University of Oulu

On Thursday 3 June 2004, CWC has organised an EU Cluster Day with projects undertaking wireless network research. There will also be a series of presentations from Japanese Universities on related issues.

During the EU Cluster Day, presentations from five EU projects addressing issues of wireless ad-hoc networks will be given. The projects in the Cluster Day represent leading-edge research by European organisations and will showcase some the of the latest results from the projects.

On Thursday 3 June, a delegation of Japanese Universities will also give presentations of their research activities. The presentation from the Japanese Universities have been oprgansied in cooperation with Tekes - The National Technology Agency of Finland. The Japanese delegation visits Oulu and Finland in relation to NETS technology programme.

One of the objectives of the NETS technology programme organised by Tekes, is to promote co-operation between its participants and leading researchers in other countries. The EU Cluster Day with strong a Japanese contribution will offer an excellent forum by bringing together key researchers in the field of communications systems and network technologies both from Europe and Japan.

EU Cluster Day Plenary Speakers:

Mr. Bror Salmelin
Head of Unit, New
Working Environments, European Commission Belgium

Dr. Shingo Ohmori
Senior Executive Director, National Institute of Information
and Communications Technology, Japan

6HOP

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6HOP examines how multi-hop heterogeneous wireless IPv6 networks can support mobility of users, packet routing and adaptation to varying link conditions. 6HOP aims to research and demonstrate a heterogeneous wireless IPv6 network consisting of several different wireless technologies. End-to-end optimization for IPv6 based services over multi-hop heterogeneous wireless network with respect to throughput, power consumption and implementation complexity will be provided. The results from previous IST project WINE using a platform independent wireless adaptation layer will be exploited, streamlined and extended.

Eyes

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The vision of ubiquitous computing requires the development of devices and technologies, which can be pervasive without being intrusive. The basic components of such a smart environment will be small nodes with sensing and wireless communications capabilities, able to organize flexibly into a network for data collection and delivery. Realising such a network presents very significant challenges, especially at the architectural and protocol/software level. Major steps forward are required in the field of communications protocol, data processing, and application support.

Romantik

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ROMANTIK aims to develop and evaluate "structured" and "ad-hoc" multi-hop radio networks as well as intelligent relaying techniques for 3G+ and 4G mobile/wireless communication systems. Within this primary objective, specific objectives are the development of: radio resource management algorithms, strategies for intelligent relaying, innovative radio link techniques. The broad scope of ROMANTIK is to demonstrate the performance enhancement of multi-hop networks and the benefit of novel radio link algorithms.

Broadway

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BROADWAY aims to propose a hybrid dual frequency system based on a tight integration of HIPERLAN/2 OFDM high spectrum efficiently technology at 5GHz and an innovative fully ad-hoc extension of it at 60GHz named HIPERSPOT. This concept extends and complements existing 5GHz broadband wireless LAN systems in the 60GHz range for providing a new solution to very dense urban deployments and hot spot coverage. This system is to guarantee nomadic terminal mobility in combination with higher capacity (achieving data rates exceeding 100Mbps). This tight integration between both types of system (5/60GHz) will result in wider acceptance and lower cost of both systems through massive silicon reuse. This new radio architecture will by construction inherently provide backward compatibility with current 5GHz WLANs (ETSI BRAN HIPERLAN/2) and thus, the innovations coming out of this project will be a driver for standardization and spectrum allocation of the next ETSI BRAN HIPERLAN generations.

PULSERS

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PULSERS is a 6th framework project examining many issues of UWB systems including WLAN, WPAN and sensor networks. PULSERS will examine both high and low data rate systems with integrated location and tracking.