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BMBF 6G research hub "6GEM" visits DRZ Living Lab for evaluation experiments

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Multifunctional 6GEM walking robot connected via reliable mobile radio systems in DRZ outdoor environment © TU Dortmund​/​CNI

Which added value can future 6G mobile communications systems provide for highly relevant use cases in society and industry? This is one of the questions that the 6G Research Hub "6GEM", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is addressing since August 2021. One of the seven test fields in which different facets of 6G innovation are being tested is the German Rescue Robotics Center (DRZ), which is also funded by the BMBF. Just recently, TU Dortmund University has conducted initial tests with its new robot system in the DRZ environment. The tests focused on maintaining communication between the ground robot and the control system in a Search & Rescue mission. Various aspects of the test setup in the DRZ outdoor environment were used for this purpose. Here, the wireless communication systems investigated in 6GEM meet complex evaluation environments for testing of tasks in rescue and disaster areas, which enable the mapping of realistic and radio challenging environments through collapse scenarios, tunnel systems or containers.

In the 6GEM project, TU Dortmund University is using agile and all-terrain walking robots as a platform to gradually develop novel communication modules and methods in particularly challenging radio environments. The goal of the successful first test experiments was a reliable provision of sensor information provided by the walking robot based on an advanced multi-link approach. The results of the experiments will soon be presented in a scientific publication.

The Living Lab of the DRZ is ideal for experiments and tests with robotic systems. Having been created as a physical infrastructure in the BMBF project "Establishment of the German Rescue Robotics Center", its capacities are now available for research, application and industry.


Contact for this news:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld, TU Dortmund, Communication Networks Institute

Further information on the research initiatives can be found here:



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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”.

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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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