The Future of Communications

  • Hofmann M.
  • Lee A.
  • Olofsson B.

The essence of communication is the imparting or exchanging of information. We can broadly define three primary types of communication personal, media, and control type communication, each of which results in the exchange of information between people or systems. Personal communication can be regarded as the exchange of information or perspective with one or more people; media-type communication occurs when a system exchanges content with a person or another system; and control-type communication occurs when a person exchanges commands or information to from a device or system. A single communication session can be comprised of more than one of these types, but the goal of unified communications has remained elusive as different and often proprietary protocols and encapsulations of information and content have been used and persist due both to their ubiquity as well as the security or protections they provide. But increasingly, the boundaries between these modes of interaction are blurring as new IP-based protocols and message handling schemes allow communication of content, information or commands by and with people, systems and devices. Consequently, in the future we believe that a new communications paradigm will emerge driving an era of truly unified communications, with anyone or anything is accessible by anyone or anything. This will profoundly change how we interact and will drive a new digital existence, in which we are always connected and can communicate with any system, or device, or person, allowing continuous and perpetual augmentation of our lives.

Recent Publications

August 09, 2017

A Cloud Native Approach to 5G Network Slicing

  • Francini A.
  • Miller R.
  • Sharma S.

5G networks will have to support a set of very diverse and often extreme requirements. Network slicing offers an effective way to unlock the full potential of 5G networks and meet those requirements on a shared network infrastructure. This paper presents a cloud native approach to network slicing. The cloud ...

August 01, 2017

Modeling and simulation of RSOA with a dual-electrode configuration

  • De Valicourt G.
  • Liu Z.
  • Violas M.
  • Wang H.
  • Wu Q.

Based on the physical model of a bulk reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) used as a modulator in radio over fiber (RoF) links, the distributions of carrier density, signal photon density, and amplified spontaneous emission photon density are demonstrated. One of limits in the use of RSOA is the lower ...

July 12, 2017

PrivApprox: Privacy-Preserving Stream Analytics

  • Chen R.
  • Christof Fetzer
  • Le D.
  • Martin Beck
  • Pramod Bhatotia
  • Thorsten Strufe

How to preserve users' privacy while supporting high-utility analytics for low-latency stream processing? To answer this question: we describe the design, implementation and evaluation of PRIVAPPROX, a data analytics system for privacy-preserving stream processing. PRIVAPPROX provides three properties: (i) Privacy: zero-knowledge privacy (ezk) guarantees for users, a privacy bound tighter ...