Department of Telecommunications Science and Technology, University of Peloponnese (UoP) currently is the only University department in Greece that focuses solely on studying Telecommunications. The Department commenced its operations in September 2001 and therefore it was impossible to officially participate in previous IST calls. In any case, UoP is participating in e-Photon/ONe+. Moreover, the staff of the Optical Networking Group (ONG) of UoP consists of researchers that have a long history of participation in several EU projects. The main fields of expertise include: physical layer modeling of optical networks, optical switching, optical transmission, techno-economic evaluation, modeling and performance of optical networks and control protocols (Layer-2 functionality) studies.
Based on the experience of its members the group has a considerable know-how in the field of optical systems engineering, design and modeling. Of relevance to HECTO, ONG has experience on system modeling (ACTS-COBNET, IST-DAVID, IST-NOBEL, e-Photon/ONe), on optical packet/burst switching (IST-DAVID, IST-GIANT, IST-NOBEL), and techno-economic evaluation (ACTS-PLANET, IST-DAVID). Therefore, the ONG is one of the most highly qualified groups in the field of systems modeling and techno-economic evaluation and the skills required for HECTO are tailored to the competences of the group.