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Name

Unified Communications in Cloud Laboratories  

Acronym

UCLabs

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Site

https://users.utcluj.ro/~uclabs/
https://www.facebook.com/uclabs/

Address

26-28 George Baritiu Street, 400027, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Faculty
Department

Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Communications Department

Telephone

+40 264 401226

Fax

+40 264 401916

Director

Professor Virgil Dobrota, Ph.D.

e-mail

Virgil.Dobrota@com.utcluj.ro

Areas of expertise

Telecommunications Networks
Switching and routing; Computer Networks; Internet Protocols;  Unified Communications in Cloud; Software-defined networking in local and metropolitan area, Network security, Cyber-Security; Quality of Service in Next-Generation Networks; IoT platforms

Team

Prof. Virgil Dobrota, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Daniel Zinca, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. Tudor Blaga, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. Andrei Bogdan Rus, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. Iustin-Alexandru Ivanciu, Ph.D.; Eng. Gabriel Lazar, Ph.D. student, Eng. Calin-Marian Iurian, Ph.D. student; Eng. Adrian Claudiu Iakkel, Ph.D. student; Gheorghe-Romeo Andreica, Ph.D. student; Eng. Dan-Andrei Margin, Ph.D. student; Eng. Diana Deac, Ph.D. student; Eng. Robert Botez, Ph.D. student; Catalin-Marian Petruti, Ph.D. student; Maria Salagean (Popescu), Ph.D. student.

Representative projects

EUt+ " European University of Technology", https://www.univ-tech.eu/ (2020-2022)

CLOUDUT "Cloud Cercetare UTCN", Contract No. 235/21.04.2020, POC, MySMIS ID:124493, http://cloudut.utcluj.ro/en/ (2020-2022)

URBIVEL “Advanced Technologies for Intelligent Urban Electric Vehicles”, ID P_40_333 project, POC-A1-A1.2.3, https://urbivel.utcluj.ro/(2016-2020)

DIONASYS “Declarative and Interoperable Overlay Networks, Applications to Systems of Systems”, CHIST-ERA project, https://www.dionasys.eu/  (2015-2018)

UCONNECT “ Implementation of Ubiquitous Connectivity for Public Transport”, FP7-SME-2012-1/315161 project, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/105670/factsheet/en  (2012-2014)

4WARD “Architecture and Design for the Future Internet”, FP7-ICT-2007-1 No. 216041 project, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/85316/factsheet/en (2008-2010)

Wi-QoST “Traffic and QoS Management in Wireless Multimedia Networks”, COST 290 project, https://www.cost.eu/actions/290 (2004-2008)

Significant results


The most representative publications of the past 5 years:
  1. A.T. Costin, D. Zinca and V. Dobrota, “LAN traffic capture applications using the libtins library”, Electronics 2021, ISSN: 2079-9292, Special Issue: "Real-Time Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems and Applications", Electronics 2021, 10(24), 3084; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10243084 (ISI Q3 Journal). htm
  2. I.A. Ivanciu, R. Botez, C.M. Iurian, A.V. Dumitrescu, T.M. Blaga and V. Dobrota, “An SD-WAN Approach for EUt+ Network”, Proceedings of the 19th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania, November 4-6, 2021, pp.1-6, DOI: 10.1109/RoEduNet54112.2021.9638308. htm
  3. D.A. Margin and V. Dobrota, “Overview of Echo State Networks using Different Reservoirs and Activation Functions”, Proceedings of the 19th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania, November 4-6, 2021, DOI: 10.1109/RoEduNet54112.2021.9637715. htm
  4. B. Kone, A.D. Kora, R. Botez, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Use Case of a Management and Orchestration for Network Functions Virtualization in a VoIP Testbed”, Proceedings of the 9th International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking BlackSeaCom 2021, “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Romania, May 24-28, 2021, pp.1-5, DOI: 10.1109/BlackSeaCom52164.2021.9527877. htm
  5. R. Botez, J. Costa-Requena, I.A. Ivanciu, V. Strautiu, V. Dobrota, “SDN-based Network Slicing Mechanism for a Scalable 4G/5G Core Network: A Kubernetes Approach”, Sensors 2021, 21(11), 3773; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21113773, ISSN: 1424-8220, WOS:000660676800001 (ISI Q1 Journal). htm
  6. R. Botez, I.A. Ivanciu, C.M. Iurian, and V. Dobrota, “Quantum Implementation of the Modified Dijkstra’s Routing Algorithm”, Proceedings of the Romanian Academy - Series A, ISSN 1454-9069, Vol. 22, No. 41, January - March 2021, pp. 91-98, Romanian Academy Publishing House, WOS:000635594600011 (ISI Q3 Journal). htm
  7. E. Teshome, D. Deac, S. Thielemans, M. Carlier, K. Steenhaut, A. Braeken, and V. Dobrota, “Time Slotted Channel Hopping and ContikiMAC for IPv6 Multicast Enabled Wireless Sensor Networks”, Sensors 2021, 21(5), 1771; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21051771, ISSN: 1424-8220, WOS:000628863900001 (ISI Q1 Journal). htm
  8. A. Cepuc, R. Botez, O. Craciun, I.A. Ivanciu, V. Dobrota, “Implementation of a Continuous Integration and Deployment Pipeline for Containerized Applications in Amazon Web Services Using Jenkins, Ansible and Kubernetes”, Proc. of the 19th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, PUB Bucharest, Romania, Dec.11-12, 2020, pp.1-6, DOI:10.1109/RoEduNet51892.2020.9324857, WOS:000654265900011. htm
  9. C.M. Iurian, I.A. Ivanciu, B.M. Marian, D. Zinca, V. Dobrota, “An SDN Architecture for IoT Networks Using ONOS Controller”, Proc. of the 19th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, PUB Bucharest, Romania, Dec.11-12, 2020, pp. 1-6, DOI: 10.1109/RoEduNet51892.2020.9324887, WOS:000654265900035. htm
  10. M. Csoma, B. Kone, R. Botez, I.A. Ivanciu, A.D. Kora, V. Dobrota, “Management and Orchestration for Network Function Virtualization: An Open Source MANO Approach”, Proc. of the 19th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, PUB Bucharest, Romania, Dec.11-12, 2020, pp. 1-6, DOI: 10.1109/RoEduNet51892.2020.9324847, WOS:000654265900002. htm
  11. G.R. Andreica, L. Bozga, D. Zinca, and V. Dobrota, “Denial of Service and Man-in-the-Middle Attacks against IoT Devices in a GPS-based Monitoring Software for Intelligent Transportation Systems”, Proc. of the 19th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, PUB Bucharest, Romania, Dec.11-12, 2020, pp. 1-4, DOI: 10.1109/RoEduNet51892.2020.9324865, WOS:000654265900017. htm
  12. R. Botez, V. Strautiu, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Containerized Application for IoT Devices: Comparison between balenaCloud and Amazon Web Services Approaches”, Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Electronics and Telecommunications ISETC 2020, Timisoara, Romania, November 5-6, 2020, pp.1-4, DOI: 10.1109/ISETC50328.2020.9301070, WOS:000612681000082. htm
  13. C.M. Iurian, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Couchbase Server in Microsoft Azure Cloud: A Docker Container Approach”, Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Electronics and Telecommunications ISETC 2020, Timisoara, Romania, November 5-6, 2020, pp. 1-4, DOI: 10.1109/ISETC50328.2020.9301052, WOS:000612681000084. htm
  14. R. Botez, C.M. Iurian, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Deploying a Dockerized Application with Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform”, 13th International Conference on Communications COMM 2020, Military Technical Academy “Ferdinand I”, “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, “Electronica 2000” Foundation and IEEE Romania Section, Bucharest, Romania, June 18-20, 2020, pp. 471-476, DOI: 10.1109/COMM48946.2020.9142014, WOS:000612723900084. htm
  15. R. Onet, I.A. Ivanciu, R. Burian, D. Zinca, C.M. Campeanu, and V. Dobrota, “Automatic Deployment of a Network Overlay in an Intelligent Transportation System: Docker and Open Baton Approach”, Proceedings of the 18th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania, 10-12 October 2019,  DOI: 10.1109/ROEDUNET.2019.8909588, WOS:000520513500020. htm
  16. I.A. Ivanciu, L. Ivanciu, D. Zinca and V. Dobrota, “Securing Health-Related Data Transmission Using ECG and Named Data Networks”, Proceedings of the 25th IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks LANMAN 2019, Paris, France, July 1-3, 2019, DOI: 10.1109/LANMAN.2019.8846993, WOS:000617951400007. htm
  17. E. Luchian, A. Pop, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Context-Based Routing Algorithm for SIP-Based Infotainment in a Smart Vehicle”, Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Electronics and Telecommunications ISETC 2018, Timisoara, Romania, November 8-9, 2018, pp. 1-4, DOI: 10.1109/ISETC.2018.8583932, WOS:000463031500040. htm
  18. C.M. Petruti, B.A. Puiu, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Automatic Management Solution in Cloud Using NtopNG and Zabbix”, Proceedings of the 17th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, September 6-8, 2018, pp. 148-153, DOI: 10.1109/ROEDUNET.2018.8514142, WOS:000517570500020. htm
  19. E. Luchian, A. Taut, I.A. Ivanciu, G. Lazar, and V. Dobrota, “Z-Wave-Based Vehicular Blackbox with Automatic Emergency Assistance”, Proceedings of the 24th IEEE International Symposium on Local and  Metropolitan Area Networks LANMAN 2018, Washington, DC, USA, 25-27 June 2018, pp.85-90, DOI: 10.1109/LANMAN.2018.8475110, WOS:000447699400015. htm
  20. C.M. Gheorghe, C.M. Iurian, E. Luchian, I.A. Ivanciu, and V. Dobrota, “Applications of the Cisco APIC-EM Software-Defined Networking Controller for a Virtualized Testbed”, Proceedings of the 16th RoEduNet Conference: Networking in Education and Research,”Petru Maior” University of Targu-Mures, Romania, September 21-23, 2017, pp. 18-23, Electronic ISBN: 978-1-5386-3411-0, Print ISBN: 978-1-5386-3410-3, Electronic ISSN: 2247-5443, DOI: 10.1109/ROEDUNET.2017.8123731, WOS:000425040000003. htm
  21. E. Luchian, A. Taut, I.A. Ivanciu, G. Lazar, V. Dobrota, “Mobile Wireless Sensor Network Gateway: A Raspberry Pi implementation with a VPN backend to OpenStack”, Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks IEEE SOFTCOM 2017, Split, Croatia, September 21-23, 2017, pp. 271-275, DOI: 10.23919/SOFTCOM.2017.8115561, WOS:000417414300050.htm
  22. R. Carvajal Gomez, E. Luchian, I.A. Ivanciu, A. Taut, V. Dobrota, and E.  Riviere, “On the Impact of Indirect WAN Routing on Geo-Replicated Storage”, 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Local and  Metropolitan Area Networks LANMAN 2017, Osaka, Japan, 12-14 June 2017, pp. 1-6, Electronic ISSN: 1944-0375, DOI: 10.1109/LANMAN.2017.7972171, WOS:000426966200043. htm, pdf

Significant solutions:
SDN-based Network Slicing Mechanism for a Scalable 4G/5G Core Network; Quantum computing implementation  of Modified Dijkstra’s Algorithm; Seamless Connectivity for Intra/ Inter-Cloud Applications; Automatic Deployment of Infrastructure and Services for a Private Cloud Orchestrated by OpenStack; Active Measurements of the One-Way Delay; Gearbox-Like Routing Algorithm Selection in Runtime.

The offer addressed to the economic environment


Research & development

Development of original solutions for active measurements of SDN and NFV implementations based on Kubernetes; Development of active measurements of QoS parameters in Internet (available transfer rate, latency); Development of cross-layer techniques for congestion control; Development of a solution for permanent Internet connection independent to the network access technologies; Development of implementation for automatic management in cloud; Extension of libtins library for a packet-based VoIP analyser and an Intrusion Detection System.

Consulting

Consulting, design, research and prototyping towards development of private cloud solutions; Evaluation of security vulnerabilities in computer networks and operating systems; IP-based solution for unified communications; DevNet solutions. 

Training

Cisco Networking Academy programs offered by UC Labs staff: https://el.el.obs.utcluj.ro/cisco/

CCNA: Introduction to Networks (IN), version 7.02; CCNA: Routing, Switching and Wireless Essentials (RSWE), version 7.02; CCNA: Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation (ENSA), version 7.02; IoT Fundamentals: IoT Security, version 1.1; CyberOps Associate, version 1.02; CCNA Security version 2.02; DevNet Associate, version 1.01;

 

Last Update: 8 January 2022