Project Description


Service-Centric Network for Urban Scale Feedback Systems

Project Summary

The SURF project aims to develop a service composition software infrastructure that leverages mobile and embedded sensing infrastructures (e.g smart phones, energy/water meters, roadside monitoring units, vehicles, buildings, etc) to optimise access and usage of urban resources.


More on Project

Pervasive sensing and monitoring infrastructures such as wireless sensor networks and smart phones enable real-time data collection from cities. The SURF project proposes a software infrastructure to unify management and control of these monitoring infrastructures to provide automated composition of services based on end-user requests.

Funding Body

The SURF project is funded through a joint Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator Award between Prof. Siobhan Clarke (Trinity College Dublin) and  Prof. Dirk Pesch (Cork Institute of Technology).



  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Cork Institute of Technology- Nimbus Centre

Nimbus Centre Role

Nimbus Centre is investigating the problem of optimized network control in low-power, constrained, sensing infrastructures, where the network topology changes often and communication is costly. The goal is to make efficient use of available communication and sensing resources in a multi-owner, city-wide, sensing infrastructure. Our solution will allow the low-power, constrained, network to support concurrent applications with differing application and communication QoS parameters, while maximising the utilisation of network resources (such as bandwidth) and application resources (such as sensing or processing). Nimbus Centre is conducting research in central network control inspired by Software-Defined Networking (SDN) concepts and optimal usage of network resources with Virtual Network Embedding algorithms.