Forum Numerica - The Cognitive Packet Network for QoS, Energy and Security


We will review our work on the design of packet networks which adapt their routes using reinforcement learning, based on on-line measurements and random neural networks that are distributed at selected routers. The choice of network paths is driven by an objective or "goal" which includes broad quality of service criteria such as delay, loss, energy and security. The implementation remains compatible with the IP protocol. Different experimental results will be presented on several test-beds, as well as in the framework of on an intercontinental overlay network, and also separately through an implementation in SDN. We will also outline how similar ideas have been tested for task allocation in the Fog or Cloud. The work has resulted in several PhD dissertations and post-doctoral projects, a few EU FP7 and H2020 projects, a few industry patents, and publications in mainstream journals and conferences (Proceedings of the IEEE, Communications ACM, IEEE JSAC, ICC, MASCOTS, IEEE Trans. Cloud Computing, etc.).

About the speaker

Born in Istanbul and a graduate of METU (Ankara), Erol Gelenbe founded the performance analysis and modelling research at INRIA and in France's universities. He is a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM, and has taught in France at Université Paris-Nord, Université Paris-Sud Orsay, Université René Descartes (Paris V) and Ecole Polytechnique. He co-founded the DEA (graduate program) and the first Computer Science CNRS Laboratory "Al Khowarizmi" at Université Paris-Sud (Orsay). He is known for inventing the random neural network and G-Networks, and has also published in the last decade on gene regulatory networks and quantum communications. He has graduated many PhDs in France, USA, and UK, and served as Chaired Professor at the Université de Liège (Belgium), Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, Director of the School of EECS at the University of Central Florida, and Head of Intelligent Systems and Networks at Imperial College London. He was elected Fellow of the Académie des Technologies (France) in 2008, of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters of Belgium (2015), and the Science Academies of Hungary (2010), Poland (2013) and Turkey (2007). After Brexit he moved his EU H2020 projects to the Polish Academy of Sciences, retiring from Imperial College in early 2019 and becoming a Professor of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He was awarded Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (2014) and Commandeur du Mérite (2019) by France. Italy awarded him Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica (2005) and Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (2007). He won the Grand Prix France Télécom (now Orange) of the French Science Academy in 1996, several science awards from the USA, UK, Hungary and Turkey, and three Honoris Causa doctorates. He is currently working on energy efficiency and security together with quality of service, in systems and networks. He was recently elected by the IFIP General Assembly as one of its first 16 Fellows, as part of IFIP's 60th Anniversary Celebrations in 2020.