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Project number: 257513

Project Manager: prof. dr. ir. Aiko Pras

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (DACS)

Tel.: +31-53-4893778

Email: a.pras@utwente.nl

Project website: UNIVERSELF


The internet of today is fragmented into loosely interacting domains. Future Networks will be pervasive: people, machines and the surrounding spaces will form decentralized and dynamic networks of networks of as-yet unseen scales. Future Networks will challenge Service and Network Operators to find the right ways to embed intelligence into networks in order to ensure their autonomic management and control.

UniverSelf will consolidate autonomic methods of the future Internet for business-driven, service and network management into a novel Unified Management Framework (UMF) evolving through cognition. This UMF will remove the roadblocks of the original Internet design and of its later patchwork growth; it will seamlessly unite the control and management planes by enabling self-organisation of the former and empowering the latter with cognition. This will advance the routine management tasks by people to the level of governance of the entire network and service ecosystem.

Innovative aspects of UniverSelf are: the dynamic and architecture-agnostic federation of intelligence; its network embodiment for optimum efficiency; technology maturation; processes for building confidence and trust. UniverSelf will convince Service and Network Operators that autonomicity becomes real when worked simultaneously from the two viewpoints - concept federation and network embedding.

UniverSelf will adopt a use-case driven approach to develop high added value, innovative and cost efficient solutions that will serve both the EU economy and its Citizens, who will benefit in terms of QoE/QoS. The competitiveness of the European ICT industry will be significantly enhanced (creation of new business opportunities, reduced time-to-market); standards bodies (ITU-T, ETSI and IETF) will benefit from UniverSelf’s rigorously studied inputs; Service and Network Operators will gain in terms of both Opex and Capex savings via reduction of human effort and mistakes, via resources optimization.

Project duration: 1 September 2010 – 1 September 2013

Project budget: 16.5 M-€ / 10,4 M-€ funding

Number of person/years: 1097.3 person/months

Project Coordinator: Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs France


Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France

Alcatel Lucent Ireland Limited

Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG

NEC Europe Ltd.

Thales Communications SA

France Telecom SA

Telecom Italia S.p.A

Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V

Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique / French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

University College London

University of Surrey

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

University of Piraeus Research Centre

Universiteit Twente

Project budget CTIT: 762,5 k-€ / 573 k-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 62 person/months

Involved groups: Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS)

CTIT Research Centre: Centre for Dependable Systems and Networks