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Dr. Christos Kouloumentas
Tel: +30 210 772 2057
mail: ckou(at)mail.ntua.gr 
Prof. Hercules Avramopoulos
Tel: +30 210 772 2057
mail: hav(at)mail.ntua.gr
Technical Manager
III-V lab
Dr. Agnieszka Konczykowska
Tel: +33 (0)1 6040 6867
mail: agnieszka.konczykowska

PANTHER's Partners

Institute of Comm. & Computer Systems/National Technical University of Athens (ICCS/NTUA)

ICCS-NTUAThe Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). ICCS/NTUA will participate in PANTHER with the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL), which was founded in 1995 as a research group of the SECE. Its research activities focus on the design, implementation and characterization of photonic components, subsystems and systems and network architectures for telecom and datacom applications, ranging from all-optical signal processing units (regenerators, λ-converters, FPGA-controlled photonic switches) to coherent transmission systems with advanced modulation formats.


ICCS/NTUA will coordinate PANTHER and will be responsible for the development of the SDN platform of the project. ICCS/NTUA will also participate in the design and characterization of the polymer components, the development of FPGA controllers, the set-up of system test-beds and the experimental evaluation of PANTHER modules and systems in lab and real-network settings, and finally in the dissemination and exploitation activities.

Contact: Christos Kouloumentas, Hercules Avramopoulos

Alcatel-Thales III-V lab (ATL)

Logo-III-V-labIII-V Lab is an industrial Research Laboratory created in 2004 by Alcatel-Lucent and Thales. In 2010, it was extended with the entrance of the “Laboratoire d’Electronique et de Technologie de l’Information” (LETI) from CEA, which is one of the largest public research organizations in France. III-V Lab conducts R&D activities in the field of micro/nano-electronics and photonics semiconductor components for different applications: telecoms, defence, security, safety, space, etc.


III-V Lab will be responsible for the development of the InP-DHBT integration platform and the design, fabrication and characterization of the InP-DHBT electronic circuits of the transmitter (3 MUX/pDAC circuits) and the receiver (TIA-AGC circuits) modules of PANTHER. III-V Lab will also coordinate the activities for the definition and the implementation of the co-design methodology and will participate in the dissemination and exploitation activities. III-V Lab will be responsible for the technical management of the project.

Contact: Jean-Yves Dupuy, Agnieszka Konczykowska, Jean Godin

Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institut (Germany)

HHI Logo ENFhG-HHI is one of the leading laboratories worldwide with emphasis on InP-based discrete and PIC devices as well as polymer-based PLCs and optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEIC). In its Photonics Components (PC) department HHI has successfully developed a wide range of photonic devices, in many cases in close cooperation with domestic and foreign SMEs.


FhG-HHI will lead the design, fabrication and characterization of passive polyboards for the transmitter and receiver modules of PANTHER. FhG-HHI will collaborate with LINKRA on the hybrid integration of the passive with the InP modulator technology and the hybrid integration of the InP chips (gain chips and photodiode arrays) with the passive polyboards. FhG-HHI will also be responsible for the development of high-bandwidth/high-responsivity InP photodiode arrays, and will participate in the definition of the co-design methodology and the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project. Further, modulator group of FhG-HHI will lead the design and fabrication of the ultra-fast InP Mach Zehnder modulator arrays for the transmitter part.

Contact: David de Felipe Mesquida, Norbert Keil, Alessandro Aimone

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France (France)

ALBF logoAlcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. Its research arm, Bell Labs, is organized into 6 strategic domains: Enabling Physical Technologies, Optical Technologies, Access Technologies, Network Technologies, Multimedia Technologies, and Enabling Computing Technologies. Bell Labs research aims to create new growth opportunities with disruptive innovation and to provide a competitive market advantage for Alcatel-Lucent. The French Bell labs centre and the second in size, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France (ALBLF), located close to Paris, is a 100% affiliate of Alcatel Lucent France and is covering research on optical components, transmission systems and optical networks, fixed and mobile networks architectures from the core to the edge, security, privacy, multimedia platforms, and data analytics.


Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France will be responsible for the development of the testbeds and the experimental evaluation of PANTHER modules. ALBLF will study the performance of PANTHER transceivers at rates up to 64 Gbaud. ALBLF will also collaborate with ICCS/NTUA and TILAB on the integration of the SDN platform and the evaluation of the transceivers in real network settings. ALBLF will also participate in activities related to the definition of the network scenarios/use-cases, and will participate in the exploitation/dissemination activities.

Contact: Haik Mardoyan

Linkra Microtech (Italy)

logo linkaLinkra Microtech is the business unit of Linkra s.r.l, an Italian company member of the Italian “Compel Group”, employing roughly 500 people with 40 devoted to R&D activities. Linkra Microtech operates in the fields of RF and Microwave Photonics modules both as a contract manufacturer as well as offering its own products for defence and telecommunication applications. Linkra Microtech offers R&D design capability and complete technical support to develop prototypes and quickly convert them into a fully automated production line, providing robust and reliable products and shortening time to market.


LINKRA will lead the development of the integration and packaging methodology and the actual assembly and packaging of the EPICs for the transmitter, receiver and transceiver modules of PANTHER. LINKRA will also be involved in activities related to the hybrid integration of the InP gain chips and the photodiode chips with the passive polyboards. Moreover, LINKRA will participate in the development of the co-design methodology and the exploitation/dissemination activities of PANTHER.

Contact: Antonello Vannucci

Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

DTUThe Technical University of Denmark is represented in this project by the Electromagnetic System group (EMS) part of the DTU Electrical Engineering department. The activities at the EMS group cover antennas, antennas measurements, electromagnetic field theory, metamaterials, microwave technology, and THz electronics. In the microwave field the focus is on GaN and LDMOS high-power amplifiers, reconfigurable filters, and MMIC design using III-V and Silicon based technologies. The MMIC design activity is supported by a large device modelling activity.


DTU will collaborate with III-V Lab on the development of high-speed electronics by developing InP-DHBT models for the circuit designs. DTU will also contribute to the system integration and packaging by simulation of the electromagnetic and thermal behavior of the high-speed electrical connections using advanced CAD tools, with particular emphasis on the design of the RF-circuitry on the AlN films.

Contact: Tom Johansen

Telecom Italia S.p.A. –TILAB (Italy)

logo TILABTelecom Italia Lab(TILAB) is the R&D department of Telecom Italia and its mission is to increase the innovation of the Telecom Italia Group through the exploitation of its know-how and laboratories. The research activities are carried out in the main innovative directions such as the architecture of fixed and mobile convergent networks, platforms and service solutions, network evolution, multimedia, ICT security.


TILAB will bring the network operator perspective in PANTHER project and will investigate reference network architectures, will define application scenarios/use-cases and will contribute to component and system specifications. Moreover, TILAB will also provide input regarding the definition of requirements and parameters for the monitoring tools and the SDN architecture. TILAB will also actively participate in the system evaluation of PANTHER modules and systems with emphasis on the final evaluation in real settings using resources of Telecom Italia network. Finally, TILAB will lead the activities for the dissemination and exploitation of PANTHER technology.

Contact: Annachiara Pagano, Diego Roccato