PhD - Performance and resilience of IoT devices reconfiguration- F/H

ref :2022-10778 | 31 Mar 2022

apply before : 30 Nov 2022

28 chemin du Vieux Chene 38240 MEYLAN - France

about the role

Your mission is a thesis on: Performance and resilience of IoT devices reconfiguration. 


Thesis Context and problem:

IoT (Internet of Things) is challenging Device Management solutions (DM, remote administration of connected objects) for operators and more generally LAN Management solutions for Smart Home, Smart Building, Smart Industry, etc.: increasing heterogeneity and volumetry, scalability, distributed architecture, dependencies between objects and services, etc. DM needs to propose a new approach, smarter with more automation. For critical services (Smart Industry for instance) DM operation must fulfill the requirements for performance (volumetry, execution duration constraint) and resilience (guaranty of correct execution). Moreover, to contribute to a sustainable IoT ecosystem, it is mandatory to develop a feature to dynamically reconfigure connected objects to maximize their usage and reuse. This capacity may increase resilience and performance requirements.

Scientific objectives – results and issues
Current DM platforms for IoT do not fit to requirements for these challenges. The objective of the thesis is to extend existing DM solutions with a feature for dynamic reconfiguration of a device fleet, compliant with performance and resilience requirements.


Main issues to solve are:

- How to manage the dynamic reconfiguration of device fleets according to performance requirement, considering dependencies between devices and services.

- How to ensure resilience of operation while keeping expected quality of service.


Main expected results are:

- Design a semantic model for the domain “reconfiguration for IoT”, including performance and resilience aspects.

- Develop the needed feature to extend the Federative Platform for IoT DM developed by Orange research.

- Develop a demonstrator of the proposal based on an IoT environment, ideally a real life Orange environment.

about you

Competences (scientific and technical) and personal qualities needed for the thesis

  • You have scientific and technical skills in the following domains: “Autonomic Computing”, “Distributed Systems” or “Complex Systems modelization”.
  • You have an experience in object programming.
  • You are interested in applied research and in IoT domain.
  • You are motivated, autonomous and dynamic.
  • You like working in team.
  • You are fluent in French and English (reading, writing)


Expected Education

  • You are graduated with Engineering degree or universitary Master 2 in computer science.


Expected experience

  • Participation to project/training in industry.
  • Programming skills and capacity to learn and adapt to new technologies.

additional information

The thesis focuses on IoT domain, a subject in full expansion and attracting largely academics and industrial companies. More specifically, its purpose is to propose innovative approaches to meet the business challenges of the IoT and remove the obstacles brought about by its very large-scale deployment as well as the evolution of the architectural paradigm: from "all in the Cloud" towards a "continuum Cloud-Edge-IoT”. In addition, the goal is to do applied research to solve problems at the heart of the business of a telecommunications operator.

You will be integrated into a dynamic and experienced team in the field of device management, which also implements AI and Digital Twin techniques and develops FLAMINGO, the federative platform for the DM of the IoT. You will collaborate with DM experts as well as researchers contributing to the Thing'in digital twin platform.


Orange Innovation brings together the research and innovation activities and expertise of the Group's entities and countries. We work every day to ensure that Orange is recognized as an innovative operator by its customers and we create value for the Group and the Brand in each of our projects. With 740 researchers, thousands of marketers, developers, designers and data analysts, it is the expertise of our 6,000 employees that fuels this ambition every day.

Orange Innovation anticipates technological breakthroughs and supports the Group's countries and entities in making the best technological choices to meet the needs of our consumer and business customers.

You will join a research team inside Innovation division, gathering experts in remote management of connected devices (Internet gateways, IoT, etc.) deployed in customer premises: Home LAN Management. It covers key features for Orange to deliver services and insure an efficient maintenance: inventory, diagnostic, configuration, firmware management.




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