Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Project: InfraStructures for broadband access in wireless/photonics and Integration of Strengths in Europe

Acronym: ISIS
Main Objective: Project Sumary:
In the context of ever increasing demands for higher bit rates and the convergence of
telecommunication networks, radio technology offers flexibility while optical fibre
technology offers the required capacity.
ISIS aims to strengthen European scientific and technological excellence in: (i) low cost
optical solutions for broadband access; and, (ii) the merging of wireless and photonic
technologies. ISIS addresses broadband analogue and digital communication systems, and the
contribution of optical technologies (in the domain of microwave and millimetre-wave
photonics) to systems for future fixed and mobile broadband access.
Low-cost access and edge network equipment, service-enabling technologies and platforms,
and increased bandwidth capacity are all addressed, together with advanced wireless network
technology that can exploit the millimetre-wave bands.
ISIS creates a new European infrastructure by integrating a critical mass of researchers from
19 organisations. All partners are recognised centres of excellence in the area, from 10
different countries within Europe, and from two outside. The ISIS Network of Excellence
allows Europe to gain and maintain a dominant position in this emerging field by integrating
the individual centres of excellence into a single entity.
The Joint Programme of Activities includes significant integrating mechanisms such as joint
use of infrastructures, mobility of researchers, and coordination of partners’ research
activities. This last action includes a joint technical research programme that includes the
development of joint research platforms and tools on: (i) broadband optoelectronic
architectures and functions, (ii) broadband optoelectronic technologies, and (iii)
optoelectronic broadband characterisation and test. These platforms involve the integration of
testbeds, facilities and equipment across Europe to further enhance the research potential
within ISIS and are at the core of the project. Management of knowledge and activities to
spread excellence are fully addressed: 4 workshops/seminars, 13 training courses and 2
summer schools are to be organised over the 3 year duration of the project, and over 30
researcher exchanges are envisaged. All activities in ISIS will be orchestrated by a unified
management structure constituted from both academic partners and industrial representatives
(the latter from the 4 partners in ISIS and 4 invited companies).
Reference: 26592
Funding: EU
Start Date: 01-01-2006
End Date: 31-12-2008
Team: Manuel Alberto Reis de Oliveira Violas, Rogério Nunes Nogueira, Rui Fernando Gomes de Sousa Ribeiro, Armando Humberto Moreira Nolasco Pinto
Groups: Optical Communications Systems – Av
Partners: CNRS, Chalmers University of Technology, Universität Duisburg-Essen, University of Kent, University of Leeds, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, THALES Airborne Systems, Alcatel Thales III-V Lab, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Local Coordinator: Manuel Alberto Reis de Oliveira Violas
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