Vertical Research Thematic Areas

CGC has developed strategically a research portfolio consisting of 12 vertical Thematic Areas in which CGC wants to be strong and have “a foot print” in. 2 of these vertical thematic areas will be offered a “wild card” for two years to show consistency and world class research to CGC.

The 12 vertical thematic areas will involve all CGC divisions and will individually be undertaking special CGC research activities and focus in the mentioned areas. Each 6 month a new thematic topic will come in focus in CGC and one CGC Division will be main responsible to lead, promote and operate decided activities within this thematic area.

The Vertical Technology Thematic Areas
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The Vertical Innovation Thematic Areas
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01. CONASENSE - Vertical

Ernestina Cianca
University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy

CONASENSE is an integration of:

  • Communication
  • Navigation
  • Sensing
  • Services
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Cyber-crime, persuasive technology, persuasive business models, and Human Bond Communication (HBC) together with Communication, Navigation, Sensing and Services is an important topics of research studies for CGC, as seen in below figure.

02. Multimedia Applications & Services - Vertical

Constantinos Papadias
Athens Institute of Information Technology, Greece

Multimedia Applications and Services will deal with the following topics:

  • Techno-Socio Systems
  • Techno-Socio Economic impact and Regulatory Framework
  • Multimedia home networking
  • Multimedia vehicle networking
03. Future Wireless Technology - Vertical

Kwang-Cheng Chen
University of South Florida, USA

Future Wireless Technology – Vertical will deal with the following topics:

  • Future Wireless Communication (FWC)
  • Smart Networks
  • Routing Protocols
  • Next Generation
04. Knowledge HOME - Vertical

Sudhir Dixit
Head of the US office in San Francisco of the Basic Internet Foundation in Norway

CGC has initiated the concept of Knowledge Human Bond Communication Beyond 2050 (Knowledge HOME). It has extensions to machines and the environment, focusing not only on the two forms (i.e., visible and audible), which are possible today to transmit partial information using the wireless communication technologies, but to also leverage and engage the other three senses of touch (tactile), smell (olfactory) and taste (gustatory).
Human Bond Communication Beyond 2050 (Knowledge HOME) with extension to machines and Human Bond Communication (HBC) represents a real cultural challenge, since it is intended to investigate, beyond multi-sensory communication, both from the basic research standpoint, and from the technological viewpoint, the possibilities within the near future to use ICT for the early and non-invasive detection of biomedical events occurring in cells and tissues.
The Knowledge HOME approach will serve as a social driven platform that organizes ICT related activities and offers a variety of services to its members. Knowledge HOME will make available to the ICT society recent advancements while also promoting R&D excellence. Thus, it will become a powerful toolkit for researchers, industrialist, venture capitalists, regulators and academia.
The Knowledge HOME would also be a platform for exchanging the perceptive information between individuals. This perceptive information altogether in its exchangeable format is the KNOWLEDGE that individuals attain. A virtual part of the day-to-day life of human beings comprises their understanding and interaction with the environment through the senses that have not been considered by the current communication technologies, i.e., smell, touch, and taste. At present, all senses communication would allow interaction between people separated by a physical distance based on these senses to the emergence of a real interconnected world.
CGC will in 2019 establish a Knowledge Home Lab (KHL) which intends to investigate the socio technological systems in the human centric paradigm. The lab is composes of the three sub domains which are the individual research areas in themselves. KHL intends to work on creating and disseminating the knowledge of involving various technologies in various areas.

05. Secure Digitalization and Business Model Innovation - Vertical

Albena Mihovska
CGC Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark

Albena Mihovska’s profile

The developments and innovations in the area of mobile wireless communication systems that we have witnessed over the last couple of decades have been motivated by the objective to deliver seamless user connectivity anytime, anywhere and anyhow. Digitization is a natural product of achieving ubiquitous connectivity enabling seamless digital experience through ubiquitous availability of various data, which in turn is a driver for Multi Business model innovation (MBMI). This thematic area focus on investigating how to enable security in the digital ecosystem through MBMI.
Digitalization, and more specifically, the evolution it brings towards a connected, smart, and highly efficient Multi Business Model ecosystem, will change larger and smaller industrial players into platforms of Multi Business Model Innovation. However, with a fast growing digital economy, trust and security becomes a critical element. With an ever-growing number of connected applications and devices, the guarantee of integrity and protection of the data these generate, will be key to the realization of economic value. Data integrity is directly related to the quality of the interaction, and, therefore, would impact the value co-creation process.
The ability to secure multi-business model innovation (MBMI) and to surround what is really taking place in an MBMI process or an operating BM – “AS IS BM” –has become a very hot topic in many businesses and societies these days. There are a variety of reasons to this security issue and many technological ways to provide security related to this matter. In this thematic area focus is mainly on four major issues.
The security issues move from human-based security to technology-based security and, therefore, brings often new security challenges. With digitalization, humans would lose control and management of security to a large extent.
The security becomes an important issue related to how and when to be sure about business collaboration and exchange as business and BM´s becomes more and more network-based and with network partners that have to exchange business models between each other within seconds, when network business models increase exponentially and no previous knowledge of each other network partners exist, the risk of doing business increase and trustfully security systems need to be developed.
The overall vision and purpose of technology and multi business modelling is to develop these as user friendly, seamless and with best possible interconnectivity – anytime, anywhere and anyhow. The challenge is how to do this so that security does not course friction in the BM process and does not interfere and have a negative effect on the users, customers, network partners and employees that the BM experience.

06. Standardization - Vertical

Dina Simunic
University of Zagreb, Croatia

CGC has always played a critical role in formalizing of standards understanding the critical significance they play for a sustainable and progressive society, especially to fill the critical gap existent between academic research units and the standardization bodies. A relevant attribute and cherished goal of CGC in this context is also to have a substantial Standardisation, IPR portfolio and spin- offs within a short span of few years as shown in the figure which represent “How to support an effective and efficient use of standardization to promote Multi Business Model Innovation”.

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07. Security, Trust & Privacy - Vertical

Geir Myhrdahl Køin
Department of Micro-systems, University of South-Eastern (USN), Vestfold, Norway

To protect 5G BM and technology services in the future and accelerate the growth in connections, CSPs need a new approach to security. There are 6 key requirements: Adaptability, integration, auto-mation, rapidity, trust and privacy. The set requirement calls for 5G security to be adaptable to meet the increasingly sophisticated techniques of cyber-attackers. Hackers often dynamically tweak their attacks in real-time or near real-time, so CSPs’ defences must be at least as adaptive to respond at least as quickly.
Second Identity Management, Physical-Layer Security and Routing Protocols are all hot topics for CGC research in this field.

Internet of things IoT Security
08. Chitt-Kaya Nivesh Sthaan - Vertical

Vandana Rohokale
Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Science, Pune

The concept of Chitt-Kaya Nivesh Sthaan (CNS) aims towards creation of knowledge for integrating Human Mind and Body. The terms, Chitt (Mind), Kaya (Body), Nivesh (Home), and Sthaan (Place) – in Sanskrit.
Language and the term CNS defines a concept that is the juxtaposition of Cognitive and Physical dimensions of a Human being. The concept is the proponent for involving cross/inter- disciplinary research domain (namely, technology, medicine, humanity, social-science, and so on…) on a common platform, forming an integrated solution in improving human functionalities, Chitt-Kaya Nivesh Sthaan focus on a holistic approach for Human Betterment.

09. Personalized Medicine - Vertical

Hermie Hermens
Department of Biomedical Signals and Systems (BSS) Telemedicine Cluster University of Twente, Netherlands

Personalised Medicine is making fast progress globally. CGC wants to be at the forefront of research and development in this thematic area to support the society and humans to benefit from new technology. Personal Medicine calls for collaboration and coordination of the increased activities with in the field – e.g. the use of data will grow along with the rapid development of ICT. CGC wants to help and support realising the potential of personalized medicine by linking what CGC and its partners already know about the population’s diseases with cross-interdisciplinary knowledge.
CGC Researchers must have secure, quick and easy access to pseudonymised data so that new knowledge, new technology, new business models and new treatment forms can be developed to the benefit of patients. Data and knowledge are to be shared in a secure manner to be able to diagnose more precisely and target treatment more quickly than the case is today. Bio-Informatics, Multi-Sensor Networks, Body Sensors, Assisted Living, Data Protection & Ethical Guidelines are all important topics in this field.

10. Network without Borders - Vertical

Neeli Prasad
International Technological
University San José, USA

Network without Borders consist of:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Future Internet and NextGen. Networks
  • Management & Source Optimization
  • Cooperative Communication Techniques
11. Holographic telepresence systems (HTPS) - Vertical

Agata Manolova
Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Holographic Telepresence Systems and the applications they enable are a critical cornerstone of the growing digitalization. A specific aim is to set up of a CGC Holographic Research and Multi
Business Model Innovation Research Lab comprising a cutting-edge HTPS research platform and HTPS-technology enabling CGC B-labs at the premises of CGC.
This will provide a capacity in CGC to develop a strong research profile through continuity of the networking activities, and a capability to offer cutting-edge facilities to its early-stage researchers, overall research staff and graduate students within HTPS.

12. Autonomic Transport system - Vertical
Prof Ari Pouttu

Ari Pouttu
Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland

The society will anticipate in the future mechanisms that require and allow communication of real-time information with Autonomic Vehicles and transport systems. The goal of the research is to create a flexible and efficient converged radio access and backhaul network that can carry all kind of wireless autonomous vehicles and transport systems from/to humans and machines.