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6G-ANNA

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6G-Access, Network of Networks, Automation & Simplification

6G-ANNA

The goal of the “6G-Access, Network of Networks, Automation & Simplification (6G-ANNA)” project is to develop a holistic design for the sixth generation of mobile communications that includes an end-to-end architecture. To this end, the fundamentals of radio access are first investigated, and innovative protocols and signal processing algorithms are designed and implemented. This is followed by the investigation of appropriate network management and orchestration approaches. The goal is to simplify and improve the interaction between humans, technologies, and the environment. One contribution is made by new sensors and algorithms for the recognition of human movements. For example, digital twins of complex machines in manufacturing can be precisely mapped to control them remotely. Another focus is the investigation of 6G as a “network of networks” in which - similar to the Internet - different closed networks are flexibly interconnected. Here, the focus is on security aspects and resilience. Overall, flexibility and reducing energy consumption while maintaining network performance are important goals in all research work - from individual radio access to the integration of multiple networks.

The specific objective of the TU Dortmund University is the enhancement of methods for the determination of system boundaries of novel 6G network concepts. For this purpose, TU Dortmund contributes an existing, technology-independent system for distributed load generation and extends it with regard to the requirements analysis derived in 6G-ANNA and the wireless access technologies identified/developed in 6G-ANNA. As a basis for reproducible test procedures, 6G-specific stress test methods are designed and their application to 6G network systems and services is enabled via a 6G Crossband KPI Monitoring & Control API. As a basis for a multidimensional and cross-system 6G KPI monitoring system, application-specific data traffic profiles as well as system- and environment-specific interference effects will be determined realistically and reproducibly via appropriately defined metrics.

Within the scope of a PoC with focus on "6G Access", the TU Dortmund University in close cooperation with the partners Ericsson, Fraunhofer IPT and RWTH will test the developed distributed system for the evaluation of novel 6G network components and functions in the production environment of the Fraunhofer IPT. The objective is the empirical determination and demonstration of the 6G-specific system, environment and application behavior on the basis of reproducible and demand-oriented 6G test procedures.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the funding reference 16KISK101.

Further information:

6G-ANNA (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

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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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