Partnership to research novel satellite-terrestrial networks

By on 15 July, 2020

A new research partnership between the University of Luxembourg and SES will research next-generation satellite-terrestrial networks.

The research will be led by the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) in collaboration with SES, with funding from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)’s Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) program.

“We launched the IPBG programme as a pilot project in 2016, and it is quickly becoming an essential mechanism to funnel research funding towards complex industrial challenges,” said Andreea Monnat, Deputy Secretary General, FNR.

“It is a priority of Luxembourg to establish an economy that is focused on innovation, and the longstanding partnership between SES and SnT is an excellent example of the positive results of such collaborations.”

Titled INSTRUCT (INtegrated Satellite-TeRrestrial Systems for Ubiquitous Beyond 5G CommunicaTions), the project will focus on next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial networks, leveraging what has already been achieved in the 5G area and advancing it further, according to Prof Symeon Chatzinotas, project principal investigator at SnT.

“The integration of satellite and terrestrial networks is a complex research challenge as we enter the beyond 5G era,” he said.

“This FNR grant gives us the support to build a Centre of Excellence in Luxembourg and spearhead research and technology transfer in this area.”

SES and the SnT at University of Luxembourg have partnered in technology research over the past decade, collaborating in areas including digital signal modulation, dynamic beamforming, high throughput modem technologies, complex software systems modelling, and natural language processing.

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