Communication Systems Department

The Mobile Revolution

Communication networks are facing unprecedented changes. The emergence of (i) multimedia and (ii) machine driven traffic  in the mobile world means a convergence of internet, broadcast, internet-of-things (IoT),  and classical telecommunication networks.

In order to provide services to a large population of not just users but also machines (sensors, robots, vehicles, etc..), the redesign of communications strategies, access and radio spectrum sharing policies, Qos control modes and eventually the overall architecture of mobile networks must be carried out.  

The primary goals of the Communication Systems department at EURECOM are twofold:  1) Making research advances at the fundamental level in domains ranging from radio to network architecture and communication theory, and 2) Provide the necessary technical background to engineers in the area.

As such the competencies of our department must cover the whole field, encompassing the physical aspects of propagating waves, the design of receivers, including the analog, digital, coding and signal processing aspects, the various networking protocol layers, all the way to the mobile services and their applications. 

Organization of Research Activities

 Research in the department is organized along to two (nicely overlapping) axis:

  • Foundation & Algorithms (Head: Prof. Gesbert): We develop or exploit solid scientific tools for the analysis of communications systems and the enhancement of their performance at multiple layers. We push the fundamental limits of communications over networks with novel transmissions and information decoding strategies. 
  • Networked Systems (Head: Prof. Bonnet): We bring life to our ideas by real-life experimentation and prototyping. We develop and implement communication schemes and techniques with the goal of advancing the performance of post-4G (5G and beyond) standardized systems. We push open source 4G and 5G protocol design onto the global stage via the OpenAirInterface software alliance
  • We address new challenges posed by emerging novel wireless applications (e.g. broadband multimedia and IoT) and scenarios (e.g. vehicular, radio over ITS,..) by developping efficient networking methods. The architecture of backhaul and core networks under the new prism of Mobile Edge Computing is considered and open source implementations are promoted.