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FIRE pre-FIA workshops on Tuesday May 7, 2013

2nd International Workshop on Measurement-based Experimental Research, Methodology and Tools (May 7, Full-day)

Responsible for the workshop: Dimitri Papadimitriou

General Chair: Dimitri Papadimitriou

Technical Program Chairs: Pere Vila, Ingrid Moerman

Project: EULER and CREW

Location: The Helix - Dublin City University (DCU) Campus in Glasnevin, North Dublin

Meeting room: DCU 4

Time: 10:00 - 18:00 (full-day)


Measurement and associated tools play nowadays a fundamental role in iterative experimental research. This role includes the evaluation of protocols, systems and their associated components, etc. functionality and performance by means of reliable and verifiable tools following a systematic methodology. It is also anticipated that distributed measurement and associated tools will become prominent in the context of operation and management of autonomic information communication infrastructures, at the equipment and monitoring level but also in support of higher-level control functionality such as on-line data analysis mining and diagnostic.

The full-day 2nd International Workshop on Measurement-based Experimental Research, Methodology and Tools (MERMAT) will take place on May 7, 2013 and be collocated with the Future Internet week (FI Week) to be held in Dublin (May 7-10, 2013). The goal of this workshop is to bring together measurement-based experiments from various research projects and initiatives in order to share experience in measurement methodology and tools, and to stimulate debate among participants. The workshop program will combine invited speakers and peer-reviewed papers (10 to 12) related to the topics listed here below.


  • Welcome and Introduction: 10h00 - 10h15
  • Key Note Speech: 10h15 - 11h00
 Title: Experimenting scaling properties with finite-size facilities
 Speaker: Dimitri Papadimitriou
  • Coffee Break: 11h00
  • Session 1: 11h15-12h30
 Invited Speech:
 Speaker: Ingrid Moerman (Ghent University - iMinds, Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Belgium)
 Investigation of One-Way Delay Variation in Substrate and Slice Measurements over a European-wide Future Internet Platform
 Susanne Naegele-Jackson (DFN-Verein, Berlin, Germany) 
 Peter Kaufmann (Regional Computing Center of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany)
 The EVARILOS Benchmarking Handbook: Evaluation of RF-based Indoor Localization Solutions
 Tom Van Haute, Eli De Poorter, Jen Rossey, Ingrid Moerman (Ghent University-iMinds, Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Belgium)
 Vlado Handziski, Arash Behboodi, Filip Lemic, Adam Wolisz (Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany) 
 Niklas Wiström, Thiemo Voigt (Swedisch Institute for Computer Sience, Sweden)
 Pieter Crombez, Piet Verhoeve (Televic Health Care, Belgium)
 Jose Javier de las Heras (Advantic Sistemas y Servicios, Spain)
  • Lunch break: 12h30 - 13h45
  • Session 2: 13h45 - 15h00
 Invited Talk:
 A Framework for Modeling and Execution of Infrastructure Contention Experiments
 Carmelo Ragusa, Philip Robinson, Sergej Svorobej (SAP UK Ltd., The Concourse, Queen’s Rd, Queen’s Island, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, United Kingdom)
 Network design for the LOG-a-TEC outdoor testbed
 Tomaž Šolc (Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
 Zoltan Padrah (Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Coffee Break
  • Session 3: 15h30 - 17h00
 Invited Talk:
 A Network Traffic Classification based on Coupled Hidden Markov Models
 Fei Zhang, Wenjun Wu (State Key Laboratory of Software Development School of Computer Science, Beihang University Beijing, China)
 Reducing Power Consumption in Body-centric Zigbee Communication Links by means of Wearable Textile Antennas
 P.Vanveerdeghem (1,3), B.Jooris (2), P.Becue (2), P.Van Torre (3), H.Rogier (3), I.Moerman (2), J.Knockaert (1) 
 (1) Electronics and Information Technology (ELIT) lab, Ghent University campus Courtray 
 (2) iMinds-Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
 (3) IMEC-Ghent University, Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Ghent, Belgium 
  • Panel Session: 17h00 - 18h00
 Panelists: Dimitri Papadimitriou, Ingrid Moerman, John Doe (TBC), Pierre Dupont (TBC) 
  • End of the Workshop: 18h00

Workshop topics:

    • Measurement techniques and tools specialized for traffic spatio-temporal properties, network and routing topology/properties, protocol performance, wireless/wireline technologies, etc. in experimental settings
    • Methods and techniques to generate repeatable, reproducible, and reliable measurements in experimental heterogeneous settings
    • Methods, techniques, and tools to reproduce representative experimental conditions
    • Measurement verification and comparison methods and techniques
    • Extrapolation and interpolation techniques
    • Sampling techniques, calibration / timing and synchronization techniques, etc.
    • Large-scale simulation and emulation distributed measurement methodology, tools, etc.
    • Distributed measurement techniques and tools for test-beds/experimental facilities including small to large-scale test-beds, federated test-beds, homogeneous/ heterogeneous test-beds, etc.
    • Advances on distributed measurement: agents, platforms and on-line analysis
    • Data-mining, interpretation, knowledge acquisition from experimental measurements
    • Modeling/analyzing experimental data by time series (frequency-domain/time-domain methods, parametric and non-parametric methods, univariate/multivariate) for exploratory analysis, prediction and quantitative forecasting, regression analysis, etc.
    • Multivariate experimental data analysis, e.g., analysis of variance, regression analysis, principal component analysis (PCA) and variants, discriminant analysis (DA) and variants, etc.
    • Estimation methods and techniques using experimental data
    • Interval estimation and statistical hypothesis tests using sample of experimental data

FIRE Vision 2020 workshop (7 May morning)


Responsible for the workshop: Scott Kirkpatrick Jacques Magen

Presentations downloadable and links to presentation videos on FIRE web

Project: AmpliFIRE and FIRE STATION

Location: The Helix - Dublin City University (DCU) Campus in Glasnevin, North Dublin

Meeting room: BlueRoom (changed May 7)

Time: 09:00 - 12:45

LIVE broadcast: For those not able to travel to Dublin the workshop is broadcasted LIVE on internet!

Please note that 25 first can see the LIVE broadcast. Later on the video will be available on the FIRE web.


The AmpliFIRE and FIRE STATION projects invite you to participate in developing a vision, scenarios, and roadmap for FIRE in Horizon 2020 -- the next 3-8 years. The workshop will be an opportunity to review a FIRE Radar in its draft form, and provide feedback or add to its scope. Radar means in our case that we need you to help us detect coming trends/future scenarios and try to tell us where (direction), when (distance) these trends are going and when they "hit" us in order for us to better understand the needs, demands on FIRE facilities and testbeds that should be there to support development and research. We invite the core FIRE facilities, research projects and others to participate and help us in targeting the key activities that we will build upon in the next 5-10 years.

The workshop will be run interactively, involving panelists and the audience. We will review the “FIRE Radar” in its draft form, and provide feedback or add to its scope. This exercise aims to draw out new ideas for technical directions, combinations of tools, ways of exploiting end-user input, and paths to the marketplace.


08.30 – 09.00 Welcome and registration

09.00 – 09.15 Workshop introduction – Scott Kirkpatrick, HUJI

09.15 – 09.45 From FIRESTATION to AmpliFIRE: FIRE today and tomorrow (Moderator: Scott Kirkpatrick, HUJI)

  • Results of FIRESTATION - Martin Potts (FIRE STATION project coordinator, Martel)
  • Prospects from AMPLIFIRE - Hans Schaffers (AmpliFIRE project coordinator, Aalto University)

09.45 – 11.00 FIRE Towards 2020 (Moderator: Jacques Magen, InterInnov)

  • FIRE in Horizon 2020 – Jorge Pereira / Nikolaos Isaris (European Commission)
  • FIRE Open Calls and their new customers– Géraldine Quetin (InterInnov)
  • FIRE Vision 2020 presentation and status – Scott Kirkpatrick (HUJI)
11.00 – 11.15	BREAK & NETWORKING 

11.15 – 12.30 FIRE and New Perspectives (Moderator: Michael Boniface, IT Innovation)

  • DAIR programme and relevance for FIRE – Mark Wolff (CANARIE/DAIR)
  • FIRE and SMEs – Jean-Charles Point (FUSION project coordinator, JCP Consult)
  • FIRE and FI-PPP - Mike Surridge (FI-PPP INFINITY & XIFI, IT Innovation), Juanjo Hierro (FI-WARE project coordinator, Telefonica)
  • Prospects for Business Exploitation – Piet Demeester (Fed4FIRE project coordinator, iMinds)
  • FIRE and EIT ICTLabs - TBC

12.30 – 12.45 CLOSING

  • Short overview of Hands-On FIRE! Demo - Timo Lahnalampi
  • Short presentation of Fed4FIRE Workshop - Piet Demeester
  • Wrap up and Closing – Scott Kirkpatrick

Fed4FIRE training session and open calls workshop (7 May afternoon)

Responsible for the workshop: Piet Demeester, Anastasius Gavras

Project: Fed4FIRE

Location: The Helix - Dublin City University (DCU) Campus in Glasnevin, North Dublin

Meeting room: TBD

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

LIVE broadcast: For those not able to travel to Dublin the workshop is broadcasted LIVE on internet!

Please note that 25 first can see the LIVE broadcast. Later on the video will be available on the FIRE web.


The goal of the Fed4FIRE IP project ( is to develop open and easily accessible experimentation facilities to the FIRE communities, with a wide focus on fixed and wireless networks, services and applications, and combinations thereof. To this end, a common federation framework is developed providing simple, efficient and cost effective tools and methodologies to support experimenters in running high-quality experiments.

At this event the Fed4FIRE IP project will share information on its first open call for (1) experiments and (2) additional testbeds. (1) We are looking for innovative experiments from industry and academia that can run on the federated Fed4FIRE experimentation facilities encompassing 13 infrastructure and service testbeds (fixed and wireless networks, Open Flow/SDN facilities, cloud services,...). (2) In addition we also look for additional tesbeds that could strengthen and complement the current Fed4FIRE offering. Experimenters and testbed owners that are selected as part of this open call will receive funding from the European Commission to carry out the required work.

As an experimenter, you will get the opportunity to get first-hand information from the tesbed owners that are currently part of the federation and learn how Fed4FIRE can be used to support your research. As testbed owner, you will be presented with the benefits of joining the federation.

The expected audience includes a wide range of communities (including universities, research institutes and small or large companies).

In order to stimulate the participation of SMEs, the FUSION project will also support this workshop.

SMEs are developing new protocols, devices, applications and services, which could benefit from large scale validation on testing facilities. The goal of the FUSION project ( is to bring SMEs that have needs in testing new features together with the FIRE testbeds.

FUSION provides an exchange portal whereby SMEs through their clusters can present their testing requirements. The portal lines up these requirements with the testing capabilities available on the testbeds.

FUSION provides a series of engagement activities with clusters integrating SMEs or ultimately with SMEs. These engagement activities will discuss the testbeds capabilities, the SME testing requirements and application market opportunities, to enable collaboration and dissemination of information and to report on their findings. SMEs with inadequate or no testbeds facilities, will be able to benefit from what is already available and from the expertise of people who have developed and worked on these world-class research facilities. This type of fusion will enable greater awareness, collaboration, networking and cohesion between SMEs and the testbed facilities groups leading to greater innovation and competitiveness in European ICT industry.

Target Audience

Stakeholders in the ICT industry and academic communities, actively involved in research and experimentation in the Future Internet area. The tutorial will be of particular interest to experimenters that seek access to large infrastructures for experimentation, as well as facility providers who seek to expand their target audience and offer their services to larger communities.


Session chair: Anastasius Gavras

  • 14h00-14h15 Opening and introduction to the project (Piet. Demeester)
    • Overview and objectives
    • Available testbeds
    • Objectives of the call
  • 14h15-15h15: Experimenter training (Wim. Vandenberghe)
    • Benefits for experimenters
    • Architecture
    • Capabilities of the testbeds
    • Access to the testbeds
    • Deploying and controlling experiments
    • Collecting measurements and monitoring data
  • 15h15-15h45: Facility provider training (Wim. Vandenberghe)
    • Benefits for facility providers
    • Architecture
    • Requirements for joining the federation
    • Integration options and access control for users
    • Long term sustainability plans

15h45-16h15: Coffee break

Session chair: TBD

  • 16h15-17h00: Open calls explained (Anastasius Gavras)
    • tentative call text and budget
    • eligibility criteria
    • timeline of the call
    • financial aspects and provisions
    • evaluation process and criteria
    • IPR issues
  • 17h00-17h20: SME requirements for test infrastructures (TBD)
  • 17h20-17h40: FUSION: Support of SME participation in the Fed4FIRE open calls (Jean-Charles Point)
  • 17h40-18h00: The FUSION SME Portal (Donal Morris)


(G)MPLS and OpenFlow: Interworking, Integrating, or Replacing? (7 May morning)

Responsible for the workshop: Hagen Woesner

Project: OFELIA

Location: The Helix - Dublin City University (DCU) Campus in Glasnevin, North Dublin

Time: TBD


The workshop addresses network researchers and engineers that have a certain background on MPLS and would like to find out the relation of GMPLS and the latest buzzword SDN. Separation of data and control planes is common to both approaches, but the APIs are completely different (and orthogonal). The workshop addresses the following questions: Will SDN replace GMPLS? How much use will SDN make of the software stacks that have been developed for GMPLS? The FP7 project OFELIA has a strong participation of research groups in the optical networks area. We invite participants from other research groups, and will provide information on the current developments.


Session chair:

  • Piero Castoldi: From GMPLS to OpenFlow Control & Monitoring of Optical Networks
  • Nicola Ciulli: Coexistence of GMPLS and OpenFlow - Rationale and approaches
  • Ramon Casellas: Control Plane approaches for Elastic Optical Networks based on DWDM flexi-grid
  • Reza Nejabati: tbd.
  • Hagen Woesner: Multi-Region Controllers, virtualization and a final question


Social Things (7 May morning)

Responsible for the workshop: Bruno Apolloni

Project: Social&Smart

Location: The Helix - Dublin City University (DCU) Campus in Glasnevin, North Dublin

Meeting room: TBD

Time: 9.00 - 12:20


In a period where socialism as an economic option is variously questioned, very few people are against social instances of our life such as entertainment, custom assistance, and so on. This happens with the management of many things accompanying our life as well. The motivation and the check of this trend are very essential: things are social because they work better. Social politics however are highly questionable also in this field. In the workshop speakers from academy and industry will discuss them from a true technical perspective. Thus, in the SOCIAL&SAMART ( perspective audience will be lead to confront completely distributed approaches where things are agents interacting on the network, and a service centric approach where a sound hierarchy dispatches instructions. They will also consider the relevance of the open software and open hardware in this venture. The role itself of a social network receiving feedback directly from things will be discussed, and the notion of collective intelligence will be updated in view of the huge amount of data and new functionalities subtending the network. In a true essence, audience will be called to elaborate on how to organize their concrete life on the basis of facts on things rather than verbose slogans. This vision is compared with the alternative perspective of BETaaS project ( which focuses on a content-centric platform distributed over a local cloud, hosted by the gateways, providing an environment for applications accessing M2M services and devices through a set of services. Its deployment is dynamic so as to follow the time-varying M2M services and the changing characteristics of the applications.


Session chair: Elena Cordiviola

  • 9:00 - 9:20: Distributed versus hierarchical organization of things ( Bruno Apollon, University of Milan)
  • 9:20 - 9:40: Things as a Service (Valerio Di Gregorio, Intecs S.p.A.)
  • 9:40 - 10:00: Distributed Services in a IoT local cloud of Smart Things (Novella Buonaccorsi, Intecs S.p.A.)
  • 10:00 - 10:20: The role of open software/open hardware (David Cuartielles, Arduino)
10:20 - 10:40: Coffee break 

Session chair: Bruno Apolloni

  • 10:40 - 11:00 Social networks of people and things: the boundary of unconscious computing (Manuel Grana, University of Pais Vasco)
  • 11:00 - 11:20 New paradigms of computational intelligence( Franciscco Barrientos, Centro Tecnologico CARTIF)
  • 11:20 - 11:40 Intelligent and adaptive pervasive Future Interne (tGeorge Karidakis, National Technical University of Athens)
  • 11:40 - 12:20 Panel session


Hands-on FIRE! demonstrations on 8 - 10 May, 2013

Hands-on FIRE!.jpg


The objective of the Hands-on FIRE! demonstrations is to showcase experimentally-driven research by providing hands-on access and by running actual experiments involving FIRE+ projects with testbeds and facilities, and in particular those with external experiments.

The demonstrations will be running Wednesday 8 May 09:00 till Friday 10 May 12:00. The installation and testing of equipment can start on Tuesday 7 May at noon.

Snapshots of the previous Hands-On FIRE! & other FIRE Demo-events in YouTube.


The Helix - Dublin City University (DCU) Campus in Glasnevin, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, Ireland


Room: The Ground floor

Dates & Times:

Demo set-up time:

- Tuesday May 7th: 12:00 - 19:00 TBC

- Wednesday May 8th: 07:00 - 09:00 TBC


- Wednesday May 8th 09:00 - 18:00

- Thursday May 9th 09:00 - 18:00

- Friday May 10th 09:00 - 12:00

Demo dismantle time:

- Friday May 10th: 12:00 ->

Demo places & other practicalities:

- Tables (multiples of 0.9 m) with walls will be available

- There will also be a wall in the end of each table for more poster space

- Each booth will have TWO power sockets, one for the TV screens (Irish connectors) and another for the demo equipment

NOTE: Do not overwhelm the network. Each socket is limited to 1 kW!

- Irish power extensions may be needed for the TV screens!

- Bring POWER ADAPTERS (UK->EU) and your own POWER EXTENSIONS preferably with circuit breakers!

- Each project will be provided only ONE Ethernet connection and a range of IPv4 addresses – also IPv6 if needed

- You are reminded to bring your own switches/routers and additional Ethernet cabling!

- If you require WLAN, you will NOT be authorized to use your own, as this might collapse the whole network

- You will be given access to closed WLAN networks via a password provided on site

- NO PROJECTORS will be provided; bring your own if necessary!

IP Network information:


Subnet Mask Default Gateway DNS Primary DNS Secondary

- You will get separately your IP range. It is CRUCIAL that you stick to your range to avoid conflicts!

- Additionally, there will be a DHCP Subnet ( with 253 IP addresses allocated dynamically.

- There will be no restrictions to the Internet for applications through the Firewall.


It will be Dynamically allocated and there will be no restrictions to the Internet on IPv6.


There will be two competitions during FIA:

  • The Best Demo
  • The Best Poster
  • SAME TEMPLATE for posters for booths and for poster sessions
  • A0 posters:
a - PRINT THEM and BRING THEM with you.
b - Portrait or landscape? It is up to you (update 28.4.).
In the booth, you can use either portrait or landscape. It is up to you what fits in your booth.

FIA participants will have the opportunity to vote separately for the BEST DEMO and BEST POSTER via an electronic voting mechanism.

The BOOTH & POSTER will be attributed (on site) one and the same number for people to vote. Summary: there should be at least two posters focusing on the Project proper and the Demonstration(s). You can select which poster you think is the more interesting for the FIA participants and position a reminder (you will receive) with the number next to it.

VIP Tours to be organized:

Tentative schedule:

Wednesday May 8th:

  • at 10:30 for Deputy DG Stancic, Director Mário Campolargo
  • at 11:30 for GENI
  • at 17:30 for FIF Members

Thursday May 9th:

  • at 17:00 for FIF Members and Director Mário Campolargo

Sending material in advance:

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

Mr Conor Coyle

The Helix


Collins Avenue

Dublin 9


Please clearly mark that the package is for "Hands-On FIRE! - FIA Dublin"

Phone +353 1 7007000

Email: Conor Coyle

It is important that the materials ONLY ARRIVE AFTER May 1st as there is no secure storage until May 1st!


Contact for further information: Jorge Pereira/EC, responsible for FIA Demonstrations and Exhibition and pre-FIA Workshops


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

- The final demo floor plan:


BonFIRE: A multi-cloud facility for experimentation

Project: BonFIRE - Contact: General Enquiries and Josep Martrat (Atos)

BonFIRE offers a multi-site cloud for experimentation. The project has opened free access to the facility by organizations not within the BonFIRE consortium. Over 2013 the BonFIRE consortium expects to involve an increasing number of experimenters accessing the multi-cloud facility.

Demo description:

We will demonstrate live access to the facility with at least the following functionalities:

  • Usability: We will show how to easily create a cloud experiment with controlled networks, using our simple experiment descriptor.
  • Control: We will demonstrate how it is possible to select the placement of virtual machines on user-specified physical hosts and how to create compute resources with user-specified instance types (CPU and RAM combinations).
  • COCOMA: We will show how to simulate a 'production' environment by injecting contention patterns that can be controlled by the user. We will demonstrate how to gather all necessary monitoring information offered by the BonFIRE system, at infrastructure, virtual and application levels in order to analyse the experiment results.
  • Guaranteed bandwidth: Two cloud sites with resources connected via "bandwidth on demand" functionality provided by AutoBAHN on GEANT (and how this can be requested via a simple experiment descriptor).
  • User demo: A live demo from the BonFIRE 2nd open call, titled "QoS Oriented Service Management in Large Scale Federated Clouds" (SILICON experiment).

This will be complemented with other successful experiment videos of the 1st open call.

  • Cancer Radiotherapy (VCOC experiment)
  • Media traffic prioritisation (TurboCloud experiment)

CONVERGENCE project: a publish-subscribe service model over Information-Centric Networks, with applications

Project: CONVERGENCE - Contact: Nicola Blefari Melazzi

Cooperation with FIRE infrastructures includes network experiments performed over OFELIA (OpenFlow) and OpenLab (PlanetLab)

Demo description:

The final demo of the CONVERGENCE project shows examples of both tracks of the project trials, namely networking experiments exploiting other FIRE infrastructures, and applications showing complete system functionalities. The example of the first track (ICN-demo) shows the dissemination of audio-video material operated by a Content Distribution Provider that uses CONVERGENCE instruments to optimize content distribution and to support information-based publish-subscribe services. The provider distribution network is an ICN overlay network, deployed on PlanetLab nodes of different countries (e.g. France, Italy, Peru, etc.). Edge nodes also implement middleware functionality and Internet users or content providers access or inject information by means of an HTTP interface. During the demonstration, a video publisher generates a new audio-video material which is disseminated by the Content Distribution Provider. Clients located in different countries subscribe to and fetch videos. Videos are transferred via ICN means within the provider network and finally on the user HTTP connection. The Provider may replicate contents on different storage points of its ICN by using a console, to optimize content distribution. This optimization is shown on the Provider console by means of run-time graphs of network traffic, to highlight some benefits provided by ICN, namely in-network caching and routing-by-name. As regards the second track, the project demonstrates several Applications built on-top of the CONVERGENCE middleware and assembled in a modular fashion thanks to a novel MPEG-M Middleware architecture. MPEG-M is composed of elementary building blocks that are designed to inter-operate, and understand a common concept of Versatile Digital Item, the self-contained atomic information object of CONVERGENCE. The Applications showcase scenarios where different software pieces owned by different actors of the information value-chain are made inter-operable by using VDIs and elementary, standardized primitives for dissemination of augmented digital content in the network. Users receive information of their interest by entering simple semantic queries that subscribe them to pieces of information, delivered to them whenever publishers appear that produce matching content. VDIs are able to wrap and describe multimedia content as well as Real World Objects, and the demonstrators cover important use cases set forth by the industry partners of CONVERGENCE, in areas such as Retailing, Photography, Cultural Heritage, Education. Demonstrators show how CONVERGENCE can provide useful support for new business models in the photography and audiovisual management businesses. It becomes easier for photographers to contribute and describe photos, and for video channels owners to benefit from semantic techniques, when the same video resources are exploited several times in different contexts of use. Similarly, in “smart retailing” supply chains for consumer electronics products, beneficiaries of the integrated exchange of information are Manufacturers, Retailers and Consumers.

CREW project: Cognitive Radio Experimentation World

Project: CREW - Contact: Ingrid Moerman (iMinds)

The CREW stand showcases several cognitive radio (networking) experiments and explains how experimenters can benefit from the open access to our various advanced wireless test facilities and cognitive components.

Delegates visiting the CREW stand will be able to see different experimentation results concerning cognitive radio, cognitive networking and spectrum sharing. Many of these results were made possible via our 1st and 2nd Open Call, which offered free usage of different cognitive radio facilities across Europe, and additional support by the CREW core consortium. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about what the CREW platform could offer for their experiments. At the FIA event, they can experience what kind of experiments and how they can be executed and pose specific questions to the CREW members at our stand about practicalities to participate in our third Open Call [1], which will soon be officially announced.

Demo description:

A) Demonstrations of the results of experiments by the core consortium

1./ Building a radio environment map for tracking a moving interfering robot (by iMinds and imec): Coexistence of wireless technologies (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee…) in ISM bands is hard, because different technologies are interfering with each other. To improve coexistence devices should be capable to detect co-located interferers, which can be mobile devices moving around. By using distributed spectrum sensing device at different nearby locations, a radio environment map (REM) can be created showing the spatial spectrum occupation. This demo will show a moving robot, which generates interference, that is sensed by advanced distributed spectrum sensing devices (both common USRP and proprietary imec) and visualized in a REM.

2./ Handover on the Iris software radio platform (by Trinity College Dublin): The purpose of this demonstration is to showcase the capabilities of the Iris software radio platform with an implementation of handover with continuous service between two independent base-station entities belonging to different operators. The handover occurs without any link layer connection between the base-stations and without prior knowledge of base-station operating frequencies or channelization on the part of the receiver. For this to work the receiver must be a cognitive receiver, i.e. a cognitive radio device that intelligently determines the frequencies at which the target base station is operating on, and execute the handover itself. The implementation consists of three radios, two transmitters and a cognitive receiver, all of which are full radio chains that have been implemented completely with the Iris software radio platform.

B) Demonstrations of the final results of all Open Call 1 experiments

3./ Device sensitivity and environment measurements (by University of Durham): Cognitive radio (CR) relies on sensing its environment to identify unoccupied frequencies. The success of CR depends on the sensitivity of the used devices to detect the primary user, and the environment which can cause the signal to be undetectable due to either blockage by buildings or terrain or due to the presence of multiple paths connecting the transmitter to the receiver. To avoid causing interference to the primary user, the experiments at Durham University tested several devices to identify their sensitivity and measured three environments: the air cabin at EADS, TUB and iMinds.

4./ CCA agent in a CSMA MAC using Iris (by Technische Universitat Ilmenau): This demonstration showcases the integration of the imec sensing engine (SE) as a clear channel assessment (CCA) agent into a carrier sense multiple access (CSMA) based medium access control (MAC) protocol implemented on the basis of Iris. In particular, the demo shows how the MAC, in conjunction with the SE, coordinates access to the shared medium and allows a live video conference over the system.

5./ Collaborative spectrum sensing (by Tecnalia): The demonstration will show a limited example of collaborative spectrum sensing, i.e. information of different sensors at different locations is integrated to have a picture of the spectrum occupation. Measurements from the different sensors are integrated through different algorithms in order to feed a data base of spectrum occupation. Users on a dynamic spectrum access system could connect to this data base and know which frequency bands are already occupied and which are free and could therefore be employed by them. Different CREW testbed facilities have been mixed in order to build this system.

C) [optional] Demonstrations of the provisional results of some Open Call 2 experiments

6./ CABIN-CREW demo (by Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni): It is well known that contention-based access schemes work poorly in case of mesh topologies, where collisions due to hidden nodes can significantly degrade the network throughput. Introducing a TDMA-like access mechanism, able to allocate different time access intervals to hidden nodes, can mitigate this problem and improving the network performance. Goal of our demo is showing that the Wireless MAC Processor architecture allows to support the definition of self-adapting access mechanisms, able to switch from standard DCF to a pseudo-TDMA access scheme and vice versa, following the measure, analyze, decide and action phases of the cognitive cycle in case of hidden nodes. The demo will be configured on the wiLab testbed of the CREW federation, where multi-hop topologies (where some of the nodes are not in radio visiblity) can be easily created.

EULER Project: GCMR Experiment

Project: Euler - Contact: Dimitri Papadimitriou

Demo description:

By decoupling multicast routing (and addressing) from network addressing, GCMR a greedy compact multicast routing scheme developed by the EULER project can run independently of the unicast routing topology. This multicast routing algorithm enables the dynamic construction of point-to-multipoint routing paths (referred to as Multicast Distribution Tree or MDT) for the distribution of multicast traffic from any source to any set of leaf nodes. The novelty of the proposed algorithm relies on the routing information obtained locally and proportionally to the node degree instead of requiring knowledge of the global topology information (proportional to the network size) for the dynamic MDT construction. The proposed scheme is competitive against both existing compact multicast routing schemes and existing IP multicast routing protocols such as PIM (RFC 4601) (combined with Multicast BGP (RFC 2858) in terms of multicast routing path stretch and memory consumption, respectively.

The purpose of the proposed experiment is to demonstrate that GCMR re-routing can be performed without waiting for unicast routing state convergence and thus improves gain in tree (re-)convergence time compared to the currently deployed BGP + PIM multicast routing. In the latter case, dependence on the underlying unicast routing states, implies a strong dependence on the unicast routing state convergence time, in particular, upon occurrence of path exploration which increases BGP convergence delay. In other term, this demo aims demonstrating that local GCMR re-routing overcomes the inherent convergence delay of path-vector routing which also affects multicast routing.


Showcases over the FIBRE testbed

Project: FIBRE - Contact: Sebastià Sallent, Leonardo Bergesio, Mayur Channegowda

Demo description:

The session will show two experiments performed over the FIBRE infraestructure. First RouteFlow will be executed as an experimenter application that requests OpenFlow switches and end-hosts (VMs) located in different testbeds located at the CPqD island in Campinas and the USP island located in Sao Paulo. The experiment setup is done via the OCF (OFELIA Control Framework) providing control and visualization of the requested slice, which includes reserving the flow space (policed by FlowVisor), booting up the VMs and stitiching together the desired OpenFlow topology, based on hardware or software-based OpenFlow devices.

The second demo shows the potential of FIBRE federated islands to run experiments over heterogeneous infrastructure with a software defined network control plane. A co-ordinated packet-optical network integration not only provides simplified operations & multiplexing gain but also inter layer blending reducing CAPEX/OPEX and service unit costs. This has potential impact on cloud architectures which have shifted to a hybrid packet-optical infrastructures. Here we demonstrate a virtual machines migration over layer 2 Ethernet switches and WDM optical switches which are openflow enabled. An SDN app is used to push flows both over packet & optical domains showcasing the abilities of the FIBRE infrastructure.

Future Media Internet

Project: EXPERIMEDIA - Contact: Remi Francard

Demo description: Two demos will be presented at EXPERIMEDIA Booth:

MEDIAConnect Demonstration The MEDIAConnect experiment is finding out whether people find Augmented Reality displays useful for accessing information.

MEDIAConnect is deployed in Schladming, the Austrian ski resort that recently hosted the FIS World Ski Championship 2013. The experiment is investigating the Quality of Experience for tourists using a mobile augmented reality application. By pointing their tablet or phone at large panorama posters of the ski slopes located at the ski lifts they can view additional dynamic content such as weather conditions, ski lift states (open or closed) and photos of points of interest. This application aims to allow skiers to better plan their day of skiing and spot new areas of interest whilst at the ski station.

See for yourself: come and try MEDIAConnect at our stand.

Weightlifting Demonstration Come and see if you can lift our weights better than an Olympic athlete at the Future Internet Athletics (FIA)!

When lifting our (very light) weights you will be tracked in 3D and given a score for the leaderboard which is then Tweeted for your friends to enjoy. Meanwhile the score, Quality of Service data from the 3D tracking, your emotional feedback and analysis of social network activity is all fed into the Experiment Content Component database to help an experimenter understand the usage and impact of the system. This is a fun extension of an experiment being undertaken at CAR, the high-performance athletics training facility in Barcelona. Instant feedback is provided to the athletes and coach regarding the speed and balance of a lift and we may also investigate the pros and cons of sharing training performance data online with an athlete’s social circle.

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SOUNDS FOR SMARTER FUTURE INTERNET BY EAR-IT - Experimenting Acoustics in Real environment using Innovative Test-beds

Project: EAR-IT - Contact: Pedro Malo, UNINOVA

Demo description: Two demos will be presented by the EAR-IT project ( One demo will show the capabilities brought by acoustic in events detections which are actually used for energy efficiency in buildings, for events detections in hospitals and more. Another demo will present what is actually experimented in Santander combining the power of Accoustic-enabled IoTs and IoT Networks for developing innovative applications in traffic monitoring and ambulance- siren detections.

EAR-IT is working on the exiting challenges of using acoustic sensing in smart cities and smart building. With innovation and research in this area, the project is experimenting in the city of Santander (Spain) and for intelligent building in Geneva, applications improving security, energy saving, traffic management and more. The project will conduct large-scale ‘real-life’ experimentations of intelligent acoustics on two existing test beds with the FP7 FIRE projects SmartSantander and Hobnet.

Integrating Smart/Green Buildings to the Web

Project: HOBNET - Contact: 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 testbeds over the web and interacting with diverse sensors (i.e. luminance, temperature, CO2, CO, RFIDs, etc) and actuators (i.e. controlling lights, curtains, ventilation system, etc).

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 and emergency evacuation. Other scenarios include smart room behaviour personalisation, tracking of moving entities and optimization of the energy saving/user comfort trade-off (by using energy meters we quantify power consumption gains in the order of 30%). Furthermore, via a web service visitors will be able to compile their own use case scenarios for a smart room by combining sensors, actuators and external parameters (e.g. time) into logical expressions. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the smart room operate according to their scenario via an IP webcam providing live feedback. Finally, an Android application will be demonstrated, able to control the smart room over the web by utilising a RESTful API.

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 via CoAP. This way, direct interaction with the system via Web Services is feasible without any need of middleware.

Open Flow TBD

Project: OFELIA - Contact: Hagen Woesner

Demo description:

So far we plan to show two demos: One will show optical equipment integration into an OpenFlow control plane (check out our Pre-FIA Workshop on GMPLS and OpenFlow , to be held May 7). The second demo is prepared jointly with an OpenFlow research activity at GÉANT. We will demonstrate live the creation of a virtual network topology over a pan-European research testbed. This demo will show how network and computing resources can be orchestrated using the OFELIA control framework.

OpenLab: A novel video streaming scheme implemented and evaluated using the OpenLab federated facilities

Project: OpenLab - Contact: Thanasis Korakis

Demo description:

Federation of heterogeneous testbeds has become of major importance for the research community lately. Openlab aims at the design and development of a federation framework that would enable experimentation with heterogeneous resources across Europe. A significant focus of Openlab is on wireless testbeds, exploiting OMF, an organized framework for controlling and orchestrating experimentation and measurement collection across different testbeds. NITOS wireless testbed and Planetlab EU are already federated using OMF and as a proof of concept, a demo utilizing OMF federation of resources will be presented. In this demo, a wireless NITOS node receives a video service though a novel mechanism that is implemented in Planetlab EU. The new scheme maintains distributed video content in multiple servers in Planetlab EU and chooses dynamically to stream content to the wireless user though the optimal path, after selecting the best server. The server selection is based on the estimation of the routing delay between the available servers and the wireless node. The system constantly receives feedback regarding the condition of the routes both in the wired and the wireless part of the communication and adjusts dynamically the streaming process, switching always to the server that gives the minimum delay. Through this innovative scheme, the new service is able to maintain high QoS in the video streaming process to mobile users. The demonstrated implementation proves that the scheme is efficient in real conditions, since it live streams video in the large scale orchestrated experiment.

SmartSantander: Experimenting IoT at the city scale

Project: SmartSantander - Contact: José M. Hernández-Muñoz, Luis Muñoz 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 unique platform of its characteristics, suitable for large scale experimentation and evaluation of IoT concepts under real-life conditions.

The project targets the deployment of up to 20,000 sensors in Santander, Guildford, Belgrade and Lübeck, exploiting a large variety of technologies. The core of the facility is located in the city of Santander and its surroundings, with 12,000 devices encompassing different application areas of the city infrastructure 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 capabilities, and urban service provision.

  • Santander Facility. Santander FIRE facility has achieved 10,000 fixed and mobile nodes. Aiming at demonstrating how the SmartSantander project is supporting the experimentation, two experiments will be shown:
    • 1) Multihop over the air programming on top of mobile nodes (buses from the Santander urban service) demonstrating the whole life-cycle of an experiment carried out over these nodes. Furthermore, the interaction of both fixed and mobile nodes through the IEEE 802.15.4 will be shown.
    • 2) Service level experimentation. Besides the IoT mobile and fixed infrastructures, there are two SmartSantander applications, Participatory Sensing and Augmented Reality enhanced with QR/NFC tags, available for both IoS and Android which have been downloaded by more than 10,000 citizens. Within this experiment we will build real time maps in areas where citizens are concentrated and relying on the sensor values provided by them when using the Participatory Sensing application.
    • Finally, different maps showing different parameters will be set up relying on some of the measurements carried out during the demonstration time framework.

SPITFIRE: True Self-Configuration for the IoT

Project: SPITFIRE - Contact: Manfred Hauswirth

Demo description:

For the Internet of Things to finally become a reality, obstacles on different levels need to be overcome. This is especially true for the upcoming challenge of leaving the domain of technical experts and scientists. Devices need to connect to the Internet and be able to offer services. They have to announce and describe these services in machine-understandable ways so that user-facing systems are able to find and utilize them. They have to learn about their physical surroundings, so that they can serve sensing or acting purposes without explicit configuration or programming. Finally, it must be possible to include IoT devices in complex systems that combine local and remote data, from different sources, in novel and surprising ways.

This demo shows how all of that is possible today. Our solution uses open standards and state-of-the art protocols to achieve this. It is based on 6LowPAN and CoAP for the communications part, semantic web technologies (RDF) for meaningful data exchange, autonomous sensor correlation to learn about the environment, and software built around the Linked Data principles to be open for novel and unforeseen applications.

Our demo application assumes and visualizes a simple building that basically includes two rooms, i.e, bedroom and living room. The visitor will be able to interact with the building by affecting basic environmental conditions, such as the lightning, the presence of people, etc. The building will include off-the-shelf wireless sensor and actuator devices to demonstrate the usage of the above mentioned technologies. Furthermore the visitor will be able to add new wireless devices to the building and observe the automatic integration of the new devices in a plug-and-play manner (but without the need to plug anything).

We demonstrate an easy-to-use GUI to find and utilize devices as mentioned in the beginning. It is based on HTTP and by this means usable from anywhere in the world. This GUI enables the visitor to define rules to control the buildings behavior, e.g. the air conditioning, by using both actual measurements from surrounding sensors and data from the LOD cloud.

An Open FEDERATION solution - Fed4FIRE

Project: Fed4FIRE - Contact: Piet Demeester


The goal of the Fed4FIRE project ( is to develop open and easily accessible experimentation facilities to the FIRE communities, with a wide focus on fixed and wireless networks, services and applications, and combinations thereof. To this end, a common federation framework is developed providing simple, efficient and cost effective tools and methodologies to support experimenters in running high-quality experiments.

The information booth will be a central contact point for all parties interested in the work of Fed4FIRE. The booth will provide information about:

  • Objectives and scope of the project
  • Directions to visit the booths of the facilities at the exhibition
  • Benefits and opportunities for experimenters
  • How experimenters can access the testbeds
  • Requirements for facility providers to join the federation
  • Benefits for facility providers
  • Open call for experiments
  • Open call for facility providers

See the presentation video on YouTube

The TEFIS toolkit for easy testbed integration and management

Project: TEFIS - Contact: Farid Benbadis, Thales Communications, TEFIS Technical coordinator Email

Demo description:

Demonstration of TEFIS, a platform for testing and validation of algorithms and applications for the Future Internet. Our platform, behind which are grouped six[1] heterogeneous testbeds (from a network of more than a thousand nodes distributed throughout the world used to test distributed applications to a living lab with approximately 5000 people), provides access to resources of these testbeds through a single application, consisting of a single interface, a single user account, a single location for storing data and a single user contract. The demonstration includes all steps of an existing experiment using the TEFIS e-service for heterogeneous testbed access: experiment planning, resource allocation, experiment execution and finally access of results.

[1] ETICS, PACAGrid, PlanetLab, KyaTera, SQS IMS, and Botnia Living Lab


Project: FUSION - Contact: Jeanne Caffrey


Bringing SMEs to the FIRE test facilities!

The FUSION project is raising the awareness of SMEs about the availability of FIRE testbeds and the benefits of using these testbeds. It is intended to engage SMEs in the FIRE test-beds by creating and maintaining a brokering process between these two groups via a portal tool (which is currently under development), events and newsletters.

The first event is a workshop to be held at the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) event in Dublin on the 7th May 2013 from 17:00 - 18:00h which will give information on the FUSION project objectives, the FIRE test facilities from an SME viewpoint and the SME test requirements.

A second workshop will be held at Dublin City University on 8th May (in parallel with the opening day of FIA) as part of The INFINITY project's (which manages the XiPi repository) "Concertation Board" meeting. This meeting will include information about the FI-PPP activities and particularly the FI-WARE "Generic Enablers" testing lab in Seville (called OIL - Open Innovation Lab)and the need for SME involvement.

Watch this space!

Promotion tools:

- FIRE for SME portal

FIRE Infokiosk

Projects: FIRE STATION and AmpliFIRE - Contact: contact(at)


Overview of all FIRE projects and promotion of the overall concept of experimentally-driven research for the Internet of the Future, joining the academic-driven visionary research and the 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 - Information portal

- FIRE publications incl. the FIRE brochure

- FIRE group in LinkedIn

- FIRE on Slideshare

- FIRE on YouTube

- FIRE on Flickr

- FIRE on Twitter

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