Future directions in wireless networks

Speaker: Luiz DaSilva,

Luiz A. DaSilva holds the chair of Telecommunications at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a Research Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. His research focuses on distributed and adaptive resource management in wireless networks, and in particular cognitive radio networks, dynamic spectrum access, and the application of game theory to wireless networks. Prof. DaSilva is currently a principal investigator on research projects funded by the National Science Foundation in the United States, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), and the European Commission under Framework Programme 7 and Horizon 2020. He is a co-principal investigator of CONNECT, the Telecommunications Research Centre in Ireland and holds a Principal Investigator grant from SFI. He has co-authored two books on wireless communications and is currently an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.

Company/ Institute: Trinity College Dublin

Event: 19th work meeting

Date: 29 October 2015


Wireless networks of the future will be characterised by heterogeneity of spectrum usage regimes, of resource ownership models, and of radio access technologies. Sharing is a major enabler of such service-driven networks; it can come in the guise of joint ventures that hold the ownership of mobile network infrastructure, or bilateral agreements between operators, or, in the near future, more dynamic and flexible sharing mechanisms. This goes beyond opportunistic access to spectrum, and will also encopass the sharing of infrastructure, sensors, backhaul, processing, storage, etc. We will outline our vision of the dynamic establishment of virtual networks from a pool of wireless resources from large and small operators, as well as crowdsourced from end users. These virtual wireless networks will be service-aware and built on a programmable network substrate, in response to a specific service need.

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