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An Initial Training Network for LTE-Advanced networks

CROSSFIRE (unCooRdinated netwOrk StrategieS for enhanced interFerence, mobIlity, radio Resource, and Energy saving management in LTE-Advanced networks) is a Multi-Partner Initial Training Network (MITN) Marie Curie project that is focused on providing forward-looking solutions for Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network co-existence including aspects ranging from the physical layer such as co-channel interference and cognition to the user perception of the service, i.e., Quality of Experience (QoE). The project will analyze and propose network virtualization solutions for LTE-A networks, a technology which is envisioned to transform operation of cellular networks in the years to come.

It will create a fully-integrated and multi-disciplinary network of 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working in 8 first-class institutions distributed in 6 European countries. The consortium is formed by 3 Universities, 1 Research Center and 4 Private Companies. This Network will offer to a group of newly recruited ESRs a cross-sectorial environment to shape their long-term research view and get fundamental methodological tools on various research fields such as, network virtualization, self-organization, cognitive radio, energy saving, and small cell networks.

News

31/8/2016: Today the CROSSFIRE project officially ends. However, we will keep being active in social media @mitncrossfire. As a wrap up of the project's achievements you are welcome to read our last Newsletter and watch our final video clip. Thank you for following CROSSFIRE for the last 4 years. It's been a wonderful journey!

30/8/2016: The 14th (last) issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

30/7/2016: CROSSFIRE's video clip is ready! Watch it here! (Duration: 7 min).

15/7/2016: The 13th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

1/6/2016: New CROSSFIRE paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications by H. Elshaer, M. N. Kulkarni, F. Boccardi, J. G. Andrews, and M. Dohler, "Downlink and uplink cell association with traditional macrocells and millimeter wave small cells"! Available here.

15/5/2016: CROSSFIRE is attending the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) on 23-27 May 2016 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Malaysia. Six papers from within the CROSSFIRE consortium are going to be presented.

20/4/2016: ESR Georgia Tseliou won the best presentation award at the UOC Research Showcase on Monday 18.04.2016, for her article "Scalable RAN Virtualization in Multi-Tenant LTE-A Heterogeneous Networks", published in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.

30/3/2016: The 12th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

15/2/2016: On the 23rd of February 2016, ESR Néstor Hernádez will give a public talk on "Throughput and Energy of Multicast Device-to-Device Communications with Network Coded Cooperation" in Aalborg University, Denmark.

20/1/2016: ESRs Georgia Tseliou, Georgios Kollias and Panagiotis Trakas will give a public talk in the Jornada d'Investigadors Predoctorals Interdisciplinària (JIPI) - Interdisciplinary Meeting of Predoctoral Researchers that will take place in the University of Barcelona (UB) on February 2nd 2016. More details here.

18/12/2015: Wei Lu and Peng Guan, ESRs from CNRS, have successfully defended their PhD theses at Supélec, Paris, France on December 16, 2015. Congratulations Wei and Peng!

11/12/2015: CROSSFIRE ESR Georgios Kollias has won the Best Paper Award in the CQMR Symposium in IEEE Globecom 2015 for his paper "CORE: A Clustering Optimization algorithm for Resource Efficiency in LTE-A Networks"! Congratulations Georgios!

1/12/2015: The 11th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

20/10/2015: The next CROSSFIRE complementary courses on "EC funding and project management" and "Market exploitation and business planning" have been announced (3-4 November 2015, London)! The agenda is available here.

25/9/2015: CROSSFIRE is going to participate in the European Researchers' Night, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action. The University of Athens will have a desk at the Averof historical building of the "National Technical University of Athens" tonight. Find an event near you!

24/9/2015: CROSSFIRE's leaflet is now available: Get it here!

15/9/2015: The 10th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

15/9/2015: On the 10th of September, ESR Néstor Hernández gave a guest talk on "The Overhead of Telescopic Codes in Network Coded Cooperation" in the Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

9/9/2015: The next CROSSFIRE complementary courses will be on the topics of "EC funding and project management" and "Market exploitation and business planning". These will be held on November 3-4, 2015 at KCL. The program will announced soon.

1/9/2015: The 8th CROSSFIRE plenary meeting will take place on the 2nd of November at King's College London, UK.

15/7/2015: CROSSFIRE's Industrial Dissemination Day took place on July 6th 2015, in Castelldefels, Spain. More details here.

15/6/2015: The 9th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

10/6/2015: The agenda of CROSSFIRE's upcoming seminars on "Self-organization and cognition in modern mobile networks" and "Interference mitigation and energy efficiency in wireless networks" (7-9 July 2015) is now available here.

8/6/2015: CROSSFIRE is present at IEEE ICC 2015, London. Six papers written by CROSSFIRE ESRs are going to be presented.

26/5/2015: CROSSFIRE is at IEEE QoMEX 2015, Costa Navarino. CROSSFIRE's special session on "QoE in 4G mobile networks and beyond" will take place on Thursday 28/5.

12/5/2015: CROSSFIRE has attended the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) on on June 8-12, in London. Six papers from within the CROSSFIRE consortium have been presented at IEEE ICC 2015.

10/5/2015: The next CROSSFIRE plenary meeting and the project's Industrial Dissemination day will take place on the 6th of July, in Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Barcelona.

10/5/2015: The next CROSSFIRE seminars on "Self-organization and cognition in modern mobile networks" and "Interference mitigation and energy efficiency in wireless networks" will take place on 7-9 of July, in Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Barcelona. The program will be announced shortly.

20/4/2015: UoA ESR has participated in the ACROSS Summer School on "NFV meets Big Data", held in Würzburg, Germany on April 8-15.

20/3/2015: New CROSSFIRE Public Talks announced. They will take place during the project's Open Day at King's College London on March 25th. More details here.

10/3/2015: The 8th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

10/2/2015: The IEEE QoMEX special session on "QoE in 4G mobile networks and beyond", organized by CROSSFIRE, is now accepting papers. Firm deadline: 20/3/2015. The CFP is also available here.

5/2/2015: The agenda of CROSSFIRE's upcoming seminars on "Real life experimental tools for QoE over mobile networks" (17-18 February 2015) is now available here.

15/1/2015: The next CROSSFIRE plenary meeting and seminars on "Real life experimental tools for QoE over mobile networks" will take place on 16-18 of February, in Vodafone Group R&D premises, Newbury, UK. The program will be announced shortly.

20/12/2014: The 7th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

15/12/2014: ESR Hisham El Shaer from Vodafone has won the IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Best Paper Award for his paper "Downlink and Uplink Decoupling: a Disruptive Architecture Design for 5G Networks". IEEE Globecom took place on 8-12 December 2014, in Austin, Texas.

11/11/2014: Watch our ESRs' self-recorded interviews here! (Duration: 38.52 min).

10/11/2014: IEEE CAMAD 2014 will be held on December 1-3, 2014, in Athens, Greece.

10/9/2014: The 6th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

29/8/2014: UoA ESR has participated in the 3rd Qualinet Summer School on "Statistical and learning methods for reliable assessment of Quality of Experience", held in Nantes, France on August 25-28.

15/7/2014: The Mid-Term Review of the CROSSFIRE project was held on 15/7/2014 in Barcelona.

7/7/2014: KCL and Vodafone organize an open public event on future wireless technologies at King's College London on the 11th of July 2014. The event includes speakers from Vodafone, University College London, University of Bristol and University of Surrey.

13/6/2014: The next CROSSFIRE seminars on "Analysis and simulation of mobile networks" will be delivered on 16-17 of July, in UOC premises, Barcelona. The program will be announced shortly.

31/5/2014: The 5th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

23/5/2014: The Mid-Term Review (MTR) of CROSSFIRE will be held on July 15th in Barcelona, and will be hosted by UOC. During the previous days, the 5th plenary meeting of the project and rehearsals for the MTR will be also organized.

21/5/2014: ESRs Peng Guan and Wei Lu from CNRS will participate in the IEEE Communications Theory Workshop (CTW 2014) in Curaçao, presenting their posters: "A Mathematical Framework to the Computation of the Error Probability of Downlink MIMO Cellular Networks by Using Stochastic Geometry" and "The Equivalent-in-Distribution (EiD)-based Approach: On the Analysis of Cellular Networks Using Stochastic Geometry", on 25-28 May.

1/5/2014: The International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks - IEEE CAMAD 2014 - will be held on December 1-3, in Athens, Greece. CROSSFIRE is actively involved in its organization. The Call for Papers is now open, until 10/7/2014.

15/4/2014: CROSSFIRE will be present in the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), which will be held in the city of Sydney, Australia from 10-14 June 2014. The papers: "OpeNB: A framework for Virtualizing Base Stations in LTE Networks", "ARCHON: An ANDSF-Assisted Energy-Efficient Vertical Handover Decision Algorithm for the Heterogeneous IEEE 802.11/LTE-Advanced Network" and "Resources Negotiation for Network Virtualization in LTE-A Networks" will be presented.

13/4/2014: ESR Rudraksh Shrivastava participated in the ITG Fachgruppe workshop on "Interference Management and Cooperation in Communication Systems-Physical Layer and Cross-layer Approaches", at TU-Darmstadt, in Darmstadt, Germany on the 10th of April, 2014.

1/4/2014: ESR Salvatore Costanzo attended the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) conference , held on 18-20 March, 2014 in the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre. FIA is a collaboration of more than 150 projects that have recognized the need to reinforce European activities on the Future Internet to maintain European competitiveness in the global marketplace.

21/3/2014: ESR Hisham El Shaer attended the 5G CommNet Workshop in London representing Vodafone, on March 13th, 2014. A lot of companies and universities attended the workshop to present their views about 5G.

15/3/2014: The IEEE CloudNet 2014 special session on "Network virtualization and QoE in future mobile cellular networks", organized by CROSSFIRE, is still accepting papers, until 16/6/2014.

1/3/2014: Vasilis Friderikos from KCL presented in the International Workshop on "Trends in Future Communications: High Performance Network Infrastructure for Future Internet" that took place in Brazil, on February 23-25, 2014. This event, co-funded by FAPESP and the British Council, was designed to bring together researchers and research centres in São Paulo State and the UK to foster collaboration.

26/2/2014: The 4th issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

24/2/2014: The program of the next courses, to be delivered in Heidelberg between 4-6 of March 2014, is announced here.

20/2/2014: ESR Rudraksh Shrivastava attended the Newcom dissemination event that took place at NEC on 19th Feb 2014. This event included talks on topics such as LTE, femto cells, smart city, future internet, wireless sensor networks, SON, IoT etc.

18/2/2014: A total of twelve public talks by all CROSSFIRE Early Stage Researchers have been delivered, targeted to the non-expert audience. Check out our Newsletter for details and photos!

23/1/2014: The CROSSFIRE's 4th plenary meeting together with the next complementary courses will take place in Heidelberg, on 3-6 of March, 2014. The exact program is going to be announced soon.

3/12/2013: KCL will be presenting the CROSSFIRE project in the area of self-organization and mobility management in future full IP based heterogeneous cellular/wireless networks in December 2013 at the University of Southampton.

3/12/2013: The 3rd issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

18/11/2013: On December 18th, an international multidisciplinary Research Symposium will be held at UOC with the objective to give visibility to ongoing research activities.

16/11/2013: The paper "Average Rate of Downlink Heterogeneous Cellular Networks over Generalized Fading Channels – A Stochastic Geometry Approach" by M. Di Renzo, A. Guidotti and G. E. Corazza received the 2013 NEWCOM# Best Paper Award. It is a joint research activity between ITN-CROSSFIRE and NoE-NEWCOM#.

13/11/2013: IEEE Cloudnet 2014 will host the CROSSFIRE Special Session on "Network virtualization and QoE in future mobile cellular networks".

11/11/2013: The CROSSFIRE's 3rd plenary meeting together with the first complementary courses have been completed with success (November 2013, Barcelona).

3/11/2013: CROSSFIRE's Moodle-based Training Activities Platform has been now launched.

21/10/2013: CNRS organized a 3-day workshop on October 16-18, with the objective of presenting the research activities of the CROSSFIRE project to leading experts in the wireless communications field. Participants from both industry and academia were present: THALES & ParisTech (France), KAUST (Saudi Arabia), University of Notre Dame (USA), Aristotle University (Greece), amongst others.

11/10/2013: CROSSFIRE's complementary courses will be delivered in Barcelona on 5-8 November 2013. The program is announced here.

24/9/2013: The 2nd issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

20/7/2013: UOC and IQU participated in the joint GREENET-Crossfire-WSN4QoL workshop, which took place in Castelldefels, Barcelona on the 18th of July.

11/7/2013: CNRS attended the 6th CSIS meeting at École Polytechnique in Paris on the 10th of July.

7/7/2013: The CROSSFIRE's 2nd plenary meeting together with two training seminars have been completed with success (July 2013, Paris).

25/6/2013: UOC took part in the RAN Evolution to the Cloud workshop on June 24th at Orange Labs, Paris which was organized as part of the EU FP7 Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN) project.

14/6/2013: Information on the CROSSFIRE's upcoming seminars (3-5 July) is available here.

31/5/2013: The 1st issue of the CROSSFIRE Newsletter is now available.

20/4/2013: CNRS attended the 5th CSIS meeting at the University Paris-Sud on the 17th of April.

4/4/2013: The deadline for applications for the ESR position UOC-2 at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) has been extended to May 15, 2013: ESR Position UoC-2 Announcement.

1/4/2013: A presentation of the ITN CROSSFIRE project will be conducted in April 19th, during the 7th Meeting of the COST Action IC0905 TERRA held in Thessaloniki (Greece). The objective is to expound on the activities of the project, the technical challenges and its consortium members.

29/3/2013: UOC will participate in the 3rd ETSI Future Networks Technologies Workshop, at Sophia Antipolis (France) from 9-11 April 2013. This workshop will be dedicated to Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Driven Networks (SDN), presenting emerging approaches and technical solutions with a focus on standardization opportunities for Future Networks.

25/2/2013: The deadline for applications for the ESR position NEC-1 at the NEC Laboratories Heidelberg has been extended to March 15, 2013: ESR Position NEC-1 Announcement.

1/2/2013: The deadline for applications for the ESR position UOC-2 at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) has been extended to March 15, 2013: ESR Position UoC-2 Announcement.

24/1/2013: The deadline for applications in CROSSFIRE has now PASSED. The ESR selection process is currently ongoing.

20/1/2013: CNRS attended the 4th CSIS meeting at the University Paris-Sud on the 18th of January.

5/11/2012: The deadline for applications in CROSSFIRE, has been extended to 31 November 2012.

3/11/2012: The CROSSFIRE kickoff meeting took place in Athens on November 1-2, 2012.

25/10/2012: The ESR job position at the NEC Europe has been announced here.

22/10/2012: Interested candidates for the ESR positions, please note that applications are possible until 31 October 2012. The evaluation process will start right after this date, with a planning to conclude by the end of 2012. Selected ESRs are expected to start working in the project around March 2013.

4/10/2012: The ESR job position at the Vodafone Group R&D has been announced here.

16/9/2012: The two ESR job positions at the Open University of Catalonia have been announced here.

11/9/2012: The ESR job position at the Steinwurf has been announced here.

10/9/2012: The ESR job position at the Iquadrat Informatica (Barcelona, Spain) has been announced here.

9/9/2012: The two ESR job positions at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) have been announced here.

8/9/2012: The two ESR job positions at the Kings College London (KCL) have been announced here.

7/9/2012: The two ESR job positions at the University of Athens (UoA) have been announced here.

7/9/2012: The application form for all the ESR job positions is now available here.

20/8/2012: In CROSSFIRE, 12 Early Stage Researchers will be hired and trained, each one focusing on an individual project, as shown here.

1/8/2012: To expedite the selection process right after the project's start, candidates can express their interest following the instructions here.

1/8/2012: Negotiations has just finished and the project is expected to start in September 2012. University of Athens (UOA) is the coordinator of the consortium including Iquadrat, NEC, Vodafone, Steinwurf, Open University of Catalonia, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and King's College London.

Email: mitn.crossfire@gmail.com