I’m currently Director of Distributed Edge Intelligence in the Office of the CTO at VMware, were I’m a member of the Distributed Edge team. Here I’m engaging in research & co-innovation to unravel the complexities of distributed adaptive systems anticipated with the ever-increasing amalgamation of cloud, wireless and internet industries as driven by the rise of 5G/6G, Edge Compute and AI.

Previously I was a Principal Investigator at the Walton Institute (aka TSSG), working on communication software systems and Internet technologies. In this role I was responsible for technology foresight, software process & quality and oversight of the execution of research and innovation projects.

I’ve been a co-founder and part-time CTO at Kodacall were I worked with a focus on software development for mobile platforms, messaging & realtime middleware technologies.

I have over 25+ years experience in the ICT industry and have participated in over 40 national and international research - innovation projects, conducting research into future networking, network management, smart grid and living labs.

I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to standards activities, recently active in the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) End-2-End Network Slicing project group. I’ve also been active in TM Forum, Internet Society, and 3GPP working groups.

Working Background

I have lead and managed over 40 research projects and in this time co-authored over 38 research papers in the ICT themes of future networking, communication network management, smart grid and living labs.

Prior to my time in the TSSG, during 2002 I was Chief Technical Director in a communications security start-up company called SecureLeon.

I also previously worked for Motorola Inc. joining them in 1996. Initially based in Cork, Ireland I worked on the mobile switching center which was used worldwide in mobile analogue (AMPS) and mobile digital (CDMA) deployments. In 1999 I moved to Motorola USA to work on the Aspira project, the first software system to carry out mobile VoIP calls over CDMA and GSM systems towards Netmeeting on the PC desktop.

I have been heavily involved in commercialising research, in the area of web realtime communication.

Research Projects

I’ve spent many years (since 2004) collaborating with researchers across Europe and further beyond on European Union Framework Programme ICT research projects. This has offered me fantastic opportunities to explore new ideas for mobile security, mobile network design and really testing proof of concepts.
I’ve played the role of lone researcher (2003) lost within an EU project to today were I have the pleasure of being project co-ordinator of PRISTINE, a project were I get to work with 40 other researchers on exploring the programability of networks based on Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA).

There have been a number of distinct research lines I have followed over the last number of years and a summary of projects along these lines are given below.

Future Networking

This research theme is about combining a set of radical network architectural approaches, building on my strong mobile and wireless background, to design inter-operable and complementary families of new inter network architectures.

I’m project coordinator for the project :-

In this area I have also been the TSSG Principle Investigator for:-

  • FP7 ICT IRINA (2013 - 2016)

  • FP7 ICT 4WARD (2008 - 2010)

  • FP7 ICT Perimeter (2008 - 2011)

  • FP6 IST ENABLE (2006 - 2008)

and participated in the project:

  • FP6 IST Daidalos I & Daidalos II (2003 - 2006)

Smart Grid

In the research theme of Smart Grid I lead an investigation into the ICT management of smart charging stations being used in the roll out of Electric Mobility (i.e. eCars).

In this area I have been the TSSG Principle Investigator for:-

  • H2020 EdgeFlex (2020 - 2022)

  • H2020 SOGNO (2018 - 2020)

  • H2020 RE-SERVE (2016 - 2019)

  • FP7 FI-PPP FINESCE (2013 - 2015)

  • FP7 FI-PPP FINSENY (2011 - 2013)

Open Source

In the research theme of Open Source I lead a team investigating how Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) is creating new R&D opportunities across Europe, particularly in an ICT context where projects require an adequate cooperation environment.

In this area I have been the TSSG Principle Investigator for:-

  • FP7 ICT PROSE (2012 - 2015)


In the research theme of Security I lead a team of security researchers in new technology, methods, tools and security services that support the secure design-time creation and secure run-time dynamic behaviour of composite services.

In this area I have been the TSSG Principle Investigator for:-

  • FP7 ICT Aniketos (2010 - 2013)

  • FP7 ICT Passive (2010 - 2012)

Participated in the projects:-

  • FP7 CIPS BUCOPCI (2011 - 2013)

  • FP6 IST SEINIT (2004 - 2007)

Living Lab

My research theme of Living Lab is looking to the ground work for more elaborate and distributed prototyping, testing, and validation facilities with the:
Realisation of testbeds becoming an important tool to integrate different technologies (system level).
Tools to understand how to integrate (methodology level).
Interfaces to the end-user in their daily life (demonstration level).

In this area I have been the TSSG Principle Investigator for:-

  • FP7 ICT OpenLab (2011 - 2014)

  • FP7 ICT PII (2008 - 2011)

  • FP6 IST MORE (2006 - 2008)

  • FP6 IST CoreLabs (2006 - 2008)

  • FP6 IST BrainBridges (2005 - 2007)

  • EU-Asia Invest Esqat (2006 - 2008))

Participated in the project:-

  • FP7 ICT Federica (2009 -2010)

  • SFI Conference & Workshop Irish Future Internet Forum 2009


Communication Network Management

To enable collaboration and supervision between and within highly dynamic, diverse, computing environments, I am participating in research that is developing enablers that simplify the configuration and deployment of networks and network elements and associated services in these large-scale dynamic systems. This research theme is called Communication Network Management.

In this area I have been the TSSG Principle Investigator for:-

  • FP7 ICT Autonomic Internet (2008 - 2010)

  • FP7 ICT EFIPSANS (2008 - 2011)

  • Eureka Celtic Madeira (2005 - 2007)

  • Eureka Celtic Magneto (2009 - 2011)

Innovation Projects

I am also involved in the moving research into innovative commercial entities, with a view to either license out or create a start up from technology that has gone beyond the proof of concept stage. These types of projects include

System wide Energy Resource and Voltage Optimisation

  • SERVO project for ESB Networks

The SERVO project has been an ongoing piece work within TSSG that combines ICT experience with that of the grid industry experts in ESB networks to design and build an energy resource management platform that will make use of digitized grid data, generated in modern grid systems, to provide more dynamic and efficient technical and business processes.

SERVO stands for System wide Energy Resource and Voltage Optimisation and its uses, among others, is to enable all energy stakeholders to optimise energy flow in a world of renewable energy and unlock the full capacity energy networks in real time. This research is Contract Research and Development with ESB Networks.

The project implementation is mainly centered around levering the expertise of the user to define business requirements that will be converted into the software systems and components that compose the SERVO Platform.

In February 2018, the project won the Power Delivery and Utilization Interoperability Leadership Award from the Electric Power Research Institute.

Web Realtime Communication

In the area of WebRTC I lead the the following projects

  • SWING-RTC (2015 - 2016)

  • EI Mobile Cloud Alliance (2011 - 2014).


In the area of security I lead

  • EI Vidas

And I participated in

  • EI sTrust

Network Management

In the area of Communication Network Management I have participated in



  • EI Astral

  • EI Asyst

  • EI LogMon

Innovation Vouchers

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed by Enterprise Ireland to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. Innovation Vouchers worth are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

I have lead innovation voucher work for

  • AltoCloud

  • Evercam

  • TestReach

  • Solo Energy

Peer Reviewed Papers

Author and co-author of over 30 peer reviewed papers and 3 book chapters.


  • P. Verma, M. Ponce De Leon, J. G. Breslin and D. O’Shea, "FedTIU: Securing Virtualized PLCs Against DDoS Attacks Using a Federated Learning Enabled Threat Intelligence Unit," 2023 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP), Nashville, TN, USA, 2023, pp. 233-236, doi: 10.1109/SMARTCOMP58114.2023.00058.


  • Nouri, Alireza & Soroudi, Alireza & Murphy, Ronan & Ryan, David & Ponce de Leon, Miguel & Grant, Niall & Keane, Andrew. (2021). A Non-Wire Solution For The Active Mangament Of Distribution Networks. 372-376. 10.1049/icp.2021.1394.


  • M. Ponce de Leon, R. Ranganathan, D. Bainbridge, K.Ramanarayanan, A. Corston-Petrie, E. Grasa, "Multi-operator IPC VPN slices: applying RINA to overlay networking", 2019 22nd Conference on Innovation in Clouds, Internet and Networks and Workshops (ICIN), Paris, 2019.

  • David Ryan, Miguel Ponce De Leon, Niall Grant, Bernard Butler, Steffen Vogel, Markus Mirz, and Pádraig Lyons. “Deriving policies from connection codes to ensure ongoing voltage stability.” Energy Informatics 2, no. 1 (2019): 1-14.


  • E. Grasa, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, D. Lopez and M. Tarzan, "Open multi-access edge computing and distributed mobility management with RINA," 2017 IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (NFV-SDN), Berlin, 2017.


  • Barron, Jason and Crotty, Micheal and Elahi, Ehsan and Riggio, Roberto and Lopez, Diego R and Ponce de Leon, Miguel, "Towards self-adaptive network management for a recursive network architecture", Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), 2016 IEEE/IFIP.

  • Elahi, Ehsan and Barron, Jason and Crotty, Micheal and Ponce de Leon, Miguel and Mijumbi, Rashid and Davy, Steven and Staessens, Dimitri and Vrijders, Sander, "On Load Management in Service Oriented Networks (Short Paper)", 5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking (Cloudnet), 2016.

  • Ramon Martin De Pozuelo, Miguel Ponce de Leon, John Howard, Alan Briones, Jerry Horgan and Julia Sánchez, "Software Defined Utility: a step towards a flexible, reliable and low-cost Smart Grid", 5th International Conference on Smart Grid Systems (ICSGS 2016).


  • Elahi, Ehsan, Jason Barron, Micheal Crotty, Miguel Ponce de Leon, and Steven Davy. "Load Balancing in Recursive Networks using Whatevercast Names." IT&T (2015).


  • A. Matos, M. Ponce de Leon, R. Ferreira, J.P. Barraca, An open source software forge for European projects, Proceedings of the Workshop on Open Source and Design of Communication, OSDOC 2013, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 41-45.

  • J. Kielthy, A. Kiely, C. O’Connor, M. Ponce de Leon, DSM of Electric Vehicle using Future Internet. Balancing the grid in cases of unplanned event causing frequency instability. 2nd International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies, June 2013.


  • Ponce de Leon, M., Sanders, R., Meland, P. H., Egea, M., & Dooly, Z. (2012). Aniketos: Challenges and Results. In Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business (pp. 234-235). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Grasa, Eduard, Eleni Trouva, Patrick Phelan, Miguel Ponce de Leon, John Day, Ibrahim Matta, Lubomir T. Chitkushev, and Steve Bunch. "Design principles of the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA)." (2011).

  • Day, John, Eleni Trouva, Eduard Grasa, Patsy Phelan, Miguel Ponce De Leon, Steve Bunch, Ibrahim Matta, Lubomir T. Chitkushev, and Louis Pouzin. "Bounding the router table size in an ISP network using RINA." In Network of the Future (NOF), 2011 International Conference on the, pp. 57-61. IEEE, 2011.

  • Szegedi, P.; Riera, J.F.; Garcia-Espin, J.A.; Hidell, M.; Sjodin, P.; Soderman, P.; Ruffini, M.; O’Mahony, D.; Bianco, A.; Giraudo, L.; Ponce de Leon, M.; Power, G.; Cervello-Pastor, C.; Lopez, V.; Naegele-Jackson, S., Enabling future internet research: the FEDERICA case, IEEE Communications Magazine, Volume: 49 Issue:7, pp.54 - 61, July 2011.

  • E. Trouva, E. Grasa, J. Day, I. Matta, L. T. Chitkushev, S. Bunch, M. Ponce de León, P. Phelan, X. Hesselbach-Serra, Transport over Heterogeneous Networks Using the RINA Architecture, WWIC 2011, June 2011.

  • E. Trouva, E. Grasa, P. Phelan, M. Ponce de Leon, J. Day, I. Matta, L. Chitkushev, S. Bunch, Is the Internet an unfinished demo? Meet RINA!, TNC 2011, May 2011.


  • Z. Boudjemil, P. Phelan, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, A Case Study for defining Interoperable Network Components using MDD, EMS 2010, Nov. 2010.

  • P. Phelan, Z. Boudjemil, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, An Introduction to Network Stack Design using Software Design Patterns, MACE 2010, Oct. 2010.

  • M. Ponce de Leon, A. Adhikari, A User Centric Always Best Connected Service Business Model for MVNOs, Second International Workshop on Business Models for Mobile Platforms, BMMP, Berlin, Germany, Oct, 2010.

  • M. Ponce de Leon, S. Mao, F. Steuer, J. Schumacher, T. Magedanz, R. A. Beyah and S. Midkiff, Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures, From the issue entitled "Special Issue on Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures. Guest Editors: Miguel Ponce de Leon, Shiwen Mao, Frank Steuer, Jens Schumacher, Thomas Magedanz, Raheem A. Beyah, and Scott Midkiff", Mobile Networks and Applications, Volume 15, Number 3, 311-314, DOI: 10.1007/s11036-010-0230-1.

  • Michael Soellner, Peter Schefczik, Philippe Bertin, Guozhi Wei, Xiaofei Zhang, et al.. Mobility in the Future Internet: the 4WARD Innovations. Future Internet Cluster Workshop (FICW 2010), Jun 2010, Florence, Italy. Future Internet Cluster Workshop (FICW 2010), pp.1-6.


  • J. Strassner, M. Ponce de Leon, A Modelling and Reasoning Framework for Representing and Orchestrating Service Level Agreement Behaviour, eChallenges 2009, Oct. 2009.

  • J. Strassner, S. van der Meer, B. Jennings, M. Ponce de Leon, Semantic Mediation to Enable Network and Service Management Interoperability in Future Internet Networks, in Proc. e-Challenges 2009, Instanbul, Turkey, October 2009 [Winner: Best Paper]

  • J. Strassner, S. van der Meer, B. Jennings, M. Ponce de Leon, An autonomic architecture to manage Ubiquitous Computing networks and applications, First International Conference on Ubiquitous and Future Networks, ICUFN 2009, June 2009

  • D. Dudkowski, M. Brunner, G. Nunzi, C. Mingardi, C. Foley, M. Ponce de Leon, C. Meirosu, S. Engberg, Architectural principles and elements of in-network management, IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, IM '09, June 2009

  • F. Cleary Grant, M. Ponce de Leon, J. Horgan, Testbed infrastructure supporting pervasive services, 5th International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities and Workshops, TridentCom 2009, April 2009.

  • J. Strassner, S. van der Meer, M.O. Foghlu, M. Ponce de Leon, W. Donnelly, Autonomic Orchestration of Future Networks to Realize Prosumer Services, International Conference on Future Networks, March 2009


  • Christopher Foley, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Eamonn Power, Miguel Ponce de Leon, Dmitri Botvich, Dominique Dudkowski, Giorgio Nunzi, and Chiara Mingardi, A Framework for In-Network Management in Heterogeneous Future Communication Networks, MACE 2008, Sept. 2008

  • M. Sollner, C. Gorg, K. Pentikousis, J. M Cabero Lopez, M. Ponce de Leon, P. Bertin, Mobility Scenarios for the Future Internet: the 4WARD approach, WPMC 2008, Sept 2008

  • M. Johnsson, J. Huusko, T. Frantti, F-U Andersen, T-M-T. Nguyen, M. Ponce de Leon, "Towards a New Architectural Framework – The Nth Stratum Concept", MobiMedia 2008, July 2008


  • C. Fahy, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, R. Marin, J. Vivero, J. Serrat, N. Georgalas, P. Leitner, S. Collins, and B. Baesjou. "Modelling Behaviour and Distribution for the Management of Next Generation Networks." In Advanced Autonomic Networking and Communication, pp. 43-62. Birkhäuser Basel, 2007.

  • C. Fahy, M. Ponce De Leon, A. Stahlbrost, H. Schaffers,P. Hongisto, "Services of Living Labs and their Networks", eChallenges 2007, Oct 2007.

  • F. Cleary Grant, M. Ponce De Leon,M. García Moreno, A. Romero Vicente, Mark Roddy, "Large Scale Research Project, Daidalos Evaluation Framework", The European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ECIME) 2007, Sept. 2007.

  • M. Ponce de Leon, W. Yao, M. Angel Diaz, "Scenarios Designed for the Verification of Mobile IPv6 Enabling Technologies", Federation of Telecommunications Engineers of the European Community (FITCE) Congress 2007, Aug. 2007.

  • F. Cleary Grant, M. Ponce de Leon, M. Garci­a Moreno, A. Romero Vicente, Mark Roddy, Czeslaw Jedrzejek, "Daidalos Framework for Successful Testbed Integration", Tridentcom 2007, May 2007.


  • M. Ponce de Leon, F. Cleary, M. García Moreno, A. Sobrino Jular, A. Romero Vicente, Mark Roddy, Paul Ryan, Czeslaw Jedrzejek, "Large scale interoperability, Integrating the Daidalos project", eChallenges 2006, Oct 2006.

  • M. Ponce de Leon, M. Eriksson, S. Balasubramaniam, W. Donnelly, "Creating a distributed mobile networking testbed environment - through the Living Labs approach", Proceedings of 2nd International IEEE/Create-Net Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities (TridentCom), Barcelona, Spain, March, 2006


  • J. McGibney, M. Ponce de Leon, J. Ronan, "Security for Heterogeneous Mobile Network Services", eChallenges, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2005.

  • J. McGibney, J. Ronan, M. Ponce de Leon, "Securing Mobile Services", Euro mGov 2005, Brighton, UK, July 2005.

  • M. Zach, D. Parker, L. Fallon, C. Unfried, M. Ponce de Leon, S. van der Meer, N. Georgalas, J. Nielsen. "CELTIC Initiative Project Madeira: A P2P Approach to Network Management", Eurescom Summit 2005 Ubiquitous Services and Applications Exploiting the Potential, Heidelberg, Germany, 27 - 29 April 2005.