The CALIBER (CompAct eye-safe Lidar source for AirBorne lasER scanning) is led by the Italian research center Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in collaboration with partners from across Europe. The consortium inlcudes also: Politecnico di Torino from Italy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from Israel, and Tampere University of Technology from Finland.
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Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research & innovation centre operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on the technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and Public Administration.

ISMB operates according to the knowledge management model: this means that it plays an active role not only in devising innovative solutions, but also in their implementation and consequent developments. This approach represents a step forward with respect to technology transfer, and in this sense the evolutionary lines of European research are taken into account.

ISMB is organized in Research Areas focused on core sectors of ICT. Satellite navigation systems (Navigation Technologies), wireless sensor networks and pervasive systems (Pervasive Technologies), broadband communications and electromagnetic simulation (Multi-Layer Wireless Solutions), optical fibres (Applied Photonics), cloud computing (Advanced Computing and Electromagnetism), applications for mobile devices (Mobile solutions) and new paradigms for Information Management and Innovation Development.

Since 2010, ten years after its foundation, ISMB has extended its activities to process innovation, orienting its focus on priority themes of the European agenda. Such an evolution aims at exploiting excellences and results obtained by Research Areas into Strategic Programs that are interdisciplinary by nature. Smart Energy, Smart City and Smart Health are the strategic programs tackled by ISMB, representing the first step of a broader action aimed at high-value social projects.

Consistently with process innovation goals, the Institute has developed a strong competence in new business models that are a necessary component for the economic sustainability of innovative solutions.

Moreover, the Institute is involved in several industrial cooperation activities with both large enterprises and SMEs, as well as in various higher-education initiatives in partnership with academic institutions.

ISMB has a large experience in participating to EU Projects, having also coordinated or currently coordinating projects in both FP6 and FP7 (such as NEWCOM, NEWCOM++, POF-ALL, POF-PLUS, FABULOUS, GREENCOM, ALMANAC).

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POLITECNICO DI TORINO (POLITO) was founded more than 150 years ago and represents a leading public university, in Italy and Europe, in technical-scientific teaching and research with over 33.000 students from 120 countries. In 11 multidisciplinary Departments, 2,500 people carry out R&D activities in all fields of Engineering, Architecture and Design. Politecnico di Torino is part of some of the major European interuniversity networks, such as Cesaer, Cluster, Eua, Sefi, T.I.M.E. Politecnico di Torino participates in international networks including: ECSEL, N.ERGHY, E2BA A.i.s.b.l., NEREUS, IAF, EPIC, EERA, EGVIA, EFFRA. These contacts will permit to spread and disseminate information and project results to a wider number of institutions. The University aims at networking with the socio-economical context and at opening new partnerships with industries and multinational companies (about 800 research agreements per year). The Politecnico is becoming increasingly engaged in the participation to European, national and regional research projects. In Europe, 233 projects have been funded by the 7th FP (2007-2013) for over 66.6 million euros. In the first two years of the Horizon 2020 European funding program 58 projects were financed with 25 million Euro. In 2012-2015 Politecnico was involved in 23 international research projects, 94 national research projects, 302 regional research projects and 1950 external services (2013-2015). Overall research income is estimated about 212 M€ in 2012-2015. In November 2013 Politecnico di Torino has been acknowledged by the European Commission for its commitment towards the implementation of the Charter and Code through the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award.

The Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT) has a long experience in the field of specialty materials for various applications including photonic glasses. It has state of the art laboratories and technologies and employs 250 research staff (academics, researchers, research assistants, students). DISAT participated in several EU research projects in the field of glasses for photonics, sensing and materials processing, amongst which: FP5-GLAMOROUS, FET-GLAPHOVIS, FP7- NASLA, FP7-LIFT, FP7-GlaCERCo, H2020CoACH.

Read More about Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), with approximately 19,000 students, is one of Israel’s largest research universities. It comprises five faculties (Natural, Engineering, and Health Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences, and Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management), the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, and the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies. The university’s main campus, the Marcus Family Campus, and two smaller campuses are situated in Beer-Sheva, and it also has campuses in Eilat and in Sede Boqer.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at BGU was established in 1971 and it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of subjects that encompass practical and theoretical aspects of electrical and computer engineering. Current student enrolment numbers about 800 undergraduate students pursuing B.Sc. degrees and 200 graduate students in the MSc. and Ph.D. tracks. The Department is equipped with enhanced laboratory, computer, teaching, and research facilities.

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TUT is located in Tampere, the Nordic countries’ largest inland city, some 170 km north of the capital Helsinki. TUT has altogether about 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and close to 2,000 employees. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. Around 1,500 foreign nationals from more than 60 countries work or pursue studies at TUT. The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) of Tampere University of Technology, founded in 2000, is the largest and most productive nanophotonics and optoelectronics research centre in Finland. In 2016, it employs 50 researchers and has budget of about 6.0 M€, of which 60% comes from outside sources. With its five molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) reactors and complete optoelectronic device processing and characterization facilities, ORC is one of the largest university units in Europe conducting research on MBE technology. ORC has been exceptionally successful in developing and transferring new technologies to industry. One of the most visible outcomes of this work has been the emergence of high-volume laser production industry in Finland.