Thales Communications & Security SAS: Project Coordinator

Thales Communications & Security (TCS) is one of the few companies in the world to address all telecommunications segments. TCS is a major branch of the Thales Group. The Thales Group revenues total €12.7 billion, half from the civilian businesses and half in the defence domains. TCS division revenues reached € 2.8 Billion employing 13,000 people in 20 countries. The segments of the telecommunications market we cover include radio-communications, IP networks, satellite communication, network administration and security. TCS has a long experience in mission critical Information Systems and secure infrastructures for systems and networks, including Internet and Intranets. R&D investment is realized by over 10,000 engineers, including 4,200 researchers and concretized by more than 1,500 patents filled. The TCS lab involved in the project is the Advanced Information Technology Laboratory (TAI) whose mandate is to investigate architectures and technologies for future networks and ICT systems within the Advanced Studies department in TCS. TAI personnel includes network experts, especially for fixed and mobile IP network design, security architects for networks and information systems, PMR experts, information system experts on architecture and modelling aiming to increase adaptability and dependability.


TAI has a long track of successful involvement in Framework Programme projects, both as leader (Widens, iTetris, Calipso, MOTO), technical leader (TEFIS, Selfnet) or WP leader (EU-MESH, COGEU, Conect). TAI has been involved in wireless and public safety cross-layer design for many years (starting with the WIDENS project in 2005). We proposed QoS routing theoretical analyses and distributed schemes in mesh and cognitive radio networks (in the EU-MESH and COGEU projects) as well as more physical layer and communication aspects in (DUPLO project).

Thales Communications & Security main work efforts in RESCUE project will target WP0, WP3 and WP5. As a project coordinator THALES will carry out the management tasks of the project in WP0. Additionally, TCS will contribute by bringing its operational expertise in the proposed use cases scenarios in WP5. We also take part in the dissemination of the project results as a part of this WP. Another important part of our contribution is situated in WP3 where we will participate in designing MAC scheduling and routing specifically designed for unpredictable environments. We will also develop a distributed control plane whose objective is to convey management information with low overhead for lossy wireless networks.


Dr. Hicham Khalifé received his M.Sc. degree from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in 2005 then his PhD from the same university in 2008. From 2009 to 2011 he served as an associate professor in the computer engineering department of IPB ENSEIRB-MATMECA in Bordeaux France and a member of the LaBRI research laboratory enrolled in the COMET Networking team. He joined Thales communications & security in December 2011. His main research contributions are essentially in the area of wireless networks and multi-hop cognitive radio networks. He has been involved in several collaborative projects at National (ANR LiCoRNe project coordinator) and European levels (FP7 DUPLO and MOTO). He has served as PC member of many international conferences and published and reviewed for international journals and conferences.

Dr. Vania Conan is senior research expert at Thales Communications & Security, in Gennevilliers, France. He received his Engineering Degree (1990) and PhD in Computer Science (1996) from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France. He subsequently received an “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” degree in Networking from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (2012). For the past ten years he has been involved in collaborative research projects at national and European levels (FP5, FP6, FP7 programmes, ITEA Eureka cluster and French ANR). He successfully managed FP6 WIDENS as project manager and FP7 SelfNet as technical manager. He has published over 60 international conference and journal papers and filed several patents in networking technologies. His current research interests include autonomic network management, wireless node architectures, cross-layer communication protocols and middleware design for networked systems.


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