SLICO 1st workshop aims to be a forum for researchers and engineers from academia and industry to present and discuss novel ideas, solutions and results aiming to support the requirements of emerging and challenging applications on future generation network architectures.
Software Defined Networks (SDN) along with Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies have established the base for network programmability within a flexible model for control and data plane management. While such paradigms foster innovation in next generation networks (5G and beyond, 6G,) their adoption requires security and trust mechanisms to assure that network functions deployed as Virtual Network Functions (VNF), Container Network Function (CNF), Physical Network Function (PNF) or other model are trustful and reliable in face of different security threats (e.g. Denial of Service, Man in the Middle, etc).
Smart living environments including smart cities, rural scenarios, home/personal environments benefit from SDN, NFV technologies, in particular when aligned with edge computing and artificial intelligence approaches. Network functions assure functionalities close to the user, but require robust security mechanisms to enhance trust in services that are deployed with several and chained network functions and according to service providers' policies. Service/network Function Chaining (SFC) requires trustful service/network functions that can be deployed in different administrative domains (cloud providers such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, among others), and interconnect with edge infrastructures managed by network/service providers. With more flexible user mobility, how to explore the mobility pattern to understand their characteristics is essential to guarantee network performance in future mobile scenarios.