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CASPER: "A user-Centric middleware Architecture for advanced Service Provisioning in futurE netwoRks" is a Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (2016-2020)

The current paradigm in service provisioning lacks thorough end-to-end interpretation from the quality viewpoint, while the end-users’/customers’ profiles and preferences are mostly not taken into account. The subjective perception of a provided service, known as Quality of Experience (QoE), is one of the most important factors for a user’s decision on retaining the service or giving it up, and the key parameter for enabling advanced customer experience management (CEM). The main objective of CASPER is to combine academic and industrial forces towards leveraging the expected benefits of QoE exploitation in future networks. In particular, CASPER will exploit the most recent approaches in communication networks, such as the Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), to design and implement a middleware architecture for QoE-driven service provisioning. The architecture will consist of three interlinked modules, one-to-one mapped to the three instrumental functionalities required for the beneficial exploitation of QoE: i) reliable, secure and passive QoE monitoring, ii) efficient, dynamic and objective QoE estimation, and iii) robust and real-time QoE-driven service management. The three modules will be optimised and released as an integrated solution, in order to accelerate the adoption of QoE-driven network service management. The cornerstone of this effort will be a carefully-planned inter-sectorial secondment programme for Experienced Researchers (ERs) and Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Under this programme, CASPER is expected to foster the exchange of knowledge and strengthen the collaboration among academia and industry through a bidirectional knowledge-sharing approach, where the academic beneficiaries will contribute by conveying their knowledge in QoE analysis and modelling, while industrial beneficiaries will provide their expertise in service development and software implementation.


5/3/2019: CASPER participated in the Open Gates Day held on March 1st in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications within the University of Athens' campus. UOA has established this day for the visit of high school students to its departments, with the objective to inform them about technical studies of their interest as well as to give them a tour of the campus' facilities.

15/11/2018: CASPER's eighth newsletter issue is now available here!

1/10/2018: UOA and ADAPTERA jointly participated in the Marie Curie Researchers' Night in Athens, on September 28, at the Averof Building of the National Technical University of Athens, demonstrating CASPER's SONEX system to the general public.

1/10/2018: Staff members of WEST together with members of UnivAQ have attended the Researcher’s Night Event in L’Aquila, on September 28th, joining the Univaq Street Science - La ricerca al centro event.

20/9/2018: CASPER organized the Technical Session "User-centric network management and service provisioning" within IEEE CAMAD on 18 September 2018. The program of the session can be found here.

15/9/2018: CASPER's seventh newsletter issue is now available here!

30/8/2018: CASPER's 1st video clip is now available here!

20/6/2018: CASPER organized a Workshop on "User-centric service provisioning over 5G networks" within IEEE WoWMoM on 12 June 2018. The program of the workshop can be found here.

15/5/2018: CASPER's sixth newsletter issue is now available here!

1/5/2018: CASPER is organizing its third workshop within IEEE CAMAD 2018, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 17-19 September 2018. The workshop is themed "User-centric network management and service provisioning", while the CFP may be found here. Final deadline for paper submission is 15 June 2018.

10/2/2018: CASPER is organizing its second workshop within IEEE WoWMoM 2018, which will be held in Chania, Greece, on 15-18 June 2018. The workshop is themed "User-Centric Service Provisioning Over 5G Networks", while the CFP may be found here. Final deadline for paper submission is 26 March 2018.

15/1/2018: CASPER's fifth newsletter issue is now available here!

28/11/2017: UOA and ADAPTERA fellows presented the achievements of CASPER in an open day organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications on 24/11/2017.

1/11/2017: IQU presented preliminary implementations of the CASPER testbed during the IoT Solutions World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.

5/10/2017: UOA participated in the Marie Curie Researchers’ Night event. CASPER project was presented on September 29, 2017, in a historical building of the National Technical University of Athens in the centre of Athens.

12/9/2017: CASPER's fourth newsletter issue is now available here!

10/7/2017: WEST, as one of the SME members of Networld 2020 was invited to participate in "Meet Innovative 5G PPP SMEs @ EuCNC 2017!" booth, organized by 5G PPP. WEST Aquila shared its work in the area of wireless networked embedded systems and advertised CASPER project. Video interview is available on the 5G PPP YouTube channel at this link.

1/7/2017: The CASPER consortium successfully organized its first workshop together with the IEEE CAMAD 2017, held in Lund, Sweden, in June 2017.

10/5/2017: CASPER's third newsletter issue is now available here!

5/4/2017: Dr. Nikos Passas (CASPER technical manager) shared his experience within CASPER during his talk at a workshop for the 20 years of the MSCA program for the career and mobility of researchers held in Athens, Greece, at the premises of National Documentation Centre, on 14/3/2017.

17/3/2017: The deadline for submitting a paper to CASPER special session on "User-Centric Communications and Content Delivery" within IEEE CAMAD 2017 is approaching: 20/3/2017.

1/3/2017: On February 27, CASPER project appeared in the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia - Nuevas Tecnologias (page 12)!

15/2/2017: CASPER is going to organize a Workshop on "User-Centric Communications and Content Delivery" within IEEE CAMAD 2017. Find the CFP here!

25/1/2017: ADAPTERA is going to hold an open event on January 31 at 09.30 with the agenda of "Customer & Partner briefing on ADAPTERA’s 2017 aims & objectives".

20/1/2017: CASPER's second newsletter issue is now available here!

10/12/2016: UNIVAQ and WEST are organizing a public talk, which will be held on December 15 at the Center of Excellence DEWS, at University of L'Aquila, presenting the key concepts of CASPER with simple terms to students as well as to the general public.

1/12/2016: UOA participated in a public event organised by CityLab, an institution that is specialised in explaining the creativity and educational perspective of robotics to kids, challenging their interest on STEM areas. The event took place on Sunday 27 November 2016, with a wide participation of students and their parents.

1/10/2016: CASPER's first newsletter issue is now available here!

30/9/2016: CASPER participated in Marie Curie Researchers' Night in Athens, Greece on September 30.

15/2/2016: CASPER's kick-off meeting took place on the 12th of February in the University of Athens, Greece. Representatives from all the partners have attended this meeting. Left to right: Panos Georgatsos (ADAPTIT), Nikos Passas (UOA), Fabio Graziosi (WEST), Luigi Pomante (UNIVAQ), John Vardakas (IQU) and Stefanos Anastasiou (ADAPTIT).

1/12/2015: Negotiations have just finished and the project is expected to start in January 2016. The consortium is consisted of University of Athens (coordinator of the project), University of L’Aquila, Iquadrat Informática S.L., WEST Aquila s.r.l., and ADAPTIT S.A.


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