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Cardiff University

Cardiff University participates through the School of Computer Science. Cardiff University is a research-led Institution founded in 1883 and is ranked as the overall 7th highest UK University in terms of research by the UK government. The School of Computer Science employs approximately 80 staff, has a buoyant research culture and has significant research activity in distributed systems, scientific computing and graphics and multi-media. The School hosts the Welsh e-Science Centre which represents a multi-million pound infrastructure related investment at the University for GRID focused research. This provides large scale distributed computational resources for scientific application and commercial exploitation.
Investigators: Roger M. Whitaker (project co-ordinator), Stuart M. Allen

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Cnr

CNR is the Italian National Research Council and participates in the project through the researchers of the Ubiquitous Internet group of the Institute for Informatics and Telematics (IIT). The researchers of the group carry out basic and applied research in Mobile and Pervasive Computing Systems with special emphasis on networking, middleware, and p2p platforms. UID participates to many research projects funded by national and international institutions. As particularly relevant to SOCIALNETS, the group led, between 2002 and 2005, the European FP5 FET Project MobileMAN, which defined and developed a campus-wide, self-organizing, and totally wireless network, and, since 2006, participates to the FP6 FET-SAC HAGGLE project, which aims at exploring completely disruptive networking architectures for opportunistic and delay-tolerant networks.
Investigators: Marco Conti, Andrea Passarella

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Cam

The Computer Laboratory, Systems Research Group, (UCAM-CLAB) has been a pioneer in the design and study of multimedia applications for the Internet, and has also developed recently a strong expertise on challenging networks. Systems is the largest research area in the Computer Laboratory covering hardware, communications hardware and software, operating systems and distributed systems. Past systems developed here include Edsac, the Titan operating system, the Cambridge Ring and the Cambridge Distributed Computing System. The Systems Research Group (SRG) has some 40 members, and is divided into a number of subgroups: the Opera group, the Networks and Operating Systems group, and the Self-Timed Logic group. Networks and Operating Systems group (NetOS), which is involved in this proposal, undertakes teaching and research into topics including computer architecture, operating systems design, network monitoring and protocol design, practical distributed systems and mobile communications. NetOS runs a number of team-based research projects simultaneously, with a leaning towards real implementations and deployments. We work closely with other groups in the Computer Laboratory and University, as well as industrial partners such as Microsoft Research. The NetOS group has organized and hosted BIOWIRE 2007 the first workshop on Bio-inspired design of networks -- in particular wireless networks and self-organizing properties of biological networks. NetOS also participate to the USA – UK International Technology Alliance (ITA) project which focuses on Biologically Inspired Self-Organization in Networks.
Investigators: Jon Crowcroft, Pietro Lio

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Nkua

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded in 1837 and is the oldest University in Greece. The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications was founded in 1989 and is part of the School of Applied Sciences. It consists of three divisions: Computer Science; Computer Systems and Applications; Telecommunications and Signal Processing. The Department has about 44 faculty members and over 300 MSc and PhD students. The Advanced Networking Research (ANR) group was formed in 1999 by Prof. Ioannis Stavrakakis and has been actively involved in a number of international projects, funded mainly by the European Commission (VIDEOGATEWAY, br/OADWAY, ACCA, ANA, CASCADAS, BIONETS, E-NEXT, CONTENT), as well as several national projects funded by several Greek Ministries or other organisations. The group has focused on networking research with concentration on protocol design, algorithmic aspects and performance evaluation with main application to ad hoc and mobile networking, content storage and discovery, autonomic and opportunistic networking, conventional and P2P streaming, etc. Currently the group also includes 2 post-doc researchers, 2 lecturers, and 5 Ph.D. students.
Investigators: Ioannis Stavrakakis

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Oxford

The Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology within the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford was launched in October 2007 when Prof. Dunbar moved to the University of Oxford. Prof. Dunbar is currently studying the social behaviour of humans and primates. Dunbar's number, which is 150, represents a theoretical maximum number of individuals with whom a set of people can maintain a social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who each person is and how each person relates socially to every other person. Currently, Prof. Dunbar’s group is involved in the project “Size and structure of human social networks” (funded by the br/itish Academy). This project is using a combination of empirical data, agent-based modelling and small group experiments to explore the size, composition and dynamics of human social networks, and the roles played by trust, obligation and frequency of interaction in maintaining relationships.
Investigators: Robin Dunbar

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Aveiro

The Group Complex Systems and Random Networks (GNET) is an interdisciplinary group at Physics Department (University of Aveiro) devoted to research in the areas of statistical mechanics and mathematical physics. The group has been developing research in complex networks and its applications. Other topics of interest are granular media, phase transitions, etc. The ultimate aim of GNET is to find new phenomena in statistical physical. Other objectives include better understanding of known phenomena and offering well-motivated teaching in theoretical physics to our students. The Group coordinates and directs the research of graduate students in doctoral programs at Physics Department whose primary interests are in the area of Theoretical Physics/Statistical Mechanics.
Investigators: Jose F. Mendes

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Eurecom

Institut Eurécom is a graduate school of engineering and research institute in telecommunications located in Sophia Antipolis, France. It is a consortium of industrial and academic members including EPFL, Télécom Paris, Swisscom, Hasler Stiftung, Thalès, SFR, France Telecom, HITACHI Europe, Texas Instruments, ST Microelectronics, Bouygues Telecom, SHARP, Politecnico di Torino and Helsinki University of Technology. Eurécom employs 70 scientists in three research departments: computer communications, multimedia and mobile communications. Eurécom has participated in several European projects (BETEL, BETEUS, NICE, SUZIE, WEB4GROUPS, WAND, ESW, WITNESS, MOBYDICK, SPATION) in the ACTS, Telematics and TEN TELECOM and IST Programmes and is currently involved in the PRIME, E-justice, DAIDALOS, WIDENS, E2R, GMF4iTV, DIVINES projects and E-Next, NEWCOM and NEXWAY NoE's of FP6, in the MOBILEMAN project of the FET programme and the 3W3S project as part of the Safer Internet Action Plan. The Institute is also involved in a number of national research projects supported by the French RNRT programme: SEVA, ICARE, METROPOLIS, VTHD++, PAESTU, AUBE, COBASCA, SAMU, ERMITAGES, PLATON, ANTIPODE, @IRS++.
Investigators: Refik Molva

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