The project called CoronaSurveys was created to "Measure the Iceberg" and was based on the idea that the iceberg has a visible tip – in this case, the number of confirmed cases - but below that tip, submerged and out of sight, is the rest of the block of ice, one of uncertain dimensions, and which can sink any vessel that does not know its real size. In order to get to a number that is closer to the real number of people affected by Covid-19, the team led by Antonio Fernández Anta published the first surveys on Twitter in Spanish in mid-March. Over the weeks since then, the project has expanded to almost global dimensions. Currently the surveys cover 150 countries and 60 languages.
We interview one of the members of our Alumni Network, Dr. Arash Asadi. He obtained his PhD from IMDEA Networks and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid back in March 2016 and is now an independent group leader at Secure Mobile Networking Lab (SEEMOO) at TU Darmstadt, Germany. His research is focused broadly on wireless communications both in sub-6GHz and millimeter-wave bands. He is interested in the mathematical treatment of wireless communication problems, and experimental evaluation using software-defined radio (SDR) prototyping tools.
Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks Institute and professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has been interviewed about the current state-of-play in 5G for the program '5.0' of RNE-Radio 5, directed and presented by Manuel Martinez. This week, Azcorra, who is also vice-president of the 5TONIC laboratory, has talked to several media outlets about the benefits this technology offers towards the rebuilding of the economy.
The director of IMDEA Networks Institute and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid professor Arturo Azcorra has been interviewed by the magazine published by INESE, about the present and future of 5G in Spain. He explained how this technology will revolutionize the lives of citizens and talked about the range of advantages it offers.
ETSI has awarded the best Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstration of OpenSourceMANO (OSM, a system that is standardized by ETSI) during the Release EIGHT cycle with OSM PoC#10 Automated Deployment of an IP Telephony Service on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles using OSM to a group of researchers from University Carlos III of Madrid and IMDEA Networks. The organization has valued “the originality, visibility and technical merit to the exhibition and dissemination of the work of the OSM community”.
Some Spanish areas are more likely than others to suffer a coronavirus outbreak and, therefore, would require greater protection measures against a second wave of COVID-19. The study of mobility during confinement indicates this, based on geospatial analysis. It’s been carried out by researchers from the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) in collaboration with TAPTAP Digital, using additional data from Predicio and Tamoco.
Antonio Fernández Anta has participated in one of the "MBA Talks" of the Canarian academic center MBA Business School: "Big Data & AI: Creating value in accelerated environments", in which Luis Falcón, Visiting Professor of MBA Business School, professor of the Master in City and Technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and CEO of inAtlas - Big Data and Location Analytics, has also been present.
The open 5G research and innovation laboratory founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks, 5TONIC, has signed a collaboration agreement with Telcaria, an innovative tech company specialized in services based in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies, both in the 5G network environment and in the virtualization of network services.
The article, “An analysis of Pre-installed Android Software” by Julien Gamba, Mohammed Rashed, Abbas Razaghpanah, Juan Tapiador and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, has been awarded the Best Practical Paper Award at the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland), which takes place on May 18-20, 2020. This is one of the top conferences in cybersecurity. The study has real impact on users as it reveals the privacy and security issues associated with pre-installed software on Android devices and their supply chain.
With Covid-19 hitting all areas of our lives, there is a need both socially and politically to know what the state of the citizenry is. We need to know how Covid-19 is evolving, how many citizens have it, how and where they are infected, what is the probability of them getting sick, etc. All these data are necessary in order to take appropriate measures and to know when and how we are going to recover certain areas of our lives and what other aspects are going to change forever.