Research at CTTC deals with the physical, data link and network layers of communications systems. So far, six distinct research areas have been identified in the Research Unit:
- The focus of the Radio Communications area is on physical layer technologies for advanced transceiver architectures. Special emphasis is given to multi-antenna, multi-carrier and multi-terminal systems.
- The Communication Subsystems area undertakes research on the design, assessment and development of radio-frequency front-ends for wireless communication systems.
- The area of Access Technologies focuses on the study of techniques and protocols for wireless access networks, as well as other advanced access technologies.
- The goal of the IP Technologies Area is the definition of an architecture allowing the autonomic operation of complex, heterogeneous and dynamic networks, by defining the guiding principles for providing seamless mobility and for offering the required support to applications.
- The Optical Networking Area focuses on functional network architectures and on intelligent protocols and algorithms, both distributed and centralized, for next generation all-optical transport networks.
- The Intelligent Energy [IQe] Area it will be devoted to research on topics such as smart grid, power internet, green radio, cool silicon, energy efficiency.