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Communication Networks 1
Communication Networks 2
Communication Networks 3
Cooperative Communication Systems
Practical Implementations of Network Coding
Advanced Topics on Signal Processing at TUM
Nachrichtenverkehrstheorie – Traffic Theory
ICT for Smart Grids
Problem Based Learning
PhD seminar Advanced Topics ComNets
SDN & NFV
Materials and Tools
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We are contributing to the following projects and initiatives:
5G Lab Germany
The 5G Lab Germany is a world leading research center focusing on the fifth generation of mobile communication system with more than 20 TU Dresden professors and around 20 industry partners. The focus is to carry out research on low latency, resilient, and secure communication to boost the digital transfer in Germany.
Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (
DFG Clusters of Excellence
CeTI is a cluster of excellence of the TU Dresden. The central vision is to enable people to interact in quasi-real time with cyberphysical systems (CPS) in the real or virtual world via intelligent wide area communication networks in order to enable people and machines to exchange skills and expertise globally.
BMBF 08/2021 - 08/2025
6G-life will drive cutting-edge research for 6G communication networks with a focus on human-machine collaboration. 6G-life provides new approaches for sustainability, security, resilience and latency and will sustainably strengthen the economy and thus digital sovereignty in Germany.
BAFA – Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle
02/2021 – 12/2023
The project is intended to provide SMEs the opportunity to test 5G campusnetworks for the digitization of their manufacturing line and to validate the network in terms of possible applications, functionality and financial viability. Many companies benefit from the project on the as they receive information on this topic from an independent professional and qualitative source and can check whether this topic is relevant for them. Many companies can thus be shown a first step towards the digitization of their production.
SAB – Sächsische Aufbaubank
01/2021 – 12/2023
This project aims to support SMEs in experiencing the possibilities and capabilities of 5G mobile technology through practical demonstrators. By means of these demonstrators from the areas of robotics, sensor technology and positioning, which are adapted to the environment of companies. The SMEs are to experience and comprehend which capabilities the technology offers. In addition to setting up the nomadic 5G mobile communication networks, the construction and conversion of corresponding demonstrators together with the participating companies is an essential goal of the project.
08/2019 - 12/2022
In this project we use optical signals in the near infrared range for communication. The IR ray does not penetrate the eye and at a power of less than 10mW it will meet the eye's safety standards. In addition, IR radiation communication does not suffer from ambient light as noise, which requires less sensitive and less expensive receivers. In general, OW is generally safer than WiFi, which requires encryption and high security to prevent eavesdropping. Both VLC and IR radiation communication ensure good privacy through the walls. In contrast to VLC, IR radiocommunication could enable more secure indoor communication, especially when windows are well coated.
Predicting the Quality of Service parameters in communication networks in an end-to-end manner using advanced machine learning methods and tools; Strong focus on mobility of the clients and dynamics of the observed systems.
, Net-BliSS – In-network Blind Source Separation Enabled Acoustic Anomaly Detection for Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications Applications.
With the advance of Industry 4.0, the physical world is being digitalized through the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. This in turn enables the monitoring, control, and optimization of industrial production processes by embedding computation and network. One of the most promising Industry 4.0 applications is Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) acoustic anomaly detection, which allows predictive detection of potential production failures to avoid machine damage and production downtime. As an essential step in acoustic anomaly detection, the data analysis technique Blind Source Separation (BSS) faces transmission and computational challenges in IoT networks. This project will work on the integration of computing and networking to overcome the challenges on communication networks and analysis systems from BSS, in order to enable URLLC acoustic anomaly detection.
RIA Hexa-X project
The Hexa-X vision is to connect human, physical, and digital worlds with a fabric of 6G key enablers. 2030 and beyond, Europe and the world will face opportunities and challenges of growth and sustainability of tremendous magnitude; proactively tackling the issues of green deal efficiency, digital inclusion and assurance of health and safety in a post-pandemic world will be key. A powerful vision is needed to connect the physical, digital, and human worlds, firmly anchored in future wireless technology and architectural research. The ambition of the Hexa-X project includes developing key technology enablers in the areas of: fundamentally new radio access technologies at high frequencies and high-resolution localization and sensing; connected intelligence through AI-driven air interface and governance for future networks, and 6G architectural enablers for network disaggregation and dynamic dependability.
Post-Shannon Theory and Implementation
DFG - 01.07.21 - 30.06.24
Weaver and Shannon, in 1963, identified three levels of communication. Namely, the technical level, the semantics level, and the effectiveness level. They refer, respectively, to the reliable reproduction of symbols at the destination, the accurate understanding of said symbols, and the effect it produces at the receiver. Claude Shannon decided to focus his "mathematical theory of communication" on the first of these levels. Undoubtedly, this was one of the greatest works of the 20th Century, and their repercussions are deeply embedded in our daily lives. However, today's communication systems face challenges not present in Shannon's lifetime (e.g., control of cyber-physical systems). New challenges drive us to ask ourselves what potential gains can we obtain if we consider new communication tasks beyond Shannon's initial ideas. We aim to investigate communication at the semantics and effectiveness levels, including novel tasks such as common randomness generation and message identification.
, sc.AI.ling the Clouds
BMBF 01/2022 - 12/2022
Adaptive resource allocation is one of the cloud's key selling points, with pay-as-you-use as an attractive and efficient way to reduce capital cost for users. This software campus microproject focuses on a predictive scaling approach with uncertainty as a key feature for placing, scaling or otherwise provisioning resources in the cloud or on the edge.
, SiFCoR: Security in Wireless Networks using Common Randomness
BMBF 01/2022 - 12/2022
Applications in 5G and beyond, e.g. automation, autonomous driving, drones and remote surgery, require a communication system with high availability and data security. One proposal of current research is to use Common Randomness (CR) to achieve this resilience directly at the physical layer. In this project, this technique will be integrated into a real 5G campus network. This is to test the technology for practical use.
, Localization for Automated Guided Vehicles with 5G and Mobile Edge Cloud
BMBF 01/2022 - 12/2022
Mobile robots enable the autonomously operating smart factory of the future in the context of 5G. In order for these automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to operate autonomously, reliable localization using the SLAM method is required. This requires high computing power in the AGV, which leads to increased energy consumption and a shorter runtime. This is improved by outsourcing the localization and control to a local cloud.
5G-OPEnRAn - 5G-OPERA
BMWi and BLI (French), 01.01.2022 - 31.12. 2024
5G-OPERA is a joint german and french project with partners on both sides exploring the possibilites of 5G Open RAN technology and foster the development of specialised software and the integration in the Open RAN field of both countries with a particular focus on 5G-Campusnetworks. The project partners cover the whole technology stack from UE chipsets over RU and DU to CU and 5G-Core. Around 5G-OPERA other satellite projects aim to utilize the technological results into various applications. Eurocom and ComNets are leading the project group with ComNets performing research on 5G-Core, network management and automation development and interopabililty.
Time-Sensitive Communication in Campusnetworks for Teleoperated Control - TICCTEC
BMWK, 01.04.2022 - 31.03.2025
TICCTEC is a satellite project in the German CampusOS call focusing on Open RAN utilization in 5G campus networks. TICCTEC will investigate the conjoint use of Time-Sensitive Networking protocols and 5G mobile communication networks via TSN translators. The aim is to realize deterministic communication from the edge cloud to the device for tele-operated robot and vehicle control. Also, the integration of D2D communication in such an architecture shall be investigated to increase reliability and decrease latency in difficult wireless links.
QuaPhySI - Quantum Physical Layer Service Integration
BMBF 05/2022 - 04/2025
The project researches quantum bridging technologies with application potential for future generations of communication networks and towards the quantum internet. For this purpose, a holistic concept for a network architecture based on Physical Layer Service Integration (PLSI) will be designed. The compatibility with 6G networks will be ensured. The concept will be made accessible and evaluated by emulating the entire quantum-classical network protocol stack. Concrete building blocks of the roadmap are Entanglement-Assisted Data Transmission (ED) and Oblivious Transfer (OT). The project addresses secure and efficient quantum-classical communication networks, also considering quantum-classical error-correcting procedures for reliability.
Automotive Intelligence for Connected and Shared Mobility - AI4CSM
EU ECSEL-JU & BMBF, 2021-05 - 2024-04
AI4CSM aims to support automotive usecases with very strict reliability requirements, strengthening the European semiconductor industry and competence centeres.
We contribute intelligence at the network edge, with in-time provisioning of necessary compute resources at the edge, if possible, and further into the cloud when necessary. Placement of the computation and the impact on expected computational delay are given with confidence bounds.
We also work to interface with partners' prototypes of n257 devices for high speed connectivity.
RIA Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA)
EU FET Flagships 2022-
The Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) targets a Blueprint for a pan-European Quantum Internet by ground-breaking technological advances, culminating in the first experimental demonstration of a fully integrated network stack running on a multi-node quantum network. QIA will push the frontier of technology in both end nodes (trapped ion qubits, diamond NV qubits, neutral atom qubits) and quantum repeaters (rare-earth-based memories, atomic gases, quantum dots) and demonstrate the first integration of both subsystems. We will achieve entanglement and teleportation across three and four remote quantum network nodes, thereby making the leap from simple point-to-point connections to the first multi-node networks. The demonstrations will include the key enabling capabilities for memory-based quantum repeaters, resulting in proof-of-principle demonstrations of elementary long-distance repeater links in the real-world, including the longest such link worldwide.
BMBF, 2022-07 - 2025-06
The goal of the "6G-Access, Network of Networks, Automation & Simplification (6G-ANNA)" project is to develop a holistic design for the sixth generation of mobile communications that includes a closed end-to-end architecture. To this end, the fundamentals of radio access are first investigated, and innovative protocols and signal processing algorithms are designed and implemented. This is followed by the investigation of appropriate network management and orchestration approaches. The goal is to simplify and improve the interaction between humans, technologies and the environment. One contribution is made by new sensors and algorithms for the recognition of human movements. For example, digital twins of complex machines in manufacturing can be precisely mapped to control them remotely. Another focus is the investigation of 6G as a "network of networks" in which - similar to the Internet - different closed networks are flexibly interconnected. Here, the focus is on security aspects and resilience. Overall, flexibility and the reduction of energy consumption while maintaining the performance of the network are important goals in all research work - from individual radio access to the integration of multiple networks.
Datenfunknetz mit Adaptivhardware und KI-Optimierung zur Reduktion des Energieverbrauches (DAKORE)
BMBF, 2022-07 - 2025-06
In the DAKORE project, one of the winners of BMBF's 2021 GreenICT innovation competition, highly energy-efficient radio access networks will be researched. In particular, the project focuses on the redesign and intelligent parameterization of power amplifiers in base stations (in particular 5G GNodeB). The goal here is to 1. implement power amplifiers that operate with high efficiency over broad ranges of output powers, 2. intelligently control the output power of multiple, distributed power amplifiers, using novel machine learning methods, and 3. to run these algorithms on optimized, highly energy-efficient compute hardware. Through this, we hope to save up to 60% of the energy consumption of future radio access networks, substantially contributing to a greener future. In this context, the Deutsche Telekom Chair for Communication Networks will focus on the simulation of radio access networks and the optimization of network parameters (such as the output power), using machine learning approaches.
BMBF, 2022-08 - 2025-07
The BMBF project Quantum Internet of Things (QUIET) aims to develop a hybrid quantum-conventional communication network. In the interaction of distributed quantum states and conventional transmission, (quantum) sensors are to be networked. In this way, the performance and security of the network will be significantly increased. All layers of the network, from the physical layer to network protocols, will be considered. In the project, leading research groups from the fields of quantum communication and network technology are working intensively with companies from the telecommunications sector with the "Quantum Communication Innovation Hub".
BMBF, 2022-08 - 2025-07
The BMBF Quantum Wireless Campus Network (QD-CamNetz) project aims at demonstrating the first 5G quantum campus network. Quantum technologies will be seamlessly integrated into the existing 5G campus network to achieve unprecedented resilience and time synchronization, which are the pillars of future Industry 4.0, tactile internet and future 6G networks. To this end, quantum routers compatible with existing communication infrastructure will be developed and realized for use outside the laboratory. For this purpose, on the one hand, the entire quantum protocol stack will be researched and developed, which not only regulates the communication between the quantum routers, but also provides functions for applications, for example. On the other hand, the associated novel network architecture must also be developed and implemented. The result is a test platform for testing real industrial application examples.
BMBF, 2022-10 - 2025-09
The BMBF project "6G-Quantum Security (6G-QuaS)" aims to develop a hybrid quantum-classical wired industrial network. Here, the quantum information is to be stored continuously in the phase and amplitude of the light and not, as is common in current research, discretely in its polarization. This should result in significantly lower latency times and greater resilience against attacks while maintaining the same level of security. The project will develop the necessary protocols as well as a demonstrator. In the project, leading research groups from the fields of quantum communication and network technology are working intensively with companies from the telecommunications sector and the "Quantum Communication Innovation Hub".
BMWK, 2022-10 - 2026-09
The power grid ecosystem is moving towards a decentralised energy supply and distribution system. Households can operate independently of electricity providers and sell energy back to the main grid using renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind generators, known as distributed energy resources (DERs). A competent communications infrastructure is needed to realise this transformation of the power grid. The introduction of the 5G standard in mobile networks facilitates the development of future energy management solutions. Furthermore, new technologies enable the development of intelligent algorithms for the control of future electricity grids. These include the Internet of Things (IoT), networking via mesh networks for remote monitoring of grid status and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for management and coordination. In Dymobat, a single-user controller is developed to manage the individual DERs. Then, a central control unit for synchronisation and optimisation of network operation within a small group of DERs, Microgrid, is designed. Subsequently, mobility algorithms are developed for the use of battery electric vehicles as mobile energy storage units, which enable temporary self-supply of sub-grids. The developed algorithms are tested, optimised and validated virtually in a testbed model using real input parameters. In the second step, a real testbed will be designed and installed, and the performance of the model-tested algorithms will be evaluated in a real test environment and further improved using the know-how thus acquired. The overall goal of the DymoBat project is to develop marketable solutions for future power grid management for the use of distributed energy resources based on the application of 5G technologies.
One Code to Rule Them All (Ein Code für alle Fälle)
DFG, 2023-01 - 2025-12
Resilience was the main motivation to change the architecture from public-switched telephone networks to the current Internet. To further extend resilience, the IETF (IETF-icnrg) advocates for Information-Centric Networking (ICN). In this project, we expect two main contributions to improving resilience without disregarding other modern communication systems’ KPIs (e.g., latency, energy consumption, and costs). i.) extend the ICN concept for distributed coded computing, multipath coded transport, and distributed coded storage; ii.) find a unified coding for the three techniques mentioned above, resulting in the concept of "One Code to Rule Them All". We rely on in-network computing to deploy coding for the three techniques (e.g., IETF-coinrg). To prove the performance of our proposed approach, we carry out theory, simulation, emulation, and implementation. We will give feedback on the latter one to the IETF community.
We are supported by the TUD-GWT GmbH for several project administrations.
To withstand the pressure of global competition in industrial production, companies have to speed up their manufacturing processes and optimize the use of resources. They should be able to react to individual requirements of customers and the market fast and flexibly at the same time. Often flexibility is limited by optimized processes though. This creates the need for new procedures that enable both: Cost savings due to improved utilisation of machines and an increase in flexibility.
Realisation of real-time cloud applications
Goal of the project is real-time control and steering of Cyber Physical Systems can be achieved through agile and distributed cloud applications. The novel concept is the practical implementation through the use of software defined resources (NFV, SDN). With the help of network coding latencies will be reduced while keeping a high level of resilience and safety.
04/2019 - 10/2019
The goal of KI-Mobil is a concept for disruptive resource-efficient, high performance software platform using AI technologies for mobility concepts. Holistic integration and combination of public and private transportation, logistics, and energy allows for optimisation of comfort, safety and travel times while lowering environmental impact. The ecosystem for third party tools and existing platforms is being enabled as part of the project.
Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden
DFG Clusters of Excellence, EXC 1056
Our chair is in the Resilience path of CFAED which works on the resilience of the devices made from the non- CMOS materials by the other paths.
Communication infrastructure for atto networks in 3D chipstacks
ESF Nachwuchs- forschergruppe
We focus on the different communication techniques to be employed in the 3D stacked chipset and study the potential for accelerating network coding applications using the multi-core chipstack.
Advancing fail-aware, fail-safe, and fail-operational electronic components, systems, and architectures for highly and fully automated driving to make future mobility safer, more efficient, affordable, and end-user acceptable.
Research in the field of communication technology and control systems engineering for cyber physical systems in realtime.
The goal is to develop a hollistic communication infrastructure for tactile connected cars.
SECRET is a collaborative European Training Network which aims to a new deployment of small cells based on the notion of mobile small cells. In particular, our chair is focusing on the design and optimization of network coded cooperative (NCC) networks to deliver disruptive radio networking topologies to emulate mobile small cells to provide femtocell-like services on the move.
5G-ConnectedMobility creates a dedicated network infrastructure and application environment for 5G analysis and testing in real-time for Vehicle-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-infrastructure, and Railway-to-infrastructure. The project is based on a test track of approx. 30 km along the A9 motorway and a high-speed railway track between Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding in Bavaria, Germany. Founding Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, the three German mobile network operators with Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project.
DFG SFB 912
Our chair is in the Architecture group of HAEC, which bridge between the hardware and the software group closely following the communication demands of the software structure using optimized network coding and routing.
Compressed Sensing in Information Processing
DFG SPP 1798
Joint design of compressed sensing and network coding for wireless meshed networks.
Fast robotics aims to supplement or replace existing wired communication systems for robots with mobile radio technology. The availability of new mobile communication solutions with high reliability and bandwidth as well as low latency in data transmission enables new control options for robots and robot systems, both fixed and mobile. This includes "distributed motion control","simplified integration of external sensors" based on the same communication technologies and mechanisms, etc. The distributed control concepts to be developed in the project consist of a combination of quantitatively significantly improved mobile communication systems in combination with domain-specific communication and control mechanisms. These not only offer advantages for stationary robot systems, but are also a key technology for the future market of mobile service robotics.
The overriding goal of TACNET 4.0 is the development of a uniform industrial 5G communication system, which integrates 5G networks and industrial communication networks. To this end, 5G concepts are being expanded with innovative industry-specific approaches, cross-network adaptation mechanisms are being developed and open interfaces between industrial and mobile radio systems are being developed.
National 5G Energy Hub
In the first step of the research project, software and hardware are developed that enable communication between energy applications and higher-level system components. This new toolbox will provide all users of this technology with secure communication access to energy systems and applications. This will enable public institutions and companies to offer new products and services in the energy sector immediately after the planned introduction of the 5G standard in 2020.
01.12.2019 - 31.12.2021
The aim of the project CoBot is to improve robotic-assisted rectal resection by developing novel assistance functions based on recent advances in surgical data science, robotic control and distributed network computing. This allows for the first time computer-based assistance beyond the state of the art for rectal resections and paves the way for next-generation robotic surgery. Multiple context-aware assistance functions will be implemented in real-time including visualization of the resection plane, nerves and other vital structures, automatic view stabilization and robotic instrument assistance such as blood suction. As a result we expect several improvements compared to conventional laparoscopic rectal resection such as a reduced operation time, a lower intra- and postoperative complication rate or a reduction of additional adverse events. The project serves as nucleus and basis for a follow-up proposal and a clinical study with well defined end-points
Eco-friendly Coding Meets Multimedia (ECOMM)
Alcatel-Lucent Foundation 10/2020 - 10/2021
ECOMM is to design an end-to-end communication system reducing the energy consumption of heterogeneous user devices by new Eco-friendly network code. In particular, when the heterogeneous devices encode and decode the huge amount of multimedia data, the proposed coding method is expected to allow significant energy reduction while maintaining the quality of the multimedia. In light of the fact that multimedia traffic currently accounts for more than 75% of all Internet traffic, this project can be a meaningful and high-impact solution in relation to environmental issues emerging in 5G.
5G Campus is led by our chair. The project explores the possibilities of 5G campus networks and their practical implications. A 5G campus network is an independent 5G infrastructure consisting of a local or regional wireless network with a 5G Core. This infrastructure will be one of the key factors for building innovative wireless machine systems in manufacturing, e.g. robotics automation solutions with human-robotics collaborations, in small, medium and large enterprises.
BMWK, 08/2017- 01/2022
With this research project, a new mobile and highly innovative measuring system (TEK-EKG) for the detection of the thermal and electrical reference behaviour of a wide range of properties as well as the plant operating behaviour is being developed and put into practice.
BMBF, 07/2019 – 07/2022
Bauen 4.0 is a BMBF supported cooperative project with the goal of researching and developing innovative, efficient and flexible machines as well as communication technologies to support medium-sized companies in implementation of Industry 4.0 on the site. In this project our chair aims to provide suitable construction site cloud as central data storage, application platform, network access control system and secure gateway for the network.
Post-Shannon communication proof-of-concept – focus: resilience
Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Labs 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2022
Shannon's work can be summarized in his words as follows: "The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point, either exactly or approximately, a message selected at another point." The solution of that one problem has been the work of researchers and engineers for the past decades, and it has built our complex communication networks. But now, we are at a time when our networks are facing challenges not envisioned by Shannon's team at Bell Labs, namely the control of cyber-physical systems such as driverless cars or robots in the Industry 4.0, as well as the ultra-resilient and low-latency communication required by the Tactile Internet, just to name a few examples. We believe these problems can be addressed more efficiently by future communication networks by transcending Shannon's "fundamental problem of communication." Instead of just the reproduction of a message, we aim to study communication system at different levels, namely the semantic and effectiveness levels identified by Weaver and Shannon in 1963.
BMBF 10/2021 - 03/2022
Die Zukunftscluster (Clusters4Future) sind der Kernbestandteil der Hightech-Strategie 2025 der Bundesregierung und sollen einen besonderen Beitrag zur exzellenten Forschung und zum Wissens- und Technologietransfer leisten. Sie knüpfen mit dem regionalen Ansatz der Clusterförderung unmittelbar an die Spitzenforschung in wichtigen Zukunftsfeldern an und sorgen so dafür, dass technologische sowie soziale Innovationen schneller im Alltag ankommen und mit Hilfe exzellenter Forschung Standorte mit hoher Innovation innerhalb Deutschlands entstehen.