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PhD projects

Network Management of Fog Computing Architectures
Network Management of Mobile Edge Computing Architectures
Network Management of Cloud Computing Architectures
Network Management of 5G Mobile Architectures
Security in Fog Computing Architectures
Security in Mobile Edge Computing Architectures
Security in Cloud Computing Architectures
Security in 5G Mobile Architectures
Cognition Plane of the Novel Networks Architectures

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Personal profile


Prof. Jose M. Alcaraz Calero (PhD, MEng, BEng, SMIEEE, FHEA), is Full Professor in Networks and Security at School of Engineering and Computing, University of the West of Scotland, UK. He is Representative Member of the EU 5G-PPP Technological Board; the NATO Working Group IST-118; and the Internet Technical Committee. He has been involved in international research projects totalling more 20m EUR. He is Co-Technical Coordinator of the H2020 5G PPP SELFNET Consortium (6.8m EUR). Jose M. shifted to the industrial side of research working 4 years for the Cloud and Security Lab, at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories, United Kingdom. He has published more than 100 articles in journals, magazines, books and conferences in Computer Science and Telecommunications, including more than 15 international patents and intellectual properties rights. He is Associated Editor for a number of prestigious journals such asIEEE Communication Magazine and Chair in a number of prestigious conferences such as IEEE TrustCom, IEEE ATC. He has received a number of international awards such as best PhD award on Computer Science and Outstanding Chair Award, among others.

Area of academic expertise - outline

His main research interests include (but not limited):

  • Artifical-Intelligent applied to Self-Organized Networks
  • Large-Scale IT Infrastructures, including Cloud Computing, Fog Computing and Mobile Edge Computing.
  • Large-Scale Telecommunication Infrastructures, including 4G and 5G Networks.
  • Management of Large-scale Data Centres , including Automatization, Virtualization, Monitoring & Self-Management Capabilities.
  • Management of Large-scale Networks, including Software-Defined Networks, Self-Organized Networks & Network Function Virtualized.
  • Distributed Emulation of Large-Scale IT Scenarios, including Mobile Communications, Disadvantaged Communications and Wired Communications.
  • Data and Network Security for Large-Scale Distributed and Federated Infrastructures, including Authentication, Access Control, Trust, Policy-based Systems & Privacy.
  • Distributed Big Data Processing Platforms including Batch Data, Graph Data, & Stream Data.

Current research activities

Currently, I´m coordinating SELFNET, an ambitious project where telecommunication operators, vendors, research centers, small and medium businesses and universities aims to prototype advanced self-organized network features for the novel 5G Networks. 

Target collaborative companies

  • Internet Service Providers: (Fixed and Mobile Operators)
  • IT Vendors: (Mobile, Data Centre and Networking)
  • Vertial Sector: (Automotive, Industry, Digital Content Providers, Animation)

Target collaborative organisations

  • Goverment Divisions of Cyber-Defence 
  • Military Divisions of Cyber-Defence 
  • Telecommunication Standardization Bodies

Desired research direction

The main ambition is to prototype advance mobile telecommunication operator infrastructures governed by artificial intelligence systems with the intention to take over the control of the communications in order to bring the quality of communication links between humans and machines to a next step. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Management of Large-Scale Data Centres
  • Cloud Architectures
  • Network Management
  • Data and Network Security
  • Software Engineering of Large Projects


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • 5G
  • security
  • self-organized networks
  • cloud computing
  • distributed systems
  • automation
  • network management


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