The Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies was founded in 2003 comprising of three previously existing and two new institutes. It operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (General Secretariat for Research and Technology). It is based in Athens, with its Institutes located in Athens, Patra and Xanthi. It promotes innovative information, communication, environmental and knowledge technologies in the all scientific and engineering sectors. To this end, it promotes scientific and technological research in the above-mentioned sectors. The Unit of Environmental and Networking Technologies and Applications (ENTA), at ATHENA-RIC in Xanthi is dedicated to promoting fundamental and applied research in all aspects of the contemporary environmental and networking problems, such as climate change and space networking.

Role in UMOBILE project

In WP2, ATHENA will contribute to the definition of system and network requirements from the perspective of delay-tolerant networking and utilize its experience in providing less-than-best-effort to users for the definition of user requirements. ATHENA will be leading WP3, working on the definition of the architectural framework of Bundle Protocol (BP) within UMOBILE platform by building the required convergence layers for underlying protocols and contributing to the development of the smart routing mechanism. In WP4, ATHENA will also use their experience on data dissemination over DTN towards achieving the dissemination of local knowledge and the provisioning of multiple levels of QoS. As part of UMOBILE evaluation in WP5, ATHENA will perform simulations (using Opportunistic Network Environment simulator and NS-2 DTN agent), emulations and will participate in the field trials of UMOBILE platform. Finally, ATHENA will contribute to scientific exploitation and incorporation into education by undertake the responsibility to participate in conference keynotes and related panels, adopt UMOBILE results in academic courses and participate in (pre-)standardisation committees such as CCSDS and GAIA.


University College London (UCL) is one of the premier universities in the UK and has been consistently ranked in the top 20 universities in the world. In the area of communications research, the department’s activities span areas across all the layers of the communication protocol stack, ranging from radio, optical coding and transmission through routing, resource control and traffic engineering up to content-centric and peer-to-peer networking, multimedia applications and network/service management.

UCL’s relevant expertise has been obtained through its participation in a number of research projects in the areas of QoS, network/service management, content-centric networking content distribution, virtualization and future Internet, in which it has had a leading role. UCL’s relevance expertise is also testified through numerous prestigious publications and the high standing in the networking research community of the relevant academics who will be involved in the project. Examples of recent related projects are TEQUILA, MESCAL, CONTEXT, AMBIENT, MCDN, AGAVE, EMANICS, AUTOI, ENVISION and COMET. COMET has been one of the most successful projects in the area of content-networking and ICN. Currently, UCL is participating in the EU FP7/NICT GreenICN project, which focuses on ICN solutions to disaster management. Furthermore, UCL is running a UK-funded EPSRC project on “Active Content Management at Internet Scale” (COMIT), which focuses on a smooth migration path towards the shift to Information-Centric Networking. The team at UCL has been actively involved in the ICN-related IRTF group, called ICNRG, where members of the group contributed to the initial outputs of the group (see ICNRG ICN Research Challenges document).

Role in UMOBILE project

UCL will bring into the project its expertise in content resolution and delivery in ICN environments, naming systems and architectures and optimal server placement for content distribution to remote regions. More in particular, UCL will work on naming, content resolution and replication/caching of content close to the users in an environment, where direct access to the origin server is not possible. This will be achieved through smart content naming that allows for sophisticated and efficient replication based on content names. Issues of energy efficiency and security will be taken into account from the onset, in contrast to past approaches that consider these issues as an aftermath. UCL will also participate in the design of energy efficient algorithms for disastertolerant scenarios, where battery- limited mobile devices are the main carrier of content.


The TEKEVER Autonomous System (TAS) an OEM UxV Platforms manufacturer and UAV and UGV system providers. With experience for the security, aerospace, civilian and commercial market. TAS was found in 2007 as a spin-off of the TEKEVER Group activities in the robotic market and, as part of TEKEVER Group, TAS jointly explore and benefits from the group implementation worldwide, Europe (PT and UK), SW Asia, the United States and Brazil. TAS activity is product-driven and significant investment is dedicated to research activities leading to innovative technologies, in different fields, from flight control, automatic planning to image processing, analysis and image features tracking, including robots move by camera. TAS targets its market in close collaboration with our customers and establishing important partnerships to bring our technology to a mature operating level and technological readiness driven by the market needs.

TEKEVER AS inhered significant experience our group from past collaborative research projects in (FP7, ESA, EDA). Moreover, since its spin-off TAS has participated in some TEKEVER group project, including numerous European projects involving rich consortia. Relevant project with TAS participation is the projects “AUTOLAND” (UAV Automatic Landing System on moving platform), or project “REMAR”, where UAV’s are used to provide ad-hoc network connectivity to ground systems in unprepared environment. TAS has also been developing field expertise with our costumers and with other companies within the chain-value of the market to exploit of UxV’s in performing operations in real context environment supporting our R&D activities. Moreover, TAS personnel are involved in several PT civil organization networks addressing the problematic of UAV’s integration in the market, contributing to the development of standards, like EUROCAE. TAS is also a member and leading company of the R&D work group of the Portuguese FEEM organization a hipercluster organization for the Economical Sustainable Sea Exploitation that aggregates industry, Research centers, universities and governmental institutions acting in different sectors, from fishing to production, security, energy, biology and naval.

Role in UMOBILE project

TEKEVER AS main involvement will be in WP5, in the validation and testing of UMOBILE prototypes. In addition to defining the validation exercises and associated KPI to be measured, integrating UMOBILE enabled radios on unmanned aerial platforms, providing, operating and deploying these platforms in validation exercises as backhaul add-ons and data mules, TEKEVER AS will also contribute to the definition of deployability requirements for UMOBILE system (technical, regulatory and operational) and will participate in the development of convergence layers with applicability in aerial platforms among others in WP3.


University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, Systems Research Group has some 40 members and is divided into a number of subgroups. Networks and Operating Systems group (NetOS), which is involved in this proposal, undertakes teaching and research into topics including computer architecture, operating systems design, network monitoring and protocol design, practical distributed systems and mobile communications. The group works closely with other groups in the Computer Laboratory and University, as well as industrial partners such as Microsoft Research. The University of Cambridge has an outstanding track record for start-ups and spinouts, as well as having attracted many large companies (example Microsoft, ARM, Intel, Nokia, Broadcom) to base some of their main laboratories and actual design teams in the area. The group has developed recently a strong expertise in the area of Information Centric Networking, Mobile Opportunistic Networking and Satellite Networking.

Directly involved in UMOBILE are members of the Networking for Development (N4D) research subgroup ( which is included within NetOS and led by Dr. Arjuna Sathiaseelan. N4D Lab conduct research on understanding the fundamental challenges of providing universal Internet access and explore technological solutions to solve some of the challenges. One of our research threads is the development of technology that can be deployed ad-hoc in emergency situations such as those affected by natural disasters and social instability. As such we have gained a substantial body of knowledge and expertise in related topics including Information Centric Networking, Mobile Opportunistic Networking and Satellite Networking. Our focus is on the development of innovative, experimental technology that we deploy in realistic scenarios for further debugging and evaluation. Our aim is to produce open source technology for the benefit of the society, as opposed to exploitation by means of direct commercialization.

Role in UMOBILE project

UCAM will contribute to the UMOBILE architecture with the QoS mechanisms based on monitoring and service migration. UCAM is currently developing the service migration platform over the UMOBILE architecture. This development will be one of the core services in UMOBILE architecture. UCAM will also be involved in dissemination activities in particular at the IETF and IRTF GAIA.


TECNALIA is the first leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and the 5th largest in Europe, employing 1445 expert and international people (164 PhDs) and income of 118M€ and over 4.000 clients. TECNALIA operates in the following market sectors: Industry and Transport, ICT, Sustainable Construction, Energy and Environment, Innovation Systems, and Health and Quality of Life, and it is very active in FP7, participating up to June-2012 in 264 projects and coordinating 64 of them. We are also participating within the launching of the main KIC’s of the EIT, the KETs, the FET Flagships initiatives, towards the Horizon 2020 Programme, where TECNALIA is actively involved, as well as in the definition of other EU Work Programmes, through CDTI, EC, etc. TECNALIA has also key alliances with the main EU research centers through the EUROTECH, EARTO, JIIP, and ERANET AERTO.

TECNALIA has a good background in participating in EU funded project since FP6 programme. TECNALIA has been very active in FP7, participating in 264 projects and coordinating 64 of them. Besides, TECNALIA has a deep knowledge of FI-PPP (such as FI-WARE projects and related enablers to be used) and has also been involved in SAFECITY project (FI-PPP Phase 1) related to Smart City domain.

TECNALIA has also an organisational structure called VENTURES, to support the creation of Start-ups, entrepreneurship, business angels’ networks, etc., and an instrument called Inspiring Business Forum (IBF) with associated organisations to promote innovation.

TECNALIA has a Division in charge of providing internal support for I+D+i Programmes and managing the Innovation and research Unit of Prometeo technological platform, supported by CDTI.

TECNALIA has several collaboration alliances with the most important European industrial clusters such as Clusters: GAIA, AMETIC, DSP Valley, BICC-NET, CCAN, RedCI – Red Ciudades Inteligentes, among others. And with the most important European Research Centers as VTT, CEA, SINTEF, TNO, Fraunhofer, Joanneum Research under the alliance of JIIP, and the alliance of EUROTECH-EARTO. Among the Business Units in which the research activity of TECNALIA is divided, Telecom and Electronics emphasizes on the specific R&D needs of fields related to digital HW design and component integration, and wireless network deployments. With the aim of transferring value to the society through innovation and technology, Telecom and Electronics shows a high degree of specialization and focus on: ad-hoc embedded hardware design and prototyping, multicore computing, advanced FPGA-based design, indoor location solutions based on hybrid wireless technologies, sensor and actuator networks, Radio Frequency (RF) design, GNSS RFFrontends, among others. The Telecom and Electronics Business Unit provides a response to market and research demands in terms of capacity and velocity, competence, critical mass, qualified professionals, equipment and anticipation to technological changes.

Within the TELECOM Business Unit we have been working in ad-hoc and opportunistic networks for several years now, mainly involved in EU projects: 4WARD (ended in 2011) and SAIL (ended in 2013). Tecnalia’s expertise has been mainly focused on communications protocols and adaptations of these so as to follow specific design criteria. We worked with simulation environments for AODV (Ad-hoc On-demand Distance Vector Routing) and OLSR (Optimised Link-State Routing), and also developed our own modifications of the protocols for their NS2 implementations. Tecnalia has developed a system to allocate virtual resources over mobile opportunistic physical topologies, which derived in a European PCT. More recently, the Telecom Unit evolved its approach towards Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs), especially those based on human-carried devices. We designed and developed a modification to the so-called PRoPHET routing protocol, incorporating the metric of “contact-duration” to the route selection. Apart from this specific work, we also have experience working with 802.15.4 sensor-actuator nodes for a variety of applications.

Role in UMOBILE project

In this project Tecnalia plans to make extensive use of Telecom Unit’s expertise in the field of opportunistic networking and the implementation and deployment of DTN based topologies. The main contribution from Tecnalia will be based on the networking requirements specification within the envisaged scenarios (task T2.2) and the system deploy ability (task 2.3), the design of the DTN overlay in order to include the convergence and ICN layers demanded by the specific services (task 3.1) and the lead of smart routing approaches based on social interactions (task 3.3). During the platform integration and validation phase, Tecnalia will also participate in deploying test scenarios where main developments from WP3 can be validated as proof-of-concept (T5.3) so as to cover all demanded aspects from the use cases perspective.


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