Thales Nederland BV - www.thalesgroup.com/nl
In the Thales Group, Thales Nederland is the "Centre of Excellence" in the field of radar technology. Thales-NL is not an isolated radar developer. At various levels it cooperates with its largest customer, the Royal Netherlands Navy, in order to develop exactly what this ambitious customer requires. Further, the company maintains good relations with various science and research institutes, such as the universities of Twente and Delft, and TNO, the Dutch Association for Applied Scientific Research. The fellows will be hosted at the Business Unit Surface Radar of Thales Nederland B.V. in Hengelo and Delft, the Netherlands. The research department offers all the necessary facilities and the fellows will be part of multi-disciplinary teams with the best researchers in their field of expertise.
Lancaster University - www.lancaster.ac.uk
Lancaster University is one of the top ten UK research-led universities. The Department of Communication Systems (DCS) has international reputation for its original research in signal and data processing, image fusion, multimedia communications and coding, artificial intelligence and data security. The DCS has three main, closely related research areas: Digital Signal Processing, Informatics, Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science. The Department is located in InfoLab21, at Lancaster University, in the established world class centre of excellence for research and development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The ICT centre offers high tech environment for academic research staff, research students and industrial activities. The research is organised into three areas: Informatics, Digital Signal Processing and Radio Propagation. MC IMPULSE, being complementary to the current research at the Department of Communication Systems, fits well to the Departmental research activities. At present, the Department of Communication Systems constitutes of 14 members of academic staff, 7 visiting professors and honorary research fellows, 38 research assistants/students and over 60 MSc students.
Rinicom Ltd - www.rinicom.com
Rinicom Ltd is a Lancaster, UK based, privately owned technology company specialised in providing state-of-the art solutions for Wireless Broadband Communications, Digital TV Broadcasting and Wireless Video Surveillance applications. Rinicom's portfolio of products is growing fast; in particular, Rinicom Ltd introduced the world’s smallest integrated COFDM/MPEG-2 miniature transmitter which became a de-facto Industry standard for covert wireless surveillance applications. Recently Rinicom introduced a novel wireless broadband system which supports both “star” and “mesh” architectures and provides superior performance in multi-path and nonline-of-sight environments. Currently Rinicom Ltd employs 27 (FTE) staff, 23 of which are R&D engineers. This high percentage of R&D personnel reflects Rinicom's commitment to innovation and provision of novel state-of-the-art solutions. Rinicom has a good track record in participating in FP6 and FP7 EU Programmes. To maintain its leading edge research advantage, Rinicom maintains close research links with the leading UK Universities (e.g. University of Leeds and University of Lancaster).
Saab AB - www.saabgroup.com
Saab is high-technology company with its main operation focussing on aviation, civil security and defence. The Data Fusion group engaged in the current ITN proposed work is located at Saab Systems, a business unit within the Defence and Security solutions segment. The Data Fusion group at Saab Systems has been active for 24 years, designing data fusion systems for civil and military air and sea surveillance worldwide. Ground surveillance is relatively new, but three R&D projects have already been carried out: for example the “IDEALS” project in collaboration with Thales NL, investigating both theoretical aspects (particle filtering, data association) and applications to ground target tracking – handling of digital map data and motion models. The data fusion group at Saab Systems has a staff of about 18 people, including 8 PhDs.