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Ramon APARICIO PARDO

Ramon APARICIO PARDO

Associate Professor of Networking

Biography

I am an associate professor (“maître de conférences”) at Université Côte d’Azur (UCA), France, since Sept. 2015. I teach mainly Networking courses at B. and M. degrees at the CS Dept. My research is developed in SigNet group at the I3S laboratory (a joint CNRS/UNS lab), where I work in optimal design and management of communication networks.

I received a MEng in Telecom. and a Ph.D. from Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Spain, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. My Ph.D. thesis, titled ‘Optimization and Planning of WDM Transparent Optical Networks,’ was distinguished with TELEFÓNICA Award for Best Thesis in Networking.

After that, I completed two postdocs in Orange Labs (2012-2013) and IRISA CNRS lab, in former IMT-Telecom Bretagne, (2013-2015) about optical switching networks and adaptive streaming, respectively.

I have written or coauthored 30 intl. papers (9 of them in ISI journals like IEEE/ACM Trans Netw or Eur J Oper Res), participated in intl. research projects (like BONE or SASER-SAVENET), visited intl. research labs (like the Networks Lab of Prof. Biswanath Mukherjee, University of California at Davis, USA).

Honors and Awards

Interests

  • Optimal network management
  • Artificial intelligence
  • SDN and NFV
  • Optical, multimedia and wireless networks

Education

  • PhD in Information and Communications Technologies, 2011

    Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

  • MEng in Telecommunications, 2006

    Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

Research

Ongoing research activities

Networking Algorithms for Adaptive Video Delivery

This research is focused on the development of optimization algorithms for adaptive video control plane. These algorithms aims to maximize the end users’ Quality of Experience (QoE) when adaptive video streaming HAS is used to deliver multimedia contents in different scenarios, namely the novel virtualised fixed-mobile convergent access networks.

Video and Networking Strategies for Online Virtual Reality (VR)

This research aims to propose novel video and networking algorithms able to online stream heavy VR contents in curent limited network infrastructures. These algorithms will optimize the VR users’ QoE, whose characterisation, different from the video users’ QoE, is still not well-defined. This VR users’ QoE identification is a first step in these research activities.

Projects

A complete list of all past projects where I have been involved can be found here.

ARTIC Project

ARTificial Intelligence-based Cloud network control.

Students and Postdocs

Postdocs

  1. Min Ju
    • Labex postdoc (Mars. 2018 - July 2019)
    • Topic: Video delivery optimisation in optical-wireless convergent access networks
    • Co-advisors: Ramon Aparicio-Pardo, Lucile Sassatelli
    • PhD: Université d’Avignon et des pays de Vaucluse
  2. Carlos Colman Meixner
    • Labex postdoc (Oct. 2016 - Sep. 2017)
    • Topic: Cloud-based Virtualized Optical Networks for 5G Access Network (C-RAN): planning for energy savings and user-level video quality
    • Co-advisors: Ramon Aparicio-Pardo, Lucile Sassatelli
    • PhD: University of California at Davis

PhD students

  1. Miguel Fabián Romero Rondón
    • EDSTIC theses (Nov. 2017 - current)
    • Topic: Streaming Virtual Reality: Learning for Attentional Models and Network Optimization
    • Supervisor: Frédéric Precioso
    • Co-advisors: Lucile Sassatelli, Ramon Aparicio-Pardo

Master students

  1. Giacomo Calvigioni
    • Ubinet Master (Mars 2017 - Aug. 2017)
    • Topic: Overlay routing in CDNs for Quality of Experience optimization
    • Co-advisors: Ramon Aparicio-Pardo, Lucile Sassatelli
  2. Giuseppe Samela
    • Ubinet Master (Mars 2017 - Aug. 2017)
    • Topic: Virtual Reality: Impact of Content and Transmission Strategies on Network Resources
    • Co-advisors: Lucile Sassatelli, Ramon Aparicio-Pardo, Diane Lingrand, Anne-Marie Pinna-Dery
    • UCA4SVR project
  3. Savino Dambra
    • Ubinet Master (Mars 2017 - Aug. 2017)
    • Topic: Quality of experience in virtual reality: user experiments and modelling
    • Co-advisors: Lucile Sassatelli, Ramon Aparicio-Pardo, Diane Lingrand, Anne-Marie Pinna-Dery
    • UCA4SVR project
  4. Jordan Laplace
    • Génie Informatique et Statistique, 4è année, Polytech Lille, Université de Lille (Mai 2019 – Août 2019)
    • Topic : Deep Reinforcement Learning for Solving Network Routing
    • Advisors: Ramon Aparicio-Pardo
  5. Pedro Foletto Pimenta
    • Ingénieur spécialité Électronique, Télécommunications et Informatique (ETI) 4è année, CPE Lyon/UFRGS (Porto Alegre, Brésil) (25 Juin 2018 - 14 Sept. 2018 )
    • Topic : Graph Representation Learning and Deep Reinforcement Learning for Solving Optimization Problems
    • Co-advisors: Ramon Aparicio-Pardo , Lucile Sassatelli, Ramon Aparicio-Pardo, Frédéric Precioso

Software developed

  1. MatPlanWDM©®: MATLAB™ toolbox for Optical Network Planning
    • Registered in the Spanish Register of the Intellectual Property
  2. TOUCAN-VR: Android application for Virtual Reality Streaming
    • Registered in the French Program Protection Agency (APP) as IDDN.FR.001.120005.000.S.C.2018.000.31235

Editorial and Administration Work

Editorial Work

Member of PhD Jurys

  • Alba Perez Vela, “Bringing Cognition to Multilayer Transport Networks,” Univ. Polit. Catalunya (UPC), Nov 2018
  • José Luis Izquierdo Zaragoza, “Planning and optimization and of multilayer optical networks,” Univ. Polit. Cartagena (UPCT), July 2017

Member of Evaluation Comitees of Research Projects

  • Referee for the PROMPT Industrial-Academic Partnership Program, Fonds de Recherche du Quebec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT), Canada, 2018

Member of Technical Program Committees (TPCs)

  • PIMRC 2018, ICC 2019, ICC 2020

Referee in Intl Journals and Conferences

  • Journals: Elsevier Opt Laser Eng, IEEE/OSA J Opt Commun Netw, Elsevier Comput Netw, Elsevier Opt Switch Netw, IEEE Internet Comput, Springer Photonic Netw Commun, IEEE/ACM Trans. Networking, Elsevier Comput Commun, Springer J Netw Syst Manag, ACM Trans Multimed Comput Commun Appl, MDPI Sensors, IEEE Trans Syst Man Cybern
  • Conferences: IEEE Globecom 2010, IEEE ICC 2011/2015/2017, IEEE HPSR 2012, IEEE NETWORKS 2012, IEEE NOC 2014, IEEE INFOCOM 2017, IEEE ICNC-OGC 2018, IEEE ICC NGNI 2019

Administration and Service

Local Organizing Committee Member:

  • 1st Workshop Future Internet: Efficiency in high-speed networks, Cartagena, July 2011
  • 12th IEEE Conference High Performance Switching and Routing, Cartagena, July 2011
  • 2nd and 3rd Conferences on Introduction to the Research, Cartagena, Spain 2009, 2010

Dissemination and popularization

  • Stand in Fête de la Science, RÉALITÉ VIRTUELLE : LE CHALLENGE DU STREAMING, Antibes Juan les Pins, 7-8 Oct. 2017
  • Seminars:
    • “A Green Video Control Plane with Fixed-Mobile Convergence and Cloud-RAN,” Green Days Days @ Sophia, Sophia Antipolis, June 2017
    • “Optimizing Live Video Stream Preparation in the Cloud,” UCN @ Sophia Labex Seminar, Sophia Antipolis, Oct. 2015
  • Member of the organizing committee of the seminars:
    • 2nd UPCT Seminarof Introduction to Research 2010, Cartagena, Spain
    • 1st UPCT Seminar of Introduction to Research 2009, Cartagena, Spain

Teaching

My teaching duties mainly consist of networking curses in graduate and postgraduate degrees.

Present courses

Ubinet - 2nd Year Intl. Master in Computer Science (ENG)

Master Informatique / Master in Computer Science (FR, ENG)

Portail Sciences et Technologies / Licence Informatique (FR)

  • Réseaux et Telecommunications, L2

Licence MIAGE (FR)

Teaching management

Present responsabilities

Past responsabilities

  • Member of recruiting committee for first year students in Intl. Master degree in Computer Science, 2015-18

Past courses

Ubinet - 2nd Year Intl. Master in Computer Science (ENG)

Intl. Master in Computer Science, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis (ENG)

Licence Informatique, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis (FR)

  • Réseaux, L3, 2015-2020
  • Simulation et modèles discrets, L2, 2015-2018
  • Informatique Générale, L1, 2015-2016

Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Université de Rennes 1 (FR)

  • Initiation au réseau, BAC+3, 2014-2015

Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Télécom Bretagne (FR)

  • Travaux pratiques réseaux, BAC+5, 2014-2015
  • Evaluation de performances, BAC+5, 2013-2015
  • Méthodes et concepts pour la sécurité dans les réseaux, BAC+4, 2013-2015
  • Evaluation de performances et fiabilité des réseaux, BAC+4, 2013-2015

Grados en Telecomunicación, Univ. Polit de Cartagena (ESP)

  • Planificación y gestión de redes, BAC+3, 2010-2011
  • Teoría de redes de telecomunicaciones, BAC+2, 2010-2011

Supervision of student projects

Final-year projects

Diplome d’Ingenieur Polytech, specialité Sciences Informatiques, UNS (FR, ENG)

  • 2019-2020, 1 individual project (1 student), 6 ECTS each project
  • 2018-2019, 1 individual project (1 student), 6 ECTS each project

Diplome d’Ingenieur Polytech, specialité Mathématiques Appliquées et Modélisation, UNS (FR, ENG)

  • 2019-2020, 1 project groups (2 students), 6 ECTS each project
  • 2018-2019, 1 project group (3 students), 6 ECTS each project

2nd Year Intl. Master in Computer Science, track Ubinet, UNS (ENG)

  • 2019-2020, 1 project groups (2 students), 4 ECTS each project
  • 2017-2018, 1 student project, 4 ECTS each project
  • 2016-2017, 3 student projects, 4 ECTS each project

Projects

1st Year Intl. Master in Computer Science (ENG)

  • 2017-2018, 1 project group (2 students), 6 ECTS projects
  • 2015-2016, 2 project groups (2 and 3 students, respectiv.), 6 ECTS each project

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