Fiber-Wireless Integrated Networks for 5th Generation delivery

FiWIN5G comprises 10 leading research institutions and a comprehensive research training program for all Early Stage Researchers (ESR). It aims to produce the next generation of researchers who will enable Europe to take a leading role in the multidisciplinary area of 5G high-speed wireless internet and beyond, involving devices, systems and networks. To achieve this, the network integrates multidisciplinary scientific expertise, complementary skills, and experience working in academia and industry to empower ESRs to work in interdisciplinary teams, integrate their activities, share expertise, and promote a vision of a converged wireless and optical access network that seamlessly and efficiently supports the services and applications being demanded.

The support of high bandwidth and high mobility is central to the driving vision of future networks, requiring a large number of technologies to converge, co-exist and interoperate, and most importantly, cooperate, if this vision is to be efficiently and cost-effectively realised. A key area within this next generation jigsaw is the integration of optical fibre networks and radio networks at mm-wave frequencies, to provide high-bandwidth front/backhaul services and enable scalable and manageable networks without a highly complex interface structure and multiple overlaid protocols.

The FiWIN5G European Training Network (ETN) aims to provide doctoral students with exposure to the range of skills, necessary to address these challenging demands. It aims to provide a range of research experience for ESR by including a secondment to another partner and collaboration with industry in each project. In addition to the technical skills training programme, ESRs will be exposed to a range of complementary, key transferable skills in entrepreneurship, management and financing of research activities and programmes, management of intellectual property rights, exploitation of research, ethical aspects, communication, standardisation and societal outreach. These will be delivered through a core programme of training activities mandatory for all ESRs. While becoming expects in one particular sub-domain, the next generation of research must understand the broad context of their work, whether it is systems/network engineers understanding the devices and technologies that make up the networks or device engineers understanding the networks in which their devices will function. These activities are all design to meet the MSA policy objective of producing a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers with the skills needed to convert knowledge and ideas into products for economic and social benefit.

List of participants

Participant's role Organisation name Country
Partners with core competencies University College London United Kingdom
Universität Duisburg-Essen Germany
Denmark Technical University Denmark
Ecole Polytechnique – Grenoble France
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain
Technical Partners University of Ljubljana Slovenia
Institut Sant’anna Italy
Budapest University of Technology and Economics Hungary
University Cyprus Cypris
Alcatel-Lucent III/V-Lab France
Industrial Partners THALES France
BAE systems United Kingdom
InLambda Slovenia
Rohde & Schwarz Germany
TEEM Photonics France
Ericsson Italy
Ericsson Hungary
Siklu Israel
Corning USA

Further information and contact: Andreas Stöhr

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642355.