The Internet has been going through a radical transformation to support a society in transformation. In order to keep pace with such continuous transformation process, the real value of the Internet is related to ubiquitous data availability, and consequently the decisions that can be made from it. The importance of ubiquitous data availability has significantly raised attention towards a novel Internet able to operate as a large-scale autonomic data distribution system, and not so much as a point-to-point communication infrastructure.

On the one hand, the access to such an ubiquitous large-scale data systems brings significant performance requirements depending on the applicability scenario: higher throughput, lower latency, high reliability, higher connectivity density, and higher mobility range. This enhanced network access is expected to be aligned with the capability of controlling a highly heterogeneous networking environment, while ensuring security, trust, and privacy. On the other hand, if the Internet keeps being developed as an inter-networking platform aiming to send data from one edge of the network to another, with the capability to cache data in network elements, we will face
difficulties to support services able to interact with a large number of expected data sources (e.g. Internet-ofthings): current efforts to devise an Internet-of-Things (IoT) are still focused in creating standards able to query objects and retrieve data, taking into account security and privacy issues.

However, the current vision of a mobile Internet and IoT augments the necessity to devise pervasive networking functionality: In such a future ubiquitous mobile network, devices will be intelligent and able to execute behaviours according to predetermined set of actions. They will also be able to collaborate and make decisions following dynamically changing user preferences as well as network performance.

In order to realize this vision, a data centric Internet should be able to behave as a large-scale data distribution system where autonomic properties such as self-configuration and self-management are necessary to support decentralized data service in any operational environment. In order to support the development of such a data centric Internet it is necessary to investigate proper solutions encompassing the following three technology pillars: data centric networking; decentralized Internet infrastructure; cognitive networking. The latter aspect is important to improve the knowledge base and accuracy of decision-making over time, allowing the network to learn about how to optimize networking experience.

A detailed description of my research statement can be found HERE.

Third-party funding

The total amount of research funds that I helped raising since 1996 was of € 10,600,475.90 . The total eligible funding for my hosting institution was of € 2,299,602.66. This fundings was raised in 11 projects, among which:
  • UMOBILE European Project (Horizon2020, 2015 - 2017)
  • CitySense (COPELABS, 2013 - 2016)
  • Delay-tolerant Networking for the Amazon region (COPELABS and University of Pará, 2012 - 2014)
  • Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (European Science Foundation, 2010 - 2014)
  • Design and Performance of Wireless Cooperative Relaying (Portuguese Science Foundation, 2010 - 2013)
  • Social-aware Opportunistic Routing (Portuguese Science Foundation, 2010 - 2013)
  • User-Centric Routing (Portuguese Science Foundation, 2010 - 2013)
  • FIC: Future Internet Framework (Cisco Systems, 2010-2012)
  • ReCoop: Wireless Cooperative Networks (QREN project in cooperation with Nonius Software, 2009 - 2010)
  • Active Networking (NTT DoCoMo, 2005 - 2006)