EuWin aims to create a European reference lab on wireless communications where an experimental validation and realistic performance assessment of a selected subset of theoretical research activities in Track 1 will be conducted. On the one hand, EuWIn is expected to further strengthen the integration of partners’ research activities and agendas, both at the theoretical and experimental levels; and, on the other, to foster Industry-academia cooperation, dissemination and liaison by making academic research closer to industrial needs and interests. Furthermore, the lab will provide a unique training environment for a new generation of researchers with solid skills and background in experimental research.
Three main sites were selected to host EuWIn: CTTC in Barcelona (Spain), CNRS/EURECOM in Sophia-Antipolis (France), and CNIT/Univerisity of Bologna (Italy). Their corresponding scopes are as follows:
- EuWIn@CTTC: Next-generation radio interfaces. This site will address aspects related to low-energy and low-emission techniques based on MIMO-OFDM technology. MIMO will also be the key technology enabler for the experimentation of novel high spectral efficiency radio interfaces where polar codes will be implemented and tested. Channel measurements, models, and databases will be also created and maintained through the participation of several NEWCOM# partners, and loaded into CTTC’s channel emulator. Finally, localization techniques will be addressed through the implementation of TOA and TDOA algorithms over platforms based on inertial sensors, commercial GNSS ICs, etc. This latter activity will be tightly connected to the one performed at the EuWIn@CNIT/Bologna site.
- EuWIn@CNIT/Bologna: Networking technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) with mobile clouds, where networks characterized by mobile nodes that interact with the fixed infrastructure will be investigated. Large scale wireless sensor networks will be studied and modeled in the context of Smart City as well as indoor applications. Lab facilities will allow the implementation of different routing and cooperative signal processing algorithms and the measurements of different metrics (delays, consumed energy, packet losses, throughput) over the network. The lab will also target the implementation of delay tolerant networking paradigms, through the mobile component of the network made accessible; the mobility patterns of mobile clouds will be measured and modeled. Finally, indoor localization algorithms based on UltraWideBand (UWB) nodes will be studied, in cooperation with the EuWIn@CTTC site. The HW/SW platform will be remotely accessible.
- EuWIn@CNRS/EURECOM: Flexible communication terminals and networks. The work here is focused on two main directions: i) hardware and software tools for flexible radio architectures; and ii) three application scenarios for experimentation highlighting some of the tools: networked signal processing for collaborative communications, development methodologies for massive radio networks in support of the Internet of Things, and technical enablers for white-space exploitation in the presence of a primary communication system. This site aims primarily to enhance existing platforms used by partners in the consortium by sharing equipment, hardware and software development methodologies, facilities, man-power and most of all past experience in modern methods for experimentation with real-time radio resources.
In the long run, EuWIn is aimed to contribute to sustainability of the NoE by creating a permanent environment for cooperative experimental research. A dedicated portal for EuWIN will be reachable from this link.