UMM: User-centric Mobility Management (05.2010-08.2013)

COPELABS Coordination: Rute Sofia


UMM (User-centric Mobility Management) is a project focused on global mobility management in spontaneous wireless environments, i.e., environments that self-adjust to any network topology change. Global mobility management is addressed from a network perspective, and the purpose is to ensure a transparent access to Internet services (e.g Triple Play) for the end-user, who will be able to access his/her subscribed services independently from access attachment point, location, and based upon his/her own requirements (“Quality of Experience”, QoE). In addition, global mobility management is to be analyzed from a de-centralized perspective, given that environments to be considered will incorporate wireless local-loops that are based upon end-user willingness to cooperate.


The project has been coordinated by COPELABS, SITI, and had as participating entity Institute of Telecommunications in Aveiro. The project was sponsored by Fundacao para a CIencia e Tecnologia between 2010 and 2013.


  • Project reference:PTDC/EEA-TEL/105709/2008
  • Principal Researcher: Rute C. Sofia
  • Support granted:103.380,00



  • Andréa Nascimento and Rute C. Sofia, Decoupling control and data plane of MIPv6 - ns2.33 extension, SITI Software SITI-SW-12-01, 2012
  • Rute C. Sofia and Christian da Silva Pereira, Mtracker v2.0, SITI-SW-12-07, 2012
  • Andréa Nascimento, Rute Sofia, MIPv6 patch for NS-2 2.33, SITI-SW-11-02, 2011
  • Tiago Condeixa, Studying Decentralized Mobility with several approach ns3.14-SW-..., 2012
  • Tiago Condeixa, Dynamic Mobile IP Anchoring implemented in ns3.16, ITAv-SW-..., 2013.
  • Carlos Frade and Tiago Condeixa, DMIPA testbed, ITAv-SW2-13,2013.




 Namusale Chama and Rute C. Sofia, Redifining Link Duration: Making Routing Sensitive to Mobility (2010), in: IEEE GLOBECOM SWN 2010 Workshop

Tiago Condeixa, Ricardo Matos, Alfredo Matos, Susana Sargento and Rute C. Sofia, A New Perspective on Mobility Management Scenarios and Approaches (2010), in: MONAMI 2010: 2nd International ICST Conference on Mobile Networks And Management

Namusale Chama and Rute C. Sofia, Characterizing Multihop Routing Requirements for Node Mobility Suport, in: CRC 2010, Braga,Portugal, pages 201-203, 2010

Andréa Nascimento, Rute C. Sofia, Tiago Condeixa and Susana Sargento, A Characterization of Mobile Management in User-centric Networks (2011), in: 11th international conference on Next Generation Wired/Wireless Advanced Networking (New2AN 2011)

Andréa Nascimento, Rute C. Sofia, Tiago Condeixa, Susana Sargento and Ricardo Matos, User-centric Mobility Management, TNC 2011, 2011

Andréa Nascimento, Rute C. Sofia, Tiago Condeixa and Susana Sargento, A Decoupling Approach for Distributed Mobility Management (2012), in: The Second Workshop on Cooperative Heterogeneous Networks (coHetNet 2012) , ICCCN 2012.

Tiago Condeixa, Susana Sargento, Andréa Nascimento and Rute C. Sofia, Decoupling and Distribution of Mobility Management (2012), in: 4th International Workshop on Mobility Management in the Networks of the Future World (MobiWorld)/Globecom 2012

Tiago Condeixa, Lucas Gardalben, Tome Gomes, Susana Sargento and Rute C. Sofia, Make-Without-Break Horizontal IP Handovers for Distributed Mobility Management Schemes (2013), in: IEEE Globecom 2013 Workshop - Management of Emerging Networks and Services, October 2013

Michael Gorawski, Enrica Zola, Krzysztof Grochla, Francisco Barcelo-Arroyo, Israel Martin-Escalona, Andréa Ribeiro and Rute C. Sofia, New Trends in Mobility Modelling and Handover Prediction, chapter To Appear, Springer, LCNS, 2014

Rute C. Sofia, Tiago Condeixa and Susana Sargento, Mobility Estimation in the Context of Distributed Mobility Management, chapter IV, Springer, Lecture Notes in Social Networking, volume Contribution To appear, 2014

T. Condeixa and S. Sargento, Dynamic Mobile IP Anchoring, ICC 2013

T. Condeixa and S. Sargento, Studying the Integration of Distributed and Dynamic Schemes in the Mobility Management, Elsevier Computer Networks



    • IPRs

    • PAT 20131000043437, Sistema de Gestão da Mobilidade Dinâmica. (Pedido Provisório de Patente).
    •  EP 13186562.9, Mobility Management Method and Apparatus, R. Sofia. (IPR developed within the context of project UMM and the European project ULOOP, gr. Nr. 257418)
    • H. Chan (editor), Requirements of distributed mobility management. Participation in the IETF draft, version 00., March 2012.
    • H. Ali-Ahmad et al., Mobility Anchor Selection in DMM: Use-case Scenarios.  Participation in the IETF draft, version 01. http://tools.ieft.or/html/draft-aliahmad-dmm-anchor-selection-01.txt



09.2021. Accepted paper, F Neves, AC Finamore, SC Madeira, R Henriques. (2021).Mining Actionable Patterns of Road Mobility From Heterogeneous Traffic Data Using Biclustering, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems,

07.2021. Accepted paper: S. Tomic, M. Beko, “A New Perspective on Range and Directional Localization Problem’’, to appear in IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology,

06.2021. Accepted paper: Rodrigo Cortesão, Daniel Fernandes, Gabriela Soares, Diogo Clemente, Pedro Sebastião and Lúcio S. Ferreira, "Cloud-based Implementation of a SON Radio Resources Planning System for Mobile Networks and Integration in SaaS Metric", to appear in IEEE Access 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3087398

05.2021. Tiago Simas and Rion Brattig Correia and Luis M. Rocha, "The distance backbone of complex networks", Journal of Complex Networks, Oxford University Press

03.2021. Accepted paper:  FG Encinas, LA Silva, AS Mendes, GV González, VRQ Leithardt, ..., "Singular Spectrum Analysis for Source Separation in Drone-Based Audio Recording" In IEEE Access. 

02.2021. Accepted Paper, M. S. Stankovic, M. Beko, S. S. Stankovic, “Distributed Value Function Approximation for Collaborative Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning’’, in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems,

11.2020. Accepted Paper, B. Lima, D. Costa, "Adaptive Power Factor Allocation for Cooperative Full-Duplex NOMA Systems With Imperfect SIC and Rate Fairness", in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular technology,

11.2020. Accepted Paper, IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, M. Barahman, L. Correia, L. S. Ferreira, "A QoS-Demand-Aware Computing Resource Management Scheme in Cloud-RAN", in IEEE OJ-COMS.

10.2020. Accepted Paper, IEEE Access, Daniel Silva, Rute Sofia. "A Discussion on Context-awareness to Better Support the IoT Cloud/Edge Continuum", in IEEE Access. DOI 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3032388.

09.2020. Accepted paper, Electronics, Sales Mendes, André, Diego M. Jiménez-Bravo, María Navarro-Cáceres, Valderi Reis Quietinho Leithardt, and Gabriel Villarrubia González. "Multi-Agent Approach Using LoRaWAN Devices: An Airport Case Study." Electronics 9, no. 9 (2020): 1430.

08.2020. Accepted paper, IEEE Access, J. C. S. Anjos and Valderi Leithardt et al., "Data Processing Model to Perform Big Data Analytics in Hybrid Infrastructures," in IEEE Access, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3023344.

07.2020. Accepted Paper, IEEE Access, Fernandes,D., Raimundo,A., Cercas,F., Sebastiao,P., Rinis,R., Ferreira,L.S.. "Comparison of Artificial Intelligence and Semi-Empirical Methodologies for Estimation of Coverage in Mobile Networks", in IEEE Access, Vol. 8, July 2020, pp 139803-139812, 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3013036

04.2020. Accepted Paper, IEEE Access , Fernandes,D., Clemente,D., Soares,G., Sebastiao,P., Cercas,F., Dinis,R, Ferreira,L.S., “Cloud-Based Implementation of an Automatic Coverage Estimation Methodology for Self-Organising Network”, in IEEE Access, Vol 8, Apr. 2020, pp 66456-66474, 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2986437

01.2020. The most recently hired researcher Nuno Ricardo Garcia had a paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI). TPAMI is the journal with the highest impact factor in the area of computer science (IF=17.73 for 2018). Congratulations.

11.2019. Accepted Paper, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology,
S. Tomic, M. Beko, “A Geometric Approach for Distributed Multi-hop Target Localization in Cooperative Networks’’, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.

07.2019: Accepted Paper, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation,
K Turbic, L. Correia, M. Beko. A Channel Model for Polarised Off-Body Communications with Dynamic Users’’, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 67, no. 11, pp. 7001-7013, November 2019.

06.2019: Accepted Paper, IEEE Access
D. Pedro, S. Tomic, L. Bernardo, M. Beko, P. Pinto, “Algorithms for Estimating the Location of Remote Nodes using Smartphones’’, IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 33713-33727, December 2019.

05.2019: Accepted Paper, MDPI Future Internet, Special Issue on Information-centric Networking

R. C. Sofia, Guidelines Towards Information-driven Mobility Management, Future Internet 2019, 11(5), 111;

04.2019: Accepted Paper, MDPI Future Internet, Special Issue on Information-centric Networking

R. C. Sofia, P. Mendes, An Overview on Push-Based Communication Models for Information-centric Networking. MDPI Future Internet, 2019, 11(3), 74;

03.2019: Accepted Paper, European Control Conference 2019

Henry, D.; Cieslak, J.; Colmenarejo, P.; Branco, J.; Santos, N.; Serra, P.; Telaard, J.; Strauch, H.; Giordano, A. M.; De Stefano, M.; Ott, C.; Reiner, M.; Jaworski, J.; Papadopoulos, E.; Visentin, G.; Ankersen, F.; Fernandez, J.G.Model-based fault diagnosis and tolerant control: the ESA’s e.Deorbit mission

03.2019: Accepted paper, MDPI Future Internet 2019, Special issue on ICN

Sofia, Rute C.; Mendes, Paulo. An Overview on Push-based Communication Models for Information-Centric Networking

02.2019: New IRTF ICNRG draft

Mendes, Paulo; Sofia, Rute C.; Tsaoussidis, Vassilis; Diamantopoulos, Sotiris; Borrego, Carlos; Borrel, Joan; Sarros, Christos-Alessandros. nformation-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks.

01.2019: Accepted paper, Sensors 2019, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Stankovic, S. S.; Stankovic, Milos; Johansson, Karl H.; Beko, Marko. On Consensus-based Distribution Blind Calibration of Sensor Networks

11.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes Associate Editor of IEEE Access

11.2018: Accepted paper MDPI Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Correia, Sergio; Beko, Marko; Cruz, Luis A. da Silva; Tomic, Slavisa. Elephant Herding Optimization for Energy-Based Localization

11.2018: Accepted paper Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Tomic, Slavisa; Beko, Marko. Target Localization via Integrated and Segregated Ranging Based on RSS and TOA Measurements

11.2018: Results of the CEEC/COPELABS/JUNIOR2018: Prof. Dr. Pedro Sá Costa admitted.

10.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes an IEEE Senior member

10.2018: Invited Talk: Cooperative wireless networking: Research challenges, P. Mendes, @LakesideLabs, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

09.2018: Accepted paper, ACM ICN 2018

P. Mendes, R. Sofia, V. Tsaoussidis, S. Diamantopoulos, J. Soares,Information-centric routing for opportunistic wireless networks. InProc. ACM ICN 2018, Sep. 2018.

09:2018: Accepted paper, IEEE WiMob

09.2018:C-BRAINs 2018/2019

C-BRAINS for 2018/2019 are out!

07.2018: Ciencia 2018

People-to-people Communication in Emergency Scenarios, P. Mendes, R. Sofia, M. Tavares, O. Aponte

06.2018: UMOBILE project

POC2 - information-centric communication in opportunistic scenarios, P. Mendes, M. Tavares, O. Aponte, R. Sofia, J. Soares


UMOBILE Demo in Italy, Umbria

04.2018 Accepted Book Chapter

 Rute C. Sofia, Liliana I. Carvalho., Francisco de Melo Pereira, Samrat Dattagupta.The Role of Smart Data in Inference of Human Behavior and Interaction. Book chapter. "Smart Data: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives in Computing and Applications".

03.2018 IRTF draft DABBER

Information-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks





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