NETWORK DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION: from theory to application

July 6 - July 12, 2014


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Outline of the School:
Today's multi-hop wireless networks are complex distributed systems in which the interactions among the different functionalities make their design not easy. In this view the knowledge of the fundamentals of network optimization is crucial for researchers and designers of next-generation wireless systems. In the same time, in order to effectively apply theoretical approaches, these cannot be decoupled by a practical perspective. This Summer School is intended to cover the main aspects of network optimization with a focus on the way mathematical tools can be applied to face real problems of network design.

Major topics that will be addressed in the Summer School are as follows:

  • Basic principles of optimization in wireless networks
  • General cross-layer design for congestion control, routing, scheduling
  • Global optimization and locally optimal solutions
  • Learning algorithms in network optimization
  • Stochastic bandit optimization
  • Sampling-based optimization
  • Perturbation approaches to optimization
  • Game-theoretical approaches to network optimization
  • Application to rate adaptation algorithms and dynamic spectrum access strategies
  • Opportunistic scheduling
  • Optimization techniques for multi-channel wireless systems
  • Optimization techniques for cognitive radio networks
  • Optimization techniques for acoustic networking
  • Optimization techniques for video streaming applications
  • Network coding fundamentals
  • Inter-flow and intra-flow network coding
  • Network coding for wireless mesh networks
  • Network coding for distributed clouds
  • Network coding tools

The lectures will be taught by prominent speakers who are among the most authoritative researchers in the field of the design and optimization of wireless networks (in alphabetical order):


Participants will be arranged in a comfortable hotel at very special rates. The conference room (in the same hotel) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily  reached  from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).

Two kinds of participants are welcome. Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon courseworks and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. According to our university rules passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program. Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fee is 470 Euros. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social event. Late registration is 570 Euros.

Deadline for application is May 14, 2014 (admission notification will start on May 15 according to registration time). Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae and specify two professors whom letters of recommendation will be asked to, if deemed necessary. Applicants will be notified about admission by May 30, 2014.

The official language is English.

School Directors

  • Prof. Sergio Palazzo (University of Catania)
  • Prof. Giuseppe Bianchi (University of Rome TorVergata, Italy)
  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania)

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro -- Lipari School secretary
Universita' degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta' Universitaria - Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY
Tel: +39 095 7383071
Fax: +39 095 7337032 / +39 095 330094