INFORMS Best Paper Award (2016-2018) goes to Professor Michał Pióro

Congratulations to our colleague, Prof. Michał Pióro, the main author of the paper that won the Best Paper Award in INFORMS Telecommunications and Network Analytics!

With over 12,500 members from around the globe, INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics. INFORMS promotes best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes through an array of highly-cited publications, conferences, competitions, networking communities, and professional development services.

The award is granted every three years by the Telecommunications and Network Analytics section of INFORMS, as a part of an open competition admitting papers dealing with applications of the operations research methodologies in telecommunication networks optimization and performance analysis, published in the research journals related to that field.

The current award was given for the period 2016-2018 to the paper entitled Optimizing Flow Thinning Protection in Multicommodity Networks with Variable Link Capacity, published in the journal Operations Research in 2016 (vol. 64, no. 2), whose authors are Michał Pióro, Yoann Fouquet, Dritan Nace and Michael Poss. The decision was announced on October 21, 2019, during the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, USA.

The prizewinning work deals with applications of robust optimization techniques to the design of wireless telecommunication networks in which links’ capacities are subject to constant fluctuations caused by adverse weather conditions. Optimization of such networks is a complex matter since it requires consideration of specific carried traffic protection mechanisms for an enormous number of possible states differing in the availability of particular wireless links. The paper proposes an original mechanism, called flow thinning, for that purpose and an advanced optimization model allowing for effective design of the considered networks.

Official information about the winning paper can be found at https://connect.informs.org/telecommanalytics/awards.

3D printing facilities now available to ZSUT students and researchers

3D printing facilities are now available to ZSUT students and researchers. Our design and production workshop is equipped with a workstation running sophisticated 3D modelling software (also accessible from multiple remote terminals) and a 3D printer. The printer’s easily replaceable base plates allow for a “production run” of multiple objects to be efficiently organized. The 140x140x135 mm “build volume” is sufficient for our needs, but much larger shapes can be assembled from the printed parts, should such need arise. The facilities can be used for fast prototyping, giving a finishing touch to students’ diploma projects, and venturing into the realm of cyber-physical systems.

Micromole tested in Berlin sewage network

The prototype of the IoT­-based system Micromole (a result of our project microMole, see micromole.eu for more information) for aiding in the identification of strongly toxic waste disposals in the sewage was successfully tested by the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (Bundeskriminalamt) and the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police (Centralne Laboratorium Kryminalistyczne Policji) of Poland during the 3rd and the 5th of December 2018.

The system was able to detect and collect waste of 9 controlled waste spills in the sewage network.

Our new project: FLEXNET

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We started work on a new Celtic-Plus project, called FLEXNET. WUT and two other Polish partners (Orange and Blue Technologies) joined forces with partners from Spain, Turkey, France, Belgium, Canada, and South Korea. The international Consortium aims to develop a “flexible IoT network.” The effort combines the areas of the Internet of Things, software-defined networking, and 5G. Read more here.

Technical review meeting of the Horizon 2020 microMole project

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On November 27th and 28th, the European Horizon 2020 project microMole held its interim review meeting in Berlin, Germany. During the review a number of project prototypes were demonstrated, including the crawler robot for installing the microMole ring system (in the photo). CNSD presented a prototype of a battery-powered 6LoWPAN wireless sensor network that collects measurements from pH and conductivity sensors placed in the sewers, and sends those measurements to a management station.