Smart Networks and Services for 2030 (SMARTNESS)

SMART NEtworks and ServiceS for 2030 (SMARTNESS)
Goal: To explore innovative telecommunications solutions that help design and build cloud computing infrastructures and cognitive networks to support connected services and applications for industry and society.
Coordinator: Christian Esteve Rothenberg
Host Institution: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, State University of Campinas (FEEC-UnICAMP)
Business partner: Ericsson

FAPESP Process 2021/00199-8
Term: Apr 2023 to Mar 2033

SMARTNESS aims to conduct cutting-edge research in computer networks and digital application services for strategic areas in which scientific and technological advances can be achieved by the year 2030, in collaboration with cloud and networking research communities. With the deployment of 5G and 6G under development, the main challenges for SMARTNESS are how to design and operate cloud computing infrastructures and networks with adequate capabilities to leverage the next generation of internet services and applications.

The center aims to explore well-planned opportunities through an appropriate methodology designed to drive world-class research and innovation through scientific and technological advancements to address challenging use cases in internet scenarios for industry and society with a vision for the year 2030.

SMARTNESS aims to become an internationally recognized center of excellence in cloud/networking research and engineering and a key participant in collaborative projects with other FAPESP ERCs hosted by UNICAMP, USP or UFSCar. SMARTNESS plans to become a key living lab on the connectivity and edge computing front-end of the International hub for Sustainable Development (HIDS) currently under design in Campinas, São Paulo State, contributing to sustainable development through innovative technologies and education of future generations, where pervasive, affordable networking and computing resources are expected to help to mitigate the social, economic and environmental fragilities of present-day society.

Going forward, world-class research at the knowledge frontier in networking and cloud computing toward 6G will complement the Science and Technology Park’s infrastructure offered by INOVA, UNICAMP’s innovation agency, providing an incubation facility for innovative start-ups and spin-offs requiring the engineering skills and distributed network and compute testbed laboratory supplied by SMARTNESS for 5G and beyond.

SMARTESS builds upon UNICAMP’s successful research collaboration with the networking ecosystem, especially with Ericsson worldwide, and in São Paulo through the research branch in Indaiatuba, where highly qualified researchers are developing advanced network architectures and protocols, as well as artificial intelligence.

The international presence and impact of our results in talent building, open- source software for research and education, standardization and intellectual property assets , among others, makes us internationally competitive in research on networking and cloud systems. We plan to go beyond state-of-the-art networked system disciplines by focusing on the following five areas of scientific and technological


1. SUS: Sustainability.
2. TRU: Trustworthiness: Security, Privacy, Safety, Ethics.
3. CA: Cognitive Architectures.
4. FCD: Fluid Control & Data Planes.


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