Distributed Networked Systems: Autonomous Vehicles, Cognitive Networking, Wireless Systems

Autonomous Vehicles (e.g. cars, drones) are a collective of networked systems consisting of sensors, actuators, computational elements, data storage and other devices communicating locally and across the Internet. Handling the large amount of data that each of such systems is able to produce, store and consume is a challenge that should be tackled by different areas of science and industry. Moreover, such systems operate in a distributed manner, cooperating to achieve complex behaviors such as fast reaction to dynamic environments (e.g. search and rescue) or formation (Intelligent Swarming) along environmentally friendly routes.

In this context, the success 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 distributed computational system, where networked systems (from mobile devices to the cloud) are able to perform relaying/forwarding, storage and computational functions.

In order to ensure high levels of scalability and resilience, networked devices need to make local decisions to adapt, and possible  anticipate changes in the environment, service profiles and network conditions, in order to allow complex services to emerge from the network behavior. Such a cognitive network may be seen as a communication system augmented by a knowledge plane that can span vertically over networking layers and horizontally across technologies and nodes, covering a decentralized heterogeneous environment.

Within this context, current research issues include:
  • Mobile Networks support to Moving Objects
  • Mission-critical Communication Solutions
  • Cooperative Autonomous Vehicles

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



Grants and Contracts
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.


Selection of Research Projects
  • Crave - Cooperative Autonomous Vehicles (COPELABS: 2018 - )
  • 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)