Hermes Partnership: strengthening wireless communications research

Without doubt wireless radio transmission and networks are the pillars of today's state of art in ICT technologies. Leading European research institutions, universities and industries strengthen their efforts by cooperation in the Hermes Partnership. The partnership operates as an European Centre of Excellence and offers the members a platform for in-depth scientific discussions on themes as wireless communications, network technologies, future internet and network infrastructures, Internet of Things (IoT), Personal Networks, Body Area Networks, Bio-inspired communications, Nano communications, future radio including Tera Herz technology, etc.

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Looking at developments in 5G, looking at the commercial deployment of 5G and looking at long term opportunities for new releases, 6G ?, Hermes partners foresee the need of a paradigm change in End to End networking. Currently a number of Hermes partners work on a white paper on the topic. The paper is scheduled to be ready early 2019. Please see also the agenda topic for more information on CNERT: computer and networking Expeimental research usig Testbeds:


The use of wearables and body sensor devices is rapidly growing in the Internet of Things (IoT). At the same time, digital health, a convergence of digital technologies and health (Wikipedia), is emerging.

SmartBAN aims at a "smart" solution for BAN with improved and dedicated performance for medical, health improvement and sport and leisure applications, further to existing BAN standards. It covers:

  • communication and the associated physical layer (PHY) and the Medium access control (MAC) layer,
  • network layer, security, Quality of Service (QoS) and provision of generic applications and services,
  • a start network around a "smart" hub such as handset or a watch, performing the option of multi-hop relay.

SmartBAN has been started as research initiative of Hermes Partnership and is now carried out as a Technical Working Group of ETSI. SmartBAN has been presented during the IoT week October 2018. Please look here for the presentation.

More information: please contact Dr. John Farserotu, CSEM, Switserland. (email

Hermes Partner IMEC/IDLab wins prestigious DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge Prize

Hermes partner Ingrid Moerman (University of Ghent/ IMEC, together with Steven Latré (University of Antwerp/ IMEC) both active in the IMEC IDLab, have received a research grant of $ 750.000 for outstanding performance of their Software Defined Radio developments in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge.

DARPA wants to solve the problem of utilizing the finite amount of radio spectrum available in the most efficient way possible, using machine intelligence. DARPA hopes the challenge inspires teams to find methods that will let devices manage their use of the spectrum autonomously in the face of those exponentially growing concerns.

The traditional methods of spectrum management, where radio frequency ranges are chopped into sections and set aside for specific uses, isn’t enough to keep up with the number of devices sending signals these days. More advanced spectrum management is needed.

Autonomous management by the transmitting devices will hopefully solve this problem by training machines to listen for open frequencies in the constant noise of transmissions all around them and only sending their own signals when a window opens up. Self-learning algorithms have to be developed for this application. The competition included real time tests at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD, USA. 

above: the winning team

In total 19 teams demonstrated their software defined radio (SDR) designs. The ten best performing teams were awarded with $ 750.000 to improve their radio technology in follow-up research.

More information?

Ingrid Moerman (UGent/imec):

Hermes: May 2018

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