Advancing Sustainability Using ICT

The environmental issues we now face are believed to be the result of our social systems. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to help us better understand, monitor in read-time, and reduce our impact on the environment. AITIS Lab, in the Department of Engineering Science, is committed to utilize the engineering expertise and research activity of its faculty to initiate innovative and sustainable graduate and undergraduate projects to educate future environmentally responsible and skilled engineers. We work with local industries and organizations to provide sustainable engineering solutions. Click here to learn more about our research activities and ongoing projects .....more; / Main Page. Checkout our Calendar of Events.

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Green Optical Networking

The amount of energy spent for network infrastructures can be significantly reduces using energy-aware protocols. This in turn can reduce CO2 emission in order of million metric tons. Recently, the idea of energy conservation in network infrastructure has been presented in a number of works. However, thus far, less attentions are given on power-conserving issue for optical networks. Our research focus is to design new architectures and protocols to improve energy consumptions of optical networks. We are currently working on a number of approaches:
1- Using Optical Burst Switching as an underlying switching mechanism to reduce energy consumptions.
2- Designing an energy-aware approach to improve overall energy consumption of optical nodes.
3- A number of works in wireless sensor networks have suggested cluster-based energy-adaptive MAC protocols to conserve total network energy requirements. Similar approach can be used by utilizing bundle layer in optical networks.