icon_ucn.png   UCN @ Sophia Quarterly Newsletter 3-2016



The Labex UCN@Sophia has launched its new website and Twitter account. The goal is to give a greater visibility to the various events and initatives the Labex is involved in, directly on the homepage (in the top slider and in the Agenda block). The next step will be to highlight the innovative activities of the members of the Labex Industrial Partners' Club.

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First Labex UCN@Sophia funded student PhD defense! Congratulations to Riccardo Ravaioli who successfuly defended is PhD thesis entitled "Active inference of network neutrality" on July 13. Hired in 2012, Riccardo was the first PhD student hired by the Labex. This work co-advised by Guillaume Urvoy-Keller (I3S) and Chadi Barakat (Inria) was the opportunity for a research collaboration between I3S laboratory and Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée research centre on the topic of network neutrality. The PhD manuscript and the defense slides are available online.


Meet the Labex at the next Telecom Valley Business Lunch. The Labex has been invited by its new partner Telecom Valley to come and make a short presentation of its activities on a Business Lunch that will be held on September, 30. Telecom Valley Business Lunches promote face-to-face interactions and foster exchanges between Sophia tech actors. The Labex very welcome this opportunity to improve its integration into the business community and to be better identified by industrial stake holders.

> Registration


R2lab platform inauguration. The Reproducible Research Lab (R2Lab), funded by the FIT Equipex and supported by the Labex, will be inaugurated on October 5, 2016, at Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée. This experiment platform is an important asset for research on wireless networks. Wifi devices deployed in a controlled, isolated and reconfigurable environment make wireless network experiments fine-tuned and reproducible. 


CNRS RSD research group "Cloud Days". The Labex sponsors the CNRS RSD (Distributed Networks and Systems) Cloud Days. This two-day event gathers academic and industrials stakeholders interested in virtualized/cloud environments administration and use. It will take place in the Nice Valrose Campus theater.

Registration free but mandatory. Read more.



CARDIS 2016. The Labex sponsors the 15th Smart Card Research and Advanced Application Conference CARDIS 2016, organised by EURECOM and held in Cannes on the French Riviera on November 7-9, 2016.

Since 1994, CARDIS is the foremost international conference dedicated to smart card research and applications. Smart cards, or by extension smart devices are the basis for many secure systems and play a decisive role in ID management. Unlike events devoted to commercial and application aspects of smart cards, CARDIS conferences gather researchers and technologists who focused on all aspects of the design, development, deployment, validation and application of smart cards or smart personal devices.

Read more.


2016 Development engineers Call for projects - Now open!

The Labex UCN@Sophia has launched its third call for projects to fund project development engineers. This initiative aim at transfering the research results of the Labex partner laboratories to the industrial community through the development of functional demonstrators.

Key figures:

  • A one-stop-shop to nurture innovative projects thanks to the Labex scientific excellence
  • Up to 52 k€/year during 1 to 3 years to fund the wages of a development engineer
  • Application deadline: September, 30


> Call for projects presentation leaflet (in French)

> Application form

> Read more on the previous funded projects

Visiting researcher: Jörg Kienzle

Jörg Kienzle has just left the Labex after a three months visit at the I3S laboratory.

His current research interests include software engineering methods and more particularly aspect-oriented technology. Aspects modularize software development concerns (such as security, scalability, network communication…) to facilitate the development of complex software. Through aspect-oriented modelling and programming techniques, different software libraries addressing various concerns developed by different field experts can be woven into an application, improving the level of software reuse and quality.

With the increasing availability of software components on-the-shelf and the combinatorial explosion of the number of components integration and parameterization possibilities, software variability needs to be captured also in the context of concern-oriented reuse. I3S developed an expertise in software variability modelling through Feature Models for Software Product Lines. During his stay, Jörg Kienzle had the opportunity to integrate the FAMILIAR variability modelling tool (FeAture Model scrIpt Language for manIpulation and Automatic Reasoning) into his TouchCORE concern-oriented software design modelling platform. With FAMILIAR, TouchCORE can assist the user, describing the variability of multiple concern combinations and automatically checking their compatibility.

Jörg Kienzle’s collaboration with Philippe Collet, Philippe Lahire and Sébastien Mosser of the SPARKS team of I3S will lead to the publication of two papers this summer. The next step is the integration of specific security and networking concerns in collaboration with Yves Roudier (EURECOM).


Jörg Kienzle is an associate professor at the School of Computer Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he is leading the Software Engineering Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. and engineering diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Visiting researcher call. The UCN @ Sophia Labex call for funding high-profile researcher visits is still open. The Labex now also accept successive visits spread over a period of 2 to 3 years. Requests forms are available in PDF, ODT and DOCX formats.


Past events

Labex UCN @ Sophia General Assembly. The Labex general assembly was held on June 13. This scientific day was the opportunity to make a comprehensive presentation of all Labex activities and to discuss future scientific orientations (see slides on the assembly day program). The Labex External Advisory Board who attended the assembly, outlined the Labex "research on important, timely and unique topics, with a high-quality and high-impact scientific output". 


Workshop UCN @ Sophia "Future challenges in User-Centric Networks". On June 14, the Labex organized the workshop on Future challenges in User-Centric Networks (UCN'16). This prospective workshop more particularly covered the topics of “Data-centric networking”, “Network virtualization” and “Network security & user privacy”. It was the opportunity to invite high profile keynote speakers and Labex researchers to present their vision and discuss perspectives in these areas.



September, 13-14. CNRS RSD research group "Cloud Days". Read more

September, 30. Business Lunch with Telecom Valley. Register

September, 30Deadline for development engineers call for projects.

October,5. R2lab platform inauguration.

November, 7-9. CARDIS 2016. Register!

This is summer break for scientific and technical seminars. Please check for the next ones on our website in September.