Chapter 1

Network Control Based on Smart Communication Paradigm

The increasing demand for customized and personalized services opened a new overall challenge to find scalable and sustainable solutions for the ever growing smart communications field, which supports different kinds of services, for a wide variety of future next-generation networks applications and cloud computing technologies. To address this challenge, new and cross-disciplinary approaches are required to optimize the distribution of media data which needs to explore how smart communications, built from user perception and feedback, affect protocols, global design, equipment, algorithms, paradigms, power consumption, etc., for a large family of applications using different network technologies. The key observation behind this chapter is that the addressed problem raises many interesting challenges when considered from a control theoretic perspective. First, the general framework is presented. Then, the main inter-disciplinary views are described in detail.

1.1. Motivation

The last two last decades of the 20th Century were driven by the emergence and evolution of the Internet and its use for human communications. There is no doubt that in the 21st Century, the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) and its applications will have a key role in the way we understand our society. The IoT describes the trend for environments, buildings, vehicles, clothing, portable devices and other objects to have a digital representation ...

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