructure
  • Wrap-up and conclusions

Expected outcome(s):

Closer collaboration between Japanese and European researchers, particularly in view of the envisaged coordinated EU-Japan call.


09:00 – 10:30 Opening and Session 1: OpenFlow and its applications

Session chair: Nozomu Nishinaga, NICT

  • The RISE testbed - Eiji Kawai, NICT, Japan - 10 minutes
  • The OFELIA testbed – how to use and federate it - Hagen Woesner, OFELIA, EU - 10 minutes +++ CANCELLED +++
  • Virtual Network Services as Enabler of Dynamic Application-Aware Traffic Engineering - Masato Tsuru, Kyutech, Japan - 10 minutes
  • NOVI Experimental Research in Federated Future Internet Infrastructures - Vasilis Maglaris, NOVI, EU - 10 minutes
  • Open Source Software Activities for Deploying OpenFlow - Yoshiaki Kiriha, NEC, Japan - 10 minutes
  • OpenFlow and P2P integrated testing - Christos Tranoris, OpenLab, EU (tbc) - 10 minutes

BREAK - 30 minutes

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Global Cloud infrastructure / Conclusions

Session chair: Anastasius Gavras, Eurescom

  • ICT Integrated Emulation according to Disaster Scenario on StarBED - Prof. Shinji Shimojo, Japan - 10 minutes
  • The BonFIRE multi-site Cloud prototype facility - Josep Martrat, BonFIRE, EU - 10 minutes
  • Challenges for Large Distributed Cloud – WIDE Cloud - Yuji Sekiya, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan - 10 minutes
  • Experimental challenges for cloud security - Albena Mihovska, CTIF, Aalborg University, EU - 10 minutes
  • AIST Inter-Cloud Framework - Tomohiro Kudoh, AIST, Japan - 10 minutes
  • Federating the wireless facilities of OpenLab with wired networks and the cloud - Thanasis Korakis, OpenLab, EU - 10 minutes

FIRE workshop 4: Brazil-EU cooperation in ICT Research and Development

Presentations & slides available on EC Cordis web

Responsible for the workshop: Jorge Pereira

Organizer: European Commission/FIRE

Location: Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Meeting room: Albatrosstuen

Time: 14:30 - 17:15

Related web page on EC CORDIS: Brazil-EU cooperation in ICT Research and Development


The event will run as part of Future Internet Week under Danish Presidency events, in Aalborg, Denmark. This workshop will involve experts from ICT research areas who have a strong potential for future cooperation and therefore might be interested in a new EU-Brazil coordinated call in the ICT field. This call includes topics in the area of cloud computing for science; sustainable technologies, services and applications for a smarter society and for large events, including experimental infrastructures and open services platforms, not forgetting the social dimension. Hybrid broadcast-broadband TV applications and services will also be addressed.

The event will be broadcast via IPTV and will involve via Skype and chat Brazilian as well as European participants unable to be physically present at the meeting. After the introduction of the call topics and of the rules for EU-Brazil cooperation under the ICT coordinated call, there will be presentations from related running projects and short presentations ("Elevator Pitches") where experts and organizations will present their ideas, indicating their needs for future collaboration. They may also offer their expertise for potential future international consortium partnerships. Finally, this event opportunity will support the networking between experts and organizations from EU and Brazil as well as it will stimulate the international ICT cooperation for the next coordinated call.

If interested to make a short (5-7 minutes) presentations (Elevator Pitch) please contact Jorge Pereira as soon as possible and before 20th April 2012, with the title of the proposed presentation, speaker name and contact details.

To participate at this FIRE Workshop 4 on Brazil-EU cooperation in ICT Research and Development please register at the FI-Week event website.

Please also join this workshop discussions, networking and preparation at FIRE Group at LinkedIn.

Expected Number of participants: 30 – 60.


Session chair: Manuel Monteiro

14:30 Opening Remarks Mario Campolargo, Director, EC

14:45 Sub-Objective Presentations: Cloud Computing for Science - Silvana Muscella; Sustainable technologies for a Smarter Society - José de las Heras; Smart services and applications for a Smarter Society - Nuria da Lama; Hybrid broadcast-broadband TV applications and services - Klaus Illgner;

15:30 Coffee Break

15:45 Experience in EU-Brazil Cooperation

16:00 Elevator Pitches

17:15 Closing Remarks - Virgilio Almeida, Secretary of State, Brazil

"Hands-on FIRE!" demo on Thursday May 10, 2012; 09:45 - 18:30

Hands-on FIRE!.jpg

Photos & short videos available in the FIRE FP7 group at Flickr

Location: Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Room: In the front of the auditorium

Time: 09:45 - 18:30

- Hands-on FIRE! Demo stand must always be staffed during 09:45 - 18:30 to be able to explain the project objectives (briefly) and how people can effectively use test facilities

FIRE HandsOn demo1.jpg


- Showcase FIRE Facilities


- We have a great opportunity to “sell” FIRE with a view towards Horizon 2020: FIRE 2.0

- Guided Tours of Hands-on FIRE!:

Tentative schedule:

11:30 - 12:15 - GENI

16:00 - 17:30 - ICTC

17:30 - 18:30 - FIF


Sending material in advance:

If you need to send demo material or brochures in advance to Aalborg, please send it to:

Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center

Att: Else Herfort, Tel: +45 9935 5518

Europa Plads 4

9000 Aalborg


Please label the package(s): "Future Internet Assembly"

Please send the track-and-trace number to Mr. Rasmus Hjorth Nielsen

Demo places:

- Demo stand must be always staffed during 09:45 - 18:30 to be able to explain the project objectives (briefly) and how people can effectively use test facilities

- Tables of 1.8m or 3.6 m will be available

- Poster walls will be in both ends of the table (90 cm wide)

- Displays will be on table

Demo set-up time:

- On May 9, 2012: 15:00-19:00

- On May 10, 2012: 07:00 - 09:30 (assistance from organizer 07:00 - 08:00)

Demo dismantle time:

- On May 10, 2012: 18:30 -> after FI Forum visit!

Power Sockets:

- Unless the projects need power for very power-intensive equipment, organizer provides the following: 1 power socket with 3 outlets supplying 2 kW. Sockets with more than 3 outlets not available.

FIRE shirts & caps for demo personnel:

- Lahnis/Timo Lahnalampi (Tel. +358 40 5456 971) will distribute FIRE shirts & caps for demo personnel based on "pre-orders" in time on FIRE STATION stand on Thursday morning May 10 at 09:00-09:30.

For ALL demo owners:

EXPERIMEDIA project can help you to make your demo even more visible by using augmented reality application in Apple & Android smartphones called smartsy. Each demo stand/poster can be a trigger recognizable by smartsy application.

FIRE STATION project will collect all project logos pointing direct to each project website.

If you are interested in to "augment" more your demo, e.g. having a picture of demo itself and pointing e.g. to video or any application, please contact Remi Francard!

QR-codes will be used similar way for Symbian devices.

Hands-on FIRE! Demonstrations:

Hands-on FIRE! Demo descriptions 2-pager incl. floorplan: File:Hands-on FIRE!.pdf

- Demo floor plan:

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Building Service Testbeds on FIRE, Project: BonFIRE - Kostas Kavoussanakis, Andrés Gómez, Raúl Valin

Demo description:

BonFIRE is a multi-site facility, consisting of five Cloud testbeds, distributed across Europe. The facility supports the community of researchers on applications, services and systems. BonFIRE provides an infrastructure that gives experimenters the ability to control and monitor the execution of their experiments to a degree that is not found in traditional cloud facilities.

BonFIRE Facility: As part of this demonstration, we will showcase applications already running on BonFIRE. We will use BonFIRE's graphical and declarative tools to describe experiments, then demonstrate BonFIRE's extensive, built-in, monitoring functionality, including VM, application and infrastructure metrics. We will also provide examples of controlling an experiment, showcasing controlled VM placement, controlled network parameters and cross-site, elastic deployment of resources. Additionally, our experts will help the event participants to run their first experiment on BonFIRE's facilities.

Virtual Clusters on Federated Cloud: This demonstration will show how to deploy a fault-tolerant virtual cluster devoted to High Throughput Computing (HTC) among several sites on BonFIRE infrastructure using a single command and how it adapts dynamically to the fault of one site using effectively the elasticity of the Cloud. We will also show how to build and use your own experiment agent to control your computing experiment.

Experimentation on Community Networks, Project: CONFINE - Roger Baig

About the project:

Community networks are an emerging and successful model for the Future Internet across Europe and far beyond. These community networks incorporate a large and wide variety of commodity wireless and optical links, heterogeneous nodes, different routing protocols, applications and a large number of end-users, following an innovative model of self-provisioning using unlicensed and public spectrum. The project develops a unified access to an open testbed with tools that allow researchers to deploy, run, monitor and experiment with services, protocols and applications on real-world community IP networks.

Demo description:

This demo shows the CONFINE testbed on Community Networks (following the Bottom-up Broadband model) with an on-site small extension of the testbed using a wireless Manet network linked live to other CONFINE nodes in different community networks in different parts of Europe ( in Catalonia, FunkFeuer in Austria, AWMN in Greece). The setup shows the CONFINE experimental nodes and how the testbed operates using a live experiment.

Video streaming over a publish-subscribe/information-centric architecture, Project: CONVERGENCE ( - Nicola Blefari Melazzi

Demo description:

The CONVERGENCE demo shows the dissemination of audio-video material by exploiting a publish/subscribe approach, coupled with information-centric networking (ICN) principles. The demo focuses on publishing video content (in the form of references to the video resource itself, plus metadata describing the video), and further publishing additional resources (for instance textual comments) that link and refer to the original video content. All publications are indexed in a semantic overlay and can be semantically subscribed to. All resources are stored in an ICN infrastructure and can be directly fetched by their identifier. Subscriptions are matched with publications in a distributed fashion, and the resulting matching video content is streamed to the subscriber by using streaming-over-HTTP technologies, mapped on top of the ICN infrastructure, in order to exploit caching of segments and collaborative "proximity routing" between users that watch the same video segments.

Wireless experimentation of cognitive radio networking solutions, Project: CREW - Ingrid Moerman (IBBT)

Demo description:

The CREW project will show two demonstrations:

  • Mobile experiments in a cognitive radio testbed: In this demo we will show how a subset of the testbed infrastructure provided by the CREW (Cognitive Radio Experimentation World) project can be accessed remotely to conduct experiments in the field of cognitive radio. We will use the TWIST testbed located at Technical University Berlin (TUB), Germany, to build an RF noise environment map for the department building. In the experiment a mobile robot, located at the Berlin island of the CREW platform, is equipped with a sensing agent that continously measures 2.4 GHz RF noise. The path of the robot will be controlled remotely (from Aalborg) and the measured data will be visualized in realtime. In addition, a signal generator at TUB premises can also be controlled remotely to emit RF noise in different parts of the spectrum, enabling a repeatable wireless environment. More info: Mikolaj Chwalisz (TUBerlin)
  • Capabilities of new Slovenian Island: In this demo we will show Vesna - the platform that is underlying the new testbed of the CREW (Cognitive Radio Experimentation World) federation located in Slovenia. We will show the Vesna hardware and software modules, their spectrum sensing capabilities, extensions, remote over the air reconfiguration and reprogramming. More specifically, Vesna is composed of four modules SNC (Sensor Node Core), SNR (sensor node radio), SNP (sensor node power) and SNA (sensor node application). The four modules can be layered in a sandwich for applications and we will show the layering for spectrum sensing applications. Spectrum sensing capabilities will be demoed in ISM bands. Finally, the over the air re-programming protocol will be demoed. More info: Carolina Fortuna (JSI) and Matevž Vučnik (JSI)

Future Media Internet, Project: EXPERIMEDIA - Remi Francard

Offering collective and participative experiences to real-world and online communities is at the heart of the Future Media Internet and forms an essential part of entertainment, collaborative working, education, product and service innovation and advertising. EXPERIMEDIA aims to explore new forms of social interaction and rich media experiences through experiments and pilots conducted at live events offered by culturally and economically important Smart Venues.

EXPERIMEDIA will demonstrate two technologies that offer examples of novel Future Internet usage: SkidroidXtreme and SmartSy. These technologies are representative of how user experience, user interaction and search are changed through rich media, pervasive sensors and content algorithms, and how media applications drive usage of the Internet. SkidroidXtreme and SmartSy are just a part of the EXPERIMEDIA toolkit which aims to support technologists innovating and disrupting Future Internet ecosystems through new applications and services. EXPERIMEDIA does this by offering experimentation at Smart Venues with infrastructures enhanced with generic FMI technologies and a methodology to pull it all together that considers the important relationship between Content Lifecycle (How we experience) and Experiment lifecycle (How we learn).

Interactive Gaming with Augmented Reality and NFC: Augmented reality, AR, and near field communication, NFC, are two technologies mixed into a game to propose a new user experience. The game is viewed through the phone’s camera and projected onto AR markers**. The game is winter sports inspired from Schladming skiing resort, one of the venue of the project. The obstacle course is an alpine slope and a playing user will steer a small skier down this course. It is in a miniature scale so that the game could be played on top of a small surface such as a table. The game interaction is also done using NFC as the markers used for AR projection are also NFC tags. Users also tap their phones in order to acquire new course modules. The game is developed as a part of a master’s thesis which aspires to explore ways of interaction using NFC and AR in mobile gaming. Thanks to the venues, EXPERIMEDIA facilitate the set up of scalable trial and be confronted to users’ adoption barrier and real quality of experience challenges.

Content Publishing and Sharing with mobile: Smartsy is a technology that develops a platform which identifies through visual recognition algorithms, real objects, images and videos, and connects them to organized and interactive information like, but not limited to, product information, reviews, similar product, m-commerce, ... creating a whole new ecosystem that links consumers, publishers, manufacturers, advertisers and technology companies. Smartsy has published the 1st version of its smartphone apps on iPhone and Android as well as a Cloud service which indexes object-triggers and allows editors to create, in the smartsy Generator, contents attached to objects. (

FIRE Infokiosk, Project: FIRE STATION - contact(at)

Demo description:

Overview of all FIRE projects and promotion of the overall concept of experimentally-driven research for the Internet of the Future, joining the two ends of academic-driven visionary research and industry-driven testing and experimentation. To make this approach a reality, FIRE aims to create a dynamic, sustainable, large scale European Experimental Facility, which is built by gradually connecting and federating existing and new test beds for emerging or future internet technologies.

Promotion tools:

- FIRE web

- FIRE Office/single contact point: contact(at)

- FIRE brochure

- FIRE group in LinkedIn, incl. European Commission organized FIRE Focal Point: Call for Ideas and Networking for Future Internet Research Experimentation activities under the ICT-WP2013.

- FIRE mobile news application

Integrating Smart/Green Buildings with the Web, Project: HOBNET - Sotiris Nikoletseas

Demo description:

Summary: This demo will showcase that developing a green building monitoring/automation application with the HOBNET architecture is as easy as developing any web-application. More specifically, the demonstration will include remotely connecting to the HOBNET testbed at Patras over the web and remotely interacting with diverse sensors (i.e. luminance, temperature, CO2, CO, etc) and actuators (i.e. controlling lights, curtains, ventilation system, etc). Furthermore, we will showcase how one can combine and manage these directly accessible resources into sophisticated smart, green scenarios such as room adaptation to presence, adaptation to weather conditions, emergency evacuation, etc. Live video stream from the testbed will be provided via an IP web camera.

Background: Up until now, systems developed for building automation applications follow rather simplistic architectures typically consisting of a WSN collecting and storing data to a database. Then custom made tools are developed that provide “real time” feedback by periodically accessing the database. This type of architectures exhibits severe limitations on scalability, portability and ease of maintenance as they highly depend on custom made software that addresses application-specific issues. The HOBNET proposed architecture aims on easing and maximizing the use of FIRE platforms for Future Internet applications on automation and energy efficiency for smart/green buildings. HOBNET introduces a RESTful and fully IPv6/6LoWPAN enabled architecture, thus facilitating seamless connectivity with the Web. Each mote is configured as a webserver with a unique global IP and each sensor is represented as a resource. This way, direct interaction with the system is feasible without any need of middleware.

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Federation of FI platforms: PlanetLab and FEDERICA use case, Project: NOVI - Bartosz Belter,Chrysa Papagianni

About the project:

NOVI (Networking innovations Over Virtualized Infrastructures) research concentrates on efficient approaches to compose virtualized e-Infrastructures towards a holistic Future Internet (FI) cloud service. Resources belonging to various levels, i.e. networking, storage and processing are in principle managed by separate yet interworking providers. NOVI will concentrate on methods, information systems and algorithms that will enable users with composite isolated slices, baskets of resources and services provided by federated infrastructures.

Demo description:

The demo will be a live presentation of how NOVI Innovation Cloud services enable users to create isolated slices with resources drawn from a federation of dissimilar, yet interconnected virtualization platforms. Intelligent services include resource discovery, virtual resource mapping, reservation and substrate stitching. The experiments will be performed on FEDERICA and private PlanetLab facilities.

Using the OFELIA testbed to support Information Centric Networking, Project: OFELIA - Stefano Salsano

Demo description:

This demo is about using the OFELIA testbed to support Information Centric Networking (ICN). Despite this demo has been developed by a partner of the OFELIA project, the ICN functionalities have been implemented using the OFELIA testbed as a "regular" external user. Therefore the demo will first show how it is possible to setup a distributed experiment based on Software Defined Networking / OpenFlow on the OFELIA testbed. Using the OFELIA control framework a "slice" for the ICN experiment is requested and the hardware and software configuration of the experiment is properly configured. Coming to the specific topic of the experiment, the demo willl show how it is possile to exploit the OpenFlow architecture to realize a distributed in-network caching infrastructure supporting ICN.

Instantiating generalized virtual network topologies across OFELIA islands, Project: OFELIA - Hagen Woesner Elio Salvadori

Demo description:

This demo presents VeRTIGO, an advanced network virtualization framework for OpenFlow / Software Defined Networking networks developed by CREATE-NET within OFELIA project. VeRTIGO enables researchers to instantiate generalized virtual network topologies decoupled from the underlying physical topology, with the aim to let them test novel network protocols and innovative operational mechanisms in a controlled testing environment. While currently under development, VeRTIGO's main features will be shown in two experimental scenarios: the first will demonstrate how OFELIA facility can be leveraged to test network virtualization mechanisms and capabilities. The second will show how VeRTIGO can effectively replace the current network virtualization framework (FlowVisor) by instantiating a virtual topology across two different islands of the facility.

Optical network control through OpenFlow, Project: OFELIA Mayur Channegowda

Demo description: One of the unique features of the OFELIA project is to support optical networks using extended OpenFlow protocol and its control framework. This demo will show how experimenters can use OpenFlow enabled optical switches (ADVA FSP 3000 ROADMs) in the OFELIA facility. The idea is to experiment lightpath establishment in the optical networking domain using extended OpenFlow controllers and OpenFlow agents using the OFELIA testbed. OpenFlow enabled ROADMs (ADVA FSP 3000) infrastructure at University of Essex will make use of the OFELIA testbed to run experiments in the optical domain. The demo will showcase how extended controllers interact with optical switches to discover optical network topology using OpenFlow. We will also demonstrate a sample application which users can run on top of the extended OpenFlow controller to setup and tear down a lightpath between the discovered network elements.

PlanetLab-NITOS federation, Project: OpenLab - Thanasis Korakis

Demo description:

This demo presents experimentation on the field of association mechanisms in wireless networks, in a combined wired and wireless environment. The scenario consists of a wireless station operating in the coverage area of two available access-points. The STA is sending traffic to a remote destination (in the wired network) through the Internet. The goal of the node is to get associated with the AP that gives the best end-to-end delay over the wired-wireless path. In order to provide a proper experimental setup that consists of both wired and wireless networks, we established a federated environment between the NITOS wireless testbed, located at the premises of the University of Thessaly, and the large-scale distributed Planetlab Europe wired testbed. This demo shows the federation approach we followed and provides some interesting results regarding experimentation in the combined experimental architecture. The whole experiment is orchestrated through the OMF control and management framework.

Remote control of mobile robots for setting up (controlled) mobility scenarios during mobile & wireless experiments, Project: OpenLab - Pieter Becue Ingrid Moerman

Demo description:

This demo will show how to remotely control the mobile robots in the W-iLab.t testbed in Ghent. During the demo, a live video feed will show the movement of the robots in the testbed. As the W-iLab.t testbed is fully OMF compatible, the robots will also be controlled by OMF. We will show how to define mobility patterns in the OMF experiment description language. This way, the users can define a fixed path for the robots to follow during their experiment. The exact position of the robots can be determined at any time during the experiment. We will also show how experiment data from the robots is collected through the OML measurement framework. All of the above functionality will be demonstrated by setting up a wireless experiment which will show the relevance of introducing mobility in a wireless testbed. One example could be to visualize the fluctuation in RSSI and/or throughput measurements when a robot drives around in the testbed where a wireless access point is set up. Interaction with the WiFi node on the robot during the experiment will also be shown.

OpenFlow and P2P integrated testing, Project: OpenLab - Christos Tranoris Spyros Denazis

Demo description: The demo will demonstrate how it is possible to use OpenLab tools with OpenFlow configuration. In more detail the demo will use the Federation Scenario toolkit for describing the experiment, including some potential federated resources from OpenLab. Then mechanisms like Resource Adapters and the Panlab Testbed Manager will be used to configure the testbed. The aim of the demonstration will be to show what are the possibilities with OpenLab tools for future experimentation.

Demo name here, Project: SMART-Net - Bruno Selva

Project Presentation:

SMART-Net project proposes a partially distributed infrastructure taking advantages of smart antennas techniques. SMART-Net addresses strong requirements in term of Scalability, Reliability and Security of Radio backbones dedicated to Mobile Access networks and Video surveillance applications.

In this context SMART-Net proposes a novel architecture with a set of algorithms and protocols combining multiple Radio Access Technologies (WiMAX and WiFi) with Smart Antennas deployed on subscriber units (whereas they are traditionally deployed on Base Station). Outcomes of the project have been developed taking advantage of a Real Life TestBed and Simulation TestBed integrating WiMAX, WiFi Radio Access Technologies and Smart Antennas. In the context of FIRE European Research Initiative, SMART-Net offers unique facilities to external European Researcher within this associated framework allowing them to perform their own investigations for Future Wireless Networks.

Demo description:

In Aalborg an example of Real Life TestBed node will be brought demonstrating on site how smart antenna can be advantageously used on WiMAX Subscriber Stations providing security, resiliency and capacity to the wireless link. Moreover SMART-Net Testbed access and usage will be presented and explained.

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SmartSantander: Experimenting IoT at the city scale, Project: SmartSantander - JM Hernandez-Munoz, Luis Muñoz, José Antonio Jiménez

SmartSantander project

The project aims at the creation of an experimental test facility for the research and experimentation of architectures, key enabling technologies, services and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) in an urban landscape. The testbed is conceived as an essential instrument to achieve the European leadership on key enabling technologies for IoT, and to provide the European research community with a one-and-only platform of its characteristics, suitable for large scale experimentation and evaluation of IoT concepts under real-life conditions.

The project envisions the deployment of 20,000 sensors in Belgrade, Guildford, Lübeck and Santander, exploiting a large variety of technologies. The core of the facility will be located in the city of Santander and its surroundings, encompassing IoT deployments, up to 12,000 devices in different key areas of the city infrastructure will be deployed, ranging from public transport, key logistics facilities such as harbour and waste management, public places and buildings, work places and residential areas, thus creating the basis for development of a Smart City.

Demo description

Different functionalities of the SmartSantander infrastructure will be remotely demonstrated, such as authentication and authorization procedures, resource management, over the air programming, experimentation and services.

  • Santander Facility. An experiment will be conducted towards the experimental test facility, composed of more than 3000 IoT devices deployed within the city of Santander. Once the user has been authenticated, a set of nodes will be selected and reserved in order to run the corresponding experiment. Selected nodes will be reprogrammed using Multihop Over The Air Programming (MOTAP) protocols, reflashing them with a new program and showing real time results to the audience. At the application level, as data aggregation for fine-tuning of real life services, different applications will be shown. Apart from the smart parking and environmental monitoring applications developed during the first year of the project, augmented reality and participatory sensing services are expected to be demonstrated as well.
  • Belgrade / Pancevo. Remote access to the EkoBus system deployed for environmental monitoring and public transport management will be shown. The system is made available for experimentation on IoT data level, and utilizes public city transportation vehicles to monitor a set of environmental parameters (CO, CO2, NO2, temperature, humidity) over a large area as well as to provide additional information for the end-user like the location of the buses and estimated arrival times to bus stops.
  • Guildford. The SmartCampus testbed is part of the SmartSantander facility and offers an environment of more than 200 IoT for experimentation devices in an indoor environment, deployed at Centre for Communication Systems Research, University of Surrey. The SmartCampus testbed provides advanced tools that allow experimenters to selected adequate testbed resources for her/his envisioned experiments based on static and dynamic resource properties which are semantically described and topology characteristics which are automatically updated. The demonstration will show how suitable resources can be selected based on desired resource properties and topology characteristics and how these tools can adapt to topology change. Finally it will demonstrate how easy it is to receive fast visual feedback on live experiments.
  • Lübeck. A collaboration between the projects SmartSantander and SPITFIRE will be shown. (Sensor-)Data about the availability of parking lots from two SmartSantander sites (Lübeck and Santander) will be aggregated and semantically enriched by the SPITFIRE SmartServiceProxy. This data is then used in a WebClient showing information about both cities.

Provisioning Semantic IoT Services, Project: SPITFIRE - Manfred Hauswirth Ioannis Chatzigiannakis

Demo description:

This demo will demonstrate how the SPITFIRE project results to develop Future Internet Applications. The experiments will utilize existing FIRE facilities (e.g., WISEBED, w-iLab.t) and a live testbed comprising of 10 IoT devices that will allow the participants to interact on-site with the embedded devices. The remote and local testbed will be federated using the Virtual Link technology provided by the FIRE facilities and the SPITFIRE Smart Service Proxy (SSP). Interaction between users and smart objects is achieved using technologies like 6LoWPAN, CoAP, RDF, Linked Data and advanced concepts like Semantic Entities and Automatic Sensor Annotation. The unified concepts, methods and software infrastructures developed in the context of the SPITFIRE project are exploited to develop a smart multi-office environment that interacts with the users' needs and while on the same time optimize energy consumption.

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TEFIS for ‎eHealth experimentation, Project: TEFIS - Jose Junior Farid Benbadis

Demo description: The eHealth application is a Future Internet solution under development, which is based in long distance surgery over non-dedicated networks with the help of a Distributed Patient Medical Record (PMR). The usage scenario of the solution is during a surgery in which a surgeon operates a patient, in another hospital, over a long distance with the data passing through a non-dedicated connection. In this procedure the surgeon will have access to all patient medical history and all new information, since the surgery video can be persisted in the PMR. The application also includes the functionality to test the input generated by the surgeon on the procedure, and tell if this type of network is capable to handle the long distance, with an acceptable jitter and response time. The purpose of this experiment is to measure the minimum resources necessary for the proper functioning of such an application. The goal here is to run the eHealth application under ideal conditions and with almost unlimited resources in order to measure its proper limits, and then, stress the network to see what happen when it is overloaded. After that several parameters will be adjusted, independently or not, and measure their impact on the overall performance of the application. This experiment will allow the exeprimenter to measure what is the minimum bandwidth required for its functioning and what level of latency and jitter can be accepted without losing quality in usability, as data-loss could create a disaster for the medical treatment of the patient, and a high jitter can misled the surgeon during the procedure.

Running this experiment requires from the experimenter to use multiple TEFIS connected testbeds: ETICS in Italy and the KyaTera testbed in Brazil. By using ETICS capabilities, the eHealth solution developers are able to produce the most efficient piece of code, in term of execution capabilities (CPU and memory usage, speed of execution, etc), as well as to create the application package and easing the application deployment due the large amount of dependencies; and for the KyaTera, once the application is compiled, it will be deployed on the testbed network, which is an optical network, that can provide high network capabilities, in term of bandwidth, error rate, latency, and jitter. Thus, it can be considered as a network with infinite resources, or can be an overload network, simulating the two capacity edges.

In the demo we will show in runtime how the TEFIS portal is used for planning a Future Internet service experiment, to request testbed resources on demand, to configure and initialise test resources, to deploy resources and to manage and run/re-run individual testruns and then to monitor and access results from the test. The demo will be a live demonstration of an effective test in runtime which involves testbed resources from two different testbeds independent of place. Spectators will gain insights into how TEFIS supports and satisfies the user requirements of service experimenters via a single access point. Moreover we will also demonstrate how to specify and plan for a Future Internet experiment and the various factors which should be taken into account for the best results.

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