About COBRA

Welcome to the website of COBRA – the Inter-University Research School on Communication Technologies Basic Research and Applications. The COBRA group is one of the world's top institutes in the field of optical communications. Located at the Eindhoven University of Technology, we are the largest research group in the Netherlands on broadband communication.We focus on interdisciplinary research in optical communication, concentrated in three areas: Materials, Devices, and Systems. In order to do this, we combine the work of researchers in the fields of physics and electrical engineering.Our institute is funded by the Dutch government as well as by many European research projects and industry. We are represented in long-term, large-scale national and international research programs, such as the European Commission’s Information Society Technologies Framework Programs. COBRA fills several key positions within the seventh European Framework Program (FP7),which runs from 2007 to 2013, and is involved in several exciting new projects of the EU program Horizon 2020. Since 1998, COBRA has been granted the title of “top” research school by the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

COBRA’s research in the field of broadband communications is conducted in several research groups that would normally not be combined at such a structural level: researchers in the areas of physics and electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), in the Netherlands, combine their efforts in education and research.

COBRA’s operations are located in Eindhoven, at the campus of the Technical University (TU/e). COBRA employs roughly 20 permanent staff members and more than 100 temporary ones, including PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. It has a well-equipped 800 m2 cleanroom facility for researching, measuring and experimenting with the most important semiconductor material of the optoelectronic field: Indium Phosphide (InP). The cleanroom has been built and financed by TU/e, with special emphasis on facilities for the National Research Combination (NRC) Photonics program.

In the multidisciplinary field of communication technology, COBRA presents a coherent approach to solving today’s challenges, and brings together a complementary set of research capabilities from the individual research groups.

The fruits of such research have been plentiful. Results have been presented within long-term, large-scale national and international research programs, such as the European Commission’s Information Society Technologies Framework Programs. COBRA currently fills several key positions within the seventh European Framework Program (FP7), which runs from 2007 to 2013.

The research focuses on three areas: Materials, Devices and Systems.

COBRA in numbers

Faculty members20
Postdocs25
PhD students70
Technicians10
Cleanroom for III-V technology800 m2