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Research Funding and Professional Activities

Research Funding

My total funding today is in excess of € 7M, of which € 5.5M as Principal Investigator, €1.45M as Co-PI and € 500K as funded researcher.

  • 2020:2021: Principal Investigator for SFI Research Infrastructure DubliNets.
  • 2020-2023: TCD Principal investigator in the FreeSpace DTIF project.
  • 2020: TCD Principal investigator in the European Space Agency (ESA) funded CODYSUN project.
  • 2019-2021: Co-Principal investigator in the iLife DTIF project.
  • 2019- 2025: Co-Principal investigator in the IPIC SFI centre.
  • 2018-2020: Co-Principal Investigator in the CONNECT SFI centre.
  • 2015-2019: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator award O’SHARE project. Total funding of € 1,020,000
  • 2015-2018: SFI/NSF/EPSRC collaborative project on Agile cloud service delivery using integrated photonics networking. Funded researcher and PI for TCD for a total funding of €368,000.
  • 2016-2019: H2020 collaborative project FUTEBOL. Co-PI on a TCD funding of €475,000.
  • 2015: Enterprise Ireland commercialisation feasibility funding award as PI. Total funding of €19,000.
  • 2012-2015: EU FP7 project DISCUS, technical coordinator and project manager. Project funding of €8.1M, of which managing € 1,351,000M as PI in TCD.
  • 2015-2021: Co-Principal Investigator in the SFI-funded CONNECT SFI centre for €650,000
  • 2010-2016: Funded researcher in the SFI-funded CTVR research centre €500,000.

Invited Talks

  • Invited talk at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) workshop on The next generation of fixed networks by ETSI F5G, 14th December 2020. “Fibre access virtualisation technology and evolution paths to MEC support”.
  • Invited talk at the University of Antwerp, 7th December 2020. Presentation title: “Open networking: benefits, challenges, AI and the road to edge cloud (December 7th)”.
  • Invited talk at the TSSG webinar: The synergy between AIML, Beyond5G networks and Cybersecurity, 4th December 2020. Presentation title: “Open networking: benefits, challenges and the need for AI”.
  • Invited talk at the Asian Conference on Photonics (ACP2020), 25th October 2020. “Mininet-Optical: an SDN optical network emulator for disaggregated optical systems”.
  • Invited talk at the IEEE Young Professionals affinity group, IIT Kharagpur Section, 24th August 2020. “Embedding SDN and virtualisation into 5G telecommunications networks and beyond“.
  • Invited talk at IEEEOptical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM) 2020: Evolution of access network sharing towards software based passive optical network: can virtual OLTs run at full line rate?
  • Invited lecture at the 5GStepFWD Marie Curie Ph.D. training network at Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden. February 21st. Title of the lecture: “Passive Optical Networks: architectures, technology and evolution towards virtualised systems”.
  • Invited lecture at the D-REAL Centre for Research Training, February 5th 2020. Title of the lecture: The Role of SDN and virtualisation in 5G networks and beyond“.
  • Invited talk at the OSA Advanced Photonic Congress in Burlingame (CA), July 2019. Title of the talk: “Full PON Virtulisation Supporting Multi-Tenancy Beyond 5G”.
  • Invited talk at the The Global Experimentation for Future Internet (GEFI) meeting in Tokyo, Oct. 2018. Title of the talk: “CONNECT’s view on virtualisation: Testbeds, experimentation and future plans“.
  • Invited tutorial at the Asian Conference on Photonic Communicaiotns (ACP), Oct. 2018. Title of the talk: “Virtualising the central office from the network functions down to the optical layer”, paper S4E.1.
  • Invited tutorial at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), Sept. 2018. Title of the talk: “Moving the Network to the Cloud: Multi-Tenant and Multi-Service Cloud Central Office“, paper We4D.1.
  • Invited talk at theIEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals conference, July 2018. Title of the talk: “From central office cloudification to optical network disaggregation“.
  • Keynote talk at the workshop on “Mathematical Techniques in Optical Networks”, Eindhoven, Netherlands, April 16-18. Title of the talk: “The virtualisation of telecommunications networks and its effect on optical networking”.
  • Invited talk at MIT (Februraru 20th) and University of Arizona – College of Optical Sciences (February 13th) on The Role of Optical Networks in 5G convergence“.
  • Keynote talk at the CPqD workshop on “Optical-Wireless Convergent Networks and 5G”, Campinas, SP, Brazil, 10th November 2017. Title of the talk: “Network convergence in future 5G networks”.
  • Keynote talk at the Workshop on Optical-Wireless Convergent Networks Joining Brazilian and European Researchers and Network Operators, Ministry of Communications, Brasilia, DF, Brazil, 1st June 2017. Title of the talk: “Network convergence for high performance and sustainable 5G networks“.
  • Invited as team leader for the OFC Workshop “OFCity Challenge”, held in L.A., CA, in March 2017.
  • Invited talk at CommNet2, Future Networks Workshop, Middlesex University London, 16th January 2017 on “Optical Networks in the 5G era“.
  • Invited tutorial at OFC, March 2016 on “Converged Metro-Access“.
  • Invited as team leader for the OFC Workshop “OFCity Challenge”, held in Anaheim, CA, in March 2016.
  • Keynote speaker for the IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, Jan 2016, Las Vegas.
  • Design for Sustainable, Multi-service Optical Network Architectures. OSA Photonic networks and devices congress. Boston, June 29th, 2015.
  • Tackling the capacity crunch: an attempt to rationalisation and mitigation. London Royal Society meeting on communications networks beyond the capacity crunch. May 11th-14th, 2015.
  • DISCUS approach to end-to-end network modeling: an update on access and core architecture and technology. 19th European conference on network and optical communications, NOC 2014: workshop on New Telecom Network Architectures for the Cloud Era, June 3rd 2014.
  • The DISCUS FP7 project: ideas, issues and solutions for designing next-generation cost-effective and future-proof optical broadband network. Post-OFC workshop, UCDavis, March 14th 2014.
  • A radical change to telecoms network architecture to provide unlimited broadband to all users: the DISCUS project. Future Internet Assembly, Dublin, May 10th 2013.
  • Il progetto DISCUS: un cambio radicale nelle reti di telecomunicazioni per fornire banda larga senza limiti a tutti gli utenti. Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy, April 12th 2013.
  • Il progetto DISCUS: un cambio radicale nelle reti di telecomunicazioni per fornire banda larga senza limiti a tutti gli utenti. ISTAO Business School, Ancona, Italy, April 12th 2013.
  • Next-Generation Fibre to the Home Deployment – A HEAnet Case Study. HEAnet national conference, Kilkenny, Ireland, November 2011.
  • FEDERICA virtual e-infrastructure for researchers”, HEAnet national conference, Kilkenny, Ireland, November 2010.
  • CTVR-2: The vision, the technology: the network, HEAnet workshop, Dublin, June 2010.
  • Optical IP Switching & UCLP, UCLP Workshop, Edinburgh, UK, August 2006.

Conferences and Journals Organization

  • Associate Editor for the OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN) since 2018.
  • Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT), ECOC-2019 special issue.
  • Associate guest editor for JOCN special issue on “Future PON Architectures Enabled by Advanced Technology”. September-October 2020.
  • TPC for OFC 2021 Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services subcommittee.
  • OFC 2021 Panel co-chair on”PON disaggregation, from SDN abstraction to full virtualization. Benefits, obstacles and trends”.
  • TPC for OSA Networks 2021.
  • ONDM steering committee member.
  • TPC for ACP 2020 Network Architectures, Management and Applications
  • OFC 2020 Symposium co-chair on “Emerging Network Architectures for 5G edge cloud”.
  • TPC for OFC 2020 Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services subcommittee.
  • TPC track chair for ECOC 2019 Demonstration subcommittee.
  • TPC for ECOC 2019 Network Architecture, Control and Management subcommittee.
  • TPC track co-chair for ACP 2019, Network Architectures, Management and Applications.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, 2019.
  • General chair for IEEE Optical Network Design and Modeling Conference (ONDM) May 2018.
  • Co-Organiser of the ONDM 2018 workshop on “SDN/NFV for optical networks”.
  • Co-Organiser of the ONDM 2018 workshop on “Optical technologies in the 5G Era”.
  • Co-Organiser of the ONDM 2018 industry panel on “Disaggregated optical networks: challenges and benefits of opening up the ROADM transmission network.”
  • Co-Organiser of the OSA Workshop on Scalable Integrated Photonics for 5G and IoT, San Diego, March 2018.
  • Co-Organiser of the OFCity challenge workshop at OFC 2018, San Diego, March 2018.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 2018.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE-ACM ITC 30 Conference – Teletraffic in a Smart World, 2018.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (CSCN), 2018.
  • Technical Programme Committee chair for IEEE Optical Network Design and Modeling Conference (ONDM) 2017.
  • Co-Organiser of the ONDM 2017 workshop on Workshop on Optical networks for data centres in the 5G era.
  • Technical Programme Committee track chair for IEEEConference on Standards for Communications & Networking (CSCN) 2017 track on 5G Carrier and Converged Networks.
  • EPSRC (UK) Associate College member since 2016.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE ICC Green Communications Systems and Networks Symposium, 2017.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE WCNC workshop on Green and Sustainable 5G Wireless Networks, 2017.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 2017.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2017.
  • General Chair for IEEE online Greencom 2016.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (CSCN), 2016.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE  International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Sign (CSNDSP), 2016.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Optical Network Design and Modeling Conference (ONDM) 2016.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE ICC worksop on Next Generation Backhaul/Front haul Networks, 2016.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for the International Conference on Networking and Network Applications (NaNA) 2016, Japan.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 2016.
  • Managing Guest Editor for Elsevier Optical Fibre Technology Journal, special issue on Next Generations Optical Access Networks, Fall 2015.
  • Co-organiser of the ECOC 2015 workshop titled “Fibre access and core network evolution: what are the next steps towards an integrated end-to-end network?”
  • Editorial Board of Springer Photonic Networks Communications Journal, 2015.
  • Technical Programme Committee Chair for IEEE online Greencom 2015.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE Optical Network Design and Modeling Conference (ONDM) 2015.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for IEEE International Teletraffic Congress, (ITC) 2015.
  • Co-organiser of the ECOC 2014 workshop titled “Is NG-PON2 an ultimate access solution? Is there anything coming afterwards?”
  • Co-organiser of the ONDM 2014 workshop titled “Network protection and resiliency in Next Generation access and core networks”
  • Demonstration Session Chair for IEEE online Greencom 2014.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) 2014.
  • Technical Programme Committee Member for Future Networks and Mobile Summitt (FuNeMS) 2013.
  • Organiser of Dublin 2013 workshop on “Ownership, Usage And Regulation In Next Generation Fibre Access Network: Can We Move Away From Competition At The Physical Layer?”
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