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An agent based approach to controlling resources in UMTS networks

Objective

The project will create a novel architecture for efficient, scalable & robust real time control of resources in 3rd generation mobile systems in the context of realistic business models of network providers, service providers and customers. This is technically difficult and has not been attempted before. Success will give end-users an improved and more cost-effective service, and operators increased management flexibility. It will achieve this through using advanced and distributed software technologies (particularly Intelligent Agent Technology) to address issues such as scalability; it will also implement & validate mechanisms & algorithms for dynamic run-time resource allocation on an experimental UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephony System) testbed, evaluating how the resulting resource allocation system improves the overall performance of the network, in particular its adaptability to localised high traffic demands and fluctuations.

Objectives:
i) To implement advanced and distributed software technologies (particularly Intelligent Agent Technology) in a resource configuration system that dynamically allocates radio and associated fixed network resources in third generation mobile communication systems to provide:
-end-users with an improved and more cost-effective service, and
-operators with increased opportunities for contingency management where for financial, social, safety or environmental reasons, allocation policies need to be dynamically changed.
ii) To evaluate how the resulting resource allocation system improves the overall performance of the network (in particular assessing its adaptability to localised high traffic demands and fluctuations) and to compare the scheme with more centralised approaches.
iii) To disseminate the results of this work and to promote Agent Technology in Standards bodies.
iv) To include in the distributed intelligence, mechanisms to take into account the business objectives of the network operator, multiple service providers and customers and to investigate how these objectives affect resource allocation decisions.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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Coordinator

QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

AGENT-TEL LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Queen Mary And Westfield College, Mile End Road
E1 4NF London
ALAN DICK & COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
The Barlands, London Road
GL52 6UT Cheltenham,gloucestershire
EMORPHIA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Mill House, Station Approach Harlow Mill
CM20 2EL Harlow, Essex
MARTEL GMBH
Switzerland
Address
Dorfstrasse 97
3073 Guemligen
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9, Heroon Polytechniou Str.
15773 Athens
NORTEL NETWORKS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Maidenhead Office Park, Westacott Way
SL6 3QH Maidenhead Berkshire
PORTUGAL TELECOM INOVACAO, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Rua Jose Ferreira Pinto Basto
3810 Aveiro
SWISSCOM AG
Switzerland
Address
Alte Tiefenaustrasse 6, Worblaufen
3050 Bern
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA
Romania
Address
Constantin Daicoviciu 15
3400 Cluj-napoca