Mobile communication and the Internet are without doubt the two most influential ICT technologies which have changed our daily life profoundly during the past two decades, on a worldwide scale. As these technologies evolve, next generation mobile systems and wireless networks are expected to provide IP-based secure and rich multimedia services. Targeted at several essential aspects of next generation mobile communications, the S2EuNet project is a joint initiative by four partner universities in Europe and nine partner universities and research centres from four eligible third countries in the form of staff and researcher exchange under the FP7/People/IRSES action.

In a changing world characterized by the accelerating globalization of research and technology and the emergence of new scientific and technological forces, the project brings together thirteen key research players from both the traditional scientific and technological powers and the emerging economies for the purpose of exchanging best practice in research and PhD education in wireless communications. The international dimension addressed in this initiative is highly in accordance with the Marie Curie program IRSES action which encourages long-term research collaboration between MS/AC and eligible third country partners at the organizational level. The partner institutions in the consortium are carefully selected from Europe and a few third countries among contact universities, considering both their research competence in related topics and their potentiality for maintaining long-lasting cooperation in years to come. While each partner institution has its own concentration and specialization on one or several research areas identified in the project, the consortium forms a virtual centre of excellence, enabling the involved research institutions to position themselves to compete and cooperate at an international level. The planned research activities are performed through a rich network of universities and research institutes through strong and durable partnerships. These research activities are also linked to the needs of industry and society by the partner organizations which excel at addressing the needs of the ICT sector by providing higher innovative research production and a more qualified workforce.

The primary goal of this project is to strengthen research partnership among partner organizations and to elevate the scientific competence of the participating organizations in the fields of next generation mobile systems and wireless networks. More specifically, the project has the following objectives:

  • to reinforce cooperation among partner organizations, not only between European partners and third country partners, but also between European partners for the purpose of developing long-term research partnership, at the organizational level
  • to investigate various aspects of emerging technologies in future wireless and mobile networks for the provision of reliable, security and high-performance IP-based multimedia services
  • to enhance research quality and lift the scientific competence of the participating organizations through joint research activities
  • to educate more and better qualified PhD candidates at the international level

Following the principle of the Marie Curie actions, a bottom-up approach has been adopted for both overall theme identification and research topic definition. The participating researchers in this project exceed sixty with over thirty faculty members and over thirty PhD students, organized into six Work Packages (WPs).  The duration of the project will be 48 months. It contains a researcher exchange scheme with a total number of 422 Person-Months (PMs), well balanced between outgoing visits from Europe (200 PMs) and incoming stays to Europe (222 PMs). The duration of each research stay varies from one month up to twelve months, depending on the role and the availability of the each individual researcher. The major joint activities planned in the project include 4 workshops, 2 summer schools, 20~40 guest lectures, 8~16 tutorials and 8~12 intensive PhD courses. Associated with workshops and summer schools organized by the project, shorter-than-one-month visits are also envisaged.

The S2EuNet project is in line with various aspects of the European Research Area (ERA) and the ERA 2020 Vision and has positive impact on developing long-lasting research collaborations with the third country partners at the organizational level. The objectives of the project are specific, measurable and realistic, and will be achieved within the time scale defined in the project.