Institutional partners

The Labex UCN@Sophia is composed of 6 partners laboratories (I3S, LEAT, Inria Sophia Méditerranée, EURECOM, LTCI, EpOC) affiliated to 4 institutes (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, Inria and  EURECOM) sharing an interest for telecommunications networks and their uses, co-located on the SophiaTech Campus in Sophia Antipolis.

The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is a multidisciplinary French university, created in 1965, established in Nice, in the south-eastern part of France (Alpes Maritimes). It receives approximately 25,000 students, including approximately 1,300 PhD students (nearly 20% of whom come from abroad), divided between Cannes and Menton on its various units of teaching and research. It counts a little more than 1,300 teachers and teacher-researchers. Approximately 200 PhD theses are defended each year. The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is a central player on the Campus Sophia Tech, in particular with the University Polytechnic school, the IUT and its research laboratories.

Largest multidisciplinary research organization in France, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research that lead research in all scientific disciplines, technological and social domains. It covers all scientific fields, including mathematics, physics, sciences and technologies information and communication, nuclear physics and high energies, sciences of planet and the Universe, chemistry, life sciences, social sciences, environmental sciences, or engineering. CNRS is present in all the major disciplines gathered within ten institutes. On the French Riviera, with 28 laboratories, the CNRS regional office's role includes management assignments, support for laboratories, representation of the organization, stimulating and coordinating the scientific community in the "Côte d'Azur" territory.


EURECOM is a Graduate school and Research Centre in Communication Systems. Based on the close ties it has developed with industry, EURECOM can direct an essential part of its research activities towards areas of interest for its industrial partners. One of our challenges is to fill the gap between fundamental research and the more business oriented one in our partner companies. From the beginning, the main objective set by our members was excellence at an international level. In research this excellence results in a high number of publications and patents, in the active participation to international scientific events and organizations and of course in getting many important European contracts in the European framework. Given its size, EURECOM decided to focus its research activities on three main areas: networking and security, multimedia content and mobile communications digital security, data science and communication systems.


Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”. Inria is able to explore original approaches with its partners in industry and academia and provide an efficient response to the multidisciplinary and application challenges of the digital transformation. The source of many innovations that add value and create jobs, Inria transfers expertise and research results to companies (startups, SMEs and major groups) in fields as diverse as healthcare, transport, energy, communications, security and privacy protection, smart cities and the factory of the future. Inria established itself on the Sophia Antipolis site in 1981, when the new science park was still in the early stages, with many more facilities still to be built. In a few years, it became one of the leading players of this science park.


The Computer Science, Signal processing and Systems laboratory based in Sophia Antipolis associated with the Nice Sophia Antipolis University, CNRS and Inria, working in partnership with enterprises on innovative research at the forefront of science and of technology:

  •     Communications, Networks, Systems Embedded and Distributed
  •     Software and Knowledge Engineering, Interaction and Use
  •     Discrete Models for the Complex Systems
  •     Signals, Images and Systems

In addition, our researchers are actively involved in the training of students. Within our teams, trainees and PhD students are strongly implied in research projects.


Laboratory of Electronics, Antennas and Telecommunications (leat) is a joint research unit of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CNRS (UMR 7248). Research activities are organized into three themes: MCSOC (Modeling, System Design of Communicating Objects), CMA (Design and Modeling of Antennas) and S2DS2A (Detection Systems, Imaging Systems and antennal Associates).


The Laboratory for Information Processing and Communication (LTCI) is a joint research unit (UMR 5141) from CNRS and Telecom ParisTech (Institute Mines-Telecom). Founded in 1982 in the Telecom ParisTech on the signal, digital communication and pattern recognition themes, it hosts all research activities of Telecom ParisTech today, about 160 researchers and professors. The LTCI covers all themes of the telecommunication domain. 


EpOC is a research unit of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis, which develops small communicating objects by integrating(joining) innovative solutions ( SoC or 3D SiP), in the field of the biomedical implants or more generally sensors' networks. The main stake is the advanced miniaturization of these systems while limiting the degradation of their global performances. The main areas of research of EpOC are:

Front-End RF, antenna systems and sensors
Processor low consumption, memory, interface and EMI