Project FOUND

Foundations of the communication networks of the future


The evolution towards 6G is subject to fundamental limitations linked to physics and information theory. This targeted project will cover all the components of fundamental research in this area.

Scientific manager : 

  • François Baccelli, INRIA

Executive Comittee :

  • Emilio Calvenese, CEA
  • Arsenia Chorti, CNRS
  • Laurent Clavier, IMT
  • Jean-Marie Gorce, INRIA

The project’s basic research will be organised along the following lines:

  • study of the ultimate theoretical limits in terms of physics and information theory along with many open questions linked to the use of the spatial dimension, significant constraints in terms of latency and taking into account the meaning of what is transmitted from the coding stage through protocols up to the physical layer.
  • determining an optimal spatial organisation for network elements given limitations linked to information theory. This will require new mathematical tools and models, which will be key elements of the project.
  • the design of real-time and non-real-time distributed control algorithms to enable such network architectures to be fully exploited. Here, the main objective is to get closer to the fundamental limits studied in the framework of this project.

Fields of application

Interaction with all the other targeted projects in the PEPR will enable optimum integration into 6G of new network elements like reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, new architectures (cell-free or non-terrestrial, for example) and new functionalities like combined communication and sensing or edge computing.

The consortium

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