Tools and Techniques for Network Analysis, Optimization and Design
Speaker: Kyriakos Manousakis, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Telcordia Technologies, Inc.
Date: 08 January 2009 Time: 10:00-12:00
Location: Seminar Room 1, FORTH. Heraklion, Crete.
Host: Maria Papadopouli


In this talk we will present a set of analytical and software tools and techniques developed for the assessment and optimization of large networks. Namely, we will refer to the Multi-Objective Network OPtimization and Assessment Tool (MONOPATI), Network Design and Analysis Tool (NEDAT) and INTELiCON (Inteligent Connectivity) tools and techniques. These tools and techniques are mainly based on general stochastic approximation methods (e.g. Simulated Annealing), linear programming and greedy heuristics that have been designed appropriately, so that they are scalable, robust and optimal for the networks and functions of interest.

The networks of interest involve communication, social and integrated networks and the tools and techniques aim on network and domain autoconfiguration, topology control, routing, mobility management and security (e.g. intrusion detection and key management). Special focus will be given on network and domain configuration, power and delay efficient topology control, QoS unicast routing, QoS multicast routing and multipath routing for bandwidth aggregation and robustness.

Furthermore, the extensions of these tools and techniques to cross-layer and cross-network (social and communication) analysis, optimization and design will be presented. These extensions involve the formation and approximate solution of NP-hard multi-objective optimization problems. Lastly, some of the most indicative practical applications of these tools and techniques will be overviewed.


Kyriakos Manousakis since 2005 is a senior research scientist in the Mobile Networking Research group of Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ. He received with honors his Diploma in electronics and computer engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Chania-Greece in 1998, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002 and 2005 respectively. He is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Telecommunications from Ericsson for his undergraduate work on the design and evaluation of a Video on Demand transport system. Also he is multiple times recipient of the Greek National Scholarship Foundation (IKY) Award and the Technical Chamber of Greece Award.

He is listed as one of the most noteworthy people in his field by the Who is Who in America of 2009. He has organized multiple IEEE sponsored conferences in the area of networking and he has participated and lead multi-million dollar proposals and programs. His research interests, where he has numerous publications in high profile conferences, journals and magazines, include optimization techniques and algorithms for resource constraint infrastructure-less (MANETs), hybrid (satellite and terrestrial), IMS-based and social network architectures with special focus on network and domain autoconfiguration, topology control, MAC, routing, mobility management and security (intrusion detection and key management).

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