Research at CTTC deals with the physical, data link and network layers of communications systems. So far, four distinct research divisions have been identified in the Research Unit:
- Communication Networks Division (CND)
- Communication Systems Division (CSD)
- Communication Technologies Division (CTD)
- Geomatics Division (GD)
Communication Networks Division:
The Communications Networks Division (CND) aims at optimizing the network infrastructure end-to-end. This includes core, metro, and access, optical and wireless, transport and aggregation, fixed and mobile networks. Its research does not stop at theoretical research, but moves to a more practical stage by developing complete simulation frameworks and testbeds with the goal of transfering the technology to industry.
Communication Systems Division:
The Communication Systems Division (CSD) is a group of over 20 researchers in advanced communications and information systems. Its activities are aligned with the following fields of fundamental research: communication theory, advanced signal and information processing, and radio resource management and intelligence in wireless networks. Its activities concern the following areas of technology: future cellular communications (LTE and beyond), large-scale communication and information systems, power line communications, and satellite communications.
Communication Technologies Division:
The Communication Technologies Division (CTD) aims is to address the research to the most endeavouring challenges that future communications technologies will face: those of energy and bandwidth efficiency. CTD research has a strong experimental emphasis, achieved through the use of demonstrators and testbeds, and the focus is on component (subsystem) level and also on PHY and MAC layers.
The Geomatics Division centres its activities in two main areas of the Geomatics discipline: the area of positioning and navigation, focused on techniques that allow the improvement of precision; and the area of remote sensing, which means Earth observation through images and data collected by sensors onboard of satellites and aircrafts, and ground-based sensors.
The Geomatics Division is the integration of the former institute of Geomatics into CTTC.