Partners

IFSTTAR is a new public research institute created on January 1, 2011 from the merging of INRETS (French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research) and LCPC (Central Laboratory for Bridges and Roads). LEOST (Electronic, Waves and Signal Processing for Transport) is a Research Unit of IFSTTAR created in 1994. The research activities are situated in the fields of EM, electronic, signal processing, informatics and automatic. A wide range of frequencies is exploited. Researchers study, design and develop communication, navigation and surveillance systems in synergy within 4 complementary topics: wireless telecommunication systems, localization, perception of the transport environment, Electromagnetic Compatibility. LEOST has been involved for several years in several research projects related to wireless telecommunications in the railway domain. The LEOST competencies involved in the project are related to channel sounding, noise characterization, signal processing for MIMO, trial organization in railway context.

 

IEMN is a joint research unit between Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and 3 research institutions: Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (USTL), Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC) and Institut Supérieur d’Électronique et du Numérique (ISEN); gathering more than 500 people, half of them permanent staff. The institute activity is multidisciplinary on the aim (going from nanosciences to instrumentation through micro/nano-technologies, telecommunications and acoustics) but centred on common technological characterization tools at the best European level. Two lIEMN research groups will be involved in the project (DOAE and TELICE) with complementary skills. The main competencies involved in the project are the following: digital communications, propagation channel, channel estimation and tracking, standard parameters identification, modulation recognition.

 

EURECOM is a research and teaching institute located in the Sophia Antipolis Technopole in the South of France. EURECOM research activity is organized in three research departments: Networking & Security, Multimedia Communications, and Mobile Communications. EURECOM has an approximate budget of 9.6 million Euros of which 3.6 million are from research contracts. It has some 130 employees, among them 107 are scientists (20 professors, 21 engineers, 65 PhD students). EURECOM also has a world-renowned reputation in fundamental research related to wireless communications. The Mobile Communications Department will be involved in the project. It has its focus on digital signal processing for mobile communications, multi-user information theory (including MIMO systems, relaying, cooperative communications), 3rd and 4th generation cellular radio systems, wireless protocols (including resource control), mobile ad hoc networks, software radios, and S/W and H/W prototyping in relation to radio systems. In addition to fundamental research, the department has strong expertise in open-architecture multi-way real-time radio platforms (4G MIMO-OFDMA) for use in publicly-funded research projects aiming at demonstrating innovations at all protocols layers (RF to applications) through the OpenAirInterface.org initiative that will be used within the CORRIDOR project by all the partners. The department has previous experience on the project topic.

 

SNCF is the historical French National Railway Operator. High Speed Train is a strategic SNCF activity evolving in a very competitive market. For this reason, SNCF started in early 2003 different research programs focused on train-to-ground communications for high speed trains, in order to offer more services to TGV passengers (internet access) but also to develop new solutions for train operation. SNCF interest in CORRIDOR project is studying how Cognitive Radio could allow the development of solutions for the following applications: very high data-rate Internet services for passengers onboard high speed trains, embedded real-time CCTV, and low data-rate safety-related application. SNCF skills involved in the project are related to the knowledge of the railway domain (user functional needs definition), the expertise in train-to-ground communication systems, the experimentation and demonstration capabilities (demonstration campaign using SNCF ground platform and Iris320 test&measure train).

THALES Group is a global electronics group serving professional markets in three areas: Defense (50 % of revenues), Aeronautics and Space (25 %), Security and Services (25 %). TCF has a long experience in very large Information Systems and secure infrastructures for systems and networks, including Internet and Intranets. TCF also develops a full range of telecommunication platforms and components, a range of high performance security products and has a deep skill in secure telecommunications for public and governmental organizations, emergency services, satcom and airborne systems and armies. THALES has an extended experience in areas related to fixed or mobile networks, mainly on the aspects of architecture and reconfiguration of networks. One of the team working on the CORRIDOR project is part of the access radio team, the expertise of which concerns definition, simulation and implementation of PHY and MAC layers, for a wide range of frequencies. Reconfiguration is an aspect of interest for THALES, since communication products are long-term products: in same equipment, there is a need for several waveforms. THALES is also a worldwide leader in railway signaling and transportation security, thus bringing its expertise in on board systems, new applications such as real-time video transmission on request, next generation contextual passenger information, and predictive maintenance applications.

 

Telecom Bretagne (TB) is one of the Grandes Écoles (prestigious French higher education establishments) in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) which constitute the Institut Telecom. The later features around 600 teaching and research staff and a number of 5000 students, including 700 doctoral students. A total of 50 nationalities are represented within the Institut Telecom. The RSM (Network, Security and Multimedia) department has designed several mobile terminal cross layer architecture able to take into account information coming from various stakeholders while making decision regarding handover management, flow routing (in multihoming case) and interface management. This architecture is able to provide information to the application allowing them to adapt their behavior to the network conditions. It relies on the information coming from network interfaces to have an accurate view of the current network conditions. Radio cognitive interfaces will be able to provide much more accurate information and will be able to adapt proactively its behavior to foreseen channel condition if upper layer is able to provide such knowledge.


UBO/Lab-STICC

Lab-STICC is a CNRS research unit jointly created by UBO (Université de Bretagne Ocidentale), UBS (Université de Bretagne Sud) and Telecom Bretagne. It counts 200 scientific researchers and 152 PhD students. The members involved in CORRIDOR project belong to the CACS (Communications, Architectures, Circuits and Systems) pole the research of which activities are positioned at the interface of signal processing, electronics and data processing. The main research interests of the CACS pole are related to turbo codes and LDPC codes, coded modulation and Bit-Interleaved Coded Modulation (BICM), blind synchronization, feedback channel exploitation, MIMO systems precoders, electronic intelligence and furtivity. Since 2006, besides the multiple local research projects supported by BMO (Brest Metropole Oceane) or Bretagne region, Lab-STICC has been involved in 27 international projects and 140 national projects. Lab-STICC is a member of the following Competitive Poles: Image and Networks, High Standing Cars and Sea, PRACOM foundation (Research Pole in Telecommunications) and GIS SISCOM. Lab-STICC has also developed many industrial partnerships, which resulted in 121 research contracts since 2006, 26 patents with 39 extensions.