During 2017, SITI keeps the vision of considering “user-centricity” (the core indicator of the Internet science thematic line) as a key innovation aspect, both in terms of scientific productivity, as well as in terms of the development of potential applications. SITI vision relates to a simple and at a first glance disruptive approach: mobile people become the centre of the networking and computational system. Users on the move are part of communities and will not only be consumers of information (including sensing data), but also active providers of different Internet services, as well as coordination of sensing activities about human behaviour.
Based on its vision, SITI mission is to assist in demonstrating that user empowerment is a trend that should be looked into from a global Internet architecture perspective. Based on this mission, SITI activities are aligned with the Internet Science area and are focused, as happened in the last two three years on the following two lines of research: pervasive wireless systems; social networking dynamics (formerly: social Internet design).
Technologically, SITI is focused upon user-centric trends that are emerging in several fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), OSI Layers 2 and 3. As in other grassroots movements, the user will have an active say concerning services provided and consequently, concerning the techno-social environment that surrounds him/her.
In the future, people will expect an augmented daily life experience by taking advantage of a large set of data services derived from the pervasive integration of networking and computing functions. For the past 20 years, the pervasive computing community has developed technology that allows sensing, computing, and networking to be embedded in everyday objects, from smartphones to clothes, enabling a range of context-aware data-centric networking solutions. In the future, mobile systems are expected to be able to support a large set of data-centric networking services, such as the Internet-of-Things, based on a deeper awareness about people context and behaviour. Such pervasive systems will be able to provide intuitive data-centric services by learning and adapting continuously to user’s habits, routines, and preferences. Under pervasive wireless systems, two main research items topics are being worked: opportunistic networking and Internet-of-Things (unified communications).
Social interaction design relates to designing adequate networking structures, which take into consideration interaction between people as well as between people and technology. The core of this field is research concerning the role of both individuals and communities in everyday decisions, in particular the impact of local (and individual) decisions in shaping a global perspective of a future Internet community. Special attention will be given to network mining and crowd analysis; shared interests; community sensing.
Community modellingNetwork mining aims at assisting the Internet architectural design in evolving into paradigms that take into consideration metrics and paradigms with root in social sciences, with the belief that by introducing such awareness, the Internet infrastructure will increase its flexibility and give rise to new wholesale models, due to the capability to accommodate services that are truly user-centric.
Crowd analysis aims to automatically detect collective behaviour patterns, which are important in the context of understanding the behaviour of crowds. The aim is to develop a method of analysis crowd (e.g. its density) from information obtained from sensors of user's smartphones, related to user's activity as well as individual behaviour.
The SITI vision relates to a simple and at a first glance disruptive approach: nomadic people become the centre of the networking system. Users on the move are part of communities and will not only be consumers of information but also active providers of different Internet services, such as coordination of connectivity to different access networks.
Based on its vision, SITI has as mission to assist in demonstrating that user empowerment in the quality of micro-provider (be it of a specific networking service or even of experience) is a trend that should be looked into from a global Internet architecture perspective.