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NEWCOM (Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications) is a Network  of Excellence on wireless communication funded by the European Union under the 6-th Framework Program. It started its activity in April 2004 and it will be running till september 2006. NEWCOM aims at creating a European network that links in a cooperative way a large number of leading research groups addressing the Strategic Objective "Mobile and wireless systems beyond 3G", a frontier research area of the Priority Thematic Area of IST. The main dimensions of the NEWCOM vision are: Strengthening, development and integration of research in the field; Empowerment of groups and individuals via dissemination activities; Effective use of produced knowledge via exploitation-commercialisation-standardization strategies.

To achieve these dimensions, NEWCOM will implement an elaborate plan of initiatives which revolve around the key notion and strategic choice of a Virtual Knowledge Centre: NEWCOM will effectively act as a distributed (decentralised) university, organised in a matrix fashion. The columns will represent the seven NEWCOM (Disciplinary) Departments, characterised by basic research on well-established topics and grouping leading European researchers active in those topics. The rows will represent NEWCOM Projects, identified by important, "hot" problems whose solution requires multidisciplinary skills drawn from NEWCOM Departments and aggregated in a meaningful way to promote the problem solution. The Joint Programme of Activities involves researcher exchanges, organisation of workshops and conferences, the preparation of graduate
courses coordinated with the PhD programs of the academic partners to be diffused via NEWCOM high-speed network, the broad dissemination of scientific results, the promotion of entrepreneurship among its researchers, by setting up a policy of IPR encouragement and their exploitation through the creation of start-ups inside its distributed campus.

In each Department/Project research topics were selected and pursued
  • based on the following criteria: Medium-long term and pre-competitiveness: themes of interest of the European wireless community at large, with no immediate, short-term industrial implications
  • Scientific relevance: NEWCOM Departments and Projects have been focused on areas and open research problems that lie at the very core of wireless communications, without risk of rapid obsolescence
  • Compliance with NEWCOM members’ skills: NEWCOM members are characterized by a common history of excellence in basic research, which assures the consonance of this criterion with the previous two.

The TLC group in Ferrara participates to this network of excellence as a research unit of CNIT  and it is involved in the activities of:
  • Department 7 “QoS Provision in Wireless Networks: Mobility, Security and Radio Resource Management” on topics related to advanced scheduling techniques based on cross-layer approach
  • Project A "Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks" on topics related to simulation models and architectures for cross-layered ad hoc and sensor networks
  • Project E "Crosslayer Optimization" on topics related to energy-awareness in cross layer design
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