SUPELEC - Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité

SUPELEC -Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité: a French “grande ecole” of engineering, sets standards of excellence in the areas of electrical engineering, information, energy and control systems. The quality of the 450 engineering degrees it awards every year is recognized all over the world. SUPELEC pursues the triple goals of basic training, research and continuing education. A century-old institution, located in France in the Paris region at Gif-sur-Yvette since 1975, in Brittany at Rennes since 1972, and in Lorraine at Metz since 1985, Supélec is a three-campus institution organized as a network. This organization is a pedagogical model for teamwork from each respective site. The campuses make permanent use of the national network of learning, the Renater, and the Internet. Supélec has a threefold mission: degree courses, research & development, continuing education. The organization of the Institute enables the teams focusing in specific fields within the three sectors of activity to work together in close synergy. Highly sophisticated equipment is made available to them. An essential feature of research at Supélec, whether fundamental or applied, is that it is based on the actual needs encountered in industry. It is carried out in close cooperation with industrial partners, in particular through research contracts, by the departments of education and research and by the research laboratories associated with Supélec. The close links between research and teaching make it possible to incorporate the latest scientific and technological advances into the student lectures, tutorials and practices. Research thus guarantees top quality education. Continuing education, on the other hand, allows engineers engaged in professional activities to adapt to new techniques or to increase their overall competence. The programs offered have been drawn up with and for industry. The involvement of faculty members and research personnel in these programs ensures real technology transfer between the Institute and its industrial partners.

KEY FACTS AND FIGURES: 1975 students, 460 engineering degrees, 170 non-degree training programs, 6 specialized Master programs, 130 full-time faculty, 650 part-time teachers, 175 administrators and staff, 14 laboratories and research departments, 250 doctoral students. Within SUPELEC, mainly the two following teams are involved in Cognitive Radio studies.

Within SUPELEC, mainly the two following teams are involved in Cognitive Radio studies.

Signal Communications & Embedded Electronics  (SCEE)

SCEE is a research team of SUPELEC, Campus of Rennes, member of the IETR (Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes - UMR CNRS 6164), AC group (Automatic and Communications). Activities/ Objectives : SCEE activities are the study and design of future communication systems based on Software Radio and Cognitive Radio concepts  .Research Topics concern the three following axes:

1) Digital communications and signal processing

2) Software radio implementation on reconfigurable architectures :

3) Smart sensors of our 3 layers model:

We are very active since several years in these subjects. Among our participations and responsibilities:

SUPELEC/Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio

The Research and teaching chair in the area of flexible radio for mobile telecommunications was established in July 2007 by Alcatel-Lucent http://www.alcatel-lucent.co  and l'Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité http://www.supelec.fr/ (Supélec).

In order to develop tomorrow's innovative wireless systems, adapted to dynamic and heterogeneous environments, Alcatel-Lucent and Supélec have established this teaching and research chair which should:

The chair holder is Mérouane Debbah http://www.supelec.fr/d2ri/flexibleradio/debbah. He has several Phd students http://www.supelec.fr/d2ri/flexibleradio/personnel.en.htm and works in close collaboration with the related Supélec telecommunication teams on the campus of Gif-sur-Yvette and Rennes. The chair is also part of the new RTRA Digiteo Labs (Réseau Thématique de Recherche Avancée pour la recherche en sciences et technologies de l'information) of the "plateau de Saclay".

The main research themes of the chair are related to the concept of next generation small cell flexible networks and concern more precisely the topics of:

  1. Self-organization
  2. Random matrix theory
  3. Game theory

Jacques Palicot

Jacques PalicotJacques Palicot received, in 1983, his PhD degree in Signal Processing from the University of Rennes. Since 1988, he has been involved in studies about equalization techniques applied to digital transmissions and analog TV systems. Since 1991, he has been involved mainly in studies concerning the digital communications area and automatic measurements techniques. He has taken an active part in various international bodies, such as EBU, CCIR, URSI, and within the RACE, ACTS and IST European projects. He has published various scientific articles notably on equalization techniques, echo cancellation, hierarchical modulations and Software Radio techniques. He is currently involved in adaptive Signal Processing and in new techniques, such as Software Radio and Cognitive radio. From November 2001 to September 2003, he had a temporary position within INRIA/IRISA in Rennes. Since October 2003, he has been with SUPELEC in Rennes where he leads the Signal Communications and Embedded Electronics (SCEE) research team.

Christophe Moy

Christophe MoyChristophe MOY is an engineer of the INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences), Rennes, France, 1995. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics in 1995 and 1999 from the INSA. He worked on spread spectrum and RAKE receivers for troposcatter radio links for the IETR. He worked then 6 years at Mitsubishi Electric ITE, the research lab of ME in Europe for digital communications, where he studied Software Radio systems and concepts, including digital signal processing, HW and SW architecture, high-level co-design methodology, reconfiguration. He represented Mitsubishi Electric at the SDR Forum. He joined SUPELEC in 2005 and he is now a professor in the Rennes campus. His research activities focus on software radio and cognitive radio in the SCEE research team. He worked and is working on several French and European funded research programs on SDR (E²R phase 1 and 2, NEWCOM project D and Department 4, NEWCOM++, EULER, A3S,IDROMel, MOPCOM).

Yves Louët

Yves LouetYves Louët(M’04) was born in Quimperlé (France) in 1973. He received his Ph.D. degree in Digital Communications in 2000 from Rennes University, France. He is now Associate Professor in SUPELEC- France and his research activities concern signal processing for Software Radio systems. Yves LOUËT has already organized special sessions in ISSPIT 06 (“Peak to Average Power Ratio of a Multiplex of Modulated Carriers”, Vancouver, Canada), EW 07 (“PAPR mitigation in multicarrier systems” Paris, France) and URSI 08 (“Signal Processing advances for Software Radio”, Chicago, USA).

Amor Nafkha

Amor NafkhaAmor Nafkha received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering from the High School of Communications (Sup’Com), Tunis, Tunisia, in 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he rejoined STMicroelectronics as a research engineer and worked on high-level synthesis of STBus (communication architecture developed for System-On-Chip). In 2003, he enrolled at South Brittany University (UBS), Lorient, France where he received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2006. From April 2006 to December 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Signal, Communication and Embedded Electronics Research Team, France. Since January 2008, he has been an assistant professor at SUPELEC, Rennes, France. His research interests include Multiuser and MIMO detection, turbo coding, peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) reduction techniques

Daniel LeGuennec

Daniel LeGuennecDaniel Le Guennec received the Engineering Degree from Supélec (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité) in June 1977. He is Professor at Supélec since September 1978. His teaching fields are probability, statistical representation and analysis of random signals, stochastic decision in signal processing and applications to detection, classification, estimation and statistical filtering. His current research interests are focused on adaptive signal processing, particularly as applied to digital communications problems, for example Blind Sources Separation for MIMO communication signals demodulation and its application in interception context and also Synchronization, Carrier Recovery in communications systems with low signal to noise ratio and one application to a DVB-S2 professional receiver design.

Mérouane Debbah

Merouane DebbahMérouane Debbah was born in Madrid, Spain. He entered the Ecole Normale Suprieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively in 1999 and 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Motorola Labs on Wireless Local Area Networks and prospective fourth generation systems. From 2002 until 2003, he was appointed Senior Researcher at the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (FTW) (Vienna, Austria) working on MIMO wireless channel modeling issues. From 2003 until 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications de-partment of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. He is presently a Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), holder of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. His research interests are in information theory, signal process-ing and wireless communications. Mérouane Debbah is the recipient of the "Mario Boella" prize award in 2005, the 2007 General Symposium IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the Newcom++ Best paper award as well as the Valuetools 2007,Valuetools 2008 and CrownCom2009 best student paper awards. He is a WWRF fellow.