Venue:       Brussels, Belgium (Premises of COST Association)

Date:          December 10-11, 2019

 RECODIS Training on Design of Disaster resilient Communication Networks

The school was primarily addressed to researchers affiliated with the main stakeholders of COST-RECODIS, i.e.:

  • network operators;
  • networking equipment vendors;
  • telecommunications industry;
  • governmental bodies;
  • regulators.

As disaster-induced massive failures can severely affect any communication network, leading to multiple failures of network elements and making services unavailable, the objective of this training was to familiarize the participants with the essential techniques related to:

  • the evaluation of the vulnerability of communication networks to disaster-induced failures,
  • methods of design/update of communication network architectures with improved disaster-resilience.

This two-day training was particularly focused on the resilience of communication networks impacted by:

  1. natural disasters such as fires, tornadoes, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, and disruptions (heavy rain/fog in the context of high-frequency wireless communications, e.g., in wireless mesh networks),
  2. technology-related problems following from, e.g., software issues, and other technology-related events such as power blackouts, or inter-dependence of communication networks and power grid networks,
  3. malicious human activities leading to massive failures of important network elements such as high capacity links, or nodes hosting/switching a large amount of data.

It offered 15 courses arranged into six sessions, namely:

  1. Evaluation of Vulnerability of Communication Networks to Massive Disruptions and Failures
  2. Design of Communication Networks Resilient to Natural Disasters
  3. Design of Communication Networks Resilient to Weather-induced Disruptions
  4. Design of Communication Networks Resilient to Technology-related Disasters
  5. Design of Communication Networks Resilient to Malicious Activities
  6. Operation of Communication Networks in a Post-Disaster Period

 The full program of the training and information on the application submission procedure and the financial support are available HERE.

Training courses were delivered by 13 RECODIS Members for:

  • 25 participants from leading national and EU-wide telecommunication operators and networking equipment vendors,
  • 3 participants affiliated with regulators,
  • 1 PhD student.


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During a technical session of the Training School


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Group photo of the Training School Participants