Miguel Ponce De Leon, Chief Architect

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Miguel Ponce De Leon
Chief Architect
Ph: +353 (0)51 302 952
Email: miguelpdl@tssg.org

Personal Summary

As Chief Architect Miguel is responsible for technology foresight, software process and practice, software quality and test-beds across all the TSSG research units.  In addition Miguel supports the COO and the research units to raise EU funding.

Current Activities / Research Interests

His key research themes include:-

  • WebRTC
  • Next Generation Internet
  • SmartGrid
  • Communication Network Management
  • Security
  • Living Lab

In the area of Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) Miguel is bringing voice to the web in a simple and efficient way, linking web page browsing to live conversations. His WebRTC platform as a service has a front end which makes it easy for web developers to integrate voice into their web service or application. On the back end of this service is a carrier grade call processing system which handles the complex signalling, billing and termination of that voice conversation to mobile and landline systems.

In the area of the Next Generation Internet, Miguel is project co-ordinator of ICT PRISTINE, a project advancing the design and implementation of the innovative internals of the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) clean-slate architecture. The PRISTINE project with over 35 researchers has been an intrinsic part in implementing the programmable functions for: supporting congestion control, providing protection/resilience through load balancing, and facilitating more efficient topological routing, and multi-layer management for handling configuration, performance and security. RINA is a new way of delivering on network function virtualisation (NFV) providing a clean way to implement a 5G network.

Miguel has also contributed to ICT 4WARD which was a project creating an “Architecture and Design for the Future Internet” and in doing created a family of dependable and interoperable networks providing direct and ubiquitous access to information.

In the area of IP Mobility, Miguel is managing a team of researchers that are looking to the underlying network infrastructures over which next generation services will be delivered. With the emergence of IP as the neutral transport of choice for next generation networks, the related issues of IP Mobility and Network Reliability are being explored. This activity is facilitated through the ICT Perimeter project.

In the area of Smart Grids, Miguel is leading a team in the H2020 RE-SERVE project which is developing and field testing in Ireland new techniques that can enable a stable (voltage / frequency) supply of purely renewable resources. Data analytics and processing has become an important factor in supporting this field trial.

In the area of Communication Network Management, Miguel is participating in a number of EU FP7 projects.

ICT EFIPSANS aims to expose the features in IPv6 protocol(s) that can be exploited or extended for the purposes of designing and building autonomic networks and services. This will involve the production of standardisable, protocol-agnostic Autonomic Behaviour Specifications (ABs) for selected diverse networking environments.

ICT AutoI will design and develop a self-managing virtual resource overlay that can span across heterogeneous networks, support service mobility, quality of service and reliability. This overlay will self-manage based on the business-driven service goals changes (service context) and resource environment changes (resource context).

Accordingly, AutoI, suggests a transition from a service agnostic Internet to service-aware network resources by means of Virtualising network resources and Policy-Based Management techniques to describe and control the internal service logic, utilising Ontology-based information and data models to facilitate the Internet service deployment in terms of programmable networks facilities supporting NGN.

In the area of Living Labs Miguel is looking to the ground work for more elaborate and distributed prototyping, testing, and validation facilities with the:

  • Realisation of testbeds becoming an important tool to integrate different technologies (system level)
  • Tools to understand how to integrate (methodology level)
  • Interfaces to the end-user in their daily life (demonstration level).

This activity is facilitated through the ICT PanLabs II project, and Miguel acts as an end-user for the ICT Federica project while also actively supporting the FIRE programme and community.

In the area of Security, Miguel is looking at the many types of threats to service information, such as infringement of private data, economic espionage, hacking and big brother monitoring, which can be propagated to the end-user. Along with a team of researchers he is also developing a trusted and dependable security framework.Projects here include Aniketos which is aligning existing and develop new technology, methods, tools and security services that support the design-time creation and run-time dynamic behaviour of composite services, addressing service developers, service providers and service end users.

Also through the PASSIVE project which introduced an improved model of security for virtualisation technologies and cloud computing for e-Government.



  • Barron, Jason and Crotty, Micheal and Elahi, Ehsan and Riggio, Roberto and Lopez, Diego R and Ponce de Leon, Miguel, “Towards self-adaptive network management for a recursive network architecture”, Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), 2016 IEEE/IFIP.
  • Elahi, Ehsan and Barron, Jason and Crotty, Micheal and Ponce de Leon, Miguel and Mijumbi, Rashid and Davy, Steven and Staessens, Dimitri and Vrijders, Sander, “On Load Management in Service Oriented Networks (Short Paper)”, 5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking (Cloudnet), 2016.
  • Ramon Martin De Pozuelo, Miguel Ponce de Leon, John Howard, Alan Briones, Jerry Horgan and Julia Sánchez, “Software Defined Utility: a step towards a flexible, reliable and low-cost Smart Grid”, 5th International Conference on Smart Grid Systems (ICSGS 2016).
  • Elahi, Ehsan, Jason Barron, Micheal Crotty, Miguel Ponce de Leon, and Steven Davy. “Load Balancing in Recursive Networks using Whatevercast Names.” IT&T (2015).
  • A. Matos, M. Ponce de Leon, R. Ferreira, J.P. Barraca, An open source software forge for European projects, Proceedings of the Workshop on Open Source and Design of Communication, OSDOC 2013, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 41-45.
  • J. Kielthy, A. Kiely, C. O’Connor, M. Ponce de Leon, DSM of Electric Vehicle using Future Internet. Balancing the grid in cases of unplanned event causing frequency instability. 2nd International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies, June 2013.
  • Ponce de Leon, M., Sanders, R., Meland, P. H., Egea, M., & Dooly, Z., Aniketos: Challenges and Results. In Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business (pp. 234-235). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, August 2012.
  • E. Trouva, E. Grasa, J. Day, I. Matta, L. T. Chitkushev, S. Bunch, M. Ponce de León, P. Phelan, X. Hesselbach-Serra, Transport over Heterogeneous Networks Using the RINA Architecture, WWIC 2011, June 2011.
  • E. Trouva, E. Grasa, P. Phelan, M. Ponce de Leon, J. Day, I. Matta, L. Chitkushev, S. Bunch, Is the Internet an unfinished demo? Meet RINA!, TNC 2011, May 2011.
  • Z. Boudjemil, P. Phelan, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, A Case Study for defining Interoperable Network Components using MDD, EMS 2010, Nov. 2010.
  • P. Phelan, Z. Boudjemil, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, An Introduction to Network Stack Design using Software Design Patterns, MACE 2010, Oct. 2010.
  • M. Ponce de Leon, A. Adhikari, A User Centric Always Best Connected Service Business Model for MVNOs, Second International Workshop on Business Models for Mobile Platforms, BMMP, Berlin, Germany, Oct, 2010.
  • M. Ponce de Leon, S. Mao, F. Steuer, J. Schumacher, T. Magedanz, R. A. Beyah and S. Midkiff, Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures, From the issue entitled “Special Issue on Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures. Guest Editors: Miguel Ponce de Leon, Shiwen Mao, Frank Steuer, Jens Schumacher, Thomas Magedanz, Raheem A. Beyah, and Scott Midkiff”, Mobile Networks and Applications, Volume 15, Number 3, 311-314, DOI: 10.1007/s11036-010-0230-1.
  • J. Strassner, M. Ponce de Leon, A Modelling and Reasoning Framework for Representing and Orchestrating Service Level Agreement Behaviour, eChallenges 2009, Oct. 2009.
  • J. Strassner, S. van der Meer, B. Jennings, M. Ponce de Leon, Semantic Mediation to Enable Network and Service Management Interoperability in Future Internet Networks, in Proc. e-Challenges 2009, Instanbul, Turkey, October 2009 [Winner: Best Paper]
  • J. Strassner, S. van der Meer, B. Jennings, M. Ponce de Leon, An autonomic architecture to manage Ubiquitous Computing networks and applications, First International Conference on Ubiquitous and Future Networks, ICUFN 2009, June 2009
  • D. Dudkowski, M. Brunner, G. Nunzi, C. Mingardi, C. Foley, M. Ponce de Leon, C. Meirosu, S. Engberg, Architectural principles and elements of in-network management, IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, IM ’09, June 2009
  • F. Cleary Grant, M. Ponce de Leon, J. Horgan, Testbed infrastructure supporting pervasive services, 5th International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities and Workshops, TridentCom 2009, April 2009.
  • J. Strassner, S. van der Meer, M.O. Foghlu, M. Ponce de Leon, W. Donnelly, Autonomic Orchestration of Future Networks to Realize Prosumer Services, International Conference on Future Networks, March 2009
  • M. Ponce de Leon, Management of Future Communication Networks and Services, ConvergedNetworks 2008, Sept 2008
  • M. Söllner, C. Görg, K. Pentikousis, J. Mª Cabero Lopez, M. Ponce de Leon, P. Bertin, Mobility Scenarios for the Future Internet: the 4WARD approach, WPMC 2008, Sept 2008
  • Christopher Foley, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Eamonn Power, Miguel Ponce de Leon, Dmitri Botvich, Dominique Dudkowski, Giorgio Nunzi, and Chiara Mingardi, A Framework for In-Network Management in Heterogeneous Future Communication Networks, MACE 2008, Sept. 2008
  • M. Johnsson, J. Huusko, T. Frantti, F-U Andersen, T-M-T. Nguyen, M. Ponce de Leon, Towards a New Architectural Framework – The Nth Stratum Concept, MobiMedia 2008, July 2008
  • M. Ponce de Leon, C. Fahy, Technology Platform for a European Network of Living Labs, Living Labs in Europe – A new approach for human centric innovation in service and business development, Book Chapter 4: Technology Platform for the ENoLL, Feb. 2008.
  • M. Ponce de Leon, Karl A. Hribernik, Mats Eriksson, Virtual Laboratory Environments – through the infrastructure of the Living Labs, Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations, Book Chapter, Feb 2008.
  • C. Fahy, M. Ponce De Leon, S. van der Meer, Modelling Behaviour and Distribution for the Management of Next Generation Networks, Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing, Book Chapter, 2008.
  • C. Fahy, M. Ponce De Leon, A. Stahlbrost, H. Schaffers,P. Hongisto, Services of Living Labs and their Networks, eChallenges 2007, Oct 2007.
  • F. Cleary Grant, M. Ponce De Leon, Marta GARCÍA MORENO, Antonio ROMERO VICENTE, Mark Roddy, Large Scale Research Project, Daidalos Evaluation Framework, The European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ECIME) 2007, Sept. 2007.
  • M Ponce de Leon, W. Yao, M. Angel Diaz, Scenarios Designed for the Verification of Mobile IPv6 Enabling Technologies, Federation of Telecommunications Engineers of the European Community (FITCE) Congress 2007, Aug. 2007.
  • F. Cleary Grant, M. Ponce de Leon, Marta GARCÍA MORENO, Antonio ROMERO VICENTE, Mark Roddy, Czeslaw Jedrzejek, Daidalos Framework for Successful Testbed Integration, Tridentcom 2007, May 2007.
  • M. Ponce de Leon, F. Cleary, Marta GARCÍA MORENO, Ana SOBRINO JULAR, Antonio ROMERO VICENTE, Mark Roddy, Paul Ryan, Czeslaw Jedrzejek, Large scale interoperability, Integrating the Daidalos project, eChallenges 2006, Oct 2006.
  • M. Ponce de Leon, M. Eriksson, S. Balasubramaniam, W. Donnelly, Creating a distributed mobile networking testbed environment – through the Living Labs approach, Proceedings of 2nd International IEEE/Create-Net Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities (TridentCom), Barcelona, Spain, March, 2006
  • J. McGibney, M. Ponce de Leon, J. Ronan, Security for Heterogeneous Mobile Network Services, eChallenges, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2005.
  • J. McGibney, J. Ronan, M. Ponce de Leon, Securing Mobile Services, Euro mGov 2005, Brighton, UK, July 2005.
  • M. Zach, D. Parker, L. Fallon, C. Unfried, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, N. Georgalas, J. Nielsen. “CELTIC Initiative Project Madeira: A P2P Approach to Network Management”, Eurescom Summit 2005 Ubiquitous Services and Applications Exploiting the Potential, Heidelberg, Germany, 27 – 29 April 2005.

Professional Links

Professional Links

Member of Irish Computer Society (2012 – present).

Irish delegate to IFIP TC6 Communication Systems (2013 – present).

Irish ICT Domain Committee Member to COST. (2010 – present).



General Chair of TridentCom 2008 and Technical Programme Committee member and Demonstration Chair of TridentCom


Miguel Ponce de Leon is a graduate from the Waterford Institute of Technology where by 1996 he held a Bachelor of Technology Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering.