Expertise: The Politecnico di Torino Research Unit (RU) focuses on the following areas:
- Optical communications
- Microwave electronics
- Networking and Internet
- Signal Processing and navigation
- Digital transmissions and information theory
As far as optical communications are concerned, the RU addresses the modeling and simulation of non-linear fiber propagation, digital signal processing for coherent optical systems and laboratory experiments based on a recirculating loop to mimic long-haul systems. It also investigates the design of opto-electronic solutions for short reach applications: passive optical networks (PON), 5G fixed-mobile convergence, data center interconnections. Finally, it studies the development of new algorithms for optical networks performance analysis based on cross-layer optimization.
The Microwave Electronics Group has a wide expertize in modelling and characterization of Microwave devices on compound semiconductor technologies (GaAs and GaN) and the microwave circuit design, with particular emphasis on high-efficiency power amplifiers, also embedded into fully integrated telecommunication front-ends. The Group owns a Microwave Laboratory, with on-wafer linear and nonlinear characterization facilities up to 40 GHz. Over the last few years it has participated to many funded research programs at the national level (PRIN, one ongoing), to european networks (TARGET, NEWCOM, NEWCOM++, NEWCOM#), SAR design projects for space agencies (ASI and ESA) and industrial projets (SIAE, Ericsson, Qorvo).
The RU has a strong expertise in performance evaluation, modelling and analysis applied to the areas of Networking and Internet. The main research topics attain to wireless networks (Ad hoc networks, Vehicular networks, Delay tolerant networks, Sensor networks) and cellular networks (4G/5G networks and related topics such as Mobile Edge Computing), Internet of Things, Energy efficient networks (Green Networks), traffic measurements and characterization, automatic identification of Internet security threats, optical networks, switching architectures and SDN.
On the topic of signal processing and navigation, the RU works on techniques for automated extraction of information from coded data for cloud computing applications, on lossy and lossless compression techniques and computational imaging based on compressive sensing, applied to videos and images, including multi- and iper-spectral images coming from satellites. Other activities pertain the precise positioning using mass-market receiver, and the development of algorithms for time scales, detection and characterization of atomic clock anomalies in GNSS navigation systems, such as GPS or Galileo.
As far as digital transmission topics are concerned, the RU studies space communication links for telemetry and telecommand of deep space and Earth observation space/satellite missions, satellite ranging techniques, and adaptive coded modulation for LEO satellites. The RU also develops iterative receiving techniques for 5G cellular systems, with a focus on interference cancellation o reduction, and low-budget receives for M2M communication and IoT.
Address: Dipartimento di Elettronica, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 – 10129 TORINO
Phone: +39 011 090 000 [011 090 + ext]
Fax: +39 011 090 099
Research Unit Responsible: Prof. Vittorio CURRI
Polytechnic Representative in the Shareholders’ Assembly: Prof. Claudio CASETTI
Members of the Research Unit