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What is Multitel?

Presentation

MULTITEL, Innovation Centre, has developed its activities in 5 scientific fields

  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Image processing
  • Applied photonics
  • Network Engineering
  • ERTMS certification

Origin / History

Multitel was created thanks to the Faculty of Engineering of Mons (FPMs), and more precisely, to the departments of Electromagnetism and Telecom led by Prof. M. Blondel and to the department of Circuit Theory and Signal Processing Lab created by Prof. H.Leich and now led by Prof. J. Hancq). Indeed, in 1995, both laboratories were granted structural funds (FEDER/FSE) in the context of the Objective 1 programme of the European Commission and the Walloon Region. That financial support is initially dedicated to a set of projects under the umbrella term « MULTITEL ».

Those projects shortly resulted in the creation of an independent centre of excellence in the Province of Hainaut, with the aim of favouring the local economic growth.

In 1999, Multitel acquired the status of a research centre in the form of a nonprofitmaking association. Multitel had then a challenge to take up : become selfsupporting in the end. Still today, that objective definitely shows the applicability of Multitel’s research work.

In 2000, the team of the TELE lab of the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, hed by Prof. B. Macq, joined the centre, adding a new skill : image processing.

Evolution

In September 2004, Multitel and the CEWAC (Centre d’Etude Wallon de l’Assemblage et du Contrôle des Matériaux) gathered to form an Economic Interest Group : the MUWAC. (www.muwac.be). Thanks to the diversity of the origin and complementarity of both research centres, the Muwac is able to offer an cutting-edge expertise in the fields of identification and traceability.

As for Multitel, growth and consolidation made 2006. Indeed, new infrastructures were built, including a wide work space, brand new labs, rooms dedicated to trainings and seminars, as well as high-tech equipment.

Multitel today

With 56 engineers/researchers working for five technical departments, collaborating with about one hundred researchers of the university labs, Multitel now holds a central position in the field of innovation. The centre meets the most ambitious projects by developing and offering skills at the cutting-edge of new technology.

Future

In 2007, Multitel has to take up the end of the Phasing out of the Objective 1 programme. The research centre is determined to keep its central position in the European Research Area. Therefore, several projects portfolio have been submitted and accepted in response to the first call for proposals of the new programmation of the European structural funds for the period 2007-2013.

European partnerships

Multitel is establishing itself as a major actor at the European level with a participation in some 24 projects (leading two of them), partially funded by the European Commission.

Walloon partnerships

Multitel is involved in numerous projects of the EUREKA initiative and of the Marshall Plan, in the fields of transport, logistics and aeronautics, as well as in other programmes funded by the Walloon government.

Industrial partnerships

Concerned with the needs of companies, Multitel keeps adaptating to their demand in terms of integration of new technology. As a result of this effort, Multitel increase their industrial collaborations with both SMEs and big companies, reaching an amount of more than 250 partnerships.

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