In the following, you will find selected projects that the research group is carrying out independently or in collaboration in project cooperations:
The Thüringer Innovatonszentrum Mobilität (ThIMo) supports the industrial change towards a sustainable mobility. We offer scientific expertise and infrastructure for joint research projects with industry partners, development or contractual research and services.
EMMA - Electromagnetically Modelling of Microwave Absorbers
Testing the functionality of radio components and systems in virtual instead of real test environments is becoming increasingly important in the field of automated and connected driving. Anechoic chambers, whose microwave absorbers on walls, ceiling and floor reduce reflections and thus minimise any influence of the measurement environment on the measurement results, are primarily used for this purpose. The degree of feedback that can be achieved determines the basic usability, quality and accuracy of the measurements and thus the comparability of the virtual measurement environment with real field tests. Accordingly, it is important to precisely characterise the electromagnetic field distribution in such anechoic chambers; for this purpose, radiation-optical methods are primarily used for frequencies above a few 100 MHz. Remarkably, no suitable electromagnetic absorber model exists to date that simulates the physical functional principles in a broadband, angle-dependent and fully polarimetric manner. The research of such a model is the main goal of the present project. In the project, measurement procedures as well as numerical and semi-analytical methods for the precise characterisation of the reflectivity of pyramid absorbers are researched and applied. The knowledge gained will be used to derive fundamental laws of the absorption behaviour and to work out important influencing parameters. From this, an effect model is developed, which makes the reflection behaviour of the absorbers accessible for radiation-optical procedures and maps it in corresponding calculations. For verification, the wave propagation is simulated in the VISTA: Virtual Road - Simulation and Test Facility at the TU Ilmenau and compared with measured data. The model researched in this project thus provides a significant contribution to research into modern radio technologies.
The R&D project „Embedded ground-space 5G terminal for auto-mated and connected driving – embrace5G (e5g)“ pushes satellite communications for future 5G applications forward. In the focus are technologies for automated and connected driving on roads and rails, as these challenge a comprehensive coverage across traffic domains and borders, reliability, as well as fusion of multiple sources of wireless information; here, satellite communications offer attrac-tive complements to terrestrial wireless communication systems.
More information: e5g_one-pager.pdf
FastPhoton - Ultrabreit-bandige Hochfrequenz-Ansteuerung fasergekoppelter Laserdioden für polarisations- und zeitstempel-kodierte Einzelphotonen in der Quantenkommunikation
FastPhoton investigates scientific issues at the interface between laser technology, high-frequency electronics and photonics, three key technologies for Thuringia's industry and key disciplines for Thuringia as a science location, as well as in the emerging field of quantum technology. It applies the interdisciplinary expertise of the partners involved at the Jena and Ilmenau sites to highly topical issues in quantum communication.
Deutsch-japanische Forschungskooperation im automatisierten und vernetzten Fahren: Virtuelle Validierung (CADJapanGermany: VIVID)
Ziel des vom BMBF geförderten Projekts „Deutsch-japanische Forschungskooperation im automatisierten und vernetzten Fahren: Virtuelle Validierung (CADJapanGermany: VIVID)“ ist es, über gemeinsame Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeiten den deutsch-japanischen Know-how-Austausch zu stärken und länderspezifische Erkenntnisse für die gemeinsame Weiterentwicklung des autonomen Fahrens zu nutzen. Sicherheit und Validierung stehen dabei im Vordergrund.
ROSANNA - Robust Satellite Navigation in Security-Relevant Applications
The joint project ROSANNA builds on the core results of the research project KOSERNA and the concept study ROSANNA-Concept and applies them to safety-relevant areas of satellite navigation. Two promising, safety-critical applications were identified that require highly accurate and particularly robust navigation: The automotive sector, especially with regard to fully automated and driverless driving, maneuvering and transportation, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In both applications, special challenges arise that require fundamental investigations. For this purpose, preliminary studies have been successfully carried out within the framework of ROSANNA-Konzept, which will now be translated into practical designs and suitable demonstrators.
May 2019 - August 2023
DLR Institute for Microelectronic and Mechatronic Systems (IMMS), Erfurt RWTH Aachen Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg GmbH
The following research topics are investigated and studied, promoted by the Thüringer Aufbaubank, at the RF- and Microweave Research Group
Connected and automated driving is of central importance for our digital society and at the same time poses significant challenges for global research and development. The research infrastructure project MOVIESTAR serves to create device-technical conditions that enable a realistic reproduction of relevant radio channels, taking into account their temporal, spectral and spatial structures as well as interference or cooperation with other radio systems and standards.
Since January 2020, the research group has been developing MOSYS („Development of the methodology for predicting the environmental impact of modern mobility systems“) at the Thüringer Innovationszentrum Mobilität (ThIMo).
SISYVOS - Smart Integrated Radio Systems for Networked Mobility and Logistics - Design and Metrological Characterisation for the 5G Mobile Radio Standard
Against the background of the rapidly increasing importance of wireless networking between vehicles, control centres and infrastructure, the main objective of this collaborative project is the joint research, development and testing of intelligent radio systems for road vehicles; a particular focus is on the next mobile radio standard 5G, in which multi-antenna systems (MIMO) and distributed data processing (integration of the antenna with electronics) will be used. In addition to the development of antenna structures suitable for this application (conformal metal-surface-tolerant designs, coverage of different frequency ranges), the further processing of the radio signals by means of corresponding front-ends and integrated electronic circuits is particularly imperative. The radio system to be developed is to be functionally integrated into plastic components specified by the vehicle manufacturer in the exterior area of vehicles without changing the appearance of the vehicle.