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NETSA Laboratory

R&D in network technologies, services and applications

NETSA research groups

Four research groups with significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in wireless/mobile networks, and future Internet technologies and services


The NETSA Laboratory is a research and graduate education unit within Department of Informatics & Telecommunications ( of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens ( focusing on R&D in network technologies, services and applications. It is the evolution of the Communication Networks Laboratory (CNL), founded in 1994 by Prof. Lazaros Merakos.

The four research groups of the NETSA Lab have participated in numerous EU funded cooperative research projects in FP4-ACTS, FP5-IST, FP6- IST, FP7-ICT, and Horizon 2020 programs, which have made significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in wireless/mobile networks, and future Internet technologies and services.

Research Groups

Software Centric & Autonomic Networking

The Software Centric & Autonomic Networking (SCAN) group focuses on software defined networking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies, 5G networks, network function virtualization, big data analytics and artificial intelligence for advanced applications and smart cities. (Group Leader: Prof. Nancy Alonistioti)

Green, Adaptive and Intelligent Networking

The Green, Adaptive and Intelligent Networking (GAIN) research group focuses on adaptive network architectures and systems, energy efficiency and energy saving, flexible resource allocation, smart grid technologies, intelligent security, quality of experience support, and device-to-device communications. (Group Leader: Dr. Nikos Passas)

Advanced Networking Research

The Advanced Networking Research (ANR) group focuses on the areas of content-centric networking (wired/wireless) broadband and multimedia communications as well as the uprising Network Science discipline. (Group Leader: Prof. Ioannis Stavrakakis)

Pervasive Computing

The Pervasive Computing (P-comp) research unit focuses on distributed, mobile and pervasive computing and has been involved in numerous EU and national projects in those areas. (Group Leader: Prof. Stathes Hadjiefthymiades)

R&D areas

  • Mobile/Wireless Networks
  • Autonomic, Cognitive and Self-managing networks
  • SDN and Network Virtualization
  • Multimedia Communications, Services and Apps
  • Stochastic Modeling and Performance Evaluation
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Context-aware and Location-based Services
  • Ontology and Semantic Web Technologies
  • Network Security
  • Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks
  • Content-centric Networking
  • Network Science

Selected Projects


Prevention, mitigation, management of infectious diseases on cruise ships and passenger ferries
2022 to 2025


Autonomous Swarm Of Heterogeneous RObots For BORDER Surveillance
2017 to 2021


Design and optimization of a beyond 5G disruptive mobile network architecture
2017 to 2020


User-centric Middleware Architecture for Advanced Service Provisioning in Future Networks
2016 to 2019


Monitoring and Evaluation of Natural Hazard Preparedness at School Environment
2015 to 2016


Road-, Air-, and Water-based Future Internet Experimentation
2015 to 2018


Design and implementation of an efficient, reliable and secure smart energy network
2014 to 2018


Future Internet Business Collaboration
2014 to 2015


Ship’ s Health Condition, Operational Status and Performance Remote Monitoring Based on Wireless Sensor Network and Technical Experience Management System
2013 to 2015


Sensor Web Fire Shield
2012 to 2015


Uncoordinated network strategies in LTE-Advanced networks
2012 to 2016


Mobile and Wireless Communications Enablers for 2020 Information Society
2012 to 2015


Interoperability of data and procedures in large-scale multinational disaster response actions
2011 to 2014


Unified Management Framework for Autonomics in Future Networks
2010 to 2013


Cooperative and Self Growing Energy Aware Networks
2010 to 2012


Self Management of Cognitive Future Internet Elements
2008 to 2010


Integrated Platform for Autonomic Computing
2008 to 2010


End-to-End Efficiency
2008 to 2009


Autonomic Network Architecture
2006 to 2009


Sensor & Computing Infrastructure for Environmental Risks
2006 to 2008


End-to-end Reconfigurability
2004 to 2009


Integrated Platform for Location Based Services
2002 to 2004


Academic Network for Wireless Internet Research in Europe
2002 to 2004


Mobile Value-Added Services
2000 to 2003

Magic WAND

Wireless ATM Network Demonstrator
1995 to 1998


Radio Access Independent Broadband On Wireless
1995 to 1998


ContextUal InfereNce over IoT NodEs

News & Events

NETSA Lab participates in the Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers' Day 2019

Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers' Day 2019

The NETSA Lab participates in the Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers' Day 2019 in Helsinki.