Gif - sur - Yvette, France
Gif - sur - Yvette, France

École supérieure d'électricité, commonly known as Supélec, is a French graduate school of engineering awarding the equivalent of a master's degree and Ph.D opportunities. It is one of the most prestigious and selective Grandes Ecoles in France, and a reference in the field of electric energy and information science. With 460 graduates a year, Supélec ranks among the best departments of electrical and computer engineering of the top American or European universities.Founded in 1894 and initially located in the 15th district of Paris, it was moved to Gif-sur-Yvette in 1975. Since then, two more campuses have been established, in Rennes in 1972 and Metz in 1985. It is a member of Top Industrial Managers for Europe network. It is also a member of the CESAER Association and n+i Engineering Studies. Wikipedia.

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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: NOE | Phase: ICT-2011.1.1 | Award Amount: 5.55M | Year: 2012

NEWCOM# is a Network of Excellence (NoE) proposal submitted in response to challenge FP7-ICT-2011-8 1.1, Future Networks. A group of 14 partners in 14 different countries (12 of which come from the former FP7 NoE NEWCOM\\) decided to capitalize on the high degree of integration in research they already at-tained to build an NoE with the following objectives: i) to produce medium to long term results in the area of design and performance evaluation of wireless networks; ii) to strengthen the integration of partners re-search activities and agendas, both at the theoretical and experimental levels; iii) to foster Industry-academia cooperation, dissemination, and liaison by making academic research closer to industrial needs and interests; iv) to provide a unique training environment for a new generation of researchers in both theo-retical and experimental research; v) to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the NoE by creating a permanent environment for cooperative research.\nIn a Theoretical Research track, the NEWCOM# researchers will pursue long-term, interdisciplinary re-search on the most advanced aspects of wireless communications like Finding the Ultimate Limits of Com-munication Networks, Opportunistic and Cooperative Communications, Energy- and Bandwidth-Efficient Communications and Networking. A second track will be devoted to the EUropean lab of Wireless commu-nications for the future INternet, a federation of three sites in three European Countries that will host re-searchers working on a few general themes like Radio Interfaces, Internet of Things, and Flexible Communi-cation Terminals. The third track will have a number of initiatives to foster excellence like the creation of seasonal schools, a series of publication on journals and books, and an action directed towards strengthen-ing relations with European companies, which will participate to the NoE as Affiliate Partners, through a number of in-company dissemination events.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN | Award Amount: 3.93M | Year: 2014

TEMPO addresses the needs of European companies and society for embedded control technology, through training on cutting edge research in the rapidly emerging inter-disciplinary field of embedded predictive control and optimization. The key objectives are: - to expand the scientific and technical knowledge platform for Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization in Europe; - to exploit this platform to train a new generation of world class researchers and professionals that are highly attractive for employment by the European industry; - to establish structures for long-term cooperation and strengthen the relations among the leading universities and industry in Europe in this field, to continuously develop the research training platform that European industry relies on. To achieve the objectives listed above, the main tasks of TEMPO are: - to attract and train 14 Early Stage Researchers in embedded MPC and optimization via a joint academic/industrial program of cutting edge training-by-research, high quality supervision, complementary and transferable skills training, inter-network secondments, and workshops; - to create a closely connected group of leading European scientists that are highly sought after by European industry, and ready to push forward embedded MPC and optimization into new innovative products, industries and services; - to build a solid foundation for long-term European excellence in this field by disseminating the research and training outcomes and best practice of TEMPO into the doctoral schools of the partners, and by fostering long-term partnerships and collaboration mechanisms that will outlast the ITN; - to disseminate the know-how of the participants to each other and to external groups via networking activities, inter-sectoral exposure, secondments, workshops, demonstrations, sharing of learning material, public engagement and outreach activities, and open source public domain software outcomes.

French National Center for Scientific Research, Supelec and University Paris - Sud | Date: 2014-04-03

The reverberation chamber comprises a shielded enclosure (10) made up of a floor (11), side walls (13 to 16), and a ceiling (12), together with an antenna (2) for emitting radiofrequency waves in order to generate radiation inside the enclosure (10) at a lowest usable frequency. The chamber also comprises, inside the enclosure (10), a set (5, 6) of passive and selective elements for absorbing radiofrequencies in a defined frequency band.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.1.1 | Award Amount: 348.43K | Year: 2013

It is the purpose of EuConNeCts, a Supporting Action, to organise the following 2 editions, 2014 and 2015, of the EC sponsored conference in the area of communication networks and systems. The conference will be named EuCNC - European Conference on Networks and Communications. EuCNC will serve as a technical and scientific conference for researchers, namely European ones, to show their work in the area of Telecommunications, focusing on communication networks and systems, but reaching services and applications. However, the conference will not be restricted to European researchers, rather aiming at attracting others from all other regions in the world. It will also serve as a showcase for the work developed by projects co-financed by the EC, namely those in Challenge 1 (Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures), and more specifically, those addressing Objective ICT-2013.1.1 (Future Networks), but aiming at attracting works in the area of communication networks and systems from other objectives. EuCNC will: 1) be a European conference, but with a large international dimension; 2) showcase the R&D activities performed within EC programmes, directly and indirectly; 3) showcase the cooperation in R&D between European organisations and worldwide ones; 4) bridge between academia / research centres and industry; 5) coordinate its goals with the EC and the main European players; 6) be a high-quality R&D conference; 7) be a well-recognised conference in Telecommunications; 8) provide a forum for the presentation of state-of-the-art technology, in both theoretical and experimental forms; 9) communicate the research results to the wide audience of the general public; 10) foster the participation of both established researchers and students, as well as industry members from various areas; 11) be a transparent and not-for-profit conference; 12) positively differentiate itself from other conferences, which will be achieved by reaching all previous objectives

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.5 | Award Amount: 7.41M | Year: 2013

The PANOPTESEC consortium will deliver a beyond-state-of-the-art prototype of a cyber defence decision support system, demonstrating a risk based approach to automated cyber defence that accounts for the dynamic nature of information and communications technologies (ICT) and the constantly evolving capabilities of cyber attackers. Panoptes is an ancient Greek term meaning all eyes or all seeing. This term has incorporated into the project name to represent the PANOPTESEC consortium because the overall goal of the PANOPTESEC project is to deliver a continuous cyber security monitoring and response capability.\n\nOrganizations have become increasingly dependent on networks and computer systems to support their business operations and services. Unfortunately, as this dependency has grown, the motives and capabilities of cyber adversaries to attack these systems are also increasing. Attackers are often able to penetrate computer systems to extract sensitive information, tamper with accuracy of the information and prevent access to essential services. Given the organizational dependency on the systems and services, any one of these tactics can have significant negative impacts on an organizations business capabilities, reputation and liabilities. In the era of open networks and platforms, attackers continue to find more venues to exploit these systems to cause substantial damage.\n\nDespite the well-known need for continuous monitoring of ICT systems to detect vulnerabilities and attacks, as well as the need for rapid incident response, commercial solutions do not meet the demands of modern networks and systems.\n\nThe PANOPTESEC prototype will address these challenges by proactively and reactively evaluating system weaknesses, identifying potential attack paths, providing a list of prioritized response actions, and delivering a means to execute these responses; all supported by automated analysis engines. The resulting PANOPTESEC prototype will provide a continuous monitoring and response capability to prevent, detect, manage and react to cyber incidents in real-time. The near market-ready system will support breach notifications and improve situation awareness while supporting the decision-making process required by security personnel. PANOPTESEC will deliver this capability through an integrated and modular, standards-based integration of technologies that will collectively deliver the required capabilities.

Boyer R.,Supelec
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2011

To identify a target, the moving noncoherent colocated multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar system takes advantage of multiple antennas in transmission and reception which are close in space. In this paper, we study the estimation performance and the resolution limit for this scheme in which each array geometry is described by the sample-variance of the sensor distribution. So, our analysis encompasses any sensor distributions, including varying intersensors distances or/and lacunar (missing sensors) configuration. As in the space-time MIMO model considered here the radar is moving, the target Doppler frequency cannot be assumed invariant to the target position/angle. The first part of this paper derives and analyzes closed form (nonmatrix) expressions of the deterministic Cramér-Rao lower bound (CRB) for the direction and the velocity of a moving target contaminated by a structured noise (clutter echoes) and a background noise, including the cases of the clutter-free environment and the high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime. The analysis of the proposed expressions of the CRB allows to better understand the characterization of the target. In particular, we prove the coupling between the direction parameter and the velocity of the target is linear with the radar velocity. In the second part, we focus our study on the analytical (closed form) derivation and the analysis of the angular resolution limit (ARL). Based on the resolution of an equation involving the CRB, the ARL can be interpreted as the minimal separation to resolve two closely spaced targets. Consequently, the ARL is a key quantity to evaluate the performance of a radar system. We show that the ARL is in fact quasi-invariant to the movement of the MIMO radar. © 2010 IEEE.

Hoydis J.,Alcatel - Lucent | Ten Brink S.,Alcatel - Lucent | Debbah M.,Supelec
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications | Year: 2013

We consider the uplink (UL) and downlink (DL) of non-cooperative multi-cellular time-division duplexing (TDD) systems, assuming that the number N of antennas per base station (BS) and the number K of user terminals (UTs) per cell are large. Our system model accounts for channel estimation, pilot contamination, and an arbitrary path loss and antenna correlation for each link. We derive approximations of achievable rates with several linear precoders and detectors which are proven to be asymptotically tight, but accurate for realistic system dimensions, as shown by simulations. It is known from previous work assuming uncorrelated channels, that as N→∞ while K is fixed, the system performance is limited by pilot contamination, the simplest precoders/detectors, i.e., eigenbeamforming (BF) and matched filter (MF), are optimal, and the transmit power can be made arbitrarily small. We analyze to which extent these conclusions hold in the more realistic setting where N is not extremely large compared to K. In particular, we derive how many antennas per UT are needed to achieve η% of the ultimate performance limit with infinitely many antennas and how many more antennas are needed with MF and BF to achieve the performance of minimum mean-square error (MMSE) detection and regularized zero-forcing (RZF), respectively. © 2012 IEEE.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IEF | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF | Award Amount: 194.05K | Year: 2014

This project deals with the problem of fault tolerant control (FTC) for the management of interconnected, nonlinear systems affected by multiple sensor faults. Sensor faults are of paramount importance due to the large number of sensors used for a) monitoring and control of large-scale systems (e.g. transportation systems, energy and power systems), and b) providing rich and redundant information for executing safety-critical tasks (e.g. aerospace systems, petrochemical processes). The number of sensors is expected to increase in the way of creating smart cities, a societal challenge of European Union. To this end, Europe 2020 strategy has set as key priority the enrichment of digital society that will provide `intelligence to a conventional city, using information and communication technologies integrated with sensors and sensor networks. This project proposes a methodology that can contribute in the reliability of these means, the safe system functioning and the protection of everyday life. The novelty of the proposed FTC method lies in its capacity to handle multiple sensor faults, and furthermore to compensate their effects on interconnected, nonlinear systems. This is realized by deploying a large number of agents in a non-centralized architecture, important for FTC in large-scale systems. The FTC is conducted based on the decision of a multiple fault diagnosis (MSFD) mechanism designed to detect and isolate multiple sensor faults in interconnected, multisensory controlled systems. Given that multiple sensor FTC can be significantly affected by the substandard performance of the MSFD mechanism and the network imperfections of the agents communication, derived methods will be supported by MSFD guarantees and communication protocol will be designed to manage communication problems. The strong experience of the fellow in MSFD of interconnected, nonlinear systems and supervisors expertise in multi-sensor FTC can ensure the success of this project.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: ERC-SG | Phase: ERC-SG-PE7 | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2012

The objective of this research project is to develop a comprehensive mathematical framework to analyze and optimize future complex systems characterized by their large dimensions, their stochastic aspects, and their being self-organized, such as smart grids and small cell telecommunication networks. Complex systems are inherently not tractable by existing mathematical tools due to their large physical dimensions and to their many stochastic parameters. In the past decades, several mathematical tools have emerged that enable the analysis of simplified models of complex systems. Among those tools, we mention importantly large dimensional random matrix theory, decentralized stochastic approximation, and mean field games. Only recently have those tools started to improve to encompass broader ranges of system models, allowing one to obtain relevant results in realistic scenarios. The target of our research project is to develop these tools in order to address broad problems of complex systems and to encompass them in an original unified theoretical framework. This project represents an opportunity to develop common methodologies for many engineering communities sharing similar challenges in large dimensional stochastic networks, within a new world leading group on mathematical foundations for complex networks.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IEF | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF | Award Amount: 269.74K | Year: 2013

The exponential growth in demand for higher data rates in wireless networks requires a massive network densification that is neither economically or ecologically viable with the current cellular architectures. This has stimulated an intense research activity in green or energy-efficient cellular networks. In this regard, a promising solution is inspired to the concept of small-cell networks, which is founded on the idea of a very dense and heterogeneous deployment of operator-installed low-cost and low-power base stations connected via a backhaul infrastructure, endowed with multiple antennas, and equipped with cooperative and cognitive technologies. Although promising, this new concept makes the cellular architecture increasingly complex and poses many issues. Interference management is one of the many technical challenges that must be dealt while designing such networks. The objective of this fellowship lies in identifying and posing in the right modeling perspective the theoretical performance of such interference-limited networks and in finding the algorithmic solutions to approach those limits. The methodology of investigation uses many of the mathematical tools that have been recently proved so useful (random matrix theory, cooperative game theory, and stochastic geometry). The research will be conducted in close collaboration with some of the leading experts in the field, thereby ensuring a step-by-step research-through-training activity that from the analysis of the state of the art will guide me towards the objectives of this fellowship. The latter are briefly summarized as follows: 1) To broaden the application of the investigated mathematical tools in order to derive tractable and general models for dense heterogeneous networks; 2) To provide conceptual insights on the design of efficient communication technologies for the deployment of small-cell networks; 3) To understand the energy-efficiency limits of beyond-LTE wireless networks.

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