Alcatel-Lucent and Supélec celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first “Flexible Radio” Teaching and Research Chair in France

20 octobre 2021 Pierre Perrin-Monlouis

Paris and Gif-sur-Yvette, May 26, 2008 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Supélec today celebrated the one-year anniversary of the “Flexible Radio” Teaching and Research Chair for Mobile Telecommunications at Supélec, the prestigious French engineering school.

The flexible radio concept will play a vital role in mobile communications of tomorrow. It consists in using software to dynamically reconfigure radio systems to enable the numerous current and future communication standards (WiMAX, 3G and LTE for example) to coexist within a given item of equipment, as well as optimizing the use of radio resources and reducing specific equipment requirements and on-site intervention.

Alcatel-Lucent and Supélec have created this Teaching and Research Chair in order to develop new technological advances adapted to this heterogeneous environment.

This Chair serves to:

develop high-level radio frequency skills in France, adapted to the needs of the telecommunications of tomorrow;
anticipate progress in standardization;
encourage the development of new researchers in the mobile radio sector on the Saclay plateau ;
support technical excellence and innovation in France in an area that is now underpinning investments of mobile operators for the next decade.
The Flexible Radio Chair incumbent, Mérouane Debbah*, joined Supélec on June 15, 2007. Assisted by a team of post-graduate PhD students and trainees, he works in close collaboration with the Supélec teams concerned, mainly on the campuses of Gif-sur-Yvette in the Paris region, and in Rennes. This chair will moreover be involved in the new RTRA DIGITEO (Advanced Research Thematic Network for research into information science and technology) of the Saclay plateau.

“In the area of radio technologies, Germany and Belgium are the only countries to have a comparable alliance between a university center and industry. Alcatel-Lucent’s three and a half year commitment will ensure the lasting development of Flexible Radio telecommunications skills in France,” declared Serge Tchuruk, Chairman of the Board of Alcatel-Lucent.

Alain Bravo,Executive Director of Supélec, is thrilled with this new step in the long-lasting cooperation with Alcatel-Lucent: “It is a tradition at Supélec to establish solid partnerships with industrial partners. Today more than ever, research work has to be closely related to industrial concerns in order to ensure a high standard of tertiary education. On top of that, with Alcatel-Lucent, this cooperation takes an outstanding international dimension.”

*Mérouane Debbah – Biography
Master of Science and PhD graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Mérouane Debbah is an internationally reputed researcher in the area of mobile telecommunications. He has written more than a hundred papers published in international journals/conferences and registered three patents. Before joining Supélec, Mérouane Debbah conducted his research activities at the Eurecom Institute, where he worked on numerous European projects.

About Supélec
Created in 1894, Supélec is France’s reference Engineering School in the sciences of information, energy and systems. With three campuses located at Gif-sur-Yvette, Metz and Rennes, it hosts almost 1900 students from all the continents, and more than 800 continuous education trainees. 230 PhD students and almost 400 people are involved in research work. The School participates in the centers of competitiveness [email protected], Mov’eo and ASTech in Ile de France, Images and Networks in Brittany, and Innovative Materials and Intelligent Products (MIPI) in Lorraine. Supélec is a founding member of two Thematic Advanced Research Networks (RTRAs): Digiteo and Triangle de la Physique (Physics Triangle).

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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