Alcatel-Lucent Bell NV (ALU)

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has one of the largest research, technology and innovation organisations focused on communications — Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs — and the most experienced global services team in the industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with headquarters in Paris. Alcatel-Lucent will be represented in FascinatE by the legal unit Alcatel-Lucent Bell NV (located in Antwerp, Belgium). Being one of the Bell Labs research centres, the teams in Antwerp perform research on broadband access networks, service infrastructure, applications and networking. More specifically, the team involved in the FascinatE project is part of the Fixed Access research domain, for which the Bell Labs in Antwerp have corporate responsibility. The team performs research in access network architecture, protocols, node technology, system design, and video technologies. The team consists of network architects and experts, many at PhD level, and has built up a strong track-record of high level research in many European and Regional research projects. Alcatel-Lucent Bell has been prime contractor of many European IST projects such as FP7 ECODE, FP6 MUSE and Citizen Media, FP5 GIANT and TEQUILLA, as well as Eureka projects such as ITEA Do-It-Yourself Smart Experiences and CELTIC RUBENS. At a regional level, Alcatel-Lucent Bell has led several projects focusing on video coding and transport technologies such as the IWT CHAMP and Q-MATCH projects. ALU is also active in various standardization bodies of direct interest to the FascinatE project such as DVB, IRTF and IETF. In FascinatE, ALU will lead WP4 on Audiovisual Services, Proxies and Distribution Networks. In this context, ALU will bring its wide and in-depth expertise in research in IP technologies (including network design & architecture, network engineering, quality of service, and routing protocols) and in video coding and transport technologies. The main technical contributions in WP4 will first focus on the definition of new audiovisual services and then on the definition and study of a network architecture and new delivery mechanisms that support a scalable deployment of these services. This research will lead to the development of new network components that will integrate or interface with some of the technologies developed in other WPs in video processing (WP2, WP5) or in automated scripting (WP3) where ALU will also have contributions. In particular, in WP5, ALU will contribute to the definition and study of network interfaces and media request mechanisms for the end-terminal. Apart from that, ALU will contribute to WP1, WP6 and WP7.

Key People

Dr. Jean-François Macq is a Research Engineer at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in the Video Technology group of the Fixed Access research domain, Antwerp, Belgium, where in 2007-2008 he has led the IWT QMATCH project on scalable video networking. From 2001 till 2006, he was a researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), with the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in 2001- 2002, with the Communication and Remote Sensing Laboratory (TELE) from 2003 till 2006 and with the Louvain School of Management (IAG) in 2005-2006. In  2002-2003, he was a Visiting Student at the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His main research interests cover video processing for communication and networking applications as well as mathematical modeling and optimization aspects of multimedia content delivery issues.

Erwin Six is leading the video technology research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Belgium. In 2001, he received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ghent University. He joined the Research & Innovation group of Alcatel, which became later-on part of Bell Labs. His research was focused on a number of technical areas within the domain of access and edge networks: passive optical networks, Ethernet & IP access networks, home network management, service enabled network technologies and video technologies. He contributed to various national and European research projects (e.g. IST-GIANT, IST-MUSE). The research performed in these projects contributed a lot to the creation of various new Alcatel-Lucent products: e.g. 7342 GPON, 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM), 5580 Home Network Manager and the 5910 Video Service Appliance.

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