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NRW-Minister Mona Neubaur visits Dortmund to discuss sustainable 5G and 6G research

© Fraunhofer IML​/​Sebastian Beierle
NRW Minister of Economic Affairs Mona Neubaur (3rd from right) visiting exhibits of the 5G.NRW projects and the 6GEM research hub with Dirk Aschenbrenner (Dortmund Fire Department & German Rescue Robotics Center), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld (Communication Networks, TU Dortmund), Monika Gatzke (GF CC5G.NRW) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael ten Hompel and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Henke (both Fraunhofer IML and TU Dortmund) (from right to left).
© Fraunhofer IML​/​Sebastian Beierle
NRW Minister of Economic Affairs Mona Neubaur (left) visiting exhibits of the 5G.NRW projects and the 6GEM Research Hub with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld (Communication Networks, TU Dortmund. center) and Dirk Aschenbrenner (Dortmund Fire Department & German Rescue Robotics Center, right)

Under the motto "From 5G to 6G - connectivity in the face of global crises", experts form academia, industry and politics discussed at the hosting Logistics Campus Dortmund the contribution that the information and communications technology (ICT) sector can and must make to climate and environmental protection, energy security and thus sustainable value creation.

The head of the Chair of Communication Networks at TU Dortmund University, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld, emphasized in a panel discussion with the Minister: "Building on the work in the Competence Center CC5G.NRW and the significant participation of NRW universities and institutes within the 6GEM research hub, substantial contributions to the shaping of the future mobile communications generation 6G can be expected from NRW in the coming years.". He is the Dortmund site speaker for the Competence Center 5G.NRW and the BMBF-funded 6G research hub 6GEM.

Advancing and establishing the 5G mobile communications standard and associated digital innovations in North Rhine-Westphalia - this is the goal of the Competence Center 5G.NRW (CC5G.NRW), in which TU Dortmund University and its Chair for Communication Networks play a key role. With the "5G.NRWeek", it has created an event format for this purpose, which serves as a central exchange platform around the topic of intelligent connectivity and was organized this year from November 7 to 10 in cooperation with the 6G Research Hub 6GEM, which is funded by the BMBF.

The highlight of the 5G.NRWeek event week was the annual conference on Thursday, November 10, 2022, which was attended by NRW's Minister of Economic Affairs Mona Neubaur as patron. The preparation and implementation at Fraunhofer IML's Logistics Campus was significantly supported across faculties on the part of TU Dortmund University by the Chairs for Communication Networks (Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Wietfeld) and Materials Handling and Warehousing (Prof. Dr. -Ing. Michael ten Hompel).

Under the motto "From 5G to 6G - connectivity in the face of global crises", the host Logistics Campus Dortmund experts from academia, industry and politics discussed the contribution that the information and communications technology (ICT) sector can and must make to climate and environmental protection, energy security and thus sustainable value creation.

Beyond the conference day at Dortmund, this year's "5GNRWeek" also offered a diverse weekly program of online events, workshops and discussion formats that thematically addressed the current state of 5G technology, prerequisites for high-performance 5G applications as well as ongoing developments on the future topic of 6G.  For example, the Chair for Communication Networks at TU Dortmund University held a webinar on the topic of 6G entitled "Insights in on-going progress within the 6GEM research hub" on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

The partners of the CC5G.NRW are Wuppertal University (coordinator), Duisburg-Essen University, TU Dortmund University and FIR at RWTH Aachen University.

The main partners of the 6GEM research hub are RWTH Aachen (coordinator), Bochum University, TU Dortmund University, Duisburg-Essen University and three Fraunhofer institutes (FHR, IML and IMS) and the MPI for Security and Privacy in Bochum.  

Further information on the conference and the recording of the live stream can be found at: https://5g.nrw/3rd-5g-nrweek/ 

Twitter message from the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs: https://twitter.com/WirtschaftNRW/status/1590671873683197952?s=20&t=2GigV8Vfz4PpcwxVbMBiRg

More information on BMBF-funded 6GEM reserach hub can be found here: https://www.6gem.de

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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