At IMDEA Networks we have the potential, the energy and the means to make a positive change in our socio-economic environment. We perform research with an enterprising spirit, animated by its potential application to market and industry. Our faculty, PhD students, research support engineers, alumni and former team members conform a thriving entrepreneurial community in connection with the latest technological developments and innovative ideas.
We research, develop, test and push forward scientific advances that may one day become goods, services, international standards and even household words. We collaborate closely with industry in a variety of ways, such as through international project consortiums, direct industry contracts, the activities of the 5TONIC innovation lab, as co-inventors of patents, in joint events, or through entrepreneurial ventures. This collaborative exchange allows us to acquire the know-how, experience and forward-thinking engagement needed to match technologies originating from our labs with real-world needs.
Our work covers a wide spectrum of entrepreneurial activities:
The objective of 5TONIC is to create a global open environment where members from industry and academia work together in specific research and innovation projects related to 5G technologies with a view to boost technology and business innovative ventures. The laboratory promotes joint project development and entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites, all in an international environment oriented to achieve the highest technological impact in the area of 5G.
5G networks are considered the gateway to the age of “intelligent everything” that awaits us. The development of 5G has thus become a landmark in the global competition for technological leadership, with research projects as 5G EVE, 5G Vinni, 5Growth, 5G Dive…
5TONIC will serve to show the capabilities and interoperation of pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications by leading global companies in the 5G arena.
Apart from the initial members, 5TONIC welcomes new members to join and gain from the benefits of an advanced research and innovation laboratory, oriented to research, debate, field-testing and demonstration of all technologies and equipment to support 5G communications, services and applications.
The main 5TONIC Research & Innovation Laboratory site is located at IMDEA Networks.The Institute is one of the main leaders at European level in the field of 5G networks.
5TONIC will help its partner companies to:
- Evaluate the feasibility and costs of a given technology, analyzing hidden deployment costs, complexity of the solutions, regulatory aspects to tackle, etc.
- Perform a realistic evaluation of technology choices, together with the latest innovations in the services, core networks and wireless network.
- Ericsson activates 5G Standalone (SA) at 5TONIC Open Innovation Lab (Dec 14 2020)
- 5TONIC, the open research and innovation laboratory on 5G, celebrates its 5th anniversary (Oct 15 2020)
- UTEK and 5TONIC collaborate in the testing of 5G-enabled remote steering of unmanned vessels (Dic 19 2019)
- The 5TONIC Laboratory presents, together with SAMUR-PC and the UC3M, a revolutionary system for health emergencies based on 5G (Nov 28 2019)
Patents are important steps in the process of transferring technology to marketplace. Patent creation has strong implications for the Institute: patents are incentives for their creators, as they imply recognition for their creativity and material reward when these inventions are marketable. These incentives encourage innovation, the guarantee to the continuous improvement in the quality of research and, ultimately, of human life. It is IMDEA Networks Institute’s policy to share a very high percentage of financial proceeds with inventors (our researchers) as reward for their excellence and hard work.
The following are examples of our patenting activities. This is not an exhaustive list of all IMDEA Networks’ patents, as we are unable to disclose some due to confidentiality agreements with the funding companies.
Guillermo BIELSA, Joan PALACIOS, Paolo CASARI, Joerg WIDMER, Adrian LOCH.
ES 16/365,953 | US 16/365,953. June 2020
Method for establishing and clearing paths and forwarding frames for transport connections, and network bridge
Arturo AZCORRA, Guillermo IBÁÑEZ, Elisa ROJAS, Isaías MARTÍNEZ-YELMO.
P201301133. February 2016
Arturo AZCORRA, Michal KRYCZKA, Marcelo BAGNULO, Iljitsch VAN BEIJNUM, Alberto GARCÍA MARTÍNEZ.
P200930504 . January 2011
JRU (Joint Research Units)
Telefónica – IMDEA Networks Joint Research Unit in 5G technologies
IMDEA Networks and Telefónica Research and Development continue collaborating on their Joint Research Unit (JRU), which was created in May 2014. The JRU is also known under the name «Telefónica – IMDEA Networks Joint Research Unit in 5G technologies». The development of 5G has already become a landmark in the global competition for technological leadership. Over a period of seven years up to 2020, this private-public alliance will share a wealth of know-how and in-house capabilities to tackle the challenge of creating a blueprint for the new technology and the standards that are to define future ICT networks.
Located at IMDEA Networks’ headquarters in Madrid, the aim of the JRU Telefónica I+D – IMDEA Networks is to establish a strategic partnership that provides an operational framework for close interaction in a varied set of scientific activities. In particular, the JRU brings together a team comprising highly specialized multidisciplinary profiles ready to work collaboratively on externally funded R&D projects. One of the main areas in whichthis collaboration is reflected is the program «Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for Future Internet PPP», sponsored by the EU Commission within the Horizon 2020 program.
The private-public alliance shares a wealth of know-how and in-house capabilities to tackle the challenge of creating a blueprint for the new technology and the standards that are to define future ICT networks.
Work led by experienced researchers Diego R. López from Telefónica I+D and Arturo Azcorra, Joerg Widmer and Albert Banchs, from IMDEA Networks, focuses on key 5G enablers such as flexible functional split, joint handover optimization, 60GHz wireless networks, network function operating systems, secure virtual computing and green networking.
NEC Laboratories Europe -IMDEA Networks Joint Research Unit in 5G Technologies
IMDEA Networks Institute (Madrid, Spain) and NEC Laboratories Europe (Heidelberg, Germany) announced the launch of a Joint Research Unit (JRU) in 5G technologies on July 24, 2019. The JRU will foster multidisciplinary joint team work in 5G research and development projects.
Located at IMDEA Networks’ headquarters in Madrid, the private-public alliance “NEC – IMDEA Networks Joint Research Unit in 5G technologies” establishes an operational framework for close collaboration amongst a highly specialized team in a variety of scientific activities. The JRU team will share a wealth of know-how and capabilities to jointly deliver 5G solutions, architectures, technologies and standards.
Work led by experienced scientists Roberto González Sánchez and Andrés García Saavedra, both senior researchers from NEC Laboratories Europe, together with Arturo Azcorra, Joerg Widmer and Albert Banchs, from IMDEA Networks, will focus on key 5G and beyond enablers such as the usage of Artificial Intelligence technologies to improve the performance and usability of the 5G networks or the generation and study of new Internet services.
The range of collaborative activities is broad as well as flexible. It includes joint participation in R&D programs and projects, selection and training of personnel, development of platforms, applications, services and software tools, exploration and technological evaluation, technology transfer activities and enhancement of R&D through internal and external programs, and research dissemination activities.
Both entities have been strongly involved from the start in the European effort to create 5G, the next (and fifth) generation of mobile networks. In effect, they are part of the 5G Infrastructure Association since 2014, a body whose membership has attracted 26 key stakeholders from industry, 18 from academia, and 8 from independent organizations and SMEs as well as 12 partners and a further 2 associate members. This partnership operates with an EU budget of € 700 million devoted to research, development and innovation aimed to create an operational European 5G communications infrastructure by the year 2020. In the context of the 5G-PPP, both NEC and IMDEA Networks are actively involved in several 5G EU projects funded by the Horizon 2020 program, such as 5G-Transformer (NEC) and 5G-EVE (IMDEA Networks).
100 Best Business Ideas-, «Actualidad Económica» magazine | 25 April 2017
Narseo VALLINA-RODRIGUEZ | Pierre FRANCOIS
IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize – ANRP 2016 | December 2016
P. Richter, F. Wohlfart, N. VALLINA-RODRIGUEZ, M. Allman, R. Bush, A. Feldmann, C. Kreibich, N. Weaver, V. Paxson
A Multi-perspective Analysis of Carrier-Grade NAT Deployment
Prize awarded by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) (https://irtf.org/anrp), December 2016.
This paper was published in the proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference 2016 (ACM IMC 2016), 14-16 November 2016, Santa Monica, California, USA. Pages 215-229.
IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize – ANRP 2013 | July 2013
S. Vissicchio, L. Vanbever, C. Pelsser, L. Cittadini, P. FRANCOIS, O. Bonaventure
Improving Network Agility with Seamless BGP Reconfigurations [PDF 336 KB]
This article has been published by the journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 21 (3). pp. 990-1002. ISSN 1063-6692.
Prize awarded by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), 28 July 2013.
1st Prize Winner (1 out of 155) of 1st China (Shenzhen) Innovation Competition of International Talents | Munich, Germany Division | April 2016
Qing Wang was the First Prize winner (1 out of 155) of the 1st China (Shenzhen) Innovation Competition of International Talents (Munich, Germany Division). The project proposal of Qing Wang’s team was “Lighting up the Internet-of-Lights/Things with Li-Fi”, based on the flexible and open-source OpenVLC platform.
Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA
Honorable Mention to Public-Private Cooperation with Marketed Research Results | madri+d Awards | 22 April 2015
The IMDEA institutes receive the Honorable Mention to Public-Private Cooperation with Marketed Research Results, awarded by the Foundation for Knowledge madri+d (Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d). The madri+d Awards recognise the best patents, enterprises and technology-based ideas, European R+D projects in cooperation, and scientific communication.
The organization Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d, within the framework of the 10th edition of its Awards, has given special recognition to scientific-technological activities involving public-private cooperation with an impact on the economy of Madrid, through awarding each of the IMDEA Institutes an Honorable Mention for research projects performed in cooperation with Spanish and foreign companies and whose results have been launched commercially in recent years.
The consortium IMDEA Networks Institute – Factory Holding Company 25 S.L. has received this Honorable Mention for a project developing a commercial tool with the necessary software and algorithms to analyze big data for Factory Holding Company 25 S.L., of the Zed Group. The result was a data analysis console that allows client companies’ data to be loaded and treated from multiple viewpoints, extracting trends and identifying patterns. Antonio Fernández Anta, Research Professor at IMDEA Networks, has led the Institute’s research efforts on this project.
Fundación SEPI – Telefónica Scholarship Program: Talentum Startups
Project website: https://talentum.telefonica.com/
Funded by: Fundación SEPI (Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales) – Telefónica España
Duration: February to July 2016 | February to July 2015 | December 2013 to June 2014
Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Networks, Narseo Vallina-Rodríguez is founder and shareholder of AppCensus, a start-up company launched from ICSI-UC Berkeley. AppCensus detects behaviors relevant to privacy policies, laws, and regulations, and is used by regulators, enterprises, developers, compliance agencies, and consumers. They examine all incoming and outgoing data flows to detect the presence of sensitive data.
The AppCensus team has an extraordinary track record in consumer data privacy, security and networking, and is frequently quoted by the media, as well as by regulators in state and federal complaints.
Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Networks, Balaji Rengarajan has continued his career working in technological companies as Plume Design (since October 2018, works, as Data Scientist, in Stitch Fix, a personal style service for men and women that evolves with their tastes, needs and lifestyle -a combination of technology with the personal touch of style experts-). In Plume Design, located in San Francisco Bay Area, he worked as an Algorithms Architect, designing and developing systems, for instance, focused on Smart Home services (high-value ones centered around the best possible Wi-Fi in terms of performance, personalization, security…).
After his stay as a PhD Student and Postdoc Researcher at IMDEA Networks, Hany Assasa joined this company, whose motto is “Cut your cable, boost your broadband”. A fast growing startup headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. They create chip and antenna technology for next-generation wireless systems, and design state of the art bulk-CMOS RFIC devices with custom phased array antenna solutions targeted to 3GPP 5G NR and IEEE 802.11ad/ay mmWave applications.
Their R&D team builds a great experience of technological experience at Imec, a world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies.
Once finished her Postdoctoral period, Elisa Rojas left IMDEA Networks to be part of the launching team of the startup Telcaria Ideas S.L., dedicated to both research and development of virtualized network services (services in Software Defined Networks -SDN- and Network Function Virtualization -NFV- technologies, both in the 5G network environment). Telcaria provides advanced services to network operators worldwide (a cloud-based network infrastructure, with Web Technology, Internet Services and the integration of ICT solutions). Telcaria is headquartered in Madrid, and it works with leading companies in the sector (Telefonica, Fujitsu, INDRA, Intel or NEC) and also has collaborations with IMDEA Networks and top universities in the area, as University Carlos III of Madrid, U. Polytechnic University of Madrid and University of Alcala.
In 2017, she returned to the University of Alcala, where she currently works as an Assistant Professor and collaborates with international researchers in the field, from countries such as Brazil, USA or Bangladesh.
After being PhD Student at IMDEA Networks, Alex Bikfalvi joined UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). He later decided to go into the launching team of the startup Midokura (a Sony Group company). The founders began their careers building distributed systems for the world’s preeminent e-commerce website: Amazon. There, he managed to be top contributor to its open source software for network virtualization, MidoNet, as well as the technical lead for MidoInsights, Midokura’s first SaaS product for virtual network monitoring and automation.
After a period in Schibsted Media Group as Technical Lead and Staff Software Engineer (and a new stay at Midokura), he joined Adevinta (Technical Lead and Product Lead), to coordinate Engineering Productivity and Engineering Data teams.
After being a PhD Student at IMDEA Networks, and a professional stage at Imec, Carlos Donato joined this startup, acquired by Samsung in 2018, developer of artificial intelligence and data analysis tools for telecommunications networks and founded by three Spanish engineers.
Zhilabs provides technological solutions such as CustomAIr and NetLiner, the products that allows Operators to flex the Network for each subscriber, improve Operations and gain in-depth understanding of their Network, Data Services and Subscribers. This revolutionary technology is able to collect massive data at wire-speed, directly from the packet data network and from any OSS/BSS source, correlate it, apply advanced analytics in real-time and act back on the Network.
Talks at IMDEA Networks by Entrepeneurs
IMDEA Networks organizes inspirational talks by speakers who have initiated their journey into entrepreneurship. A journey that involves dreams, learning, work, creation, partnerships, successes and failures in equal measure.
- The impact of digital technologies on the transformation of international trade and its development [Marisa PONCELA, 21 Nov 2018]
- Entrepreneurship Workshop mi+d [Jesús ROJO / Eduardo DÍAZ, 16 Oct 2018]
- Telefonica shares with 5TONIC its vision on industry trends and sector outlook [Carlos GAVILANES, 6 Feb 2017]
- Innovating in a start-up and in a multinational corporation in Spain [Pablo MOLINERO, 18 Jan 2017]
- I IMDEA Conference – Science, Industry & Society [6 Nov 2015]
- Entrepreneurship in Startups and large companies [David DEL VAL, 17 Jun 2015 ]
- Talentum Startup Internships Selection Event 2015 [22 Apr 2015]
- Talentum Startup Internships Selection Event 2014 [4 Dec 2014]
- Bitcoin. The TCP/IP of finances? [Miguel ORTUÑO, 28 May 2014]
- The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry [Davide PROSEPIO, 8 Jan 2014]
- What is Spotify and how it works? [Pablo BARRERA, 25 Apr 2013]
- Google+ or Google-? Dissecting the Evolution of the New OSN in its First Year [Roberto GONZÁLEZ, 24 Apr 2013]
- Research Labs and Startups – Intimate Lovers or Ships Passing in the Night? [Sean MURPHY, 5 Oct 2012]
- From a national leadership to the World Championship. Lessons learned from Telefónica’s internationalization process [Jose CEA JIMÉNEZ, 28 May 2014]
- From Science to Business [Emma CRESPO, Casia VIVIANI, 15 Feb 2011]
- Networking and Meaning of Life: Second IMDEA Networks Workshop on Far-Out Ideas 2011 [Joerg WIDMER, Sergey GORISNKY, Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA, Rade STANOJEVIC, Vincenzo MANCUSO, Balaji RENGARAJAN, Gianluca RIZZO, 19 Jun 2011]
- Networking and Meaning of Life First IMDEA Networks Workshop on Far-Out Ideas 2010 [Joerg WIDMER, Sergey GORISNKY, Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA, Rade STANOJEVIC, Vincenzo MANCUSO, Balaji RENGARAJAN, Gianluca RIZZO, 17 Dec 2010]
- “Research Trends in Future Internet”, Telefonica Open Research Day 2008 [Arturo AZCORRA, 3 Nov 2008]