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IEEE UK & Ireland ComSoc Distinguished Lecture | More is different: How the Science of Complex Systems can inspire Future Autonomous Networks by Dr Nicola Marchetti, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin


It is expected that future mobile networks will be ultra-large-scale, highly dynamic, and complex systems, encompassing a massive number of heterogeneous devices. However, the architecture of the current wireless networks (for example, 5G or IoT) is often fixed, and the optimisation tasks are defined to cope with specific and identified challenges and services. Hence, the prevailing manual and predetermined optimization and configuration tasks are no longer appropriate for future networks. Furthermore, we are increasingly dealing with new kinds of networks – like networks of drones, the Internet of Everything, intelligent transportation systems – which bring in several new challenges related to network responsiveness and scalability.

We are working on resolving such issues by proposing a framework inspired by theories and tools borrowed from complex systems science, focusing on the impact of network topology on the system’s

  1. Information representation and transfer,
  2. Robustness, and
  3. Self-synchronisation capabilities.

About the Speaker

Dr Nicola Marchetti is Associate Professor in Wireless Communications at Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland, where he leads the Wireless Engineering and Complexity Science lab (WhyCOM). He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, an IEEE Senior Member, and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

He received the PhD in Wireless Communications from Aalborg University, Denmark in 2007, the MSc in Electronic Engineering from University of Ferrara, Italy in 2003, and the MSc in Mathematics from Aalborg University in 2010. He has authored more than 190 journals and conference papers, 2 books and 9 book chapters, holds 4 patents, and received 4 best paper awards.

His research interests span AI for Future Networks, Bio-Inspired and Bio-Enabled Networks, Complex and Autonomous Networks, MAC Protocols and Radio Resource Management, Signal Processing for Communications, and Quantum Communications and Networks. He serves as Technical Editor for IEEE Network and IEEE Wireless Communications, and has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Internet of Things Journal and the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking.

He has an extensive experience giving research lectures across the globe, having delivered to date 4 keynotes, 20 invited talks, 8 tutorials at international conferences, and 8 international PhD courses.

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