Communications and electronics

Towards a more and more digital world!


This motto also embodies a goal for the research carried out within Telecom ParisTech, to which the Comelec department contributes through scientific works at the interface between the physical (“real” world) and the virtual world. Societal challenges, such as sharing of knowledge, sustainable development, health, public transportation widely rely on technological improvement in the physical layer to which the department research and teaching is devoted.

Several important aspects of Comelec research strategy and philosophy may be pointed out :

Academic research and scientific production

The research relies on strong theoretical developments, with an applicative set of mind. This leads to a solid production in terms of communications and publications, which largely contributes to the visibility of Telecom ParisTech

Innovation and links with industrial research

Scientific research in communications and information technologies (ICT) is among the strongest progress engines for developed societies and provides powerful opportunities towards innovation while favouring strong links with industry and private R&D. This context has encouraged the creation of a strong portfolio of patents, either fully owned or with third parties. Comelec also supports start-up/spin-off companies and benefits from the framework of the Institut Carnot Télécom & Société numérique

Cooperation networks

The involvement of individual researchers in scientific networks is quite essential for the dissemination of research as well as for cross-fertilization and the emergence of future collaborative projects. All Comelec groups are involved at various levels in national GDR platforms (GDR ISIS, GDR SOC2, GDR Ondes), in national Labex (Digicosme, Smart), in COST European actions (COST IC1004)URSI and in French competitiveness clusters (Systematic, SCS)

International relations

The department research has international visibility owing to the success in European calls, such as the ERC call with two winning projects, or Marie-Curie-Sklodowska calls with several International Training Networks

Strategic axes

Comelec has identified several scientific axes that are transverse to the groups and increasingly concentrate the research efforts of the department:

Digital trust - physical layer security and hardware-software safety

All societal, financial and commercial activities based on digital technologies rely on high standard security prerequisites. Due to its impact, digital trust covers several research topics within the department and addresses the need for protection of information in electronic components and of data exchanges within a radio link or towards the cloud.

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

A key player in data collection, the department develops several original research topics within the field of artificial intelligence. Information theory is used to explore the bounds of Artificial Intelligence and to quantify the limits of deep learning algorithms. Thanks to deep neural networks embedded close to sensors, it participates to the emerging “Intelligence-of-Thing” by bringing computational power at the very edge of the analog world, allowing immediate classification of data before transmission. Artificial Intelligence is also exploited for improving conventional optimization algorithms used at communication nodes in future communication networks.

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

The increase of communication speed , of the amount of data and the integration of an increasing number of multimedia technologies into more and more miniaturized and mobile universes requires a technological effort at various system levels. This axis is structured in several topics, such as passive optical networks (PON) for metropolitan delivery of data to the user, optical coherent transmission,  analog/digital interfaces of embedded systems and reconfigurable architectures for future wireless network standards (5G and beyond). The internet of things, around RFIDs and body area networks are also part of the targeted applications.

Innovation numérique
The department has a large production of patents on the basis of which two start-ups have developed: Secure-IC and Scalinx. It also has several innovative platforms that demonstrate the know-how, both software and experimental.