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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
UPM is the largest technological university in Spain, with almost 50.000 students, 3.400 professors and an annual budget of 200 MEuros. It provides engineering programs (3 to 4 to 6 year curricula) in: Architecture, Aeronautics, Agriculture, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mining, Forestry, Naval Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science, Topography, Materials, Environmental Sciences and, Geodesy and Cartography.
The UPM is strongly research-oriented. More than 20% of its total income comes from research, with comparable shares from National Agencies, EU and other international Programs and Private Companies. In 2001, the UPM signed almost 400 contracts (research or technical assistance) with private companies. The UPM has 3,400 professors and around 800 financed research assistants. The majority of them are involved in some research or consultancy activity. It is organised in 20 Engineering Schools, 110 Departments, 5 Specialised Institutes and other Units. The UPM has an enormous amount of research facilities, which are impossible to list, from thousands of computers to large scale laboratories such as wind tunnels, Si and GaAs chips fabrication, material-testing, mechanical fabrication, industrial laser centre, etc.
The Signals, Systems and Radiocommunications Department (SSR) was created in the ETS Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (Telecommunications School) in 1987 when several research groups working in the areas of Radio, Signal Processing and Communications, decided to join together and establish the biggest department of the ETSIT and one of the biggest at the UPM. Since then, the Department has evolved to the point where it now makes up most of Information and Communications technologies. Presently, the SSR department is made up of 60 professors-almost all of them devoting their efforts exclusively-, more than 30 research students and supported by 9 technicians and 7 administrative officers. If we take into consideration that approximately 50 students are developing their Final Career Project in our research projects-most of them holding an award-, and that some researchers' contracts are devoted to sponsor companies' projects, the SSR becomes one of the most important research bodies in Spain with over 150 members.
On the other hand, the research Group for Applications of Signal Processing (GAPS) belongs to the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), as part of the Signal, Systems and Radiocommunications (SSR) Department. The faculty members of the group teach at the Telecommunications School of the University, and participate actively in the doctorate program 'Tecnologías y Sistemas de Comunicaciones' awarded with a Quality Mention provided by the Spanish Educational Ministry. All of them also will teach in the forthcoming Master degree offered by the UPM. The group consists of seven professors and several (6-10) graduate students. Since 1988 they have carried out continuous research and development activities in the field of digital signal processing, specifically in its applications in audio, speech, data communication, radio communication, sensors and underwater acoustics. Such activity has been the source of many journal and conference papers, several international patents and continuous cooperation with industries by means of development contracts and European projects. In the last 5 years the GAPS has developed intense activity in the field of digital communications over the RF channels. Several projects involving digital communications on the HF and VHF band in aviation environment have been carried out for the Spanish Airport Authority and one European project (Broadband VHF). Two projects (CIMCO & SECOND) on enhancements of DECT systems through equalization for nonlinear channels have been also supported by the EC, they included the realization of ASICs for the final implementation. In another ESPRIT project (TWIST) a full system (including microelectronics and RF front ends) has been developed for doubling the capacity of current DECT systems through the use of ?/4-DQPSK modulation and dual antenna equipment. GAPS is also developing CDMA and OFDM systems for the next generation of mobile communications and WLLs. Our last participation to the IST Program has been the MATRICE/4MORE projects been developed aiming the design of a 4G Mobile system.