Internet Based Communication Networks and Services research group
Our modern society is facing a number of important challenges that will benefit more and more from novel information and communication technologies. Energy management (smart energy grids, intelligent buildings, ...) requires advanced network technologies combined with distributed software platforms and intelligent services in order to optimize the energy consumption and cope with multiple distributed and varying energy sources and sinks. Advanced routing technologies, novel traffic measurements, intelligent tracking systems and automatic control will drastically improve the transport and logistics sector by increasing the efficiency in terms of energy consumption, time management, reliability, etc. Another obvious example is the health sector where we are faced with challenges such as aging of the population, scarcity of food or personalized medicine. Here again ICT will play a critical role in home care systems, hospitals, drug development or diagnostic equipment.
The IBCN group is performing fundamental and applied research on internet based communication networks and services, more specifically with the focus on: (1) Network Modeling, Design and Evaluation, (2) Mobile & Wireless Networking, (3) High Performance Multimedia Processing, (4) Autonomic Computing & Networking, (5) Service Engineering, (6) Content and Search Management, and (7) Data Analysis and Machine Learning. This research is applied to a number of application domains: Health and care, transport and logistics, media, energy, smart living and systems biology. A well-established experimental test environment and a number of technology platforms support these activities. The research is performed by an enthusiastic team of about 140 people comprising about 12 professors, 30 post-docs, 95 researchers and 5 support people.
The IBCN group belongs to the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University (UGent) and is part of the Future Internet Department of iMinds (new name of IBBT). At a national level the group is collaborating with about 100 industrial partners in many multidisciplinary projects. Also internationally there is strong involvement in European research projects, especially in the Future Internet area, with about 50 finished and running EU projects over the past 10 years. Since the start of the IBCN group in 1992, research resulted in 1400 publications in international journals and conference proceedings, 75 PhD's, 45 international awards, and 6 spin-off companies. The academic staff has a strong involvement in informatics, software engineering and networking courses at the Engineering Faculty of UGent.