The hi-STAR project addresses one of the most critical challenges for the next generation wireless networks, which is integration of non-terrestrial networks with terrestrial 5G network. The project ambition is to propose and analyze the potential of intelligent hybrid integrated satellite-terrestrial network architecture, solving problems related to traffic distribution between terrestrial and satellite parts of the network. The aim is to propose an innovative traffic control module based on artificial-intelligence principles, implemented at user terminal and network gateway, with ability to choose the best radio access channel for a user, among several available terrestrial and satellite communication links. The approach relies on the statistical communications and information theory and software defined networks.

The participants of the project are the University of Belgrade – School of Electrical Engineering, University of Niš – Faculty of Electronic Engineering and the Innovation Center of the School of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade.