INTRODUCING OUR RESEARCH TEAM TO YOU
The mission of the Telefonica I+D Research groups is three-fold: (1) lead the early stages of the innovation funnel with expert knowledge and scientific expertise, (2) generate intellectual property rights for Telefonica, and (3) create innovative technologies and services that will enable Telefonica to maintain its leading position in the telecommunications market and be a strong player in the digital world as a true innovator. The focus is on technologies that are likely to impact Telefonica’s service offerings in 3-5 years time.
The Telefónica I+D research group was created in 2006 and follows an open research model in collaboration with universities and other research institutions, promoting the dissemination of scientific results both through publications in top-tier peer-reviewed international journals and conferences and technology transfer.
The research organization includes a multi-disciplinary team. This multi-disciplinary and international research group comprise 20 full time researchers, holding PhD degrees in computer science, and spanning specialties from computer networking, multimedia data analysis, human computer interaction, mobile computing, distributed systems, user modeling and data mining. It also includes PhD interns and visitors from universities across the world each year.
Within the past 5 years, the achievements of the Research groups have had a strong focus on IPR generation -more than 50 patents- and publications -more than 45- in top Internet and Multimedia research conferences such as Sigcomm, Mobicom, NSDI, Sigmetrics, ACM Multimedia, ACM CHI, ACM Recsys, ICASSP. Our projects target both the design of complete systems and prototypes, as well as the transfer of technology to existing products.
Research and innovation creates market power by exploring and developing new markets/categories which will eventually become the next blue oceans of a company. However, converting such activities into real businesses and products that have a major impact in the real world is a non trivial task.
The Telefonica I+D Research groups have a remarkable track record in transforming mid-long term research into new market products. Recent and ongoing tech transfer efforts include designing and implementing Telefonica’s video distribution network (CDN), developing the mobility algorithms that are at the core of our data analytics products, providing state-of-the-art recommendation engine for Tuenti (Spain’s teenagers' leading social network) and contributing with innovative audio analysis algorithms that are part of upcoming rich communication services. We are confident that such innovation will enable Telefonica to maintain its leading position in the telecommunications market and be a strong player in the digital world.
This magazine is a collection of the research projects and technologies that we have been working on over the past few years.
Research Newspaper is a compendium of news at Telefonica Digital Research Lab.
We follow an open research model in collaboration with universities and other research institutions and favor the dissemination of our work both through publications and technology transfer. We aim at first tier conferences. However, we also occasionally publish preliminary work in workshops or similar venues so please stay tuned!