ABSTRACT: The general framework of Mobile Flexible Networks (MFN) is to design dense self-organizing, self-healing and self-energy harvesting secure networks where terminals and base stations interact and self-adapt in an intelligent manner without the need of a central controller or with the right amount of regulation to let the agents in the network exploit fully the degrees of freedom. The design depends mainly on the mobility pattern as in highly mobile environments, intelligence at the terminal reduces the cost of signalling whereas for fixed (non-mobile) networks, all the intelligence can be put on the network side. One of the big challenges is to find how to optimally split the intelligence between cognitive terminals and cognitive networks. In this talk, we discuss the challenges ahead and provide some research directions to develop the theoretical of these networks.
SPEAKER: Prof. Merouane Debbah was born in Madrid, Spain. He entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received the M.Sc and the Ph.D. degrees respectively in 1999 and 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Motorola Labs on Wireless Local Area Networks and prospective fourth generation systems . From 2002 until 2003, he was appointed Senior Researcher at the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (ftw.), Vienna, Austria working on MIMO wireless channel modeling issues. From 2003 until 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institute Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. He is presently a Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), holder of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on flexible radio. His research interests are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications.