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CNI strengthens its 5G research with two additional projects

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The Communication Networks Institute (CNI) receives funding notification for two interdisciplinary projects focusing on the transformative character of 5G and its impact on Smart Grid and Smart City environments. Both projects are realized in close cooperation with the Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics (ie3) and strengthen the joint research activities on interactions of future energy systems and modern communication technologies at TU Dortmund University.

Details on both projects are listed below:


5Gain: 5G Infrastructures for local energy systems using artificial intelligence

(German project title: 5G Infrastrukturen für zellulare Energiesysteme unter Nutzung künstlicher Intelligenz)


The main objectives of the 5Gain project are the development and evaluation of concepts for cellular energy systems, whose regional extraction and production behavior is optimized by means of machine learning methods. Therefore, novel 5G mobile radio networks enable dynamic, dedicated allocation of location-based transmission resources based on shared communication infrastructures (regional network slices) for energy system applications via the use of network slicing.

CNI focuses on the conceptual design of AI procedures for the network management of cellular energy systems, as well as the development of an end-to-end 5G Regional Network system for dynamic, location-specific resource allocation.


The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy under the funding reference 03EI6018C (project duration: 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022).


PuLS: Parking and Charging in urban areas
(German project title: Parken und Laden in der Stadt)

The PuLS project examines opportunities of digitalization in the context of energy system transformation challenges using the use case of park and charging infrastructure sharing in dense urban areas. The idea is to deploy a Smart City platform that provides capabilities for temporary provision of public, as well as semi-public and private EV charging opportunities. The provision of this platform pursues the goal of reducing parking space search traffic to significantly reduce the associated environmental impact.

The CNI focuses on the integration of charging infrastructure and environmental sensors into the Smart City backend system through the application of IoT communication technologies. Associated research objectives focus on the 5G mMTC requirement profile of particularly high connection density while simultaneously improving resource efficiency.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure under the funding reference 03EMF0203B (project duration: 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022).

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).