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LTU Scientist to Tokyo working with mobile network architectures

Published: 2 July 2013

Internet was built with a vision around stationary computers that communicate with static servers. Today, the future looks more mobile. Karl Andersson at Luleå University of Technology is now leaving for Japan to perform research on new solutions on how to manage the transition to a mobile Internet.

Internet was built with a vision around stationary clients that communicate with static servers. Today, the future looks more mobile. Karl Andersson at Luleå University of Technology is now leaving for Japan to perform research around new solutions on how to manage the transition to a mobile Internet.

Senior lecturer Karl Andersson at LTU has been awarded a two-month postdoctoral fellowship from JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) in September and October 2013. LTU will also fund a pre-study allowing Karl to leave in July to start exploratory research in advance.

- I will work with mobility management in heterogeneous wireless networks. This is about the future of the Internet and how to make the Internet even more mobile. From the beginning Internet was designed to connect mainframes with clients from a fixed perspective. These days most users are mobile, so we have to look at new types of network architectures and that is what I will explore.

- If we are to be constantly online our devices need to be able to switch different networks without transfer hassles. It requires a new network architecture that is tailored for mobile units from scratch, says Karl Andersson.

Karl Andersson will stay in Tokyo and work with world-leading researchers at NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology). The work is a continuation of the work he did as a PhD student.

- I've never been to Japan. I have been in the U.S. but this will probably be completely different. It will be very exciting. Researchers need to maintain and extend their networks. In the ICT area Japan is a big research nation, so it's a great place to build relationships. The idea is that this cooperation will continue even after I come home, says Karl Andersson.

Karl Andersson, 43, is a senior lecturer in pervasive and mobile computing at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.