Application-aware User-centric pRogrammable Architectures for 5G multi-tenant networks

5G-AuRA is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which aims to support the career development and training of young researchers through international and inter-sector mobility.

The vision of future 5G networks encompasses a heterogeneous communication landscape in which existing Radio Access Technologies (RATs) will be integrated with evolving wireless technologies and systems, software-design network architectures and cloud-enabled services. The ambition towards 5G systems is to provide customized user-centric services at an affordable price, in an effort to strengthen key societal needs in heterogeneous domains such as transportation, health, environment, etc. We expect that the emerging 5G ecosystem will consist of ultra-dense, heterogeneous deployments of multiple RATs with a wide range of backhauling options (microwave, E-band, optical, etc.), owned and shared by multiple stakeholders and supporting highly diverse applications and services, from Over-The-Top (OTT) applications, to proximity services and Machine Type Communications (MTC).

Effectively harnessing the potential of all these innovative and heterogeneous features and providing a programmable multi-tenant network architectural framework will be the key to the success of 5G, and it will be the main objective of 5G-Aura.



The 5GAuRA Project at a Glance



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48 months

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Project Coordinator:

Marco Di Renzo - CNRS

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  • April, 10th, 2018:

The third 5gAURA Workshop entitled “Vertical-Oriented Service Programmability: Design and Optimization of 5G Cell-Less Networks (5G Cell-Less Nets) will take place in Bologna, Italy, on the 9th September 2019. It will be organized during the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 18). The ESRs will submit workshop papers before the deadline for full paper submission on the 18th May 2018. You can find the Call for Workshop Papers here and look on the symposium’s website here.

  • April, 15th - 18th, 2018:

AkshayRony and Lanfranco participated to the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference in Barcelona, Spain. They had the chance to learn more about wireless research, technologies and applications and meet several experts. You can visit the conference website here and look at a picture here

  • April 2018: 

Christos published an article in the February edition of a Greek magazine called: "Netweek". This article describes the network evolvement towards 5G, the requirements and the services of 5G. In the penultimate paragraph, Christos specifically presents the 5GAuRA project. You can read his article in Greek here

  • May, 1st, 2018: 

Mahmudul and Tareq participated to the 2nd Year PhD poster competition at Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of York. You can see Mahmudul's poster here and Tareq's poster here. For this competition, Mahmudul got the 3rd prize. You can see his picture here

  • May, 02nd, 2018: 

The first video presentation of the 5GAuRA project was made by some ESRs and the project manager. They start with the project's recap, continue by presenting the main scientific challenges and finish by sharing their feelings and opinions on this project. You can watch the video here

  • May, 02nd, 2018: 

Akshay and Rony made Public Talks at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Akshay's Public Talk was entitled "Basics of 5G Handover Signaling and Architectures: A 3GPP Release 15 Perspective". You can read his presentation here. Rony's Public Talk was entitled "Resource efficient approaches to perform joint access and backhaul optimization in 5G networks". You can look at his presentation here and on some pictures here.

  • May, 14th, 2018:

Mahmudul  participated to the IEEE 5G Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. He had the opportunity to meet experts and students and to learn more about 5G technologies and challenges. You can visit the Summit website here and look at some pictures here

  • May, 17th, 2018:

The 3rd 5g-AURA Open Days was organized by OTEAcademy and OTE Group Telecommunications Museum at Athens, Greece. You can read the leaflet here, the program here and look at some pictures here. The ESRs also made a presentation in Greek that you can read here

  • June, 4th - 7th, 2018:

The third 5GAuRA training event, organized by our partner UNIKL, took place at Kaiserlautern, Germany. This 3rd training event encompasses two Complementary Courses: "Improving personal development and teamwork skills" and "Training in patents and standardization". During those four days, the ESRs had the opportunity to follow lectures on several subjects as you see in the program here. You can also find more details here

  • June, 8th, 2018:

The fourth 5G-AuRA Plenary Meeting took place in the University of Kaiserlautern. 

  • June, 11th - 12th, 2018:

MeysamMahmudul and Tareq attended the Summer School on 5G V2X Communications, organized by King College London, in the United-Kingdom. They followed lectures on several subjects, as e.g.  "Principles of Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications" or on "The role of 5G in Automotive Industry". You can look at the programme here and watch a picture here

  • June, 12th, 2018:

Xiaojun has started his secondment at OTE Academy, in Athens, Greece. His scientific objectives are: 1) Derive good approximations of probability density function (PDF) for active interfering MTs’ distribution in uplink cellular networks, 2) Derive tractable framework for EE and spectral efficiency in the closed form expressions. 3) Analytically optimize EE and spectral efficiency in terms of the transmit power (given the density of base stations) and the density of base stations (given the transmit power). You can look at some pictures of his arrival here

  • June, 13th - 14th , 2018: 

Meysam participated to the 5G World Summit 2018 organized in ExCel, London. He had the opportunity to meet telecom professionals, to listen to visionary speakers  and to learn more about 5G technologies worldwide. You can visit the Summit website here and look at a picture here

  • June, 22th, 2018:

The Industrial Dissemination Day is taking place today at the OTE Academy in Athens, Greece. The ESRs are exploring 5G trends, meeting 5G companies' experts and asking them feedback on their research and results. You can look at the leaflet here and the program here

  • July, 12th, 2018:

The seventh newsletter of the 5GAuRA project is ready. You can read it here

  • July, 13th, 2018:

The third brochure of the 5GAuRA project is ready. You can read it here

  • August 20-25, 2018:

Lanfranco participated to the ACM SIGCOMM 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. He had the chance to learn more about wireless research, technologies and applications and meet several experts. You can visit the conference website here and look at a picture here.

  • August 28-31, 2018:

The second 5GAuRA workshop is organized in association with ISWCS conference, took place at Lisbon, Portugal. The title is "Multi-Tenant Programmable Networks - From Theory to Practice", you can find the program here, and pictures here.

  • November 26-29, 2018

The new training event of 5Gaura will take place in Barcelona on 26-29 November 2018. For information about the registration, please email the local organizer Elena López ( Please find the program here.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 675806.