COBANETS: A new paradigm for cognitive communications systems

Michele Zorzi, Andrea Zanella, Alberto Testolin, Michele De Filippo De Grazia, Marco Zorzi

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In response to the new challenges in the design and operation of communication networks, and taking inspiration from how living beings deal with complexity and scalability, in this position paper we introduce an innovative system concept called COgnition-BAsed NETworkS (COBANETS). The proposed approach develops around the systematic application of advanced machine learning techniques and, in particular, unsupervised deep learning and probabilistic generative models for system-wide learning, modeling, optimization, and data representation. Moreover, in COBANETS we propose to combine the learning architecture with the emerging network virtualization paradigms, which make it possible to actuate automatic optimization and reconfiguration strategies at the system level, thus fully unleashing the potential of the learning approach. Compared to past and current research efforts in this area, the technical approach depicted in this paper is deeply interdisciplinary and more comprehensive, calling for the synergic combination of expertise of computer scientists, communications and networking engineers, and cognitive scientists, with the ultimate aim of breaking new ground through a profound rethinking of how the modern understanding of cognition can be used in the management and optimization of telecommunication networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781467385794
Publication statusPublished - Mar 23 2016
EventInternational Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2016 - Kauai, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2016Feb 18 2016


OtherInternational Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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