University of Bristol

INITIATE project is lead by Smart Internet Lab at  University of Bristol.  This unique interdisciplinary research hub offers world-leading expertise in optical networking, wireless communication and Software Defined Networking as well as feature-rich state-of-the-art experimental facilities.

The team

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Co Director of the University’s Institute of Digital Futures and the Director of the Smart Internet Lab. Her research focuses in the fields of high performance networks, programmable networks, wireless optical convergence, 5 G and Smart City infrastructures She is increasingly working with Social Sciences on topics of digital transformation for the society and businesses Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the Chief Technical Officer of the Smart City project Bristol Is Open She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5 G urban pilotsShe is the author and co-author of over 500 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards
She has been co founder of two spin out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin out Zeetta Networks, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise and emergency networks
Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson Scholar.

Mr Navdeep Uniyal is a Senior Research Associate at the High-Performance Networks Research Group, University of Bristol. Previously, he was working at NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany in the Network Research Division where he focused on Information Centric Networks (ICN), NFV Orchestration and Network Microservices. He completed his M.Sc. degree in Distributed Software Systems from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany in 2015. His current research is focussed on NFV MANO systems, single and multi-domain orchestration, cloud and edge computing. His research interests lie in the areas of ICN, SDN, NFV, MANO and their applications towards 5G Networks.

Professor Mark Beach is a full Professor at the University of Bristol (UK). He currently manages the delivery of the CDT in Communications, leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity, as well as his role as the School Research Impact Director. He has over 25 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put and spectrum efficiency enhancement, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems.