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TU Dortmund's CNI contributes to the establishment of the German Centre for Rescue Robotics in Dortmund

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On October 1, 2018, a new project has started - funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) - which aims to establish a national competence center for rescue robotics. For the first time in Germany, first responders, researchers and industry will work closely together to realize autonomous rescue robots, which will become part of national as well as international robotic task forces for emergency rescue operations. Additionally, new test procedures will be developed, which will form the basis for standardization and certification of different robot systems acting outdoor on the ground, in the air, in water, as well as indoor. Based on its long-term track record in this research area, the Communication Networks Institute (CNI) will lead the work related to robust wireless communications of robotic systems, which allow for reliable operation even in challenging conditions of rescue operations

Coordinated by the Institute for Fire and Rescue Technologies, the center will be established with numerous national partner organizations in Dortmund in the Phoenix West area with outdoor and indoor experimental grounds as a so-called "living lab". The partners are amongst others national research institutes (DFKI, Fraunhofer), industry (minimax Viking),  fire protection organizations, universities (Bonn, Darmstadt, Lübeck) and universities of applied sciences (Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen). The center places a strong emphasis on international networking. In the area of communications, the international workshop on wireless communications for unmanned autonomous vehicles (Wi-UAV) is an import collaboration platform, which has been established by Prof. Wietfeld together with his colleagues Prof. How from MIT in 2010.      

Further information:

Description of project (in German)

IEEE Globecom Wi-UAV Workshop

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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