Accelerating the advance and convergence of information technologies
The Nortel Institute promotes, facilitates and conducts innovative, intensely collaborative research too long-range in scope for corporations or too large for even the best-equipped individual university research groups. The Institute is mandated both to pursue research that is long-term and exploratory, leading to advances and continued leadership in the future, as well as to engage in short-term development of technology to find specific solutions to problems faced by industry.
Telecommunications research is increasingly cross-disciplinary, encompassing and transcending such fields as satellites, microwaves, computing, electronics, optics advanced materials, management and sociology. The Institute is positioning itself at the focal point for the fusion of advances in disciplines including physics, mathematics, chemistry, materials science, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering. Institute researchers collaborate with colleagues from across the University of Toronto, sister institutions in Canada and around the world, and researchers from industry, in particular from the founding industry partner, Nortel Networks.
Researchers and scholars from the fields of management and languages are also contributing to the Institute’s studies of technology trends, policy, regulation and impact. At present, there are five principal research thrusts in highly competitive areas: Novel Network Architectures and Management; Novel Microwave Technologies; Advanced Wireless/Mobility; All-Optical Networks Emerging Technologies / Device Prototyping; and, Organic and Polymer Photonic Materials and Devices. The Nortel Institutes research and development program is designed to respond to and work towards the resolution of specific challenges.