I am in love with the academia for the last years, but also flirting with industry and consultancy from time to time. I am interested in new ways of deploying dynamic wireless and wired networks, providing a truly end-to-end network, relying on programmable networks. I am also heavily involved in the smartcity testbed of Antwerp, Belgium -Citylab- which is part of major endeavour involving the government of the City of Antwerp, imec (leading industry in nanolectronics and digital technologies), and University of Antwerp (ranked 14 in the top 50 young universities).
Prof. Marquez-Barja currently is an Associate Professor at University of Antwerpen, as well as an adjunct researcher in IMEC, Belgium. Formerly, he was a Research Assistant Professor in the CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications (formerly CTVR) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland. He was involved in several European research projects such as Fed4FIRE/FAVORITE, Fed4FIRE+, eWINE, and FUTEBOL projects. Currently, he is also the Technical Coordinator of the FUTEBOL consortium, becoming Principal Investigator for imec within this project. He is a member of ACM, and a Senior member of the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Education Society where he participates in the board of the Standards Committee. His main research interests are: 5G advanced heterogeneous dense cells architectures; elastic and flexible future wireless networks, and its integration and impact on optical networks; IoT clustering; softwarization and virtualization; provisioning and dynamic resource allocation towards dynamic converged networks. He is also interested in vehicular networks, mobility, and smart cities deployments. Prof. Marquez-Barja is co-leading the Citylab Smart City testbed, part of the City of Things programme, located in Antwerpen, Belgium. He has studied in USA, Bolivia, Cuba, and Spain. He holds a BSc+MSc Systems Engineering degree (Computer Science) —graduated with Honours—, MSc. in Telematics, MSc on Computer Architectures, and a PhD in Architecture and Technology of Computer and Network Systems from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) -graduated with cum laude honours-. He received a personal grant from the EU under the prestigious Alban Programme to purse a PhD degree. Prof. Marquez-Barja has been given several keynotes and invited talks in different major events. He is also serving as Editor and Guest editor for different International Journals, as well as participating in several Technical Programme and Organizing Committees for several worldwide conferences/congresses.