The Media Networks Laboratory is a part of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, NCSR “Demokritos”. It is located in the premises of NCSR in Athens, Greece and employs high-qualified research personnel, specialised in networking and multimedia technologies. The laboratory has been active for more than a decade in a number of national and european research projects, following the reputation of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunication in the global research communities. In this context, it maintains close collaboration with Greek and international partners, both industrial and academic. The research achievements of the laboratory are refelected in a number of publications in journals and conferences.
The research activities of the laboratory are focused on:
- Network management
- Network virtualisation and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)
- Next Generation, Media-oriented Network Architectures based on Technology Convergence
- IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and IMS-based management of multimedia services
- Digital Video Broadcasting platforms (DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2, DVB-H) for Broadcast and Interactive Services
- Cross-layer Optimisation in Satellite-based Multimedia Platforms
- Video Quality Assessment Methods and Prediction Techniques
- Video Codec Performance Analysis and Comparison
- Quality of Experience, Network- and Perceived-Quality of Service correlation and End-to-end QoS mechanisms
- Video Streaming Optimisation over Mobile Ad-hoc Networks
- Experimental Computing Cloud infrastructures and Cloud/Network integration
The lab developed the first digital television platform to support fully interactive services in Greece (and one of the first ones in Europe in 2001). More achievements can be found in the relevant category.
About NCSR “Demokritos”
The National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” is the biggest and most acclaimed research center in Greece, employing over 1,000 researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel. It is a multidisciplinary research center focusing on several fields of natural sciences and engineering and hosting important laboratory facilities. NCSR “Demokritos” spreads over, approximately, 150 acres of land at Aghia Paraskevi, a suburb ten kilometers from the center of Athens, on the northern side of Hymettus mountain. The buildings cover an area of approximately 35.000 m2 (8.6 acres).
The main mission of the center is:
- to conduct high caliber basic and applied research
- to develop know-how and contribute to the social and economic development of the country
- to offer customized high technology services to the public and private sectors
- to be the training center for young scientists in advanced technology and new fields of research.
The Center started its operation in 1959 as an independent division of the public sector under the name Nuclear Research Center “Demokritos”. In 1985 it was renamed and given self-governing jurisdiction under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology. The original objective of the newly created center was
the advancement of nuclear research and technology for peaceful purposes. Since then, it hosts the only nuclear reactor in Greece.
Today, the scientific activities of the center are carried out in the following eight Institutes:
- Institute of Nuclear and Physics
- Institute of Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection
- Institute of Materials Science
- Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications
- Institute of Microelectronics
- Institute of Physical Chemistry
- Institute of Biology
- Institute of Radioisotopes and Radiodiagnostic Products