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12 - User-centric Mobility Management (UMM) project

Andréa Nascimento (Internet Architectures and Networking Lab (IAN) Research Unit in Informatics Systems and Technologies (SITI) Lusófona University, Portugal)

Following the trend where the end-user has a particular role in controlling content as well as connectivity based upon cooperation, the main aim of the User-centric Mobility Management (UMM) project is to propose a new mobility management architecture, better suited to user-centric, spontaneous wireless environments of which a regular hotspot, a mesh network, or a user-provided network (personal hotspot) are examples. These scenarios today populate the last hop to the Internet end-user and as such, their mobility aspects strongly impact future Internet architectures. With a more dynamic behavior in the network, and also with a more prominent role of the end-user, such scenarios (which today represent the majority of the scenarios in Internet fringes) have to deal with additional requirements such as more variability in available resources. UMM shall address the development of a user-centric mobility management architecture based on two main aspects: (i) handover management optimization, by means of improving aspects related to seamless handover and to network selection based on user experience (Quality of Experience); and (ii) attempting to analyze up to which point can current centralized mobility management solutions be de-constructed to provide a "better" placement of mobility anchor points, and the determination of the best place in the network to position the management. UMM results are to be provided and validated based both on simulations and a real testbed. UMM is a Portuguese project funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT). It has a lifespan of 3 years, having started in May 2010, and is a joint project by SITI, University Lusófona (coordinator) and Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Aveiro.

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