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Contact Person
Prof. Dr. Mikhail Smirnov
Business Unit NGNI
Tel.: +49 30 3463-7113


Sep. 01, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2013

The solutions “UniverSelf” creates will benefit the European ICT industry by creating new business opportunities and standards, benefit EU citizens by improving Quality of Service and improving performance, and benefit telecommunications service providers and network operators by reducing time-to-market and increasing savings in operational expenditure through the optimization of human resources and a reduction in manual errors.

“UniverSelf” is supported within the scope of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) from which it has received 10M€ funding. UniverSelf will last 36 months (2010-2013) and take advantage of the diverse expertise and complementary skills of its members who represent the following corporations and research institutions from across the ICT industry:

Alcatel-Lucent (Project Coordinator), France Telecom (Technical Manager), Telecom Italia (IT), Telefonica I+D (ES), NEC Europe (DE), Thales Communications (FR), Fraunhofer FOKUS (DE), IBBT Interdisciplinary Institute For Broadband Technology (BE), INRIA Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (FR), VTT Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus (FI), UCL University College London (UK), UNIS University of Surrey (UK), NKUA National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR), UPRC University of Piraeus Research Center (GR), UT Universiteit Twente (NL)

The research program has four objectives

  1. Design a Unified Management Framework for the different existing and emerging architectures, that is cross-technology (i.e. wireless and wireline) and will serve as a common platform for both systems and services.
  2. Design the functions that will enable self-managing networks and embed these functions directly within the systems and elements that comprise the network infrastructure and support service delivery.
  3. Demonstrating the potential for deployment of autonomic solutions in carrier grade networks with an eye towards stimulating further research in Europe towards application and commercialization.
  4. Generate confidence in the viability and use of autonomic technologies in telecommunication networks by defining “certification” parameters for autonomic networking products.