Industrial Doctorates

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The Industrial Doctorate program encourages the development of strategic research projects within a company where the doctoral student will develop his research training in collaboration with a university.

At the same time, these projects will be the subject of a doctoral thesis.

Related to the objectives pursued by the chair, there are currently industrial doctorates with Sener and the Carlos III University of Madrid.

The advantages for the company of participating in the Plan are the following:

  • You can establish a solid base to improve your competitiveness in the long term, with highly qualified personnel.
  • Ability to access state-of-the-art scientific and technological equipment.
  • Possibility to actively collaborate with the academic staff of the universities, taking advantage of experience and knowledge in a specific area.
  • Tax deductions may be applied in corporation tax and discounts on Social Security contributions.
  • Create collaborative bridges with scientists who can be strategic allies for the future.

And the advantages for doctoral students are as follows:

  • They have the opportunity to participate in an R + D + i project that generates high added value to their curriculum, hired by a company committed to innovation and research.
  • They are supervised by people from the company and the university who continuously guide and evaluate their progress.
  • They receive complementary training in subjects that are very attractive to companies.
  • They can carry out an international stay and attend conferences and workshops that provide them with the relationships and contacts necessary to develop professionally in the same field.

Currently, the following industrial doctorates are in progress, within the framework of the chair:

Title: Development of compact and agile wireless communication links for the aerospace environment through the integration of Microwave Photonics techniques.
Abstract: The objective of this work is to develop photonic integrated circuits for high quality carrier wave generation within the micro- and Millimeter-wave frequency range. We aim at developing the frequency generation units for high data rate COMSAT Payloads, emitting at the upper end of the 30 MHz to 30 GHz spectrum window for space. The data rates to be implemented must reach up to 10 Gb/s. To achieve this objective we propose two integrated schemes for generating the carrier frequency.
The first one is based on the direct modulation generation scheme, using optical amplitude modulators. The advantage of this scheme is that the stability of the generated signal is determined by an electronic reference signal. In most published schemes, the reference frequency must be half of the radiofrequency that we aim to generate. We propose to design higher order modulation structures, integrated in a single chip, that achieve higher multiplication factors so that the reference frequency can be lowered below 100 MHz. For this we propose structures of nested modulators.
The second scheme is based on the integration into a photonic chip of an optoelectronic Oscillator (OEO) with two feedback loops. These schemes are known for their ability to generate high quality signals (low phase noise), generating replicas of the signal in both the electronic and optical domain. In addition to phase noise, other important merit factors that improve this structure include signal stability and quality factor (Q). In recent years OEO has emerged as an excellent source of low noise signal, which rivals the best RF oscillators in the generation of stable or spectrally pure RF or microwave reference signals.

Title: New techniques for developing real-time embedded software for next-generation MPSoC platforms.
Abstract: The main objective of the proposed thesis is to investigate new techniques for developing real-time on-board software for next-generation MPSoC processors, using hardware / software co-design techniques in hybrid environments of mixed criticality. To provide this support, it is proposed as first steps to integrate a hypervisor and a real-time operating system on the MPSoC platform, a platform to choose depending on the problem, but which would initially be from the Zynq Ultrascale range. Subsequently, the hardware / software co-design of a target application decided jointly by SENER and UC3M will be carried out and, on this implementation, the problems of task planning (WCET), reliability and data security that may arise in this type of environments proposing new solutions for them. Model-based system engineering techniques will be used as a co-design paradigm.

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