Partners

The partners of NETLEARN are UVSQ (PRISM), University Paris Dauphine (LAMSADE), INRIA (LIG), Institut Mines-Telecom (Telecom ParisTech), Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (ALBF) and Orange Labs. The partners of NETLEARN have a strong expertise in the subjects investigated in the project and they have already strong links between each others (through past projects, joint labs, joint publications, etc). Their expertise are complementary spanning from Content Delivery Networks, cellular networks to game theory and learning. The following figure shows the domains of expertise and the distribution of the partners among work packages:

Here is a short description of the different partners:

TELECOM ParisTech

Telecom ParisTech is one of France's leading graduate engineering schools and is considered the very first school in the field of Communication and Information Technologies. It is part of a federation of schools in telecommunications and mining, called the INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM and a member of ParisTech, a multi-campus networks of nine graduate engineering schools, all located in the Paris area. It is also a CNRS associated lab (LTCI). TELECOM ParisTech today has a faculty of about 150 full-time staff (full professors, associate and assistant professors), over 200 part-time lecturers and 200 Ph.D. students. TELECOM ParisTech’s four departments carry out research and teaching activities in the school's central areas of expertise: Department of Communications and Electronics (COMELEC), Department of Computer Science and Networks (INFRES), Department of Signal and Image Processing (TSI), Department of Economics and Social Sciences (EGSH). INFRES conducts research in broadband networks, optical networks, wireless communications, computer architectures, artificial intelligence, data-bases, knowledge modelling and mathematics for computer and network science. Within INFRES, the team Network, Mobility and Services (NMS) focuses on service architectures, wireless and cellular networks, spontaneous networks and self-organization, cloud computing, core networks and routing.

PRiSM

PRISM is a French laboratory in computer science of the University of Versailles St-Quentin created in 1994 and associated to the French CNRS since that date. This laboratory is composed of seven research teams in various scientific domains with 50 researchers and about 80 PhD students. The three research teams implied by the MAIN project are the team "Performances Evaluation" (EPRI), the team “Architecture of network systems” (ASR) and the team "Algorithms, Combinatorics and Applications" (ALCAAP). The competences of these three teams brought to the project relate to networks modelling, mobility, telecommunication networks, distributed algorithms for networks (in particular about routing, resource provisioning for QoS and pricing), simulation, and the theoretical and numerical evaluation of network architectures and protocols. These three teams are jointly implied in various French and European research projects in the field of telecommunications network (for example FP7 ETICS). They are involved in academic and industrial research projects in France, with telecommunication industrial partners. In particular, PRiSM participates also to the CELTIC project HOMESNET dealing with Femto cell networks and to the CELTIC project AWARE dealing with aggregated wireless LAN. These participations focus on mobility management and economic models. PRiSM contributes research expertise to this project in areas including (but not limited to) the following: (1) Routing and QoS in backhaul network, (2) Mobility learning for real time anticipation, (3) Simulation, performances evaluation. Beyond these studies, the value added by the laboratory to the project is the experience of collaboration between different academic fields (algorithmic, modeling, learning) applied for many years in telecommunications networks.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France

is the French Bell labs centre and the second in size, located in Nozay, close to Paris, is a 100% affiliate of Alcatel Lucent France and is covering research on optical components, transmission systems and optical networks, fixed and mobile networks architectures from the core to the edge, security, privacy, multimedia platforms, and data analytics. Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France is active in "pôles de compétitivité" System@TIC Paris-Région and Cap Digital as well as in a number of European projects within ICT Frame Programmes and Eureka/ITEA-CELTIC, and in national cooperative research actions funded by ANR (national research agency). As part of the open innovation strategy of Bell Labs, three joint research laboratories were created in France, the first with INRIA in early 2008, the second (Ubimedia) with Institut Telecom in early 2009, and recently LINCS (Laboratory for Information, Networking and Communication Sciences) with Inria, Institut Mines-Telecom, and University Pierre et Marie Curie, in May 2011. Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France is also among the leaders of the French node of "EIT ICT Labs" in the framework of the European Institute of Technology.

Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. At the end of 2010, France Telecom had sales of 45.503 billion euros (33,848 billion euros at September 30, 2011). At 30 September 2011, the Group had a total customer base of 221 million customers. These include more than 162 million mobile customers and 14,2 million broadband internet (ADSL) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies. With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development. Strategic marketing efforts are based on the strength of research and development systems. With over 3,800 researchers, engineers and scientists, Orange Labs sees around 500 inventions patented each year (and over 8,400 patents filed). France Telecom Group is committed to providing its customers with the best of technology as soon as it becomes available, while factoring in the next technological generations. Thanks to its ability to anticipate developments and trends, R&D is able to detect major technological shifts and changes well in advance, as well as potential new developments. In this way, it has been behind a number of major breakthroughs on services, such as "Machine to Machine" which uses mobile networks to communicate between machines, as well as on networks and access. Indeed, R&D is already working on the future generation of mobile networks for increased speed, services and content. This project fits with the strategy of Orange to improve and optimize the use of the wireless network equipments and propose the quality of service needed by users.

LAMSADE

LAMSADE is a historical center (established in 1974) as a joint laboratory of Université Paris Dauphine and the CNRS. The original research subjects were Operational Research and Decision Aiding to which have been added in the subsequent years further subjects such as Decision oriented Computer Science, Decision Theory and Artificial Intelligence. Today the LAMSADE conducts research around the design, the use and the validation of Decision Aiding formal models. The LAMSADE is known for having created an original approach in Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis, for a unique approach in algorithmics and optimization and for being at the origin of the Algorithmic Decision Theory field, areas where the LAMSADE is among the international leaders. The research conducted within LAMSADE applies to many and various areas going from transportation problems to scheduling, from assessing calls for tenders or the comfort in train carriages to the assessment of social acceptability of new technologies, from telecommunication networks to geographical information systems. Besides this, the laboratory was strongly involved in the COST Algorithmic Decision Theory European network, and had close connections to the COST Agreement Technologies one. It is now an active component of the starting COST action on Computational Social Choice.

Inria

Public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria’s 3,400 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future. Hosted in the Inria Grenoble - Rhône Alpes Research Centre, the MESCAL (Middleware Efficiently SCALable) is a joint research team of Inria and the Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble (LIG, UMR 5217). Its goal is to design software solutions for the efficient exploitation of large distributed architectures at the metropolitan, national, and international scale, with a view towards intensive scientific computations. As such, MESCAL draws its methodologies from the pool of a) stochastic modeling of large discrete event systems, b) performance evaluation and simulation of large systems (both deterministic and probabilistic), c) middleware design, and d) distributed systems.