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Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Communication networks and services

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.08.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Telecommunications   

Code Science Field
T180  Technological sciences  Telecommunication engineering 

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
Keywords
communications, wireless, propagation, network, heterogeneous, services, model, resource management and optimization, signal and data processing, flexibility, efficiency, self-organized, software-defined, network planning and management, localization, edge computing
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
7,980.89
A''
1,286.74
A'
2,570.66
A1/2
4,084.19
CI10
6,977
CImax
526
h10
38
A1
26.63
A3
7.33
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on April 23, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  331  5,664  5,072  15.32 
Scopus  533  8,442  7,538  14.14 
Researchers (19)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  54683  Blaž Bertalanič  Telecommunications  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  36 
2.  35934  PhD Klemen Bregar  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  36 
3.  39131  PhD Gregor Cerar  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  31 
4.  29521  PhD Carolina Fortuna  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  155 
5.  54531  PhD Ke Guan  Telecommunications  Researcher  2020 - 2024  271 
6.  26025  PhD Andrej Hrovat  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  230 
7.  54012  Marko Hudomalj  Electronic components and technologies  Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
8.  07109  PhD Tomaž Javornik  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  435 
9.  05209  PhD Gorazd Kandus  Telecommunications  Retired researcher  2019 - 2024  556 
10.  53206  PhD Arsim Kelmendi  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  33 
11.  55792  Ljupcho Milosheski  Telecommunications  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
12.  15087  PhD Mihael Mohorčič  Telecommunications  Head  2019 - 2024  476 
13.  56017  Grega Morano  Telecommunications  Technical associate  2023 - 2024  16 
14.  12765  PhD Roman Novak  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  143 
15.  09856  PhD Igor Ozimek  Computer science and informatics  Retired researcher  2019 - 2021  178 
16.  57079  Aleš Simončič  Telecommunications  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  13 
17.  26466  Miha Smolnikar  Telecommunications  Technical associate  2023 - 2024  100 
18.  17167  PhD Aleš Švigelj  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2024  247 
19.  53669  PhD Halil Yetgin  Telecommunications  Researcher  2019 - 2021  28 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  90,706 
Abstract
The research programme is concerned with communication networks and services, with the emphasis on wireless communications that in the last two decades penetrated all areas of life and society. The emerging 5G mobile networks and the Internet of Things with the increasing number of new technologies and connected devices will play a key role in digitalization in almost every economic and social field. However, the unprecedented growth of data traffic and the number of connections in the existing wireless and mobile networks as well as requirements for new classes of services revealed some limitations with respect to the management of diverse resources that are either scarce by nature, restricted by the design or physical phenomena, and/or limited by techno-economic considerations. Future wireless communication networks thus require novel, more efficient approach to the management of resources. Thus, the aim of the programme is to reduce the amount of data sent to the cloud, decrease latency, increase the number of connections and improve overall system capacity, with the main goal to develop advanced resource management techniques that will support the provision of new basic classes of services. As part of the programme, we will design new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools that will contribute to technical knowledge, understanding and progress in the field of wireless communications. Through the design of new and the adaptation of existing advanced signal and data processing techniques, we will come to new insights on radio environment sensing, indoor radio localization and environment characterization, accurate channel modelling and edge computing. We will advance the knowledge in the field of flexible and efficient use of radio resources, in particular in radio propagation at mmWave bands, and novel satellite propagation models. In flexible network infrastructure, new scientific achievements are expected by the adoption of artificial intelligence techniques for adaptive network configuration and optimization, in automatic labelling of wireless spectrum data and in management of communication and computation resources between cloud and edge. The programme will make use of analytical and numerical investigations for the initial problem formulation. Extensive performance evaluation will be supported by computer modeling and carried out by intense simulations. Investigations in controlled laboratory environment will be complemented with field measurements and experimentally-driven research and validation of research prototypes in real-world testbeds. As the outcome of research work we expect important contributions to the area of communication networks and services with the emphasis on efficient resource management. The proposed procedures will be directly applicable in future wireless communications, and will contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of the entire society.
Significance for science
The proposed program includes a number of innovative elements that are important for the development of science and technologies, and we expect visible contributions to the area of communication networks and services with the emphasis on advanced resource management techniques that will support the provision of novel services characterised by very low latency, ultra high reliability, large throughput or massive number of connections. The proposed procedures will be directly applicable in the future wireless communications and will contribute to achieving challenging requirements set forth by the standardization bodies such as ITU and 3GPPP, and professional and industrial associations such IEEE and 5G-IA. The programme will also contribute to a broader recognition of the research methodology that includes research prototyping and experimentally-driven research also in the area of telecommunications. Through the design of new and the adaptation of existing advanced signal and data processing techniques we will come to new insights on radio environment sensing, indoor radio localization and environment characterization, accurate channel modelling and edge computing. We will advance the knowledge in the field of flexible and efficient use of radio resources, in particular in radio propagation at mmWave bands, and novel satellite propagation models. In flexible network infrastructure, new scientific achievements are expected by the adoption of artificial intelligence techniques for adaptive network configuration and optimization, in automatic labelling of wireless spectrum data and in management of communication and computation resources between cloud and edge. In the scope of the programme, we will design new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools that will contribute to technical knowledge, understanding and progress in the field of wireless communications. We expect that those results will have a direct impact on the future research and development of energy and computationally efficient methods and techniques for the management of radio and network resources to be used in network elements, embedded systems and devices with restricted capabilities, and in particular on the provision of machine type communication and the Internet of Things. The indirect impact will be on the provision of low latency, highly reliable and massive connections for smart cities/grids/buildings and similar application domains requiring monitoring and control of heterogeneous devices and processes. Because of the integral approach we expect the original results to be published in a series of publications in renowned international journals and conference proceedings, including invited lectures. Several papers will be published in co-authorship with renowned foreign researchers involved in our joint European projects or collaborating through postdoctoral fellowships, which will increase the recognition of the research group and the chance of participating in new international projects. The outcomes of this programme will be relevant for the development of science at large on a longer term since some of the investigated concepts are still in their shaping or early development stage and can only transit towards mainstream adoption in full functionality around or after 2025.
Significance for the country
Communication networks and services constitute an instrumental part of the broad area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which is one of the strongest industries on its own. At the same time it is recognized as one of the key facilitators and accelerators for the economic development and growth of most branches of the economy. Spurred by the growth of the mobile Internet and the advent of the IoT concept, wireless communication technologies literally penetrated all areas of life and society. Following more than two decades of an enormous service area expansions and throughput growth through successive generations, wireless and mobile technologies appear to have reached some limitations for its own growth and expansion due to the existing management of diverse resources that are either scarce by nature, restricted by the design or physical phenomena, and/or limited by techno-economical considerations. The research programme is dealing with more efficient resource management in communication networks and services, which will give raise to opportunities for the development of new types of services and applications, particularly attractive for high-tech start-ups, as evident in the global market, hence having an indirect influence on boosting the business and economy sector. Considering the worldwide recognized role of communication systems as the basic infrastructure, the results of the research programme will have an impact not only on the economy but also on other areas of life and society. This confirms also the structure of the current Horizon 2020 and upcoming 9th research framework programme of the European Communities, where the support of ICT is expected across all areas called societal challenges. Thus, 5G and future wireless communications, making use of advanced resource management techniques for the efficient provision of interconnection to people and machines, will play an increasingly important role in almost every economic and social field from regular business, governance and servicing of citizens, to environmental protection, infrastructure protection and disaster notification, as well as to advanced deployments in industry, households, transport, agriculture, healthcare, elderly care, etc. Within the research work we will improve the knowledge that will benefit both the national and European economies in the more efficient use of existing and the development of new innovative communication products. The Slovenian industry that could directly benefit from the outcomes of the research in the area of telecommunications includes Iskratel, Iskra Sistemi, Globtel, Telekom Slovenije, A1, T2, Telemach, and others. However, the research group is involved in several international projects with prominent partners from the related industry including British Telecom, Thales, Wind, ATOS and Ericsson, and has an access to broader telecommunications community by working closely with 5G-PPP and 5G-IA, further increasing an opportunity to participate in creating new products and solutions. In the areas of innovative sensor technologies, networked embedded systems and smart applications, i.e. areas that are particularly well suited for smaller hi-tech companies and new start-ups, which are less geographically restricted to a given market, the number of potential industrial beneficiaries is at least by two orders of magnitude larger only in Slovenia. However, with the adoption of 5G and future wireless communications in vertical industries such as energy, transport, healthcare, agriculture, and others, the number of companies that could benefit from the results of the research programme grows even further. For instance, the research programme can influence the energy sector directly via smart application solutions such as smart homes, smart cities and smart grids, and indirectly by the better management of energy resources in communication networks and services. Likewise, the transport sector will benefit fr
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