The ACE Network is a Network of excellence within the European 6th framework IST. It will structure the fragmented European antenna R&D, reduce duplications and boost excellence and competitiveness in key areas. ACE deals with the antenna function of radio systems. This includes the electromagnetic interface from conductors to free space-radiated waves, the beam-forming functions, whether they are analogue or digital, and adaptive "smart" systems to optimize performance.
The first phase of the project, 2004-2005, had a duration of two years, with start 1 January 2004. A second phase is now ongoing ending in December 2007. The project has more than 50 participants from 13 European countries. 266 researchers and 96 PhD students are involved. The network is organized in four horizontal activities:
1.1 Antenna software tools
1.2 Antenna measurements and facility sharing
3.1 Training and education
3.2 Dissemination and knowledge transfer management
and in four vertical, application-oriented activities:
2.1 MM-& sub-mm waves/Integrated antennas
2.2 Small terminals and smart antenna systems
2.3 Wideband and multiband antennas
2.4 Planar and conformal arrays
A web-based Virtual centre of excellence (VCE) will further be created (http://www.antennasvce.org). KTH is involved in Activities 2.2, 2.4, and 3.1 through the divisions of Signal Processing and Electromagnetic Field Theory. KTH is also represented in the Executive Board of the network.
Mobile communication, MIMO, Network of Excellence