Project highlights


MOSAIC is and has been active in the following research projects:

SELVIE 

The SELVIE project aims to increase the involvement of audiences at large-scale events. SELVIE wants to tap into the rising trend of increasing smartphone use on events.
The project's goal is to stream visitor-made smartphone videos (so-called SELVIEs: a video-based selfie) in real-time to the event’s screens to increase their interactive nature. SELVIE wants to build scalable, reliable networks which make it possible to stream high-quality videos, combined with professionally recorded video content and UGC.

The outcome of the project will be a PoC implementation which will be rolled out on a series of Studio 100 live events.

Partners: IBCN, MMLab, Media Innovatie Centrum, Multicap, Studio 100, Videohouse.
01.11.2014 - 30.04.2016


iFEST

The iFest project aims to develop a new generation of festival wristbands that ensure a richer festival experience based on built-in communication and sensor functions. iFest is also focusing on a software platform that allows organisers to manage the wristbands and analyse the data obtained. 

Inexpensive, portable technology is also gaining ground rapidly in the entertainment sector. For instance, festival wristbands based on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) were launched during Tomorrowland 2014. An interdisciplinary approach focused on wearables, network technology, data analysis, mobile applications, smartphone sensors and user perception is also providing event organisers with endless possibilities.

 The iFest project intends to expand the existing RFID technology with advanced communication, sensor and actuator functions. This requires the development of a number of specific aspects:
New low-energy communication protocols and the associated supportive network infrastructure;
Precise localization algorithms to track the movements of visitors;
Quality standards for both aspects and an analysis of the impact on the visitors’ festival experience.
The potential of iFest will be applied to three areas: access control and safety, social interaction between visitors and a deeper analysis of the behaviour of festival goers.

In addition, iFest aims to develop a festival platform that allows organisers to store and analyse the data obtained from this new generation festival wristbands. iFest will develop algorithms capable of offering them insights into the group and individual behaviour and experiences of visitors. What’s more, visitors themselves will have a richer festival experience supported by real-time, personalized recommendations.

Partners: Living Labs, MICT, IBCN, CoSys, Telenet, Playpass, Sendrato, ID&T, Cozmos, Sentiance
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

EMD

The EMD project investigates how professional A/V systems can be integrated into corporate and public networks. The focus of this study is on the critical technologies required to deploy an elastic media distribution platform across networks with different characteristics. These technologies should provide a basis for online video applications capable of combining high quality with low delays, while ensuring high security and usability.

Users who want to work online can opt for non-professional audiovisual applications like Skype, or may rely on more sophisticated applications. However, non-professional applications are not always able to guarantee quality and availability, while professional applications depend on independent, static networks and specialized hardware. In any case, both systems currently make insufficient use of the huge potential for scalable computing power of cloud technology.

The EMD project investigates how it can combine the advantages of both systems into one platform. The focus of the research is on the technologies required to enable media distribution over public or private networks in a qualitative, secure and user-friendly way, with limited delays.

These technologies are related to, among others: 

  • flexible, distributed middleware;
  • Quality of Service mechanisms (QoS) for WAN and LAN levels through grid technology, software defined networking (SDN) principles and time-sensitive networks;
  • elasticity through the use of local and public cloud services;
  • ease of use for both administrators and end users.

Partners: IBCN, DistriNet, IMTECH ICT, SDNsquare, Barco
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

 

MECANO

The transfer of video images from a camera to the TV screen is a complex production process. It involves the contribution of a raft of professionals in the media sector, who are themselves often geographically scattered. In addition, the media sector is faced with a rising need for decentralized production. However, the current network lacks the capability, at different levels, to support this model efficiently.
The media sector needs high performance WAN network technology for decentralized video production and post-production. The MECaNO project aims to develop a technologically as well as techno-economically optimized solution and to evaluate that solution in a realistic test environment. 

The technical cornerstone of this project is the development of a lossless packet switching technology. This technology will make it possible to send very large media files over a network – across the widest possible geographical area –, using the network's full capacity in the process. 

Until now, using the full capacity of a network to send large media files has not been possible outside a LAN environment

A dynamic expert system will allow us to manage the network optimally. With this system, users will be able to operate and control the network, but also plan the dispatch of media files by taking deadlines into account. If circumstances change, in a network failure for instance, the expert system will be able to dynamically (re) configure the network. 

Partners: IBCN, iLab.t, Alcatel-Lucent Bell, Limecraft, SDNsquare, Videohouse, VRT
01.01.2014 - 31.12.2015

 

SEMAFOUR

SEMAFOUR will develop a system, which enables network operators to holistically operate mobile networks.

The SEMAFOUR project will design and develop a unified self-management system, which enables network operators to holistically manage and operate complex, heterogeneous mobile networks.

The ultimate goal is to create a management system that guarantees a higher user experience level, improved network performance, improved manageability and lower operating costs.

Partners: Nokia, atesio, Ericsson, France Télécom - Orange Labs, Telefónica I+D, TNO, Technische Universität Braunschweig
01.09.2012 - 31.08.2015

SMILE-IT

 

SMILE-IT aims to extend and improve upon the state of the art in multi-agent reinforcement learning and network management in order to implement and validate a generic, stable, and robust multi-agent reinforcement learning framework, capable of (semi-)automatically managing modern networked systems (e.g., telecommunications networks, smart grids, air traffic routing, traffic control) through software.

Partners: COMO, SOFT, VITO, IBCN, ELECTA
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

CONFINE


The project develops a unified access to an open testbed with tools that allow researchers to deploy, run, monitor and experiment with services, protocols and applications on real-world community IP networks.

The CONFINE project complements existing Fire infrastructure by establishing a new facility built on the federation of existing community IP networks constituted by more than 20,000 nodes and 20,000 Km of links.

This type of networks is an emerging and successful model for the Future Internet across Europe and beyond. 

Community networks incorporate a large and wide variety of commodity wirelessand optical links, heterogeneous nodes, different routing protocols, applications and a large number of end-users, following an innovative model of self-provisioning using an unlicensed and public spectrum. The project develops a unified access to an open testbed with tools that allow researchers to deploy, run, monitor and experiment with services, protocols and applications on real-world community IP networks. 

This integrated platform will provide user-friendly access to these emerging networks supporting any stakeholder interested in developing and testing experimental technologies for open and interoperable network infrastructures, strengthening open community networks. 

Project partners included are well-established community networks with large end-user bases and diverse application providers (e.g. content distribution, voice, data and multimedia communication), research institutions with experience in key related areas, non-profit organizations and SMEs with experience in supporting researchers, community networks and end-users. 

Partners: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, guifi.net, FunkFeuer, Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network, The OPLAN Foundation, Pangea, Fraunhofer FKIE
01.10.2011 - 30.09.2015

 

Archive

A complete archive of all MOSAIC research projects is available.