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Instituto de Telecomunicações
Non-Profit Organisation

Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro


Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, non-profit, association of six Portuguese universities, one polytechnic, one public telecom operator and one telecom equipment manufacturer, established in 1992 with a mission to create and share scientific knowledge in telecommunications at world level and to host and tutor graduate and post-graduate students. IT earned the statute of Associated Laboratory in 2001.

IT is organized around three main sites: Aveiro, Coimbra and Lisbon with delegations in Covilhã, Leiria, Lisbon and Porto. IT hosts more than 300 (PhD holding) researchers, 7 of which are Fellows of IEEE, and 3 Fellows of the IET, 200 PhD Students and 200 MSc students.

IT expertise spans all areas of telecommunications and supporting sciences including wireless and optical communications, networks and multimedia.

IT is managed by a Board of Directors, and by Site Management Boards. 

IT scientific activities are overseen by the Scientific Board, including all IT researchers holding a Ph.D. degree. The Scientific Board meets in Plenary and in Committees, 

IT Work Plan and the Annual Report are discussed with the Advisory Committee, (Prof. Sir John O’Reilly, Prof. Dr. Touradj Ebrahim, Prof. Dr. Thomas Brazil)  acting in a personal capacity, and together with the Accounts (after legal certification) are subsequently submitted to the General Assembly for approval.
With cutting edge laboratories and highly skilled teams, IT has been an active player in some of the major endeavors of Telecommunications, like the pioneering effort in Europe to establish in the nineties the basis for mm-wave cellular mobile communication systems, the standardization of MPEG, the race for all-optical communications or, recently, the global Square Kilometer Array – SKA project. 
IT average yearly scientific output includes 15 books, 50 book chapters, 350 journal and 450 conference papers and 10 patents. IT has an accumulated total 4000+ journal papers gathering 43 000+ ISI citations. IT is currently involved in 100 national and 30 international R&D projects. About 20 % of IT patents are being exploited. IT developed technology has already been used to create 6 start-ups.
IT also plays an important societal role by promoting or participating in science awareness initiatives, by transferring knowledge and technology to national and international industry and by providing consulting services in a non-competing basis. 

By joining geographically scattered expertise and creating a common culture of excellence, IT managed to create a critical mass, enabling to level with the most influential players in telecommunications, to compete for external funding and get international visibility and recognition.

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You can find a description in the site ->  IT Scientific areas -> laboratories ...

Examples not exhaustive:

Radio LABs equipment

 A Vector Network Analyser 20GHz, Rhode & Schwarz ZVB20.
• Near-Field scanner based on a Fanuc industrial Robot Fanuc LR Mate 200iC / L5.
• 4 Channel-4 GHz Digital Phospor Oscilloscope Tektronix DPO70404.
• Signal Generator [9kHz to 3.2GHz] Rhode & Schwarz SMC100A SMC-B103.
• Spray Etching Machine MEGA-UK Rota-Spray Plus. 

The Lab includes two anechoic chambers (8.5m×4.5m×3.6m) and (4m×2.5m×2m) for microwave and mm-wave antenna measurements, respectively.

Main equipments are 4 vector network analysers (one of them up to 110 GHz),

2 scalar network analysers (up to 40 GHz),

2 spectrum analysers (up to 26 GHz),

1 noise figure measurement system, a probe-station for on-wafer microwave and mm-wave measurements.

Network analyzers (3GHz, 67 GHz and 70GHz),

Spectrum analyzers (26.5 GHz, 40GHz),

CW Signal generators (up to 40GHz),

Arbitrary Waveform Generator up to 4GHz with wireless modulation capabilities (CDMA 2000, W-CDMA, IS-95, GSM, Bluetooth),

Transition Analyser (up to 40GHz) a Probing Station, several power meters and a variety of high power DC sources.

- Satellite communications with two stations, for both transmission and reception, one at Ku band with a fixed satellite dish antenna of 1.8m diameter and another one operating at VHF/UHF band with motorized antennas for communication with moving satellites such as LEO.

- RF and Microwave circuit and system characterization with measurement capabilities ranging from a few kHz to 26.5 GHz. The lab is equipped with the following test and measurement devices:

• Vector Network Analysers (3 GHz and 20 GHz);
• CW signal generators (3GHz and 27 GHz);
• Spectrum Analysers (3GHz and 26.5GHz) with RF Analysis capability for CDMA 2000, W-CDMA, IS-95, GSM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.;
• Noise Figure measurement device (1.8GHz);
• Active High Frequency probe (3GHz);
• Power Meter (18GHz);
• A complete set of transitions, cables, attenuators and other miscellaneous devices.

- Antenna and Radio Channel Characterisation:

• Anechoic Chamber (6x5x3 meters) with possibility of small vehicle access;
• 4 sets of PC controlled positioning devices with accuracy of 0.01 arc sec;
• Calibrated measurement antennas for 20, 40 and 60 GHz;
• Channel Sounder with double selective channel measurement capability (multipath and Doppler) for 20, 40 and 60 GHz;
• Sounders for CW RF channel measurements at 20, 40 and 60 GHz.
• Outdoor (9m height) pneumatic antenna masts;
• Inverter Power Supply to support outdoor measurements.

- DVB-T signal analysis and generation:

• DVB-T/H signal generator with RF transmitter for UHF frequencies;
• DVB-T/H and IPTV signal receiver and analyser;
• UHF Low Noise Amplifier;
• UHF RF power Amplifier;
• Various UHF antennas suited for DVB outdoor tests.

Optical comminication and sensors equipment

These equipments enable 40 Gbit/s BER test and measurement,

Generation and measurement of optical pulses at 160 Gbit/s,

Measurement of complex optical spectrums,

Measurement and analysis of transfer functions of optical components,

DWDM test beds, high power optical amplification,

On-wafer test setup and long-haul transmission measurements.

 high power pulsed UV laser,

High precision positioning devices and two climate chambers.

Optical Component Analyzer;
Programmable RF synthesizer;
Broadband sampling oscilloscope;
Optical spectrum analyzer and an Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) measurement system for experiments on Radio over Fiber (RoF);
Devices and subsystems for experiments on all optical signal processing employing semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs);

Tektronix Arbitrary Waveform Generator at 24 Gsamples/s

Agilent BER Tester N4906B up to 12.5 Gbit/s,

Agilent real time oscilloscope 81204A with 12 GHz bandwidth,

Tektronix Digital Serial Analyser DSA8200 equipped with the 80E08 electrical module,

Rhode & Schwarz electrical spectrum analyser (up to 18 GHz),

Optical spectrum analyser with minimum resolution of 0.01 nm,

APEX optical spectrum analyser with resolution of 20 MHz (0.16 pm),

vector and analogue signal generators up to 20 GHz. 

Networks and multimedia Lad equipment

Different platforms to support tests ad development, in signal processing and networking development.

Enabling Technologies Labs equipment

The Integrated Circuits and Systems laboratory is equipped with general purpose measurement equipment for circuit characterization, including network and spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers, digital oscilloscopes, power meters for RF and optical signal measurements and a temperature chamber.

In terms of software, the Integrated Circuits and Systems laboratory has access to Cadence and ADS software for circuit simulation, Xilinx software for FPGA system development and Matlab for mathematical modeling needs. Integrated circuit technology access has been established through Europractice and MOSIS programs. 

An Ion Beam Assisted Deposition System,

An Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer, Electrochemical system,

Basic instrumentation for simple chemical manipulations, and one clean station.

Instrumentation to characterize light emitting diodes, photovoltaic solar cells, vacuum system and a profilometer to measure film thicknesses.

Two laminar flow cabinets, vacuum deposition system, spin coaters, Uv spectrometers, and a station to characterise thin film transistors and simple thin film circuits.

Fume hood cabinets equipped with vacuum/inert gas lines and stir/hot plates, rotary evaporators, ovens, distillation and drying system for organic solvents, etc.  

Power Electronics
. High Frequency Converters
. Power Quality and Active Power Filters 
. Contactless Energy Transmission
. Switching Converters for Integration in CMOS Technology
. Energy Storage Systems
. Single stage converters for interface between renewable energy sources and the mains electrical network.  




research, Development and tests capabilities in the Wireless Communications area

Antenna Modeling and Design  

Design, fabrication and test of antennas for a wide range of bands and applications including the Internet of Things (IoT), namely for identification and localization using RFID and UWB. Antennas for Ka-band satellite-on-the-move wireless broadband access services. Antennas for body-area networks and biomedical applications, including wearable antennas, implantable antennas and antennas for medical imaging. Dielectric lens antennas for mullti-gigabit networks at 60 GHz and 120 GHz. Antenna integration in mobile terminals.

Wireless Circuits and Devices 

Design, modelling and characterization of circuits and devices for microwave and millimetre wave applications.

On-wafer capabilities for modelling high power devices, including GaAs HEMT, GaN HEMT, Si LDMOS, etc.

Design of MMIC based on several foundry technologies.

Power Amplifier design and evaluation.

Transmission and Receiving Systems  

Software defined radio and cognitive radio solutions, including mixed signal behavioral modelling and characterization.

FPGA design and evaluation.

Wireless power Transmission design and modelling for earth and space applications.

Waves and Propagation 

Radio-channel propagation modelling, including characterization of vegetation effects. Design and characterization of metamaterials and complex media and its application for the design of microwave devices.

Radio Network Planning  

Radio planning evaluation and network planning for satellite earth communications,  mobile communications, WLAN and IoT palling strategies.

-Antenna measurements 2-110 GHz; material electromagnetic characterization at microwaves.


-Printed circuits for RF to mm-waves; precision prototyping, compatible with mm-wave requirements


Research, Development and test capabilities in the Optical communications area:

Dimensioning Optical Networks

Fiber to the Home

Simulation of Optical Systems and Networks

Radio over Fiber

Next Generation Metro-Access Networks

Terabit Optical Communication Systems

Free-Space Optics

Optical Spatial Division Multiplexing

Quantum Communications

Photonics for Space Applications

Photonic Integrated Circuits

DSP for Optical Equalization

Optical Sensors

Microwave Photonics

Photonics Devices for Energy Applications

Research, Developing and test capabilities in the Networking area.

•Vehicular networks

•Network coding

•Internet routing

•Quality of service routing

•Wireless routing

•Border gateway protocols

•Network support for interactive multimedia

•Satellite networking

•Mesh networks

•Network traffic classification

•Intrusion detection

•Physical layer security for wireless networks

•Information-theoretic security

•Information Security

•Sensor networks

Research, Development and test capabilities in the Multimedia Coding, Processing, Analysis area

•Speech processing and analysis

•Image coding

•Video coding

•Scalability of HECV video encoders

•Distributed video coding

•Multiview video coding

•Depth map coding

•Holoscopic video coding

•3D video summarization

•Medical signal analysis

•Medical image processing

•Video quality assessment

•Image restoration/deblurring/denoising


Research, Development and test capabilities in the Pattern and Image Analysis area

•Image restoration

•Image deblurring

•Image denoising

•Hyperspectral imaging

•Phase imaging

•Deep learning

•Visual sensor networks

•Video analysis

•3D object recognition


•Health-related application

•Probabilistic machine learning

•Medical image analysis


Research, Development and test capabilities in the Pattern and Image Analysis area

Integrated Circuits and Systems

Power Electronics and Power Systems

Organic Electronics

Instrumentation and Measurement


Quantum Information and Communications

Applied Mathematics 

Logic and Computation 

Other activities
Health care sensors and systems and devices
Network systems (vehicular and mobile )

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