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CNI expands 5G research by successfully acquiring further research projects

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We are pleased to announce that the Communication Networks Institute successfully acquired two projects funded by the 5G.NRW program. This reaffirms the institute's accomplishments, enabling us to sustainably expand and strengthen the focus on 5G research. With the role as consortium leader in the Plan & Play project and as a partner in the 5Guarantee project, we will contribute significantly to accelerating 5G as a key technology for demanding applications in industrial campus networks.

Plan & Play

The goal of the Plan & Play project is to effectively support potential users in the detailed identification of required network infrastructure and planning processes. To this end, our web-based campus network planner introduced in the first version by the Competence Center CC5G.NRW will be expanded into a full-fledged, freely accessible network planning tool for ad-hoc 5G campus networks. The network planning functions to be used are based on the latest algorithms of online reinforcement learning. These are tested and optimized in two disjunctive fields of application, sports events and cellular intralogistics, within the framework of an agile research process in interaction with the project segment "Play" together with the project partners Riedel Communications (Wuppertal) and Fraunhofer IML (Dortmund).


5Guarantee aims to explore a flexible system for continuous, cross-network monitoring of end-to-end performance guarantees for demand-driven 5G campus networks. While selective individual measurements at the time of installation often reveal the hoped-for peak performance values, 5Guarantee is particularly investigating a spatially distributed stress test, by which network quality is continuously monitored actively and independently of the implementation variant. Furthermore, the system enables the pro-active mapping of future manufacturing communication traffic to indicate possible bottlenecks and required extensions at an early stage. The project's strong focus on operational requirements of the manufacturing industry is expressed by the fact that the 5G quality functions developed in 5Guarantee are not integrated into the corporate landscape through classic telco network management interfaces, but through appropriately adapted industry 4.0 interfaces. The ambitious goals of the project will be realized under the lead of the consulting agency WIK-Consult in cooperation with established manufacturing companies in North Rhine-Westphalia (Weidmüller and Miele as well as other associated partners). Topics of IT security as well as functional security are addressed by innovative start-ups (PHYSEC, Comnovo). In close cooperation with the Ruhr University Bochum, we deliver valuable contributions in the field of 5G and its interaction with automated production processes.

Further information and an overview of all successful project submissions is given in the following press release: Wettbewerb 5G.NRW: Landesregierung fördert 13 herausragende 5G-Projekte mit bis zu 26 Millionen Euro

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”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).