The Internet and mobile networks have become seamless companions of our everyday life, leading to the Digital Society era. The ever-increasing dependency of our Society to digital networks raises new challenges for the network infrastructures. Beyond increased capability, bandwidth and number of connected devices, networks are expected to deliver high quality of service in numerous new usages. Modern networks are requested to deliver end-to-end quality of service, to seamlessly adapt to variable workloads and usages, to ensure neutrality with regards to all users, to ensure security of data and users privacy, and to demonstrate high resilience. Furthermore, the overall power consumption of network has become a serious issue and networks evolution is expected to occur at neutral, if not reduced, energy costs.
In Sophia Antipolis, the LabEx UCN@Sophia (Laboratory of Excellence “User-Centric Networking”) is an 8 years-long research project funded by the French Ministry of Research to address the challenges raised by modern networks and network usages. UCN@Sophia organizes this workshop to discuss future challenges for the next generation networks and identify promising research tracks for the coming years. A central theme for the workshop is the foreseenable evoluation of network usage in the digital society and the way the future generation networks will better serve users.
The workshop is organised in 3 sessions and a panel discussion on the following topics:
Since the generalization of the Internet in the late 90s, network usage as evolved from inter-hosts communication to content search and retrieval. The focus has shifted to a large extent to a new data-centric model were users are ignorant of storage location and management, but they should be able to efficiently identify relevant data and access it.
Keynote speaker: Don Towsley
University of Massachusetts, MA, USA
As computer networks complexity grows, the number of network-based services increases and users are ever more demanding for the network, more flexibility is needed in network services deployment and optimisation. Network Virtualization is a promising methodology to design a usage-adaptable network integrating today's mobile and wired network infrastructures.
User privacy & Network security
The higher the dependency of the modern society on network services, the higher the need for network security. Network security has become critical for many daily network-based operations. Users are gaining awareness on the risks associated to network usage. User trust and user privacy guarantees have become critical components of network development.
Keynote speaker: Krishna Gummadi
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany
User-Centric Networks panel discussion
This wrap-up session will engage the workshop speakers and the audience in a discussion on how future networks will better serve users and the most salient research directions for the future of User-Centric Networks.
Chair: Walid Dabbous
Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée, France