About me

Alejandro Aguado received the Graduate degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 2014. He worked with Telefonica I+D collaborating as a Researcher in FP7 European projects (STRAUSS, IDEALIST, and ONE). He worked also as a Research Associate in the topics of software defined networking and network functions virtualization at the High Performance Networks group, University of Bristol, Bristol, contributing in FP7 (Strauss, Lightness), H2020 (Replicate) and EPSRC (Toucan, QCommsHub) projects. He is currently a researcher and a PhD student in the Center for Computational Simulation at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, working on the integration of quantum key distribution technologies in next generation network paradigms, while also working as a consultant for Telefonica GCTIO Software-Defined Transport Network (SDTN) strategy. He also collaborates at standardization institutes, such as ETSI and IETF.

Work Experience

SDN Expert

2018 - Present
WIPRO TECHNOLOGIES, consulting for Telefonica GCTIO

Working in Transport/IP network transformation and planning towards SDN technologies, as a technology consultant for Telefónica GCTIO.

Researcher and PhD Student

2016 - Present
Center for Computational Simulation, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Researcher developing different solutions, use cases and standards for the integration of QKD technologies into next generation network paradigms.

Research Associate

2014 - 2016
High Performance Networks group, University of Bristol

Research Associate in High Performance Networks group working in the topics of SDN, NFV and orchestration for FP7, H2020 and EPSRC projects.


2014 - 2014
Prot-On, Madrid

Developing tools and applications that enable data/file encryption and secured file sharing.


2013 - 2014
Telefónica I+D, Madrid

Researcher in SDN orchestration and service automation for multi-layer core/metro GMPLS/Openflow enabled networks, collaborating in several FP7 European Projects.


Curriculum Vitae

Reserach Projects

TOUCAN - TOUCAN aims to achieve ultimate network convergence enabled by a radically new technology agnostic architecture targeting a wide range of applications and end users. This architecture will facilitate optimal interconnection of any network technology domains, networked devices and data sets with high flexibility, resource and energy efficiency, and will aim to satisfy the full range of Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) requirements. TOUCAN will realise its goals by including the network infrastructure and its control as part of the end-to-end service delivery chain. Important enablers will be that of separating the data and control planes, which will rely on Software Defined Networking (SDN) principles.
QCommsHub - The UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications is a synergistic partnership of eight UK Universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Heriot-Watt, Leeds, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, Strathclyde, and York), numerous private sector companies (BT, the National Physical Laboratory, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, amongst others), and public sector bodies (Bristol City Council and the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service), that have come together in a unique collaboration to exploit fundamental laws of quantum physics for the development of secure communications technologies and services.
STRAUSS - The aim of the project is to define a highly efficient and global (multi-domain) optical infrastructure for Ethernet transport, covering heterogeneous transport and network control plane technologies, enabling an Ethernet ecosystem. It will design, implement and evaluate, via large-scale demonstrations, an advanced optical Ethernet transport architecture. The proposed architecture leverages on software defined networking principles, on optical network virtualization as well as on flexible optical circuit and packet switching technologies beyond 100 Gbps.
LIGHTNESS - The main objective of the LIGHTNESS project is the design, implementation and experimental evaluation of a high-performance network infrastructure for data centres, where innovative photonic switching and transmission solutions are deployed. The deployment of optical transmission systems leveraging Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) allows the transmission of more than a hundred of wavelength channels operating at 10, 40, 100 Gb/s and beyond. This effectively results in “unlimited” bandwidth capacities of multiple Terabit/s per fibre link, which can be efficiently utilized through next-generation all-optical switching paradigms like Optical Circuit Switching (OCS) or Optical Packet Switching (OPS).
IDEALIST - The aim of the project is to research in detail a cost and power efficient transport network architecture able to carry a wide range of signal bandwidths, each of which will be varying in real time in direction and magnitude, and some of which will be extremely large and possibly exceeding 1Tb/s.
ONE - ONE addresses three important trends in networking: programmability, semantic adaptation and orchestration. ONE's main goal is to contribute to these trends, especially in the context of integration of high-speed optical transmission and switching with the future Internet. ONE is an architecture, system and tool at the same time. ONE unique focus on network management systems (NMS).














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