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Research Training Group 1487:
"Self-Organized Mobile Communication
Systems for Disaster Scenarios"

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Contact Person

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel

Head of School

Phone +49 3677 / 69 2819

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The Graduate School is supported by and cooperates with the following partners:

The Doctoral Program of the Graduate School as well as related activities of the School are funded by the German Research Council in the context of the Research Training Group program (Graduiertenkolleg) under contract GRK 1487 “Selforganized Mobile Communication Systems for Disaster Scenarios”.

The Graduate School receives support from the DAAD to organize its annual Summer Academy on Wireless Communications. In addition, DAAD supports several Doctoral students of the Graduate School with long-term scholarships.

The Carl-Zeiss Foundation Carl-Zeiss Foundation provides funds to extend our research on Cognitive Radio Networking. The special focus is on setting up an operational cognitive radio network overcoming existing shortcomings of software-defined radio systems. The grant, worth 1 million Euro in total, enables the Graduate School to support two senior researchers or postdocs and four additional doctoral students. In addition, the grant provides funds to extend our experimental facilities.

The Fraunhofer Institut für Integrated Circuits IIS supports the Graduate School by funding a full research position over a 3-years period. In addition, the Digital Broadcasting Project Group of Fraunhofer IIS provides facilities for research and training to the School.

The Germany-based organization of Bell Laboratories, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent and now a part of Nokia Networks, and TU Ilmenau have signed a contract on joint research on the self-organization aspects of future mobile communication systems. Under this contract, Bell Labs provides the researchers of the Graduate School with their leading-edge radio system simulations tool for LTE and LTE-Advanced systems. This enables the researchers of the Graduate School to apply and validate their self-organization algorithms in various settings of LTE-based radio systems. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent and the Graduate School are performing cooperative research in the area of self-organized load balancing in LTE systems.

The research project MoSaKa (Mobile Satellite Communications in Ka-Band), funded by the German Aerospace Agency DLR aims to develop and connect mobile satcom terminals operating in Ka-Band as meshed network. The main application will be to provide communication links for first responders in disaster scenarios, where existing communication infrastructure is not existing or operational. The project complements the scope of the Graduate School with wide-area communication capabilities.

The Graduate School is a member of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF).

The WWRF develops a common global vision for the future of wireless to drive research and standardization. In addition to influencing regional and national research programmes (such as the European Union’s FP7 programme) WWRF members contribute to the work done within the ITU, UMTS Forum, ETSI, 3GPP, 3GPP2, IETF, and other relevant bodies regarding commercial and standardisation issues derived from the research work.

The Graduate School is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network Initiative on Cognitive Communications (WUN CogCom). The initiative brings together expertise from experts from wireless communications, distributed artificial intelligence, electromagnetics, regulatory policy and economics.

Members of the Graduate School are partners of the FP 7 project SAPHYRE (Sharing Physical Resources - Mechanisms and Implementations for Wireless Networks). SAPHYRE’s main objectives are conceptually described as:

  1. SAPHYRE analyses and develops new self-organising physical layer resource (spectrum, spatial coexistence) sharing models by a generalised cross-layer and cross-disciplinary approach.
  2. SAPHYRE proposes and analyses efficient co-ordination mechanisms which require only small intervention (to counteract selfish, malicious users). In particular in sharing scenarios, incentive based design is applied in order to reduce regulatory complexity.
  3. SAPHYRE develops a framework for infrastructure sharing to support quality of service with sufficiently wide carrier bandwidths and competition between different operators.

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The Deutsche Telekom Stiftung supports our research activities on the topic „packet-based networks”. She provides a Doctoral student of the Graduate School with a long term “Telekom Stipendium”.