Self-NET (Self-Management of Cognitive Future InterNET Elements) aims to design, develop and validate an innovative paradigm for cognitive self-managed elements of the Future Internet. The present Internet model is based on clear separation of concerns between protocol layers, with intelligence moved to the edges, and with the existent protocol pool targeting user and control plane operations with less emphasis on management tasks.

Self-NET shall engineer the Future Internet based on cognitive behaviour with a high degree of autonomy, by proposing the operation of self-managed Future Internet elements around a novel feedback-control cycle. Self-NET shall embed new management capabilities into network elements in order to take advantage of the increasing knowledge that characterises the daily operation of mobile Future Internet users. The consortium shall develop innovative cross-layer design optimisation approaches that alleviate the shortcomings and duplication of functionalities in different protocol layers of the present IP stack. Furthermore, Self-NET shall provide a peer-to-peer style distribution of responsibilities among self-governed elements of the Future Internet, therefore overcoming the barrier of current client-server and proxy-based models in the operation of mobility management, broadcast/multicast, and quality of service mechanisms.

A key objective of Self-NET is to provide a holistic architectural and validation framework that unifies networking operations and service facilities of the Future Internet. The consortium shall develop a real-world demonstrator to test the applicability, robustness, and stability of Self-NET solutions and to ensure smooth migration from present Internet mechanisms. In parallel, simulation campaigns shall verify the scalability and performance sustainability of Self-NET artefacts. Self-NET envisages the worldwide dissemination of the proposed framework to global standardization bodies, thereby maximising Europe’s position in the development of the Future Internet.


• University of Athens
• THALES Communications S.A
• Fraunhofer-Gessellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
• Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) S.A.
• King’s College London
• Telekom Austria
• Vodafone Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications Company S.A.