Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Institute IMDEA Networks

Institute IMDEA Networks (IMDEA) is an international research institute located in Madrid, Spain. IMDEA focuses on advanced research in networking and is a non-profit organization funded by the Regional Government of Madrid (Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid), other public bodies, and private institutions. IMDEA researchers have participated and directed projects of several European R&D programs (ESPRTT, RACE, ACTS, 1ST), Spanish R&D programs (PLANBA, CICYT, PASO), USA R&D programs (NSF FIND, NSF ALT, NSF CNS, NSF ANI), and also in contracts with the industry and public administrations. IMDEA has extensive experience in network architectures and protocols, Internet economics, wireless and wired communication media, access control, mobility, routing, congestion control, security, and energy-aware networking. IMDEA researchers have published in top journals (including IEEE/ACM ToN, IEEE JSAC, IEEE Comm. Mag., and IEEE Network) and conferences (ACM Sigcomm, IEEE Infocom, ACM IMC, IEEE ICNP, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC and IEEE WCNC among others) and participated in national and European projects (IST DAIDALOS I, IST DAIDALOS II, ICT CARMEN, ICT MEDIEVAL, and ICT FLAVIA). A high percentage of our researchers have expertise in networking and economics topics of direct relevance to this proposal. Dr. Sergey Gorinsky designed differentiated-services network architecture amenable for incremental deployment in the multi-provider Internet. He also conducted Internet-scale simulation studies on the viability of a traffic-management technique where an ISP increases its revenues by attracting extra traffic to the links with its customers. Dr. Antonio Fernández Anta applied game-theoretic approaches to a variety of communication and distributed-computing problems, e.g., to evaluate selfish behaviours in various transport protocols. He also designed incentive mechanisms for performance improvement in networked systems. Dr. Rade Stanojevic used real data from a large European ISP to study economic implications of its customer traffic patterns. The research has led to publications in major venues such as ACM Sigcomm, ACM IMC, IEEE IPDPS, and Theoretical Computer Science. IMDEA will closely collaborate with researchers in Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), a local university with traditionally strong ties to IMDEA. In particular, our project contribution involves economic expertise provided by Prof. Antonio Cabrales and other economists from the UC3M Department of Economics. Specific dimensions of our research include studying provider-user and inter-provider business relationships from game-theoretic perspectives, Internet pricing from risk-aversion economics perspectives, network neutrality from network-externalities economics perspectives, and auctions of radio spectrum allocations from experimental economics perspectives. Our research team has a strong record of past and ongoing participation in relevant EU projects, such as DAIDALOS I, DAIDALOS II, CARMEN, FLAVIA, and MEDIEVAL.