Departamento de Ingeniería Telemática


Ivan Vidal Fernandez
Associate professor

Telephone:: (+34) 91-624-6204
Fax: (+34) 91-624-8749
Address: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Avda de la Universidad, 30
E-28911 Leganés (Madrid) Spain
Visits: Escuela Politécnica Superior · Building Torres Quevedo ·
Office 4.1.A12


Ivan Vidal received the Telecommunication Engineering degree in 2001 from the University of Vigo, and the Ph.D. in Telematics Engineering in 2008 from the University Carlos III of Madrid. Since 2002, he has worked in Universidad Carlos III Madrid, occupying the positions of Teaching Assistant (2002-2008) and Visiting Professor (2008-2022). He is currently working as Associate Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He has held the position of Secretary of the Department of Telematics Engineering in the periods 18/07/2015-14/07/2017 and 17/07/2019-26/07/2021

Regarding his scientific and technological activity, he has published more than 70 scientific works, mainly in the fields of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and 5G networks, unmanned aerial systems, network security, ICN, and multimedia networking.

His research activity has been funded mainly through participation in research projects. Dr. Vidal has worked as a member of the research team in 16 research projects, 10 of them from the European Union, 4 from the Spanish National Plan, and 2 funded by the Autonomous Community of Madrid. Some of the European research projects in which he has participated are: H2020 FISHY, where he is currently working as principal investigator (PI), H2020 5GZORRO, H2020 LABYRINTH, H2020 5GRANGE, and H2020 5GINFIRE (PI). He also works as PI in the national project TRUE5G, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.

With the aim of collaborating with other research groups, he has done 5 postdoctoral stays in international and national R&D centers. In particular, in 2011 he did a 5-month stay at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, at its center in Aveiro (Portugal). From August 2019 to December 2020, he did a research stay at Telefónica I+D in Madrid (Spain).


Current courses:

Visit NETCOM web pages: research on Networks and Communication Services.

Ongoing projects:

  • FISHY: A coordinated framework for cyber resilient supply chain systems over complex ICT infrastructures, H2020 (grant agreement 952644)
  • LABYRINTH: Unmanned traffic management 4D path planning technolgies for drone swarm to enhance safety amd security in transport, H2020 (grant agreement 861696)
  • TRUE5G: Evoluciónhaciaredesyserviciosauto-gestionadospara el 5G del futuro, Agencia Estatal de Investigación (PID2019-108713RB-C52)

Some relevant publications:

  • Luis F. Gonzalez; Ivan Vidal; Francisco Valera; Diego R. Lopez. 2022. Link Layer Connectivity as a Service for Ad-Hoc Microservice Platforms. IEEE NETWORK. IEEE. 36-1, pp.10-17. ISSN 0890-8044.

  • Ivan Vidal; Borja Nogales; Diego R. Lopez; Juan Rodriguez; Francisco Valera; Arturo Azcorra. 2021. A Secure Link-Layer Connectivity Platform for Multi-Site NFV Services. Electronics. MDPI. pp.1-24. ISSN 2079-9292.

  • Borja Nogales; Miguel Silva; Ivan Vidal; Miguel Luis; Francisco Valera; Susana Sargento; Arturo Azcorra. 2021. Using Aerial and Vehicular NFV Infrastructures to Agilely Create Vertical Services. SENSORS. MDPI. 19-23(5220), pp.1-26. ISSN 1424-8220.

  • Ivan Vidal; Borja Nogales; Francisco Valera; Luis F. Gonzalez; Victor Sanchez-Aguero; Eduardo Jacob; Cristina Cervelló Pastor. 2020. A multi-site NFV testbed for experimentation with SUAV-based 5G vertical services. IEEE Access. IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. 8, pp.111522-111535. ISSN 2169-3536.

  • Borja Nogales; Ivan Vidal; Diego R. Lopez; Juan Rodriguez; Jaime Garcia-Reinoso; Arturo Azcorra. 2019. Design and Deployment of an Open Management and Orchestration Platform for Multi-Site NFV Experimentation. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE. IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. 57-1, pp.20-27. ISSN 0163-6804.

  • Borja Nogales; Victor Sanchez-Aguero; Ivan Vidal; Francisco Valera. 2018. Adaptable and automated small UAV deployments via virtualization. SENSORS. 18-12: 4116, pp.1-16. ISSN 1424-8220.

  • Ivan Vidal; Jaime Garcia-Reinoso; Ignacio Soto Campos; Francisco Valera; Diego R. Lopez. 2018. SCoT: a secure content-oriented transport. JOURNAL OF NETWORK AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS. 105, pp.63-78. ISSN 1084-8045.

  • Javier Suarez; JOSÉ QUEVEDO; Ivan Vidal; Daniel Corujo; Jaime Garcia-Reinoso; Rui L. Aguiar. 2016. A secure IoT management architecture based on Information-Centric Networking. JOURNAL OF NETWORK AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS. 63, pp.190-204. ISSN 1084-8045.

  • Ivan Vidal; Francisco Valera; Miguel A. Diaz; Marcelo Bagnulo. 2014. Design and Practical Deployment of a Network-Centric Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE. IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. 52-10, pp.22-29. ISSN 0163-6804.

  • Ivan Vidal; Ignacio Soto Campos; Maria Calderon; Jaime Garcia-Reinoso; Victor Sandonis. 2013. Transparent network-assisted flow mobility for multimedia applications in IMS environments. IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE. 51-7, pp.97-105. ISSN 0163-6804.


  • L2S-M: An open-source project to support virtual networking in Kubernetes

    Link-Layer Secure connectivity for Microservice platforms (L2S-M) is a Kubernetes networking solution that complements the CNI plugin approach of Kubernetes to create and manage virtual networks in Kubernetes clusters. These virtual networks allow workloads (pods) to have isolated link-layer connectivity with other pods in a Kubernetes cluster, regardless of the k8s node where they are actually deployed. L2S-M enables the creation/deletion of virtual networks on-demand, as well as attaching/detaching pods to that networks. The solution is seamlessly integrated within the K8s environment, through a Kubernetes operator.


If you're a student or a young researcher interested in working with me or another researcher from the NETCOM group, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

We offer scholarships for graduate and master's students, as well as research positions for young researchers and PhD students on a permanent basis. If you're interested, please feel free to email me!