SMARAD was established in 2000 as Smart and Novel Radios Research Unit to provide world-class research and education in radio engineering, communications and signal processing. The Academy of Finland has selected SMARAD as one of the centres of excellence in research for the period 2002 –2007. In December 2006 the Academy announced that the renewed SMARAD (Centre of Excellence in Smart Radios and Wireless Research) was appointed a Centre of Excellence for years 2008-2013.
The new SMARAD includes research groups from three departments of the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering:
- Department of Radio Science and Engineeting (research groups of Millimeter wave and THz techniques, Artificial electromagnetic materials and applications, High-frequency and microwave engineering)
- Department of Signal processing and Acoustics (research group of Communications and statistical signal processing)
- Department of Micro- and Nanosciences (research group of Electronic circuit design)
At present, SMARAD employs approximately 90 people. There are 7 professors positions (5 of them are Principal Investigators), 25 other senior level researchers with a doctor degree, and about 40 post-graduate students aiming at the doctor degree. Some 20% of the postgraduate students are females. The SMARAD personnel is truly international: more than 10 nationalities are represented among permanent staff and post-graduate students.