Duration of the Project: 48 months, from November 2005 to October 2009.
Budget: 744000 Euro
Contractor and Place of Implementation: The coordinator of the project is "Politehnica" University of Bucharest- Research Center for Computer Aided Electrical Engineering (Centrul de inginerie electrica asistata de calculator) UPB-CIEAC, established in Romania. There are no other contractors. The project director is Prof. Daniel Ioan.
The EST3 project is supported by the Human Resources and Mobility (HRM) activity of the EU Sixth Framework Programme, which and is largely based on the financing of training and mobility activities for researchers. These activities, known as the Marie Curie Actions, are aimed at the development and transfer of research competencies, the consolidation and widening of researchers' career prospects, and the promotion of excellence in European research. The detailed principles of Marie Curie Fellowships for Early Stage Training are explained in the EST Handbook ( . pdf 1043 Kb).
The project comprises two embedded components:
The host university (PUB) offers opportunities of research training at high level for foreigners with no more than 4 years of research experience:
The average Marie Curie fellowship grant is 2818 Euro/month, including tuition fee. The eligibility conditions for Marie Curie grants are described in the EST Handbook
The main objective of the training part of the EST3 project is to train graduate engineers with a strong mathematical background to develop and have them apply their skills to solve real life advanced open problems in their domain of engineering, using the most efficient computational tools and appropriate mathematical models.
The structural training component of the project is related to the broad and interdisciplinary area of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) based on Applied Mathematics, Computational Science and Engineering Sciences (particularly Electrical Engineering). The precise area of study depends on the interests of the researcher.
The research component requires solid knowledge and competencies in CSE, motivating the planned training. Its objective is the development of an original nano-electronic design automation methodology (electromagnetic modeling and TCAD) and corresponding software tools (for signal integrity and design verification), in synergy with other complementary European joint projects, together with the major European Semiconductor industries and according to the European Technology Platform in Nanoelectronics – ENIAC SRA (see links). During their stages, the training activity is progressively substituted by the research activity. After the successful 3 years-stage the fellows will obtain the Doctoral degree.
An institutional objective of the project is the set-up of the Doctoral School in Electrical Engineering and Computational Science at PUB.
Research groups from UPB involved in EST3
EST3 project is implemented in conjunction with a series of synergetic research projects enforcing the transfer of knowledge, such as:
FP6/IST/STREP/Chameleon RF (www.chameleon-rf.org): Comprehensive High-Accuracy Modeling of Electromagnetic Effects in Complete Nanoscale RF blocks
FP6/MNP/STREP/ARTIC (www.artic-project.eu): Nature-inspired micro-fluidic manipulation using artificial cilia
CEEX/nEDA (www.lmn.pub.ro/neda) Methodologies and Tools for Electronic Design Automation - nEDA (financed by national sources)
and the complementary projects dedicated to the human resource development such as:
FP6/HRM/RTN Comson (www.comson.org): COMSON - COupled Multiscale Simulation and Optimization in Nanoelectronics
FP6/HRM/Tok-DEV/Tok4nEDA (http://tok.lmn.pub.ro): Transfer of High Performance Computing Knowledge for nano-Electronic Design Automation
proSCEE - http://proscee.lmn.pub.ro/ Promoting Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering (financed from the national sources)
These projects provide the international networking component of the EST3 project, so necessary because otherwise it is a mono-site project. The hired ESRs are involved directly in the research teams, working at the European joint projects at the highest scientific and technologic level. Involvement of top industrial partners (such as Philips, Siemens-Infineon, ST Microelectronics, IMEC, AMS) in these projects gives outstanding opportunities to ESRs.