Network of Excellence in Internet Science


iMinds (previously known as the Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT)) is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary ICT research centre (looking at technological, legal, business and sociological aspects) and enables accelerated development and exploitation of new ICT products and services in strategic sectors in Flanders. Two research centres of iMinds –IBCN and SMIT- take part in this proposal. The Internet-based Broadband Communication Networks research group (IBCN – is a leading telecommunications and software research group based in Ghent, Belgium, belonging to the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of the Ghent University (UGent) and to IBBT. IBCN was established in 1992 and currently counts about 130 members, including 10 professors and 20 post-docs. 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. At a national level the group is collaborating with industrial partners in many multidisciplinary projects. Since the start of the IBCN group in 1992, research resulted in 950 publications in international journals and conference proceedings, 50 PhD's, 4 spin-off companies and several international awards. IBCN 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 en 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 centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) was set up in 1990 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, within the department of Communication Studies, and is part of IBBT. SMIT is specialised in fundamental, applied and contract research in the area of ICT, markets and policy. With a current staff of more than 40 researchers, and an annual turnover of well over 2.5 M€, SMIT is a major research centre in Europe for user-oriented, policy & socioeconomic research relating to ICT. It combines both fundamental (PhD’s) and applied research, and has been active in short and long term, regional, national and European research projects. It also manages a living lab test facility (iLab.o) in order to support its empirical study of socio-economic and user aspects of new ICTs, and hosts the secretariat of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), The centre endeavours an interdisciplinary course: the majority of researchers are communication scientists, but within the projects they work in close conjunction with sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, economists etc. In search for structural trans-national collaboration, it has concluded a research agreement with the Dutch TNO-STB in 2001, and is also part of different international research networks (e.g. EMTEL, COST, ENCIP, WWRF, eMobility) IBBT has a proven track record in several European FIRE projects: ECODE (Experimental Cognitive Distributed Engine); and CREW (Cognitive Radio Experimentation World – project lead), IP BONFIRE (Building service testbeds on FIRE), OFELIA (OpenFlow in Europe: Linking Infrastructure and Applications), EULER (Experimental UpdateLess Evolutive Routing), SPITFIRE (Semantic-Service Provisioning for the Internet of Things using Future Internet Research by Experimentation), and a Support Action FIRESTATION (Future Internet Research and Experimentation SupporT) • IBBT is involved in EIFFEL think tank, • Organization and support of the Future Internet Conference Week in Ghent, Belgium, on 13 – 17 December 2010, including Future Internet Assembly Ghent, FIRE conference, ServiceWave 2010, European Network of Living Labs, etc.