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Workshop on vehicular teleoperation and future wireless networks for participants of the "SchnupperUni"

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Guests being introduced at the experimental hall © Stangier​/​TU Dortmund

Prospective students had the opportunity to have insights in recent 6G-related research trials and learn on-hand about mobile communication, exciting use cases, and our faculty's study programs.

The "SchnupperUni" (more information on the TU Dortmund university site) is an offer to invite pupils from 10th grade onwards and other interested guests to visit the TU Dortmund university and participate in example lectures and workshops to get an idea of campus life. Within this venue, the CNI offered a workshop where several 5G and 6G-related research platforms were demonstrated and questions could be asked.

Starting with a brief introduction, our guests were shown the mobile wireless communication lab which is a modified van with multi-network technology support for ad-hoc deployments in fields. In combination with rescue robotic platforms it can be used to provide communication capabilities and explore hazardous areas in a safe manner for human personnel. A use case all attendees could see the high relevance due to the current wildfire risk in Europe, but also for other situations like events or industrial campuses, the benefits of private 5G networks could be explained.

As a next highlight we held a live demonstration of the Spot robot, which is a dog-like walking robot that can cross challenging terrains and is equipped with different payloads for exploration tasks and a communication stack to be safely teleoperated in every situation. This platform is part of the 6GEM research hub, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research. Within 6GEM the TU Dortmund aims to contribute to the reserach of future 6G networks to be introduced around 2030.    

After these first impressions it was time to ask questions. The guests were noticably endorsed by the wide range of aspects communication brings along and wanted to know more about use cases, how public and private 5G/6G networks work, what the differences to their WiFi at home is, and much more. Having all open issues addressed, it was time to devote to the different study programs our faculty offers and discuss how a Bachelor's and the subsequent Master's program are organized. Here we could give examples on what lectures, labs, and excercises exist and how final theses are structured.

The last part of the event was the 5G teleoperation showcase. Inspired by two recent publications on predictive Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation in this context, we explained our visitors how research questions are formulated, investigated, and, finally, the results being submitted to international conferences. For the vehicular teleoperation a racetrack was marked on the ground and could be driven with our small-scaled F1/10 platform. The guests challenged themselves for the best lap time which was captured by the evaluation of position data, that was received over the private 5G network and processed in a purely digital representation of the environment.

It was an informative and fun event. The CNI wishes the visitors all the best for their final stage of school path, and hopes to see you back at TU Dortmund university soon.

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).