Open Call Projects

Open Call success stories

The FIRE and educational communities to whom the Open Call was addressed expressed their genuine interest throughout the process. Specifically they enjoyed the way that the consortium closely facilitated the whole process, both during proposal submission and projects’ implementation. However, there were cases where potential candidates who were interested in the project did not submit a proposal because the call was not funded.

The fact that the external partners approved the process and that they found it effective and efficient can also be seen within their evaluations. Some of the highlights of the evaluations received from the external partners are described below:

“Regarding the adoption of FORGE in the following academic courses, I think it would be necessary.” “ they [the students] considered that it gives a new dimension to their learning.” 

− Pietro Manzoni, Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain – PROLEARNING project


“We expect the FORGE sponsored developments to be a permanent part of the course that we offer.”
“ the FORGE work allows our students the ability to launch the following measurement tools from many diverse real-world locations: Ping, Traceroute, and iPerf. This is a unique capability, not normally available to students studying network measurements…”

− Timur Friedman & Renata Teixeira, Researchers at INRIA, France – METRO project


“This Moodle integration helped me to keep all class materials conveniently located in the same virtual space (class notes, lab exercises, assignments, etc). This is great for teaching.”

“I believe that this is a powerful educational tool, and I would certainly use them again, if allowed, in future offerings of this course. I will certainly recommend FORGE tools and methodologies to other faculty as well.”

− Marcelo Carvalho, Professor at Universidade de Brasília, Brasil – FORGELAN project


“Seeing the system working in real time was good for learning. Using real machines instead of simulation and having contact with other university studies.”

“The course content is good to test our knowledge on the subject, the laboratory is of good quality, the content is very interesting.”

− Students of FORGELAN course describe the three things they enjoyed about this course


“The GTS course would fit well into any networking curriculum, especially when you want your students to be able to design and develop their own networks to test novel concepts in networking. Such experiments must be run in isolated testbeds so that there is no adverse impact on the university networks and production networks and GTS offers exactly that. So any curriculum on communication systems and networking where students have to do lab work could benefit from the FORGE course on GTS.”

“I think the FORGE approach is great for all kinds of learning activities and should be considered in other learning activities as well.”

− Susanne Naegele-Jackson, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany – course designer of GTS-UCP course


“Based on the overall positive experience with FORGE we intend to explore further this approach with extensions to IoTSTREAMS based on feedback from students, and in the development of more courses using the FORGE approach.”

− Ioannis Pappas, Orfeas – Ioannis Zafeiris, Kostas Magoutis, University of Ioannina, Greece – IoTStreams project


“The notability of the FORGE environment boosts the social impact of the developed course and attracts new worldwide researchers and students. Moreover, the easy deployment of new courses with the reuse of current course parts is a strong motivation for organising a course under the FORGE environment.”

“One of the courses given in University of Thessaly, named Networks I, will be redesigned following a totally FORGE based curriculum.”

− Kostas Choumas & Thanasis Korakis, University of Thessaly, Greece – ENVISAGE project


“As conclusions of our experience using the FORGE methodology and infrastructure, we found that the inclusion of remote experimentation into on-line courses adds a new level to the learning experience.”

“FORGE is a great initiative and its support and developing team have done a really great job. Congratulations!”

− Arnoldo Díaz-Ramírez, Professor at Tecnológico Nacional de México, Instituto Tecnológico de Mexicali, Mexico – WN_SP project

World map of Open Call projects

Details of Open Call projects


Project acronym: METRO

Project title: Metrology of the Internet

Organisation & country: INRIA, France

Summary of the project: The course covers the measurements that can be conducted in local area networks, access networks, and transit networks in order to monitor network performance. These measurements are performed through lab exercises deployed on the large scale network testbeds provided by FIRE+, while making use of several FORGE tools. This course is offered as a real-time Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in English via the online platform France Université Numérique ( The FIRE+ testbed that has been used for the course is PlanetLab Europe.

New features/widgets/adapters: 1 new widget for handling measurement requests, queueing them, dispatching them to the requested PlanetLab Europe nodes, retrieving the results and making those results available to students via a graphical front-end.

Deployment/execution: The MOOC was launched on May 23, 2016. Classes End on June 26, 2016.

Current status: MOOC runs until 26/6/2016.

GRC LogoProject acronym: PRO-LEARNING

Project title: Project-based learning for master level students

Organisation & country: Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Summary of the project: The goal of the PRO-LEARNING proposal is to evaluate the feasibility and the actual advantages of using eLearning elements to the development of “project-based learning” activities. By “project-based learning” we basically refer to a problem-solving approach that aims to train the ability to identify and solve problems by applying appropriate skills systematically. The course involved study of latest trends in networks, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Internet of Thins (IoT) and their impact on the networks infrastructure through a hands-on, problem-solving approach. The first part of the course (LTE) was deployed using the LTE prototype course by iMinds. The second part (IoT) that was initially planned, was not implemented within the FORGE Open Call, due to unavailability of the targeted FIRE testbed Smart Santander. However, the course was extended with the deployment of the WLAN prototype course by iMinds.

New features/widgets/adapters: 1 new widget for reservation of resources, 1 revised widget (LTE).

Deployment/execution: The courses were deployed as part of the University’s real-time course “Networks & Security” between December 7, 2015 and January 18, 2016.

Current status: Finished

FAU_rgbgeantProject acronym: GTS-UCP

Project title: GÉANT Testbeds Service – User Certification Programme

Organisation & country: GÉANT Association (Netherlands), Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

Summary of the project: The project aims at creating a course to present the GÉANT Testbeds Service (GTS, and its innovative design principles to users combined with a light-weight certification programme. The developed course describes the GÉANT Testbeds Service (GTS) and offers students a kind of a tutorial overview so that they could go to the GTS development platform and try to develop Domain Specific Language (DSL) code that would set up network topologies they could then use for their experiments. It comprises three parts: (i) A theoretical part about the key design principles behind visualization and testbeds and particularly the GTS service – explain the technology and concepts. (ii) An experimental part, where a small network research problem is given to students and they have to create the necessary test bed descriptions using the GTS specific language (DSL) to address that research problem. Students are able to interact with GTS live. The testbed descriptions can be uploaded via the GTS widget and executed in real time. (iii) A self-assessment part, where students checking are able to check the knowledge they gained through a small interactive questionnaire including exercises and multiple-choice questions. GTS is not part of FED4Fire, but there is an established cooperation between FIRE and GTS.

New features/widgets/adapters: 1 new widget (GTS as a widget).

Current status: Finished, more material is expected to be added in the future.

unb-logo-900x77Project acronym: FORGELAN

Project title: FORGE-based Local Area Networks

Organisation & country: Universidade de Brasília, Brasil

Summary of the project: The course included the study of modern local area networks. The goal of this course was to teach protocols, algorithms, and mechanisms behind current standards of local area networks, both wired and wireless ones. In particular, the focus of this course was on the series of IEEE 802 standards, especially IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet) and IEEE 802.11 (WiFi), as well as a few related ones, such as the IEEE 802.1Q (Spanning Tree Protocol). The course would cover aspects from both PHY and MAC layers, and also some advanced features and technologies related to recent releases of the IEEE 802.11 family, such as cognitive radio and OFDM technologies. In the context of this course, two prototype courses were adapted, deployed and executed within the University’s real-time course “Local Area Networks”: (1) WLAN course by iMinds (also integrated in the University’s Moodle platform), and (2) OFDM course by TCD.

New features/widgets/adapters: 1 new widget for provisioning of resources in WLAN course, 1 improved widget for WLAN course Integration of WLAN course in the University’s Moodle platform, 5 new plotting widgets and two adapters for control and data collection for the OFDM course.

Deployment/execution: Deployed and executed within the University’s real-time course “Local Area Networks” in May 2016.

Current status: Finished


Project title: Education on Analytics over IoT Data Streams through FIRE

Organisation & country: University of Ioannina, Greece

Summary of the project: Tutorial on IoT technologies and Cloud-based data analytics of IoTrelated data. It will showcase a methodology for users to tap on data provided by a real-world deployment of sensors and to intelligently process it in real-time as produced by the sensors.

New features/widgets/adapters: 1 new widget & 1 new adapter for interfacing with the IoT infrastructure at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, UoI, as well as with the iMinds Virtual Wall, for the allocation and setup of resources, communication channels, data transfer, and coordination between the platforms at the two sites.

Deployment/execution: September 2016 – January 2017 (expected)

Current status: Finished


Project title: Enabling Video Streaming Education using FORGE

Organisation & country: University of Thessaly, Greece

Summary of the project: Online course that illustrates the challenging issues of video communication over heterogeneous wireless technologies. The proposed course will be an introduction on the challenging problem of video streaming over multiple wireless technologies, such as WiFi, LTE and WiMAX. The students will become familiar with the emerging issues of video handover, offloading, network resilience, etc. Transferring active flows from one to another wireless technology and channel.

New features/widgets/adapters: 1 new FIRE testbed (NITOS) adopted the FORGE approach, 1 widget & 1 adapter for NITOS testbed were developed.

Deployment/execution: September 2016 – January 2017 (expected)

Current status: Finished

image001Project acronym: WN_SP

Project title: Wireless Networks course in Spanish

Organisation & country: Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico, Mexico

Summary of the project: The proposed course is titled “Wireless Networks”, and it is aimed as an introductory course for graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout the course, the basic concepts of wireless networks are covered, including the physical, link, medium access, and network layers.

New features/widgets/adapters: Course material to be translated in Spanish.

Deployment/execution: July 2016, Fall semester 2016-2017 (expected)

Current status: Finished

puas-teipProject Acronym: DySIRE

Project Title: Dynamic and Static Internet Routing Exercises

Organisation, Country: Piraeus University of Applied Science (Technological Education Institute of Piraeus), GR

Summary of the project: The project lies is in the implementation of a Computers Network course of PUAS, taking advantage of the resources of FORGE, in order to implement access to virtualised network equipment for remote, on demand courses. In particular, the proposed laboratory course aims to present the concept of routing and addressing in a modern networking environment. The proposed lab, consists of a series of exercises, which will give the students the opportunity to test their knowledge in routing and addressing, first by designing a network topology, and subsequently, by implementing and evaluating it under specific conditions. The virtual environment will include a certain number of routers which will be interconnected through a predefined network topology, with the help of the FORGE Packet Tracer (PT Anywhere) widget.

New features/widgets/adapters: Apart from the PT Anywhere widget that will be used in the development of the course to provide an interactive environment that will help students get familiarized with the theoretic knowledge and practice to better understand it, the team has also developed a new tool (by taking advantage of the ~okeanos platform that will allow advanced practice of the concepts of the exercise in a virtual, easy to use environment.

Deployment/ Execution: September 2016 – January 2017 (expected)

Current Status: Finished

ea-logo_enProject Acronym: AstroLab

Project Title: Astronomy Experiments for the Science Classroom

Organisation, Country: Ellinogermaniki Agogi School, GR

Summary of the project: AstroLab deals with a non-ICT topic and aims to inspire teachers to introduce astronomy activities in their science classroom. The project aims to introduce to teachers and students a set of astronomy-related activities that combine online and hands-on experimentation. The activities will be based on the Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) approach and they will include a collection of contemporary astronomy labs and software as well as a set of supportive applications that may facilitate the students in performing better during an inquiry. Some examples themes are the following: Our solar system, Asteroids and their impact on life and Earth’s surface, Space inventions in the service of society.
The proposal is jointly supported with the GoLab project. The course was planned to be built within an Inquiry Learning Space (ILS) in GoLab ( and make use of FORGE widgets within this environment. However, after thorough study of the requirements, it was decided to pursue a more advanced scenario of involving the FORGE approach into teaching astronomy lab courses. This scenario will be subject of future collaboration, leading to the development of lab courses that will be presenting and promoting specific technology and engineering aspects of astronomy to students, which usually remain out of the spotlight in astronomy courses; e.g. study of design, mechanics and technology of lab equipment such as telescopes, remote accessing and handling of telescopes and real-time presentation of observations and results etc.

New features/widgets/adapters: Non-ICT topic, collaboration with the GoLab project

Deployment/ Execution: 2017 (expected)

Current Status: For future collaboration