The ARIADNE Consortium consist of 11 Beneficiaries and 1 third Party from 5 European countries.
Eurescom – European Institute for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecommunications GmbH – is the leading private organisation for collaborative R&D in European telecommunications. For its members, the European Union, and other customers, Eurescom performs multinational research projects on networks, services, applications and further aspects of telecommunications. The core team in Heidelberg initiates R&D programmes, coordinates projects distributed across Europe, publishes their results, and organises R&D conferences.
Major European telecommunication network operators founded Eurescom in 1991 as a platform for collaborative R&D in order to combine resources and create synergies. Eurescom can look back on a series of outstanding results, which had a major impact on Europe‘s telecommunications landscape. Currently, Eurescom is involved in a number of European and global research initiatives, which have contributed to making communications technologies more effective and more user-friendly. Eurescom works as the secretariat for EUREKA Cluster Programme CELTIC, the Wireless World Research Fo-rum (WWRF), the Networked and Electronic Media Initiative (NEM), and eMobility. As a project partner, Eurescom has participated in a number of European projects as project coordinator or partner.
The University of Piraeus Research Centre (UPRC) is run by the Research Committee formed by faculty members of the University of Piraeus. The University of Piraeus is a highly prestigious institution in the area of Finance, Technology and Digital Systems. The department of Digital Systems is the main driver and contributor to making the University of Piraeus one of the fastest growing institutions in Greece in the national and international research arenas. The department’s curricula and research cover the areas of digital/network services, broadband (wireless and optical) networks, as well as the techno-economical management and security of digital systems. In addition, the department consists of over 20 researchers and is very active, both internationally and nationally, in all the aforementioned areas.
UPRC will participate in the project through its department of Digital Systems and in particular the Broadband Communication Systems group (https://sites.google.com/site/bcsgunipi/) headed by Professor Angeliki Alexiou. The group was established in 2010, and its research focus is on future communications networks and technologies, such as 5G ultra-dense heterogeneous wireless networks, device-to-device and machine-to-machine communication, and cooperative transmissions, THz Communications. Topics of interest range from advanced physical layer procedures and algorithms to radio resource management and future network architectures.
Founded in 1939, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. CNRS is organized in 1100+ laboratories distributed across France and employs a large number of permanent researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff (32000 in Dec. 2015). In 2015, CNRS annual budget for research was about 3,3 billion Euro. As one of the largest research organization in EU, CNRS is involved in all fields of science, technology, society. It is part of several national, EU, international projects. It is the home of 20+ Nobel Laureates and 12+ Fields Medalists. It is involved in research programs with 60+ countries, is part of 320+ cooperative research projects, established 160+ international associated laboratories, 35+ laboratories are based overseas. With 4894 articles published in Nature (2014), CNRS is ranked 1st according to Nature Index. According to Scimago Institutions Rankings, CNRS is the most important (ranked 1st) research organization in terms of scientific publications (Harvard is ranked 4th) based on Scopus. It is listed in the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators 2014 & is ranked 7th in the world in terms of filled patents.
University of Oulu (UOU) is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education. Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) is extremely experienced in participating in and/or managing EU co-ﬁnanced and international projects. ITEE is involved in about 200 simultaneously running projects, majority of which include international elements and partnerships. In Horizon 2020, ITEE is currently the coordinator for 5 projects (NewPack, MIRACLE, CS-Aware, Hyfliers and P2P SmarTest), and is in WP leader, scientific coordinator and partner roles in several others. including ITEA3, Celtic+ and Ecsel. ITEE constantly and actively carries out several commissioned assignments. Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at ITEE was established in 1995 and provides high quality bachelor, master and doctoral level education in wireless communications and RF engineering. CWC employs personnel of 160 including over ten full or associate professors, 15 other senior scientists, 30 postdoctoral researchers and 70 doctoral students. The funding and collaboration partners include e.g. European Commission, Academy of Finland. Business Finland, European Defense Agency, European Space Agency, Finnish Defense Forces, Ericsson, Keysight Technologies, Verkotan and Bittium. CWC and ITEE lead the first and largest national science flagship programme 6Genesis focusing on sixth generation (6G) wireless technology. Researchers at CWC have also conducted several joint research projects funded by the US NSF and Finnish agencies through the WiFiUS program, which has also coordinated by CWC since its launch.
Intracom SA Telecom Solutions (ICOM) is a global telecommunication systems & solutions vendor operating for over 40 years in the market. The company innovates in the areas of small-cell backhaul, wireless transmission and broadband wireless access and has successfully deployed its industry leading point-to-point and point-to-multipoint packet radio systems worldwide. Intracom Telecom offers a competitive portfolio of revenue-generating telco software solutions and a complete range of ICT services, focusing on big data analytics, converged networking and cloud computing for operators and private, public and government clouds. Intracom Telecom has extensive know-how and a proven track record in the telecommunications market, serving more than 100 renowned customers in over 70 countries. The company develops and provides products, solutions and professional services primarily for fixed and mobile telecom operators, public authorities and large public and private enterprises. The company employs more than 1,700 highly-skilled professionals and operates own R&D and production facilities. Its subsidiaries span across Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America.
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. It currently maintains 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany, employing more than 26,600 people. The participating institute in ARIADNE is the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) in Freiburg, Germany with its business unit High Frequency Electronics. The core competencies of the IAF comprise the whole value chain of III/V compound semiconductor technologies. These are materials research, process development, circuit design and manufacture, module integration and subsystem assembly. In 2018 the total staff of the institute was 272 and the annual budget was 35 million Euros. The total floor space for offices and laboratories is 8000 sqm, with a clean room of 1000 sqm used for device and circuit processing and wafer epitaxy.
The Business Unit High Frequency Electronics focuses on mm-wave and THz research on device, circuit and module level for frequencies up to 1100 GHz. This involves epitaxial growth of III-V heterostructures, FEOL and BEOL processing, transistor modeling, integrated circuit design, RF and mixed-signal characterization, prototyping, small volume production, advanced packaging and antenna design. Specific to the project, the Fraunhofer IAF has acquired key competencies in the design of III-V-based front-end MMICs for multi-gigabit wireless communication systems at E-band (60 GHz and 71-86 GHz) and H-band (240 GHz and 300 GHz), documented by several on-going or completed industry and public funded projects (Terapan, Millilink, Gisali Access, Elipse, Terranova). In addition, the IAF has a wide experience in MMIC and component design for radar applications, radio astronomy, imaging, gas spectroscopy and medical research above 300 GHz with internationally outstanding results. Finally, the IAF has acquired experience in the design of wideband active antennas for MIMO radar imaging applications, for example at 80-100 GHz. This involves the design of feed antennas, the optimization of MIMO antenna configurations, frequency scanning MIMO solutions, as well as off-line and real-time MIMO radar signal processing.
Established in 2010, the Aalto University is a new university with centuries of experience. The Aalto University was created from the merger of three Finnish universities, and the new university’s ambitious goal is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines. The research team lead by Prof. Sergei Tretyakov belongs to the National Centre of Excellence in Research SMARAD (2002-2007, 2008-2013), Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, School of Electrical Engineering. The department carries out research and provides undergraduate and postgraduate education in microwave and millimetre wave measurement, antennas, radio wave propagation, advanced artificial materials, electromagnetics, circuit theory, and space technology. The research team has unique expertise on electromagnetic theory (especially the theory of composite electromagnetic materials, including metamaterials and metasurfaces), analytical modelling and design, electromagnetic computations, and microwave and terahertz-frequency measurements.
The National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD) is a self- governing research organization, under the supervision of the Greek Government. With a staff of over 700, including 100 post-graduate students and over 300 research associates, NCSRD is the biggest research centre in applied sciences and engineering in Greece.
The Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), one of the five Institutes of NCSRD, has accumulated substantial expertise and is actively involved in many areas of information technologies and telecommunications, while it has participated in numerous EU and nationally funded research projects.
NCSRD/IIT participates in the ARIADNE proposal through its Wireless Communications Laboratory (WiCom) and Complex Event Recognition (CER) group.
WiCom specializes in electromagnetic radiation aspects, propagation of electromagnetic waves (theoretical aspects and measurements) and radio access of various communication systems including advanced transmit/receive techniques, MIMO systems and spatial modulation techniques. Moreover, the laboratory has long experience in system-level analysis, simulations and development of software tools. Additionally, strong activities have been developed related to antenna design and interaction between antennas and human-body. Recently, special focus is given on antennas with metamaterials, wearable antennas including design and implementation of antennas placed on textiles (thus suitable for user’s clothing) and characterization of on-body channel as well as many aspects of wireless communications for static, mobile and wearable nodes.
CER (http://cer.iit.demokritos.gr) works towards advanced and efficient methods for the recognition of complex events in a multitude of large, heterogeneous and interdependent data streams. In particular, the group is developing novel CER methods, which take as input, streams of low-level events, e.g. sensor-based events, such as a change in temperature, and combine them to infer complex high-level events of interest, such as the start of a fire incident or a fault in the cooling system of a vehicle. The approach is primarily based on the Event Calculus, a simple logic-based formalism that supports effective reasoning about complex events. In addition to its formal semantics, this approach has allowed us to develop efficient real-time recognition methods, as well as to combine logic-based with statistical reasoning, in order to handle the inherent uncertainty of most event recognition applications. Furthermore, it lends itself directly to the development of machine learning methods for acquiring logic-based event descriptions from data.
Telefónica I+D (TID) is the innovation company of the Telefónica Group. Founded in 1988. It contributes to the Group’s competitiveness and modernity through technological innovation. To achieve this aim the company applies new ideas, concepts and practices in addition to developing advanced products and services, It is the largest private R&D centre in Spain as regards activity and resources, and is the most active company in Europe in terms of European research projects in the ICT sector. Over the last few years, within the global market TID has grown to become a network of centres of technological excellence that stretches far beyond the Spanish borders. At the same time, it is working for the companies in the Telefónica Group in the rest of Europe, America and Asia. In addition to the numerous technical awards it has won since its foundation, the company received the Principe Felipe Award for Business Excellence in 2002.
The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest Spanish technical university, with more than 3,500 faculty members, more than 35,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduates students in 18 Schools and Faculties. It was founded in 1971, by grouping together several engineering and architecture Technical Schools, which were in some cases more than one hundred years old. It was the first Spanish university in funds received from FP7. Within UPM, the participants in this project belong to the High Technical School of Telecommunication Engineering and are integrated in the Information Processing and Telecommunications Center (IPTC), which is currently the largest R+D+i Center at UPM. The IPTC (https://iptc.upm.es) was created by the UPM following the initiative of a number of highly competitive and recognized research groups working in the fields of Electronics, Communications, Networks, Computing and Software, with a strong vocation for multidisciplinarity and internationalization.
UPM is 3rd party under Telefónica
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