The COIN project partners are University College London (UK), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (Germany), and the University of Toronto (Canada). 


University College London (Coordinator):

Founded in 1994, the Optical Networks Group (ONG) at UCL is a world-leading research group in optical communication systems and networks. The current research themes include the design of optical network architectures, wavelength routing algorithms, nonlinear optics, advanced digital signal processing and techniques for achieving high-capacity optical transmission. ONG, now over 25 strong, has excellent experimental research facilities, including a terabit/s recirculating fibre loop transmission & network test-bed as well numerous academic and industrial collaborations world-wide, including the current EPSRC Programme Grant UNLOC (


Chalmers University of Technology:

The Communication Systems Group at Chalmers applies tools from signal processing, information theory, and coding theory to develop methods for wireless and optical communications. It is the largest group in Sweden in its field and well recognized internationally. Its optical communications research is organized in the FORCE research center ( This center brings together researchers in communications and photonics to solve hard problems in optical communications through a cross-disciplinary approach. The collaboration bridges traditional discipline boundaries and includes the whole chain from components to system, from analysis to experiments.

nokia       Nokia Bell Labs (formerly Alcatel-Lucent):

Nokia is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network. Bell Labs, the research arm of Nokia, is focused on the biggest technical challenges in the telecommunications industry, solving complex problems through both applied and fundamental research. In recent years Bell Labs has returned to its research roots by focusing on grand industry challenges that have the potential to change the way the world communicates. Researchers at Bell Labs–many of them global leaders in their respective disciplines–collaborate closely with our customers and product development teams to transform the way people connect with each other and with information and content. For more information, visit Nokia on: and follow the Company on Twitter:



University of Toronto:

The University of Toronto is consistently ranked as the top university in Canada, and among the top 20 universities in the world. Within Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Toronto is ranked first in Canada, and among the top 25 world-wide. Research and teaching facilities at the University of Toronto are superb; indeed, the library system at UofT ranks third in North America (after Harvard and Yale). The hosting site of COIN is the Communications Algorithms Laboratory (CAL), led by Prof. Kschischang. In this subgroup of the Communications Group, within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, research is focused on information theory, channel coding, wireless communications, and optimisation. The group hosts a vibrant seminar series with invited speakers from around the world giving weekly lectures. Graduates of the group occupy high-level positions in academia and industry within Canada, and around the world. The CAL routinely hosts international visitors and postdoctoral fellows, most recently from Germany (funded by DFG), Switzerland (funded by SNF), and Brazil (funded by CAPES). The International Student Centre at the University is a resource for all visiting students.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No.676448  flag yellow high