Interoperability, Benchmarking & Experimentation

This session aims at promoting the usage of Experimental Facilities and relevant testbeds across Europe, made available through FIRE, with a view to facilitate and expedite standardisation, test interoperability and accelerate take-up. The federation of heterogeneous testbeds plays a major role in implementing end-to-end connectivity and testing across a variety of scenarios and solutions.

Having access to these experimental facilities is a major opportunity for companies, and namely for SMEs: they cannot afford to deploy large-scale, heterogeneous, end-to-end systems. Nevertheless, it remains a big challenge. Their specific requirements in terms of testing and validation, and eventually standardisation and interoperability, will be analysed in detail.

The session builds upon the H2020 project F-INTEROP and the previous FP7 projects CREW, IoT6 and SUNRISE.

Detailed Workshop Outline

moderator: Latif Ladid, IPv6Forum

14:30 Presentations

  • From Experimentation to Testing and Validation to Standardisation – Jorge Pereira, European Commission (presentation)
  • SDO perspective on Interoperability – Patrick Guillemin, ETSI (presentation)
  • SME perspective – What do SMEs need?
  • Benchmarking – Ingrid Moerman, iMinds (presentation)
  • Testbed as a Service: a paradigm shift – Sébastien Ziegler, Mandat Intl. (presentation)

15:45 Open discussion

Session Speakers

Latif Ladid
Latif LadidUniversity of Luxembourg - Research Fellow
Research Fellow @ University of Luxembourg; Founder & President, IPv6 FORUM; Chair, IEEE COMSOC IoT TsC; ; Chair, IEEE COMSOC 5G TsC; Co-Chair, IEEE COMSOC SDN-NFV Ts; ;Officer of IEEE Tactile Internet TsC; Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society – ISOC; IPv6 Ready Logo Program Board; Chair, ETSI IPv6 ISG.; Member of 3GPP PCG (Board); – Member of 3GPP2 PCG; – Member of UN Strategy Council GAID; – Member of the Future Internet Forum for Member Statse; Board member of WSA; Co-Founder of ETSI AFI ISG;
Jorge Pereira
Jorge PereiraPrincipal Scientific Officer, European Commission
He obtained the Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon Technical University, Portugal in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, in 1993.
From 1988 to 1990, he worked at LinCom Corp., Los Angeles, in a NASA project on space-to-space communications, and on synchronization issues. From 1991 to 1993, he worked for Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) and PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation TecHnology) on Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems (IVHS). From 1993 to 1996, at GTE Laboratories Inc., Waltham, MA, was responsible for Communication Analysis and Simulation in the Federal Highway Administration National IVHS Architecture study, and deployed the first mobile applications on top of the wireless data (CDPD) network in the Bay Area. He represented GTE at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) IVHS Section, and in the High Speed Data Systems workgroup of the CDMA Development Group.
Since September 1996, he has been with the European Commission, DG XIII, later DG Information Society and Media, as Scientific Officer in the areas of Mobile and Personal Communications and Broadband for All. He became Principal Scientific Officer in 2005, moving to the area of ICT for Sustainable Growth, with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Emergency and Disaster Management. In 2008, he moved to the area of Embedded Systems and Control, where he was responsible for the area of Wireless Sensor Networks and Cooperating Objects. Since 2011, he is working in the area of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE), now under Experimental Platforms in DG CONNECT, where he promotes the use of experimental facilities for testing and validation, benchmarking and certification, interoperability testing and in general to expedite standardisation.
Patrick Guillemin
Patrick GuilleminETSI Senior Research Officer and Technical Officer
Patrick is specialized in the development of new standardization initiatives and actively supports ETSI involvement in FP7/H2020 projects. Patrick has 31 years of experience in ICT project management and 22 years in ICT standardization. He is in charge of ETSI IoT, SmartCities and eHealth standardization in ETSI TC SmartM2M, TC PLT and EP eHealth. He is AIOTI WG03 (IoT Standardisation) Chairman and AIOTI Steering Board member. He is ETSI IoT Coordinator and supports ETSI Board IoT strategic ad hoc group.
Patrick has actively participated in EU research projects related to IoT/RFID and created ETSI ISGs (ISI, LIS, LTN, OEU) and ETSI TC CLOUD. He was Software Engineering Teacher at CNAM (Nice University) for 14 years. He worked as CIO for the French Stock Exchange and for DEC (now HP) as Project Manager and consultant.
Antonio Jara
Antonio JaraHESSO
Antonio Jara (CEO), As. Prof. PostDoc HES-SO, founder of HOP Ubiquitous S.L. and vice-chair of the IEEE Communications Society Internet of Things. He did his PhD (Cum Laude) at the University of Murcia (UMU) from Spain. These PhD results present a novel way to connect objects to Internet-enabled platforms in an easy, secure and scalable way. He also carried out a MBA and entrepreneurship formation in the ENAE business school (2012). HOPU received awards from ENAE, emprendeGo (Spain), the IPSO Alliance Award (Google Sponsored) for its disruptive innovation in the IoT, recently selected by the ScaleUP Program from StartUP Europe (Specialized Internet of Things programme), and finally selected for the FIWARE VIP Programme (2016). Antonio Jara has participated in over 100 international events about Internet of Things as Speaker, over 100 international publications / papers, he holds several patents in the IoT domain and finally he has advised in the IoT domain to companies such as Microsoft and Fujitsu.
Chiara Petrioli
Chiara PetrioliFull Professor Un. of Rome La Sapienza and Director, WSENSE s.r.l.
Prof. Chiara Petrioli has received the Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Rome University “La Sapienza,” Italy, in 1998. She is currently a full professor at University of Rome La Sapienza Computer Science Department, where she leads the Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems laboratory (SENSES lab). She also leads the Cyber Physical System lab of “La Sapienza” center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security, and is a founding partner of “La Sapienza” spinoff WSENSE S.r.l. Her research interests focus on the design and optimization of wireless, embedded and cyber physical systems. Prof. Petrioli is member of the steering committee of ACM SenSys, IEEE SECON and Mobiquitous, program co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2016. workshop co-chair of ACM MobiCom 2014, general chair of ACM SenSys 2013. She has been member of the steering committee and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, member of the executive committee of ACM SIGMOBILE, and has been program co-chair of leading conferences in the field such as ACM MobiCom and IEEE SECON. Prof. Petrioli has published over a hundred papers in prominent international journals and conferences (h-index 32, i-10 index: 83, over 4000 citations). She has also been PI of over twenty national and international research projects, serving as coordinator of two EC projects (FP7 projects GENESI and SUNRISE). Prof. Petrioli was a Fulbright scholar.
Robin Leblon
Robin LeblonnCentric, Head of Research & Development
Robin Leblon is in charge of research and development at nCentric Europe and one of the founders. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Ghent and graduated with honors in 2011 after having spent a masters year at the Barcelona school of Informatics.
Trying to be competitive in the telecommunications market is no easy feat for an SME as nCentric, so Robin is continuously looking to improve nCentric’s offering through smart technological advances. nCentric is now supplying leading oil & gas operators such as BP, Shell and Total with novel inter-vessel communication systems, and building offshore infrastructure in the North sea to provide internet connectivity to offshore wind farms.
Ingrid Moerman
Ingrid MoermaniMinds - Ghent University
Ingrid Moerman received her degree in Electrical Engineering (1987) and the Ph.D degree (1992) from the Ghent University, where she became a part-time professor in 2000. She is a staff member of the research group on Internet-Based Communication Networks and Services, IBCN (, where she is leading the research on mobile and wireless communication networks. Since 2006 she joined iMinds, where she is coordinating several interdisciplinary research projects. She is a Principal Investigator of the High Impact Initiative ‘Everything Connected’ at iMinds. Her main research interests include: Internet of Things, Cooperative and Cognitive Networks, Wireless Access and Experimentally-supported research. Ingrid Moerman has a longstanding experience in running national and EU research funded projects. At the European level, Ingrid Moerman is in particular very active in the European FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) research area, where she has coordinated and is coordinating several projects (CREW, WiSHFUL, eWINE) and participating in several other projects (Fed4FIRE, FORGE, FLEX). In the research area on Future Networks, she is involved in the 5G-PPP project Flex5GWare.
Ingrid Moerman is author or co-author of more than 700 publications in international journals or conference proceedings.
Sébastien Ziegler
Sébastien ZieglerMandat International
Sébastien Ziegler serves as President of the IoT Forum, as Vice Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Subcommittee on the IoT, and as Rapporteur on Research and Emerging Technologies for the Internet of Things and for Smart Cities at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T SG20). He initiated several national and international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT), IPv6, multiprotocol interoperability, crowdsourcing and privacy. He is currently coordinating three European research projects: IoT Lab, Privacy Flag and F-Interop. He published various articles on the Internet of Things, IPv6 and personal data protection. Sebastien founded and directed several organizations, including several foundations and SMEs, which are all active. He graduated in International relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, followed by a Master in Environment, an MBA in international administration (HEC Geneva), and complementary executive education at Harvard Business School in Boston, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and EPFL. He is currently Director of Mandat International.