Consortium

12 partners

7 countries

7 universities

5 companies

Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH), Greece


The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece, established in 1925. Today the main campus extends over an area of 429 metric acres in the heart of the city and comprises 12 Faculties organized in a total number of 42 Schools that cover the full range of scientific disciplines. More than 70.000 undergraduate and 8.000 postgraduate students are working towards their degrees at the Aristotle University, while more than 2.200 Faculty members are employed as Teaching and Research personnel.

AUTH will participate and co-ordinate NEBULA through its Wireless and Photonic Systems and Networks (WinPhoS) research group, established in 2016 at AUTH’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation (C.I.R.I.) as a common facility of the Departments of Informatics, Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The main research activities of Win.Phos extend along a broad area in the field of wireless and photonic technologies with the main focus being on converged Fiber-Wireless networks for 5G networks, wireless scheduling and resource allocation, embedded systems for 5G networks, disaggregated computing, optical interconnects, οptical RAM architectures, and network-on-chip technologies and architectures. It is a fully equipped laboratory with a range of high-speed test and measurement systems for the characterization of passive and active photonic devices at bit rates up to 64 Gbps. WinPhoS is currently coordinating four H2020 projects in the areas of integrated photonics, optical interconnects and 5G networks (MOICANA, ICT-STREAMS, ICT-PLASMOFAB and 5GPHOS), while it participates in several other (PLACMOS, QAMELEON, L3MATRIX, MASSTART). WinPhoS has also participated in several FP7 research projects (PLATON, RAMPLAS, MIRAGE, COMANDER and PHOXTROT), coordinating the three of them (COMANDER, RAMPLAS and PLATON). More information about WinPhoS can be found in http://winphos.web.auth.gr/.

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Prof. Konstantinos Vyrsokinos

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Prof. Nikos Pleros

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Dr. Stelios Pitris

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ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland


The ETH Zurich is a top-ranking international university in the fields of technology and natural science. ETHZ has more than 19,000 students from whom 4000 are doctoral students. ETHZ has more than 500 professors engaged in teaching and research. Till today, 21 Nobel laureates are linked with ETHZ. The Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF) at ETHZ is headed by Prof. Leuthold. It is involved in research and development of optical communication devices and systems. Areas of interest include silicon photonics, plasmonics and novel modulation formats, beam forming and pulse shaping as well as Tbit/s transmission systems. The IEF is further known for the expertise high-speed integrated optics and high-speed transmission.

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Prof. Juerg Leuthold

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Dr. Andreas Messner

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France


The Laboratory Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (ICB), jointly operated by CNRS and University of Burgundy (UB), counts about 270 physicists, chemists, engineers and technicians. The main activities of the laboratory are dealing with new optical functionalities, new materials for industry, medicine and telecommunications. More specifically the laboratory is comprised of three departments including a photonic department deeply involved in non-linear control, plasmonic devices for datacom applications and sensing. ICB operates a clean-room nanofabrication and characterization facility and a technical platform devoted to telecom characterization.

Contact Person

Dr Alexandre Bouhelier

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Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy


The Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical University in Italy, is represented in the project by its Department of Electronics, Information Technology and Bioengineering (DEIB), a Department that counts about 220 faculty members and 340 short-term researchers and PhD students. DEIB covers the scientific areas of electronics, telecommunications, control systems, bioengineering and computer science. DEIB research and collaboration with industries leads to the establishment of approximately 3 start-up companies every year.

Two research groups of DEIB will operate in Nebula : 1) the Innovative Integrated Instrumentation for the Nanoscience (I3N) Lab, led by Prof. Marco Sampietro, devoted to the design, production and test of miniaturized electronic instrumentation systems for high sensitivity current, voltage and impedance sensing. Projects are finalized to fully operative electronic platforms containing ASICS, FPGA or microcontroller to address scientific applications in all fields such as photonics, nanomedicine and fundamental physics. 2) the Photonic Devices Group led by Prof. Andrea Melloni (http://photonics.deib.polimi.it/), counting eight persons, has matured almost twenty years of experience in the analysis, design, modelling and experimental characterization of PICs. The research activities mainly focus on analysis and design of integrated optics and devices, linear and nonlinear optical signal processing, numerical modelling, automated control techniques for the calibration and control of PICs, characterization techniques for high bit rates optical communications and sensing.

The groups have direct access to the Micro-Nano Technology Center of Politecnico di Milano, POLIFAB, comprising a 400 sqm clean room facility for the fabrication of micro/nanoscaled devices in the field of electronics, photonics, spintronics, biotechnologies and advanced materials and nanotechnology. DEIB laboratories and POLIFAB infrastructure are accessible by Master and PhD students for research and academic activities. They provide a unique opportunity to encompass state-of-art technologies and to provide a flexible support for proof-of-concepts on materials, processes and devices of Nebula project.

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Prof. Marco Sampietro

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Prof. Andrea Melloni

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Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum (IMEC), Belgium


The Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum (IMEC) is the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and Europe’s largest independent non-profit research centre on nano-electronics. Imec is an independent research centre, founded by the Belgian Flemish Government in 1984. The Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University (UGent) act as an associated division of IMEC since 1984. As from October 1, 2016, imec merged with iMinds, resulting in one of the largest digital ICT research institutes in Europe. The IMEC-IDLab Design research group in this proposal is very active in optoelectronic front-end and (sub-) system design since the early nineties. The IDLab-Design group is currently one of the leading groups in the research and development of high-speed, low-power transmitter and receiver integrated circuits for next generation transport, metro, access, datacenter and radio-over-fiber networks. Developments are ongoing in the frame of various FP7 EU-projects (PHOXTROT and SPIRIT) and are continuing in the frame of H2020 (FLEX5GWARE, TERABOARD, ICT-STREAMS, WIPE, OPTIMA, 5GPHOS, PICTURE and QAMELEON). In Nov. 2014, the Design group was awarded the 3rd biannual Greentouch 1000x award together with Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent and Orange Labs.

Contact Person

Prof. Xin (Scott) Yin

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Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), Greece


The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) (http://www.iccs.gr/eng/) is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). It was founded in 1989 in order to carry out research and development activities in the field of telecommunications systems and computer systems. ICCS employs more than 500 researchers including SECE faculty staff, senior research scientists, and PhD students. ICCS/NTUA will participate in TERIPHIC with the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL). PCRL was founded in 1995 as a research group of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. It is led by Prof. Hercules Avramopoulos and it currently numbers 6 Senior Researchers and 12 PhD students. Its research activities focus on the design and implementation of photonic devices and systems for optical communication systems and datacom applications, including innovative solutions for high-capacity, flexible optical transmission networks and systems with advanced modulation formats, all-optical signal processing systems/subsystems, multi-wavelength sources for wavelength division multiplexing systems, and novel optical network architectures for datacentres. PCRL has significant presence and a proven track record with successful participation and leadership in numerous European projects: ICT-TERIPHIC, ICT-3PeaT, ICT-QAMeleon, ICT-BIOFOS, ICT-BIOCDx, ICT-NEPHELE, ICT-ORCHESTRA, ICT-SPIRIT, ICT-PANTHER, ICT-POLYSYS, ICT-3-PEAT, ICT-MIRAGE, ICT-PHOXTROT, ICT-PLATON, ICT-BOOM, ICT-APACHE, ICT-EUROFOS, ICT-BONE, CRAFT-MULTIWAVE, IST-LASAGNE, IST-MUFINS, IST-e-Photon/One, ESPRIT DO-ALL.

Contact Person

Dr. Dimitris Apostolopoulos

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Ghent University (UGent), Belgium


Today Ghent University attracts over 41,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 10% (30% of PhD students). In 2016, the university invested over 297 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners, and employed around 7,300 academic staff members. Ghent University is ranked 62nd in the Shanghai and 118th in the Times ranking. The University has participated in more than 200 research projects in the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) and in 263 research projects in the Seventh Framework Programme, of which it coordinated 42 collaborative projects. Up till now, Ghent University is under H2020 (the new Framework Programme (2014-2020)) involved in around 180 projects, and coordinates 15 collaborative projects. The university is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity, and its commitment to European research excellence is reflected by the recent extension of the ‘European Office’ in its Research Office, i.e. the department overseeing, guiding and administering research projects. It hosts 49 ERC grant holders (22 under FP7 and 27 under H2020) and acquired 46 Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships (26 under FP7 and 20 under H2020). In H2020, it is involved in 29 ITN projects (4 as coordinator). The university provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, for which it has been rewarded the HR Excellence in Research label by the European Commission. Ghent University awarded 674 PhD degrees in 2016 of which over 30% went to international young researchers and counts 17 highly cited authors (Thomson Reuters) among its academic staff.

The Photonics Research Group (PRG) of Ghent University is a group of 8 professors and over 70 research staff in the faculty of Engineering and Architecture, in the department of Information Technology. The group focuses on the research of integrated photonics, with an emphasis on using silicon-based technology as the core platform. The PRG is also an associated laboratory of the IMEC nanotechnology research center, which has its headquarters nearby in Leuven, Belgium. This relation made it possible for the PRG to play a pioneering role in silicon photonics in Europe, by being the first to use high-end silicon mass-fabrication technology to make silicon photonic waveguide circuits. On top of this silicon photonics technologies, the PRG has built a technology portfolio of heterogeneous integration technologies (e.g. III-V-on-silicon lasers) in the university clean rooms, as well as measurement and design techniques. The 8 professors in the PRG work together on a variety of topics, addressing applications in communication, optical data processing, sensors and healthcare. The PRG is involved in over 15 running FP7 and H2020 projects, and has 6 ERC grant holders. Each year over 100 peer-reviewed papers and 150 conference papers are published.

Contact Person

Prof. Peter Bienstman

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IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland


IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, New York. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 350,000 employees serving clients in 175 countries. IBM lives at the intersection of technology and business, providing cognitive computing and cloud-based solutions that are changing the way the world works. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become smarter as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. IBM invests more than $5 billion each year in R&D and, for 26 consecutive years, has earned more U.S. patents than any other organization.

At IBM Research, we invent things that matter to the world. Today, we are pioneering the most promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society. We are driven to discover. IBM Research – Zurich is one of IBM’s 12 research labs, which includes 3,000 scientists on six continents. The spectrum of research activities ranges from exploratory research in areas such as quantum systems, neuromorphic computing and nanoscience as the basis for future computing technology, to cloud computing and storage, cognitive computing and systems, systems biology, cybersecurity and privacy and most recently blockchain. In 2011, a new facility for collaborative nanoscale research was opened on the IBM campus -- the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center.

Contact Person

Prof. Bert Offrein

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LIGENTEC, Switzerland


LIGENTEC is a company located at EPFL innovation park in Switzerland and an expert in offering silicon nitride thickness above 600nm maintaining very low waveguide propagation loss. The main application areas include integrated quantum photonics, high Q-filters, supercontinuum generation, pulse generation, spectroscopy, bio-sensing and microwave photonics.

With its silicon nitride chips LIGENTEC enables products based on integrated photonics for fabless companies and research institutions to be able to work with silicon nitride.

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Dr. Michael Zervas

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III-V Lab, France


III-V Lab is an industrial Research Laboratory created in 2004 by Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia) and Thales; Nokia is one of the leaders in communication technologies (mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies), applications and services, while Thales is a major electronic systems company acting in areas such as defence, aerospace, security and safety, information technology, and transportation. In 2010, III-V Lab was extended with the entrance of the “Laboratoire d’Electronique et de Technologie de l’Information” (LETI) from CEA in the capital, as well as 20 people from the LETI, opening the way to hybrid III-V on Si integration. CEA is one of the largest public research organisations in France, acting mainly in the fields of low carbon energies, information technologies, health technologies, large research infrastructures and global security.

Under the guidance of its members, III-V Lab conducts R&D activities in the field of micro/nano-electronics and photonics semiconductor components for different application: telecoms, defence, security, safety, space etc.

These activities cover the following topics:

  • Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for telecoms
  • Micro/nano-electronic circuits for telecoms: 40Gb/s, 100Gb/s and over
  • GaN microelectronic circuits for microwave and power applications
  • High resolution infrared imagery sensors

Located in Palaiseau, near Paris, its facilities include 4,000 m2 of clean rooms. Its staff is composed of around 100 permanent Researchers, plus around 25 PhD Students.

III-V Lab masters the different steps needed to manufacture III-V components from design to characterisation:

  • Design and modelling: electro-optical modelling for DFB, DBR and FP lasers, modulators and photo-detectors, electrical and thermal modelling of RF and power components
  • Epitaxy: MOCVD, MOVPE, MBE and GSMBE, including re-growth, selective area growth (SAG), butt-joint » and buried layers. Materials: GaN, AlGaN, InAlN, GaAs, InP, InGaAs, GaSb etc
  • Process: metal and dielectric layer deposition, electronic lithography, stepper, etching (IBE, RIE, ICP, e-beam)
  • Reliability: aging test-benches for electronic components and lasers
  • Hybridisation: III-V on Si or other (molecular adherence, Indium bumps)
  • Modules: design and fabrication of power RF electronic circuits and modules, lasers / photo receiver modules (pigtailed or not), PIC modules

III-V Lab has also the capacity to produce limited quantities of epitaxial wafers, components, modules or subsystems). Such capacity is particularly adapted to address in a flexible way the rapid evolution of the market, offering to its members or partner industrial companies an early access to the components for their system development and even preliminary deployment; in a second step, depending on the market evolution, if larger quantities are required, the technology is transferred to an industrial company with larger production capacities.

Contact Person

Dr. Christophe Caillaud

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Mellanox Technologies Limited (MLNX), Israel


The Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) is a supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox offers a broad portfolio of interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon for a range of markets including computing, enterprise Data centers, Web 2.0, Cloud, Storage and financial services. Mellanox’ top notch equipment is preferred among HPC cluster managers: Mellanox connects 39% of TOP500 systems (192 systems) as well as all of 25G, 40G and 100G Eth. systems in the TOP500 list. Mellanox accelerates 2 of the TOP5 supercomputers. The company has over 2500 employees globally and 2/3 of its global workforce is hosted in Israel, with a significant portion (~1400) conducting research and development. Mellanox has several R&D centers in Europe with main HQ being in Denmark, UK, Czech Republic and Sweden.

Mellanox is a vertically integrated company developing in-house a broad range of network interface cards (NICs), switches, network processors as well as the associated management software. Mellanox has a breadth of research activities in the fields of High-Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, storage, Network Function Virtualization, advanced network acceleration technologies (RDMA, DPDK), switch programmability, Big Data, virtualization and cloud. Mellanox has pioneered the development of an end-to-end commercial offering for 200 Gb/s combining its photonics and systems developments in a consolidated solution and has recently showcased its first 400 Gb/s products.

Contact Person

Dr. Elad Mentovich

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Dr. Paraskevas Bakopoulos

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ADVA Optical Networking SE (ADVA), Germany


ADVA Optical Networking SE (ADVA) is a global provider of telecommunications equipment. With innovative Optical, Ethernet and Control transport solutions, ADVA SE builds the foundation for high-speed, next generation networks. The company’s FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, ADVA SE forges close partnerships with its customers to meet growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services and has become a trusted partner for more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. ADVA SE is a global market leader in Metro WDM systems and Ethernet Access Devices.

ADVA Optical Networking worldwide counts more than 1850 employees, of which more than 700 are engineers working in research and development functions. ADVA has more than 20 years of experience in building optical and Ethernet transport equipment for access, metro and regional/core networks. It is and has been involved in various national and international research projects.

Contact Person

Dr. Benjamin Wohlfeil

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