The University of Essex is one of the United Kingdom’s premier universities, ranking amongst the UK top ten for the quality of its research in the recent national research assessment exercise. The university enjoys excellent links with business, with its research also strongly aligned to industry needs. The SODALES project will be carried out within the Access Networks Group in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE). Headed by Prof. Stuart Walker, the Access Networks Group is part of the large photonics research team within CSEE. In recent years the Group has been conducting pioneering research into wavelength-routed access network architectures, devices for RoF systems and hybrid copper/optical multiplexing techniques for service area interfaces. The Group has an international research presence, are regular contributors to renowned journals and major conferences and are often invited to present at workshops and short courses. The Group brings a wealth of R&D experience to the SODALES project, especially in collaborative European-funded Framework projects such as (a few examples) MUSE I and II, UROOF, OASE, STRONGEST, FIVER, e-Photon/ONe+ and BONE, and have also enjoyed extensive UK government support. For the SODALES project the Group’s particular expertise will lie in:
- Photonics & wireless technologies applied to cutting-edge applications
- Innovation & dissemination
- Fully-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art T&M equipment: This includes 67 GHz VNA, 40 Gb/s data test, 100 Gb/s signal analysis, 500 GHz optoelectronic eye measurement, picometre-resolution optical spectrum analysis, 67 GHz signal synthesis, state of the art signal analysers, full Poincaré Sphere polarization analysis.
The Group specializes in the application of optical technologies to future communications networking infrastructures and the research of forward-looking networking technologies to best anticipate future telecommunications trends over the next decade. In addition, associated issues such as techno-economics, and the development of highly energy-efficient access networking technologies also form an important component to the Group’s research portfolio.
New technologies, techniques and system tools arising from SODALES will be used by the university to enhance its current and future research agendas and degree courses. Commercial exploitation of these technologies and IPR may further provide opportunities for spin-out companies.