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Eduardo Jacob Taquet


Group description


The I2T Research Group ( of the UPV / EHU consists of 9 professors, 4 contracted researchers and a varying number of last year degree and master students. Regarding gender there are 5 women and 4 men in the permanent positions and at the  moment 3 men and 1 woman work as contracted researchers. The group is led by Dr. Eduardo Jacob and has been awarded as a Consolidated Research Group type “A”  (10th out of 53 in the engineering/architecture area) of the Basque Government. The Adagio related lines of work that the group has been developing in the latest years are the following:

Reconfigurable architectures for the provision of advanced communication services, starting on pervasive NFV and SDN solutions which mix computing and networking processing all over the IT and Telco infrastructure.

Experimentation and trials of 4G/5G solutions in Industry 4.0 in our own infrastructure SN4I and also under contracts in third party manufacturing sites.


All activities will take place over thee SN4I experimental facility which is an NFV and SDN aware communication setup which interconnects three sites: the Faculty of Engineering of Bilbao (EIB), the University’s Rectorate (where the PoP of European, national and local NRENs are located) and the Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Center (CFAA).


The main research interests of the I2T group focus on the following: alternatives provided by 5G to optimize the performance of industrial applications that require extremely reduced delays; improvement of the capacity provided by the MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) or Edge for the deployment of data processing services with in-network-computing, and the coexistence of these mechanisms with the MANO (Management and Orchestration) as a mechanism for the deployment and life cycle management of the MEC itself; security-related issues to the adaptive deployment of virtual services and the associated management infrastructures.

The integration of wired (TSN) and wireless (5G) technologies to allow the full URLLC (Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications) paradigm needs to be supported by AI based intelligence to optimally distribute workloads and processing, both information and network data, all around the computing infrastructure, placing it in Smart IoT Sensors and gateways, MEC/Edge and cloud but also to programmable data-planes (P4 based).


The whole architecture is orchestrated by Open Source MANO (OSM), an ETSI NFV based MANO, which manages the Kubernetes- and OpenStack-based Virtualized Infrastructure Managers (VIMs) deployed in each SN4I site.


Also, the infrastructure supports the Computing in the Network (CoIN) paradigm through programmable data-planes using several 10/40/100Gbs P4 switches that are deployed on specific areas.


Regarding Radio Access Networks (RAN), the infrastructure currently supports 5G NR (eMBB over SA/NSA services is available and a fully operative 5G URLLC over SA service is expected by the end of this year), and NB-IoT and LTE-M.


Finally, a new research line linked to the application of quantum communications, in particular Quantum Key Distribution applied to Smart and Cybersecure Manufacturing is starting this year through participation in the University “Quantum Center” and a locally funded research project.




  • Industry 4.0
  • 5G
  • Virtualization
  • Service Deployment
  • Cybersecurity
  • IIoT
  • TSN
  • eURRLC
  • QKD

Team Description

  • Eduardo Juan Jacob Taquet (Principal Investigator)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-7093-0586

  • Juan José Unzilla Galán (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-1766-7958

  • Jasone Astorga Burgo (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-5532-004X

  • Maria Victoria Higuero Aperribai (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-8451-556X

  • Iñaki Goirizelaia Ordorika (Research staffResearch staff)

  • Nerea Toledo Gandarias (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-9394-1269

  • Maider Huarte Arrayago (Research staff)


  • SLICES-RI Scientific Large Scale Infrastruc-ture for Computing/ Communication Experimental Studies

    Pl: Eduardo Jacob (in UPV/EHU)

    Funding Agency*: Included in ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) 2021 Roadmap

    Ongoing: yes

  • ACPRESS - Precise stamping processes for the lightening of new generation vehicles through virtualization.

    Pl: Eduardo Jacob

    Funding Agency*: Regional – Private - Gestamp Bizkaia

    Ongoing: no

    Project reference: 2020.0625

  • Federated Experimentation infrastructure for Industry 4.0 applications (B-IND5G

    Pl: Eduardo Jacob

    Funding Agency*: Regional

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: ELKARTEK21/14

  • 5G Euskadi Pilot

    Pl: Eduardo Jacob

    Funding Agency*: National

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: ECV19/02

  • Towards zeRo toUch nEtwork and services for beyond 5G (TRUE5G) PID2019-108713RB-C54

    Pl: Jasone Astorga

    Funding Agency*: National

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: MINECOR19/P54

* INT - International EU - European NAT - National RE - Regional


  • Jorge Sasiain, Ane Sanz, Jasone Astorga, Eduardo Jacob, Towards Flexible Integration of 5G and IIoT Technologies in Industry 4.0: A Practical Use Case, Applied Sciences, 2020

  • Alaitz Mendiola, Jasone Astorga, Eduardo Jacob, Marivi Higuero, A survey on the contributions of Software-Defined Networking to Traffic Engineering, Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE, 2017

  • Asier Atutxa, David Franco, Jorge Sasiain, Jasone Astorga, Eduardo Jacob, Achieving Low Latency Communications in Smart Industrial NetworksWith Programmable Data Planes, Sensors, 2021

  • Elías Molina, Eduardo Jacob, Armando Astarloa, Nerea Toledo, Performance enhancement of high-availability seamless redundancy (HSR) networks using OpenFlow, IEEE Communications Letters, 2016

  • Aintzane Mosteiro-Sanchez, Marc Barcelo, Jasone Astorga, Aitor Urbieta, Securing IIoT using Defence-in-Depth: Towards an End-to-End secure Industry 4.0, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 2020

Research Lines


  • The use of IA and Machine Learning in Industry 4.0 relies on the quality of the data to take decisions. Strong mechanisms based on DLT, blockchains and PKI are needed to ensure that only trusted sensors introduce curated data.

  • To support time critical applications, it’s becoming essential to process data “on-the-fly”, as it travels over the computing substrate with dataplane processing (P4) to offloads tasks from sensors or to manipulate data.

  • Deployment of 5G in an industrial workplace is still an open issue: higher frequencies, cost, NPN and PN, SA and NSA, integration with TSN and industrial networks do present a complicate panorama.

  • Industry 4.0 depends on the successful deployment of TSN over URLLC ( and eURLLC in the future). Integration of advanced SDN with data plane processing, edge, and cloud with traditional VMs or container solutions is critical.

  • Industrial networks are evolving and add to legacy, include a whole plethora of technologies like HSR/PRP, TSN, over wired and wireless links that are integrating with 5G. Digital network twins combined with AI/ML will provide strategic information.

The possibility to establish keying material between several sites with absolute security makes possible to permeate this security to every level of the manufacturing facility. New architectures to make this vision possible are envisioned

Cross-border Collaboration (if any)


The I2T research lab maintains currently an stable collaboration with the University of Bordeaux and the University Gustave Eiffel under the context of the Cyber Resilience for Industry 4.0 (CRI4.0) R&D and Innovation project, funded by the Euskampus Missions 1.0 2021 Programme. The aim of this project is to foster further collaboration between the mentioned universities, specifically enforcing the following actions:

Respond to high-level international funding calls: promote the possibility of partnering together and with other European institutions from academia and the industry to submit a Horizon Europe project proposal.

Work on joint Master or PhD programs: explore the possibilities offered by the existing collaboration agreement to establish a cotutelle doctoral program between the departments of the principal investigators in the involved institutions or, a program for student mobility between institutions.


Regarding these two points, currently we are in the point of gathering ideas for a European project proposal and selecting a call where our proposal will fit. Additionally, we are promoting students’ internships between two institutions and we are now in the phase of defining the research lines for the students’ works.


Previous collaborations with institutions of the Aquitaine Region include the 5G-Factories initiative.  This initiative, made three consolidated research groups from the UPV/EHU to invest efforts to promote a transdisciplinary Cross-Border Joint Laboratory (LTC) that targets Industry 4.0 from a holistic approach that puts advanced communications (5G), advanced manufacturing, data governance and RRI implications in the core of the process.


The objective was to promote a new approach in which IT services, data governance and social inputs are not plugged into a well stablished knowledge corpus (manufacturing) but interwoven to create a new breed of approaches and solutions. The team invited the Research Branch of École Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (ESTIA).

ESTIA-Research contributes to the development of research in Aquitaine and its geographical location serves as support for cross-border cooperation between the Universities of Aquitaine and those of the Basque Autonomous Communities, Navarra and Aragon.

Original target was a high TRL laboratory, which is possible in our facilities: the Centre of Advanced Manufacturing for Aeronautics (CFAA), which is a real pilot line that comprises 14 big facilities connected to the 5G based Smart Network for Industry (SN4I) to deploy services, which allows to collect real data from real providers and manufacturers that do require a clear data governance policy. We worked around a real use case to better define and capture requirements, involving CFAA and aeronautical maintenance.


Later, we started to collaborate with the Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique (Labri) of the University of Bordeaux. We shared information and two Master Students wrote their Master These in the I2T lab using resources of the SN4I infrastructure. We also participated with them in the submissions of one proposal.


We would be interested in contacting the Engineering and Digital Sciences Research Department as we think it could complement our activities.