The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit private research center based in Barcelona , resulting from a public initiative of the Regional Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya). The CTTC receives financial support from the Generalitat de Catalunya, from the R&D projects where the Center participates (i.e. via competitive funding scheme) and, also, from contracts with the industry.
Research activities at the CTTC, both fundamental and applied, mainly focus on technologies related to the physical, data-link and network layers of communication systems, being those activities organized into six areas: Access Technologies, Communication Subsystems, IP Technologies, Optical Networking, Radio Communications and Intelligent Energy [IQe]. The Engineering Unit develops hardware and software testbeds and demonstrators, and conducts technology-oriented research. Two advisory bodies, Scientific and Business, supervise CTTC’s activities.
Since its creation, in 2001, the CTTC has participated in over 70 national and international R&D projects in the fields of future mobile communication systems (e.g., IST-WINNER/2, ICT-PHYDYAS, NEWCOM, BeFEMTO, BUNGEE, ACROPOLIS), multi-antenna systems (e.g. EUREKA-MARQUIS, WISQUAS, MIMOWA), wide-area and short-range wireless communications (e.g., IST-COOPCOM, EUREKA-PLANETS, ULTRARED), next-generation all-optical transport networks (e.g., IST-NOBEL/2, RESPLANDOR, EUREKA-TBONES, STRONGEST), satellite communications (e.g., ESA-MIMOSAT, WIMSAT, SATNEX), positioning systems (e.g., mCiudad, ARTEMISA), non-linear transmission lines (MATLINES), sensor and meshed networks (e.g. IST-WIP, PERSEO, SWAP, ICT-VITRO, EXALTED), vehicular communications (e.g., mVIA), to name a few.
The CTTC also develops strategic internal research projects for each Research Area: next-generation all-optical networks, (ADRENALINE Testbed®), multiple-antenna wireless systems testbed (GEDOMIS®), reconfigurable platform for the close-to-market analysis of the most advanced wireless technologies, with particular emphasis on the mobility feature (EXTREME Testbed®), platform to simulate future wireless systems, with focus on multi-carrier technologies, and to evaluate novel radio resource management schemes able to satisfy the high requirements typical of the new communication services (DEMOCLES®), and a prototype of Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, based on impulse radio, providing low data rate transmission and high precision ranging (ULAND®).
Additionally, the technology transfer contracts with companies increase the added-value of the industry and improve the international positioning. Some of the technology transfer projects funded by industries during the last 8 years dealt with issues such as research on advanced technologies of Peer-to-Peer, VoIP, and Open Spectrum (Freedom), internet access in high speed trains with satellite and WiFi (@VE), internet access in low speed trains trough DVB-T-based systems (R@ilnet), radio direction finding system with high accuracy (RX-POS), multicarrier systems for high-voltage power lines (MUMO), distributed interface selection (DESSERT, IPANEMA), inter-domain all-optical networks and control plane solutions (RAION, RAION2, PHOTONET), video streaming (VIDEOBOND, WI4GOAL), LTE (LENA), femtocells (FEM2SIP), etc.
In terms of scientific production, the CTTC annually produces over 50 and 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, respectively, and has also initiated the creation of an IPR portfolio with the submission of 15 International Patents, 13 of them internationally published and 11 of them already awarded (8 in Europe, 2 in United States and 1 in Japan).
For more information, please, visit http://www.cttc.es.