Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 71–93 | Cite as

Collaborative and Cognitive Network Platforms: Vision and Research Challenges

  • Ertan OnurEmail author
  • Yunus Durmus
  • Mohamed Gamal Hawas
  • Sonia Marcela Heemstra de Groot
  • Ignas G. M. M. Niemegeers
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In this paper, we present a visionary concept referred to as Collaborative and Cognitive Network Platforms (CCNPs) as a future-proof solution for creating a dependable, self-organizing and self-managing communication substrate for effective ICT solutions to societal problems. CCNP creates a cooperative communication platform to support critical services across a range of business sectors. CCNP is based on the personal network (PN) technology which is an inherently cooperative environment prototyped in the Dutch Freeband PNP2008 and the European Union IST MAGNET projects. In CCNP, the cognitive control plane strives to exploit the resources to better satisfy the requirements of networked applications. CCNP facilitates collaboration inherently. Through cognition in the cognitive control plane, CCNP becomes a self-managed substrate. The self-managed substrate, in this paper, is defined as cognitive and collaborative middleware on which future applications run without user intervention. Endemic sensor networks may be incorporated into the CCNP concept to feed its cognitive control plane. In this paper, we present the CCNP concept and discuss the research challenges related to collaboration and cognition.


Cognition Collaboration Personal networks Knowledge-based control Cognitive control Cooperative communications Wake-up receivers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ertan Onur
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yunus Durmus
    • 1
  • Mohamed Gamal Hawas
    • 1
  • Sonia Marcela Heemstra de Groot
    • 1
  • Ignas G. M. M. Niemegeers
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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