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5G-Aura is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which aims to support the career development and training of young researchers through international and inter-sector mobility. The 5G-Aura objective is to develop innovative and heterogeneous features while providing a programmable multi-tenant network architectural framework, essential for the fifth generation (5G) networks design. In addition, 5G-Aura will also promote ultra-dense and heterogeneous deployments of multiple RATs with a wide range of backhauling options enabling the cell-less paradigm.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 675806*

5G-City >

The goal of the 5GCity project is to build and deploy a common, multi-tenant, open platform that extends the (centralized) cloud model to the extreme edge of the network, with a demonstration in three different cities (Barcelona, Bristol and Lucca), and thus advance the state of the art to solve the main open research challenges in the 5G-based edge virtualization domain in dense deployment environments such as cities.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 761508*


5G ESSENCE addresses the paradigms of Edge Cloud computing and Small Cell-as-a-Service (SCaaS) by fuelling the drivers and removing the barriers in the Small Cell (SC) market, forecasted to grow at an impressive pace up to 2020 and beyond and to play a key role in the 5G ecosystem. 5G ESSENCE provides a highly flexible and scalable platform, able to support new business models and revenue streams by creating a neutral host market and reducing operational costs by providing new opportunities for ownership, deployment, operation and amortisation. 5G ESSENCE leverages knowledge, SW modules and prototypes from various 5G-PPP Phase-1 projects, SESAME being particularly relevant.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 761592*


5GTANGO is a 5GPPP Phase2 Innovation Action that enables flexible programmability of 5G networks with the development of: a) an NFV-enabled Service Development Kit (SDK); b) a qualification platform with advanced service validation and verification mechanisms; and c) an extensible Service Platform bridging business needs and network operations. 5GTANGO includes two pilots in areas relevant for 5G: smart manufacturing and immersive media. NEC Laboratories Europe is contributing to all the components with advanced methods for service management and performance analysis.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 761493*

5G-Transformer >

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project aims to design an SDN/NFV-based 5G Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP) that is able to simultaneously support the needs of various vertical industries with an extremely diverse range of networking and computing requirements.  5G-TRANSFORMER brings the Network Slicing paradigm into mobile transport networks by provisioning and managing slices tailored to the needs of different vertical industries, specifically: Automotive, eHealth and Media. The technical approach is twofold: (i) enabling vertical industries to meet their service requirements within customized slices; and (ii) aggregating and federating transport networking and computing fabric, from the edge up to the core and cloud, to create and manage slices throughout a federated virtualized infrastructure.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 761536*


AUTOPILOT is an EU project for large-scale pilots to take advantage of internet of things (IoT) to improve automated driving. The project includes 44 beneficiaries from 6 cities in Europe and South Korea. In this project, NLE is one of the leading partners for specification of the IoT architecture, central and in-vehicle IoT platform, and IoT ecosystem as well as development of use cases with pedestrian mobility estimation and vehicle motion planning technologies.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 731993*

BigDataStack >

BigDataStack will deliver a complete high-performance data-centric stack of technologies as a cross-optimized offering that addresses the emerging needs of data operations. While the majority of the approaches for data operations and data-intensive applications (e.g. Hadoop, Spark, Hive, etc.) “run on top” of typical (system topology- oriented) infrastructure management systems (e.g. Mesos, Docker, OpenStack, etc.), BigDataStack will provide a data-driven infrastructure management system, managing resources according to data-based decisions. This will require new data-driven software technologies for resource management and new data-driven algorithms for operation dimensioning and resource provisioning, which will be investigated and validated through Use Cases in data-heavy domains such as real-time ship management and intelligent banking.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 779747*

CleanSky >

The CleanSky  project is a Marie Curie ITN (Innovative Training Networks) that aims to develop innovative ideas in the emerging areas within the "eco-system" of cloud computing: data center evolution, consolidation and service migration, and beyond, via structural training of young researchers. To achieve this goal, CleanSky creates a multidisciplinary (computer science, telecommunications, scientific computing and optimization theory), international (four European countries plus USA and China) and intersectoral (public and private; education and industry) environment to embed a pool of young researchers for innovative research in cloud computing.
CleanSky develops innovative methodologies and approaches (i) to satisfy application requirements and ensure efficiency for cloud computing, (ii) to optimize the energy and provisioning costs of individual data centers, (iii) to consolidate, when necessary, multiple data centers to a small set of cloud data center sites through service migration and cloud resource pooling, and (iv) to exploit renewable energy sources in cloud data centers. – City Platform as a Service.Integrated and Open > is a joint R&D project between Europe and Japan. It aims at Innovations for Smart City. This involves creating value for the society and all players in the city environment – people, private enterprises, public administrations. To reach this goal, the platform integrates the capabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics and cloud service provisioning with Open Government Data and Linked Data approaches.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 723076.*

ECOLE (Experience-based Computation: Learning to optimisE)

The ECOLE project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN (Innovative Training Networks). It seeks novel synergies between nature inspired optimization and machine learning to address new challenges that arise in industry due to the increasing complexity of products, product development and production processes.

The project is supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 766186*


FIESTA works towards providing a blueprint experimental infrastructure, tools, techniques, processes and best practices enabling IoT testbed/platforms operators to interconnect their facilities in an interoperable way, while at the same time facilitating researchers and solution providers in designing and deploying large scale integrated applications (experiments) that transcend the (silo) boundaries of individual IoT platforms or testbeds. FIESTA will enable researchers and experimenters to share and reuse data from diverse IoT testbeds in a seamless and flexible way by making information available on a semantic level. This will open up new opportunities in the development and deployment of experiments that exploit data and capabilities from multiple testbeds.
NEC Laboratories Europe will create an experiment that is portable across different FIESTA testbeds, requiring only different configurations. It serves the purpose of showing that semantic interoperability across different IoT infrastructures can be achieved, thereby greatly simplifying the development of applications.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 643943*


IoTCrawler will focus on integration and interoperability across different IoT platforms, dynamic and reconfigurable solutions for discovery and integration of data and services from legacy and new systems, adaptive, privacy-aware and secure algorithms and mechanisms for crawling, indexing, search in distributed IoT systems. IoTCrawler will provide extensive development and demonstrations with a focus on Industry 4.0, Social IoT, Smart City and Smart Energy. IoTCrawler will seek to provide high impact through research excellence, innovation and technology advancement. It will address open challenges and issues in crawling, discovery, indexing, semantic integration and security/privacy/trust for an IoT ecosystem.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 779852*

REPLICATE (REnaissance in PLaces with Innovative Citizenship And TEchnology) >

The REPLICATE project belongs to the EU “Lighthouse” projects for Smart Cities and Communities. This project involves deriving solutions aiming to provide increasing quality of life for citizens through innovative new services in the digitalized city. The project will be deployed in Bristol/UK, San Sebastien/ Spain and Florence/ Italy. Through the integration of energy, transportation and ICT service solution, the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services will be demonstrated in close engagement with the citizens. In the REPLICATE project, NEC Laboratories Europe contributes cooperative control strategies in the energy management system of selected districts in Bristol city. We focus on the control of the demand-supply for increased local exploitation of fluctuating supply across multiple public infrastructures, integrating power/heating grid, transportation, buildings and connected homes.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 691735.*

SCOUT (Safe and COnnected aUtomation in road Transport) >

SCOUT is a Coordination and Support Action within the Horizon 2020 programme. It has started on July 1, 2016 and will develop viable pathways for the large-scale rollout of high-degree automated driving in Europe. The project will bring together the automotive, telecom and ICT industries in order to conceive use cases and business models that will best leverage the investments into technology development and infrastructure deployment. User needs and expectations as well as technical and non-technical gaps will be analyzed and the results will be condensed into a cross-sectorial roadmap.


Aiming to meet and surpass the requirements set for the 5G and beyond mobile data network, SPOTLIGHT will analyze, design, and optimize the performance of a disruptive new mobile network architecture. Such architecture promises to break performance limitations present to the currently loosely inter-connected, resource-fragmented and isolated in operation mobile network ecosystem, by transforming the currently loosely-coupled multitude of heterogeneous and multi-layered RATs to a flat coalition of massively distributed antenna sub-systems that are optimally orchestrated by a cloud-empowered network core. In SPOTLIGHT NEC is responsible for one Early Stage Researcher, whose research will focus on “‘‘Flow-optimal routing of traffic in a plain IP mobile core network data-plane’’

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 722788*


SSICLOPS will empower enterprises to create and operate a high-performance private cloud infrastructure that allows flexible scaling through federation with other private clouds. SSICLOPS will identify performance issues and missing system features of current state of the art cloud infrastructure software by instrumenting and measuring a diverse set of actual cloud workloads. It will then address these shortcomings through novel cloud infrastructure protocols and mechanisms in order to maximize the performance across a broad spectrum of workloads.

Within SSICLOPS, NEC Laboratories Europe will investigate enhancing programmability of network elements, making datacenter networks better adaptable to specific requirements of application workload and transport protocols. NEC Laboratories Europe will continue innovating software-based networked systems including software switches, flexible architectures for host stacks, and richer APIs to higher layers

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 644866*


The SUPERFLUIDITY project aims at achieving superfluidity (state in which matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity) in the Internet: the ability to instantiate services on-the-fly, run them anywhere in the network (core, aggregation, edge) and shift them transparently to different locations.
SUPERFLUIDITY aims to provide in this way a converged cloud-based 5G concept that will enable innovative use cases in the mobile edge, empower new business models, and reduce investment and operational costs. In the SUPERFLUIDITY project, NEC Laboratories Europe works on the performance optimization operating systems and hypervisors in order to create virtual network functions that can support the superfluidity vision.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671566.*


The TREDISEC project aims to develop systems and techniques to make the cloud a secure and efficient heaven to store data. By doing so, TREDISEC plans to step away from a myriad of disconnected security protocols or cryptographic algorithms, and to converge instead to a single secure cloud framework.
In the TREDISEC project, NEC Laboratories Europe focuses on the analysis and implementation of a set of cloud security primitives to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of outsourced data in the presence of a powerful attacker. In addition, our proposed security primitives will enable scalable and efficient storage at the cloud by supporting data deduplication. TREDISEC technologies will be tested and evaluated in cloud environments by leveraging realistic use-cases provided by the cloud infrastructures and client-bases of TREDISEC partners.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 644412.*

VirtuWind >

The VirtuWind project targets an SDN/NFV ecosystem, based on open, modular and secure framework. This project will showcase a prototype for intra- and inter-domain scenarios in real wind parks as a representative use case of industrial networks. To accomplish this task, the project develops specific mechanisms guaranteeing industrial-grade QoS, security, reliability and resilience requirements for mission-critical infrastructures. At the same time, the project aims to simplify service programmability by exposing high-level APIs for industrial applications in SDN/NFV infrastructures. Simplified and centralized network management and service deployment facilitates operational tasks for wind park operators and increases overall service velocity. As a result, the VirtuWind project is aimed at providing solutions for decreasing capital and operational expenditure costs in wind parks and in the energy generation sector in overall.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 671648.*

Wise-IoT (World-wide Interoperability for Semantic IoT) >

WISE IoT is a collaboration project between Europe and the Republic of Korea. It aims at amplifying the interoperability and interworking of IoT existing systems. The project will use the experiences already available in the consortium to build up a comprehensive mediation framework that can be used between various IoT systems.
WISE IoT also strives to establish federated and interoperable platforms while ensuring end-to-end security and trust for reliable business environments with a multiplicity of IoT applications. Setting up synergies with national and international initiatives in both Europe and Korea, the project takes action in the field of standardization, promoting IoT development and interoperability.

Supported by the EU under Horizon 2020 grant agreement number 723156.*

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* This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Completed Projects

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