Researchers at IMDEA Networks are organized in research groups and laboratories. These will evolve and adapt according to our working priorities, ensuring the relevance and innovative character of our scientific work. Each of our professors leads a research group, and at the same time several professors may join their research groups to form a larger lab on a particular focus area.
The Global Computing Group explores distributed computing systems and social networks in the widest sense. Among others it has the following lines of research: (i) research on volunteer and crowd-based computing, with emphasis on game-theoretic aspects; (ii) research on techniques for energy efficiency in networks and data centers; (iii) analysis of online social networks using big data, machine learning, and natural language processing technologies.
The Internet Analytics Group designs and develops novel techniques to analyze the behavior, use, and abuse of networked systems and applications. The group research interests range from traffic analysis and network measurements to practical security and privacy aspects in emerging networking technologies. The group engages and collaborates with users, industry and regulators to identify and address problems of societal, industrial and academic interest from a practical angle.
The NETCOM research group currently focuses its research activities on the following main areas: (i) Network Architectures, (ii) Communication Protocols, (iii) Wireless and Mobile Networks, (iv) Peer-to-Peer Systems and (v) Distributed Services. Current main focus includes 5G networks (with the participation to the EU project TYPES, coordinated by IMDEA Networks) and SDN-based architectures (with the participation on the recently concluded EU project NetIDE).
The NetEcon group at IMDEA Networks studies economics of networked systems and its interplay with technology and security. Based on measurements, data analysis, and modeling, the group explores the roles and interactions of various entities in the Internet ecosystem. We also develop innovative business models for cost reduction, revenue increase, and social utility maximization.
The Networked Systems Group performs research in design, analysis, and implementation of networked systems, broadly defined. Our research interests span various areas, including: (i) cloud and fog computing, (ii) network functions virtualization, (iii) software-defined networks, (iv) admission control and packet scheduling, (v) packet classification, and (vi) duality between packet networks and electricity grids.
The members of the OppArch Lab focus on solutions for extremely high-performing opportunistic architectures for highly dense cellular networks and for infrastructure-less wireless services. Specifically, the OppArch Lab targets analysis, design, implementation and experimental evaluation of energy-efficient, robust, fair and high-throughput communication protocols for: (i) SDN/SDR-based cellular networks, (ii) context-aware services, and (iii) cloud-based data centers.
The Pervasive Wireless Systems Group has the goal to provide truly pervasive and seamless communication using innovative wireless systems. The group has currently three main lines of research: (i) visible light communication networks, (ii) mobile indoor localization, and (iii) collaborative wideband spectrum monitoring. Research collaborations are also active with other groups at IMDEA Networks Institute and with key external partners such as Armasuisse and ETH Zurich. The approach of the group is to build and deploy solid systems that support the theoretical and simulation analysis.
The Ubiquitous Wireless Networks Group carries out research on infrastructures and protocols that support wireless networking in general environments, including borderline scenarios such as extremely dense networks, challenged networks, intermittently connected networks, delay-tolerant networks and underwater networks. The research activities span medium access control (MAC), routing, error control and transport protocols, both as standalone entities and as part of cross-layer design frameworks. Experimental activities with real hardware are valued as a proof-of-concept for analytical and simulation results.
The Wireless Networking Group performs research on all aspects wireless networking and communication. Some of our focus areas are millimeter wave networking and extremely high frequency communication, interference management and coordination mechanisms, network coding, mobile network resource and traffic optimization, and wireless transport protocols. We specifically target experimentation in testbeds in addition to analysis and simulation.