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 The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services
  ITU Kaleidoscope event, 12 − 14 December 2011, Cape Town, South Africa


Future Internet Impacts on the Evolution of Next Generation Network Infrastructures and Services

Half-day tutorial, 14 December 2011

Tutor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, Germany


Material for tutorial



The notion of the future internet (FI) is increasing these days, as this buzzword reflects the evolution of the internet in different domains, including the internet of services, the internet of things, and the network of the future. Nevertheless, these domains contribute to one major vision, which represents a totally connected planet, in which humans and machines are seamlessly interconnected and new applications, such as smart city applications, become a reality for a better living.

This half-day tutorial will give an introduction and brief overview about the ongoing global research activities related to the future internet and look on the impacts of the related technology trends on the evolution of next generation networks (NGNs). In this regard the tutorial provides an overview of the current NGN infrastructure and service standards, such as the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Service Delivery Platform (SDP) providing the related service enabling infrastructure.

In the course of the tutorial also the impact of emerging mobile broadband networks will be addressed, which play a major role in the context of fixed-mobile convergence and seamless service access in the light of increasing cloud-based service offers. In this context the Evolved Packet System (EPS) and the related Evolved Packet Core (EPC) will be introduced and their interplay with the other aforementioned platforms illustrated.

The tutorial ends with an outline of the FOKUS Future Seamless Communications Playground, which represents an extensible NGN and FI technology and services testbed, based on the globally recognized Fraunhofer FOKUS OpenIMS and OpenEPC toolkits. Innovative Smart City applications will be used to illustrate the capabilities of the testbed and related toolkits which can be used to setup own testbeds around the globe.

A final Q&A Session will conclude the tutorial.

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Thomas Magedanz (PhD) is full professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences faculty at the Technische Universitńt Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks since 2003. In addition, he is director of the next generation network infrastructure competence center of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS.

Since more than 20 years Prof. Magedanz is working in the convergence field of fixed and mobile telecommunications, the internet and information technologies, which resulted in many international R&D projects centered around the implementation of advanced Service Delivery Platforms for Next Generation Networks and the future internet. In the course of his research activities he published more than 200 technical papers/articles. In addition, Prof. Magedanz is senior member of the IEEE, and editorial board member of several journals.

Thomas Magedanz got his diploma and his PhD at the computer sciences department of the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in November 1988 and August 1993 respectively, where he was working on distributed multimedia systems, Intelligent Networks and telecommunications management. In 2000, he obtained his "Habilitation" for Computer Sciences at the same university performing research in the field of innovative middleware technologies and Open Service Architectures. During these years he was associate researcher and assistant professor at TU Berlin, performing big research projects for German network operators and vendors on the use of distributed object and mobile agent technologies for advanced telecommunications service platforms on top of fixed and mobile broadband networks. In addition he was also technical leader of several EU RACE, ACTS and IST projects.

Since 2003 Prof. Magedanz is performing research on middleware and distributed service platforms for converging networks, fixed and mobile next generation networks and the future internet, leading to the development of service oriented technology test beds and related open source tools. The most popular ones include the Open Source IMS Core and the Open IMS Playground established in 2004. In 2007 he opened the new Open SOA Telco Playground for IMS/Web2.0/SOA service prototyping on top of NGNs and legacy circuit switched telecom networks. In spring 2010 he opened the Future Seamless Communication Playground based on the new developed FOKUS Open Evolved Packet Core software toolkit in order to enable applied research on IP core network evolution and seamless mobility support in fixed and mobile NGN environments.

In 2007 Prof. Magedanz joined the European FIRE (Future Internet Research Experimental Facilities) Expert Group actively promoting the federation of future internet research testbeds. In this context he is also active in several FIRE projects and the new FI Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects as well as the German G-Lab project, developing and extending the Teagle Toolkit.

Since 2006, Prof. Magedanz is also acting as Extraordinary Professor for Next Generation Networks and Services at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From 2007 – 2009, he was also Visiting Professor to the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.





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