S I G N A L Marie Curie Actions - Early Stage Training Aalborg - Leuven - Lisbon - Nice
Instituto de Telecomunicações (it) has become a focus member of the OSS through Java™ Initiative (OSS/J). (03-03-2004)
CORE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHODS
16 PhD fellowships available in an EU Marie Curie network in signal
A total of 16 Ph.D. studentships is available for 36 months each,
funded by the Marie Curie Early Stage Research Training Network.
Interested candidates are invited to consult the SIGNAL web site
SIGNAL in short
The European Doctoral Program in Signal Processing (SIGNAL) has been
awarded funding (about 3.000.000 Euros) for 16 PhD grants + 9 short stays)
from the EU Human Resources and Mobility program. These Early Stage
Research Training Host Fellowships are the most competitive EU Marie Curie
SIGNAL is a consortium of four universities
- University of Nice, and it's Signal and Systems laboratory (I3S), the
- University of Aalborg, and it's KOM department, Denmark
- Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal -
University of Leuven, and it's Signal and Systems division (ESAT), Belgium
SIGNAL is aimed at providing a unified training in signal processing,
focussing on the fundamental research aspects of signal processing,
offering the early stage researcher an in-depth knowledge of the
field, not restricted to a particular subdomain of
applications. Moreover, due to the strong links of the participant in
industrial projects and in various types of applications, the
researchers will have the opportunity to apply their results in the real
The research training project is structured around three main activities A
PhD program , spread over the four partners. Each partner will
propose 4 PhD internships as well as 1 one year stays to fund students in
the final stage of their PhD. All PhDs will be based on common
supervision by two host institutions, the candidate spending two years in
the main institution and one year in the other one (or with any institute
of the consortium, if the project needs it). PhD topics
(will) may be of two natures, some being application driven, the other
investigating fundamental aspect of signal processing methods and
A course program provided in coordination with each institution's
doctoral school. The set of courses, most of them already existing, will
enable the researchers to have both a broad background on core signal
processing disciplines as well as a deep knowledge of specific topics
needed for their PhD. The course program will be mainly
focussing on fundamental signal processing techniques. It will be
complemented in each institution by series of seminars given by
representatives of the industrial companies affiliated to the program and
involved in the application-driven theses topics.
A workshop and summer camp program. A series of three workshops, will
provide the opportunity to the students both to present their results and
to improve their presentation skills (specific public speaking courses
will be provided to this end).
IT - member of the Java Community Process (JCP)
Instituto de Telecomunicações will be involved in the development of the user guide and reference implementation of the Service Quality Management (SQM) API, contributing experience in working with best practices for the end-to-end QoS management on IP-centric Networks. Instituto de Telecomunicações will also provide input on OSS/J’s web services activities. Instituto de Telecomunicações believes that integration is one of the most important issues in
OSS development, and that web services are likely to be one of the best solutions in this field.
As a member of JCP, Instituto de Telecomunicações fully supports the use of the Java as the platform of excellence for the development of new OSS/BSS (Operations and Business Support System) solutions. Instituto de Telecomunicações has already contributed to OSS/J by providing prototypes for the QoS and IP Billing APIs and by actively participating in OSS/J’s SQM Expert Group.
OSS/J is a working group of industry leaders who have joined resources to define and implement
an open, standard set of Java technology-based APIs that help jumpstart the implementation of
services for next-generation networks by easing the integration of OSS/BSS applications.
“We are delighted that Instituto de Telecomunicações has formally joined OSS/J,” said Philippe Lalande, Sun Microsystems, OSS/J’s program manager. Instituto de Telecomunicações has been an active supporter of the Initiative for some time. The fact that it is now increasing its commitment and making that commitment public attests to the maturity of the OSS through Java Initiative and also helps explain why so many service providers are now asking for compliance with OSS/J standards.” Building on the success of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE™), XML and Web Services technologies in enterprise applications and e-commerce, the OSS through Java Initiative is
chartered to develop functional APIs that accelerate the development of innovative OSS/BSS solutions where all applications function together.
The Initiative’s APIs are standardized under the latest Java Community Processsm (JCP) program.
The deliverables for each API consist of a specification, a reference implementation, and a
technology compatibility kit – all of which, including source code, are made available to the
industry free of charge. OSS/J is rapidly being adopted by the major players in the
telecommunications industry. For further information about OSS/J and its membership, see
The Java Community Process (http://www.jcp.org) is the way the Java platform evolves. Its an open organization of international Java developers and licensees whose charter is to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility
kits. Both Java technology and the JCP were originally created by Sun Microsystems, however, the JCP has evolved from the informal process that Sun used beginning in 1995, to a formalized process overseen by representatives from many organizations across the Java community.
As a JCP member, IT is able to participate in the definition and implementation of Java Specification Requests (JSR). The group within IT is interested in the ''OSS through Java Initiative''
(http://java.sun.com/products/), whose members are convinced that the fastest and most flexible way to develop OSS solutions is to embrace a multi-tier architecture, based on reusable components and container technology, with client access either by tightly or loosely coupled mechanisms. Furthermore, they believe that Java 2 Enterprise Edition technology (J2EE) is the simplest and most reliable means of embracing such an architecture.
To promote the adoption of a component-based approach to developing OSS solutions, the members of the Initiative aim to kick-start a component marketplace that can ultimately offer interchangeable, interoperable components that can be rapidly assembled into OSS solutions. Moreover, they are convinced that such an approach has benefits for all stakeholders along the value chain: equipment vendors, independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators, and service providers.
The goals of the OSS/J Initiative are to:
- Develop, through the Java Community Process (JCP) program, component API specifications, Reference Implementations, and Technology Compatibility Kits, for OSS integration and deployment.
- Develop, through collaborative engineering within the Initiative, multi-vendor demonstrations based on the APIs.
- Promote J2EE as a technology for OSS development.
- Encourage a marketplace for component-based OSS solutions.