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Research Program 2 - Communication

Communications technologies at the forefront of command, control, communications, computers and information systems.


Information and communications technologies develop rapidly, and their development cycles are correspondingly short. There is therefore a risk of technologies becoming obsolete within a foreseeable period. This risk needs to be countered by employing new solutions which balance technology against cost. In order to develop the necessary technnological and scientific expertise, technology monitoring studies, research projects, and field and laboratory trials are carried out and demonstrators are built. A multi-lateral collaborative network is available for this purpose.



Areas of expertise


The development in communications networks is being investigated by integrating the relevant technologies in a modular fashion. Approaches directed towards continuously and intelligently optimizing resource allocations will be examined in accordance with the operational requirements and based on the current resource situation.


In addition to optimizing spectral efficiency, smart antennae can also lead to a lower detectability and reduced energy requirements. The cognitive radio approach allows the available frequency bands to be allocated more intelligently, flexibly and economically.


The rapid pace of technical development and the resulting short life cycles of civilian telecommunications systems mean that military applications have to constantly adopt new designs and technical systems. The options for developing military communications networks are examined by continuously incorporating the relevant new civilian technologies.

Technology demonstrators

TD1_Software Defined Radio

The RECOMS platform developed by the Engineering School in Yverdon combines a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and a Linux computer as well as a software development environment designed to examine wave forms and new methods for software defined and cognitive radios in real-life environments.


An autonomous swarm of micro-aerial vehicles is being used to investigate broadband communications networks between aerial platforms and/or units deployed on the ground.

Research Program Manager

Research Program Manager
Dr. Christof Schüpbach

Our "Communications" research program manager is delighted at your interest!


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Research Program Manager

Dr. Christof Schüpbach